Exercise - core @ 18, swam 4 lengths at Nokomis
Errand - Getting stuff for picnic
Fun - PhD student picnic and swimming
We chose to have our PhD student picnic on a day with temperatures in the mid to upper 90's.
Leave work after 3
Walk dog briefly until 4
Race to grocery store for corn, another watermelon, and ice for lemonade
Grab the dog and race to Minnehaha Falls
Take Keely into the creek, then wait around for a few minutes
Start setting up with Hilary and Jessica and Jennifer
Remember I don't have a knife for cutting the watermelon, our grilling tools are insufficient, and paper plates are missing. Hillary says we need more ice.
Race home with Keely to get these things, check my answering machine but there are no messages asking for more things.
Race to the liquor store. Liquor store clerk asks me "What do you need, Honey?" She looks like she might be 30 - isn't honey for people younger than you? Get 36 pounds more ice.
Zip into the parking lot. Hilary is not there - she left the veggie patties in the freezer at WBOB. Coals are coming along nicely. People have arrived. I cut the watermelon.
The first batch of Kielbasa is done and I am selected to announce that.
Announcement 1: Food is ready.
Hilary shows up with the veggie patties. Gas grill runs out of gas. Full size paper plates run out. Coals start to cool down. There is no more lighter fluid. Everyone gets food. Discover the paper plates on a different table.
Discover I am not good at MCing events.
Announcement 2: Welcome people.
Everyone is served. No one remembers to put the corn on.
Announcement 3: Thank the hostesses, pass around the diagnosis cards and start the outbreak investigation.
Announcement 4: Tell those new to the area to check out Minnehaha Falls.
7 PM my alarm goes off. Start trying to extricate myself and gather my things.
Leave at 7:30 and race home to change into swim trunks and ditch Keely.
Race over to Nokomis to meet Sarah at 8:01. Go from totally stressed out by the picnic to joyfully calm at swimming.
Call Julie, who left an upset message. She had a hard day teaching.