So I was convinced that the next time I posted here would be my news of finally sending a v9. And that wasn’t me being hopeful or naive or tough. No, it was real. I was there, physically. Ready to crank it out and call it done. Just needed to get on the climb and send it. And then…well, the world knows the rest of that story. It’s everyone’s story now.
And I’m over it…the v9, that is.
We are so fortunate right now. Paul and I still have jobs. We still get paychecks. We have a sweet climbing wall in a sweet garage with every training apparatus we could ever want. We don’t panic at the thought of social isolation because it’s kinda how we roll anyway. We have food. We have TP (for now anyway). Everything is just about as good as it could be during this COVID-19 situation. Sure, I have my gripes and there are challenges. But it’s really not that bad, comparatively. Not at this current moment in time.
Hoping that everyone that reads this can also say the same.
Mornings are always a challenge. Most parents can probably relate. Coaxing the kids out of bed, urging them to hurry it up getting dressed and packing their lunches and making their beds, checking their pants to make sure they don’t have holes in the butt (cause they refuse to wear underwear…too hot they say. We live in the desert, can’t argue with that one). And then the morning routine inevitably culminates with bickering in or over the bathroom, followed by Ivan taking F O R E V E R to do teeth, face and hair. I like to blast opera music to keep my calm.
This morning was no different. Ivan’s in the bathroom taking F O R E V E R to unscrew the freakin’ cap off the toothpaste tube and squirt some paste on his toothbrush! “Hurry UP!” I command. And he responds with this, ever so sweetly and calm:
Ivan: Mama, what’s your weakness?
Ivan: Yep. You are correct. I think that’s Dad’s too.
Me: Yeah, you drive us crazy! Now BRUSH YOUR TEETH ALREADY!
The year’s summary in photos. Well, not really. We did a lot more than what is shown below but were really bad about capturing photos this year. I’ll try harder next year. ;-) The 2019 highlights: a new garage/woody, our return to route climbing, a facelift for the rusting van, celebrating our 15 year wedding anniversary and Paul’s 40th birthday, fall bouldering at all of our favorite places (Hueco, Priest Draw, Yosemite and Joshua Tree) and the usual holiday time with friends and family in the east.