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What do they say about Idle Hands?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

"Idle hands are the devil's tools" apparently. At least that's how the old saying goes and I'm pretty sure there was a movie about it. I didn't see it, but I heard it was silly.

At any rate, I don't seem to be very idle as of late. I work every other weekend, and when I'm not working I do something outdoors if I can. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I've been running, but now I've added in strength training. Tuesdays and Thursdays are now hiking with a weighted backpack, and on Tuesday nights until June (then Thursday nights too) I have added Aikido.

With all that, you'd think I'd not find ways to get in trouble, right? Well, I'm not too worried about getting me in trouble. It's keeping my son out of trouble that I'm worried about. I can't seem to keep him interested in anything for very long, and if you spend 4 out of 5 free hours with him, during that 5th hour he will say - swear to God - that we haven't done anything together all day!

I've enrolled him in Aikido with me since there are other kids there too, so hopefully that will give him some focus, and since nearly all of the beginner level stuff are things I'm familiar with, I plan on helping him with that too. We've started to play catch with the ole baseball and gloves now, and I'm hoping we get to do some swimming this summer as well. I need one good vacation this year, though - perhaps camping. Yeah, that sounds good. We haven't camped in a few years, so that's on the to-do list.

I just need to keep him focused, though. He's angry and frustrated because he's short, so he wants to define himself as younger (and act younger) because of his height. He's also mad because he doesn't see his mom, but that might change this summer as we're talking about a summer visit. I'd miss him, but he needs that time, despite the misgivings of both my parents.

He doesn't get out of school until June 2nd, so I have time to plan and make arrangements. I just have to narrow down what is to come.

Anybody want to draw the options out of a hat for me?
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