What is it about three-day weekends?! I feel supremely relaxed today, like I was just on vacation. And honestly, being in Houston sometimes still feels like vacation. All those palm trees and pools, ya know?
I don’t typically get that into the Fourth of July, but with my mom and brother in town, I felt more festive this year. I did all my errands on Saturday, and while it made for a long day, it was so worth it to have Sunday and Monday free of obligations.
…and Monday I got up to put that butter to good use by making her delicious yolks-only French toast.
I also made lots of crispy bacon and a big fruit salad.
Once we’d had our fill of breakfast, we got back to the business of relaxing. I went and got a manicure, Eric and I went holiday sale shopping, and then we all headed to the pool for the afternoon. It was so hot but being
I told Eric I needed him to help peer pressure Preston to stop holding his nose when he jumps in the water. My mom and I have both been on him about it — I mean, it’s totally pointless and dumb — but we’ve only been able to get him to jump in a few times without holding his nose. Then he goes back to holding it again. I figured Eric might be able to help.
We had been at the pool for a little while when Eric said, “Hey Preston…I’ll give you a dollar if you jump in the water without holding your nose.”
I liked where this was going. “I’ll throw in a dollar too!” I said.
Preston was into the idea, but not before negotiating a little bit. “How about three dollars?” he said.
“Fine, but that’s our final offer!”
So off he went to jump in without holding his nose, and, of course, he was fine — no water up the nose.
“How much would it take to get you to not hold your nose for the rest of the time we’re at the pool?” I said.
Apparently, Preston thinks big, because he said, “A hundred dollars!”
“How about you turn your three dollars into ten dollars?” I said.
He agreed to my terms and for the rest of the day, he jumped in over and over and over again (how do kids do it!?!) and didn’t once hold his nose. As we got ready to head back to the apartment to fire up the grill for dinner, he declared that habit of plugging his nose when he was swimming had been totally broken in Texas.
I gave him two fives and felt like I had totally outdone myself as the cool older sibling. Then I told Eric if he wants to break me of bad habits, like leaving the bathroom floor totally soaking wet after I step out of the shower, I was also open to negotiations. He didn’t take me up on it, unfortunately.