Thursday, September 21, 2017

Rosh Hashanah, homecoming, happy Edda.

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The kids had off school today for Rosh Hashanah.  They usually get Yom Kippur off too, but not this year!  With the school year starting late (after Labor Day), they had to eliminate some holidays and I guess Rosh Hashanah was the one they decided to keep.  Vince went to a sleepover at a friend's house last night and came back home mid-morning.  Edda had Adriana's company most of the day today, allowing me to get a full day's work done.  Jeremy went to work.  Like he always goes to work.

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Hmmmm,  I'm trying to think of something interesting to say today and I have nothing.  I asked Vince if he was going to homecoming this year and he said no.  Jeremy's new glasses are still not fitting his large head very well, he might have to return them.  I made some progress on my quilt after Adriana left in the afternoon.  Edda is very, very happy today.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Home, home depot, AP classes.

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Jeremy's back from NYC today.  He took the train down this morning and headed into work.  We went to Home Depot tonight for life-sized angry bird catapult parts.

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Going back to Vince's schedule - Vickey noted that Vince, as a sophomore, is taking AP US Gov and that when we were teenagers, no one took that until their senior year.  There has been some sort of grade inflation/acceleration going on in the 30 years since I've been in high school.  In Vince's grade, there are *8* classes of AP US Gov.  If you estimate the total class size of about 500 and the US Gov class size as 30-35, then it seems like about half of the kids in the grade are taking this sophomore AP class.  Maybe I'm mistaken and the 8 classes are spread out among the sophomores, juniors & seniors.  Still, it's a lot of classes.  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

back to school, holes, night

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Vince & Edda's back to school nights are done.  Great teams at both schools, I'm always impressed.  The teachers are excellent, seemed determined to make it all fun & rigorous at the same time.  Edda is reading Holes this year and Vince is reading Night and Odyssey.  I'm having a tough time getting through any pleasure reading this year, maybe I should read what the kids are reading.  I think they've kind of given up on having the kids read at home and then come to class prepared.  For both Vince and Edda, they are going to do a lot of the reading in class.  Earlier this week Vince declared reading to be so boring - the same thing page after page after page.  You haven't found the right book yet, I suggested.  Though really I think the internet has destroyed all patience for long-form reading.  I can't even read long form stuff anymore and I think it's because my mind is now accustomed to clicking on quick bits on the web.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Lael, Ben.

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Jeremy's in NYC for a couple of nights.  He has an all-day thing tomorrow and wanted to figure out a way to get there and back without spending any nights there, but it's just impossible to do that and make the meeting, so he left during the afternoon today and is coming back on Wed.  He had dinner with Lael, who happens to have a birthday next week.  I think they are eating rice pudding right now. I'm a little, uh, jelly.  I'd like some rice pudding right now.

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Here, Ben is staying the night with us.  He's lives in Charm City, but is commuting to Bethesda.  We are helping him out a bit by cutting out a couple of commutes.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bette, nag, fridge.

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Bette feels much better after her sinus surgery last Thurs.  It was wonderful to see her up and about and doing all the regular Bette things.

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Jeremy managed to come home from the scout trip last night instead of today at noon.  He took one look at the cleaned garage, the reupholstered couch and the repotted plants and concluded that I was not busy enough asked if maybe I should start looking for a nursing gig.  Wasn't that the plan?  It's true when I am not as busy, I start, not only cleaning the house, but also I start messing more with Jeremy and Vince.  I start nagging.  It's not a good thing, I know.  I should really freak the boys out and do a deep fridge clean.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

A whole weekend, couch cover, angry birds.

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Edda says good morning.  Even though I've dropped the approximately 10-15 (and for a few weeks in there, more than 25) hours a week I used to spend on nursing school, I still feel busy all the time.  It's amazing to me how work just expands to fill the space.  It makes me wonder how much I could really stuff into a week.  Maybe I could open a medical device company after Vince leaves for college.  I always want stuff a lot into a week, but, you know, it's nice this way too.  These are the things that I've been able to add on:  The constant rushing feeling is gone.  The house is cleaner and more picked up.  I'm sleeping until 6:15 am instead of 5:30 am.  I used to be able to get up at 5:30 am without an alarm.  Now I need an alarm at 6 am.  I'm able to socialize without looking at my watch every 15 minutes (leisurely weekday lunches & hosting/cooking dinners).  I have whole weekends where I need to do neither school work nor work work.  It's a bit amazing to me, a beautiful fall weekend in which I have nothing to do!  I could watch TV!  (I did watch TV for a long time today - mostly the British Baking Show).  It's a tricky balance though, without a whole lot to do, I can fall into a mild depression.

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I spent 90 minutes today replacing the covers on our IKEA couches.  I don't mind that they are encrusted with food most of the time (because my standards are just that low), it just that when I have people over and I invite them to sit on the couch, I look at it through their eyes and cringe a bit inside.

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It's not that hard to switch out the couch covers, it's a little tricker by myself, but not too bad.  Now the old covers have to go to the dry cleaners which may cost as much as the couch itself.

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Then I spent three hours mowing & edging the lawn and cleaning up the garage so I would have room to make a life-size Angry Birds slingshot.

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This is my inspiration:



I might have made mine a little too big.  Hmmm.  I don't think it'll fit in the van. (It's not done yet).

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Caving, biking, baking.

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Vince and Jeremy are gone - off to go caving somewhere far away with the scouts.  Jeremy volunteered to drive as they seemed to be short of drivers, but there ended up being eight adults going, so maybe he didn't have to go?  Who knows. They are gone!  Jeremy is not going caving, he brought his bike and planned a 70 mile route near the cave and he'll explore there.

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Edda and I have exciting plans for the weekend.  Let's see if it pans out, or if I just end up watching The Great British Baking Show all weekend.

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