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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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Meat, meet, 45!

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We get our meat delivered frozen from the same place that delivers our milk.  Early every Thursday morning, they leave the delivery in a cooler we leave on the front porch.  Jeremy isn't sure what happened, but last week's meat order was forgotten in the cooler (somehow the milk and eggs got taken into the house, though).  So when he opened the cooler this morning to get the week's milk delivery, he got a noseful of rotten meat.  Maybe not the best way to start the morning.

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We went downtown to meet Tony & Natasha's new baby, Sara.  Two weeks old!  I forget how small they are at the very beginning.

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As soon as I got home, I had to take Vince out to Giant to buy groceries for the scout campout this weekend.  As usual, it was a terrible concoction of sugary cereal, mac and cheese, beef jerky and 10,000 snack items.

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Today is my birthday.  It's a big one - I'm 45.  My parents called me late at night (8:15 pm) and laughed and asked me how old I was and when I said 45!, they told me that in 10 years, I can join the AARP.  I laughed and said, well me being 45 makes you guys how old?  We celebrated last night because tonight Jeremy had a meeting downtown and I had Edda's back to school night to go to, so we weren't going to be together.

Jeremy made me a delicious dinner with all the things I love, including a beet salad.  He bought the strawberry & cream cake I like from Whole Foods.  He got blue cheese & pretzel bread.

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I got a pin cushion for my pins & needles.  It's filled with emery to keep the needles clean and sharp.

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I know I tell you that I like things that are at the $8 price point, but don't think I'm not drawn to expensive stuff like everyone else.  Every time I find myself at a high end mall,  I've walked into the Lululemon store and touched the running gear and looked at the prices and then walked out.  Jeremy was determined to buy some stuff at Lululemon for me for my birthday, but then all his female co workers told him he couldn't possibly patronize Lululemon because they fat-shame people and instead directed him to Athleta (a store that he had never heard of).  So I got a new running bra from Athleta and it's, by far, the nicest bra I have. My boobs totally didn't move at all during the whole run this morning.

To get all touchy-feely, I'm keenly aware that, at 45, I'm (most likely) past the halfway point of my life.   I'm working hard to release the bad energy and to harness the good energy and enjoy the ride. I've been given so, so very much, I try to repay it back everyday.  I strive to be grateful at the start of each day where I get to try again. Thank you all for being part of my life, I hope I'm doing good by you.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Violin, Kelly, last lesson.

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Well, today was Vince's last violin lesson (sorry Kappa!).  I didn't tell Kelly in advance that we had decided to end violin - I wanted us to do it in person and together.  Vince walked in and handed her a dozen roses and a box of chocolates and declared - this is my last lesson (and shed a few tears...)!  It's been a long time since Vince has put in regular practice sessions and I know I've been dragging this on because I love Kelly and - who knows - I wanted an excuse to see her every once in a while?  Kelly was not surprised & did not try to convince him to keep going, rather she commented how we had lasted so long.

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We found Vince's first violin notebook and it indicated that 9/9/2010 was his first lesson!  Almost exactly 7 years with Ms. Kelly.  The end of an era.  Vince didn't play any violin at his last lesson, rather we looked at Kelly's new 5-string electric violin and chatted about school and friends and what we were planning on doing in the coming year.

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