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28 July 2014 @ 11:10 am
Hello, friends! Hope you're all doing well.

I'm very much enjoying my summer break! We're catching up on some of the things left-over to do from last years' massive remodel. I'm also re-reading The Lord of the Rings; brought on by a mini-marathon of watching the films with my daughter. I have to go back to work in two weeks, so that end-of-the-summer-where-did-it-go-I-still-have-things-to-do feelings is kicking in!

Our oldest daughter graduated with her master's degree from the University of Denver in June and is currently doing an internship (paid for once!) in Washington, D.C. She is looking for real "big girl" jobs also, and has a couple of leads on that. It's frightening how many young people are in the same predicament: holding advanced degrees and loaded with college debt, but unable to find full-time employment. We're really hoping she finds something soon, as she definitely doesn't want to have to move back home.

Our middle daughter is also doing an (unpaid) internship at a small city nearby and working this summer. She will begin her last year of college in August, and is looking at graduate schools. For some reason, she wants to go to school in Minnesota and has her heart set on that. I can't even begin to imagine those cold winters, but it would be fun to visit her there! This is our child with ADHD and OCD, who teachers despaired of in her elementary years. How I would love to find them now and point out how responsible and dependable she has become, and also show them her grades!

Youngest daughter will begin her senior year in high school this August. She's actually having her senior pictures made this morning. She's had an exciting summer; she got to go to London in June, and can't wait to go back again. We're looking at colleges for her now and preparing to take the ACT again. She wants to major in linguistics, which as a speech-language pathologist, is near and dear to my heart. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of degree programs in that field nearby. The only school in Arkansas that has a program in linguistics, is the same school I attended and the school where middle daughter goes now.

My husband recently got a promotion and has been working so many hours! It's rare that he works less than 60 hours a week. But he assures me that things should quiet down after the summer.

And, like I said, I'm just enjoying being off work! There's always things to do around the house, but I'm especially enjoying not setting an alarm clock. I'm also training for another half marathon, my sixth! I recently bought a Fitbit flex, and my activity level, or lack thereof, has been truly eye-opening! Let me tell you, it's harder than you would think to get 10,000 steps daily! I have to walk at least an additional 30 minutes after an hour-long zumba class to get all those steps in. But I'm enjoying the challenge!

So, I hope everyone's doing well! Have a great rest of the week, and enjoy your summer!
05 February 2014 @ 11:50 pm
Can't believe I haven't been on here since September! I seldom use my laptop anymore and somehow can't get the mobile LJ app to working on my phone, so...

Nothing is really new. Work. Running. Zumba. Kids. Insomnia. Etc.
20 September 2013 @ 05:41 pm
Let's see. What's new?

The remodel is finished. My husband is putting the knobs on the cabinet doors today. It looks beautiful, and I'm very thankful.

I'm back at work. Every year we seem to have major computer problems, and this year is no different. We've started using a new special education software provider, which apparently, in the words of our technology expert at the Co-op, "uses a lot of internet juice". This sometimes results in printing a forms packet to take an hour to print. We've been given a laser printer which we have to connect to with a USB cord, and this has helped tremendously. I might survive the stress.

Our oldest daughter had a great trip to Bosnia, and has been back in the states a month, and back in Denver a couple of weeks. She's not been affected by the flooding in CO, thank goodness! However, there has been a problem with her financial aid, and she's $7000 short on the money she needs for tuition and living expenses! This has been going on for over a week, and she's extremely anxious about it.

And I guess that's about it!
16 July 2013 @ 11:46 am
Things are going okay around here. Demolition is almost finished except for pulling out the floor in the downstairs bathroom. The walls are down, the old doorway is framed in, recessed lighting is installed, and the sheetrock is going up in the kitchen. Today the ceiling in the living room is being painted and our new wood floor has arrived and the boxes will be set out to "acclimate" for the next few days so they can be installed next week (I hope). All the appliances have been bought, but we did have to set back the delivery date for them for two more weeks, which makes me very sad. We're surviving living upstairs, but the really serious mess of drywall mudding and taping and sanding hasn't started yet, so we may retreat to our camper after all.

Youngest had some trouble with her wisdom teeth extraction, or really the aftermath. She kept vomiting and couldn't keep her antibiotic or pain meds down, but she's feeling much better the last two days and her check up today was good. Middlest gets hers out this afternoon, so round two is about to start!

It's just been a week, but being stuck upstairs all day with nothing much to do except take care of a sick teenager is getting old fast! Daytime tv isn't much fun, and it's hard to concentrate on reading with all the noise downstairs. Next week youngest is going to church camp and middlest will be back to her apartment and work, so I may have to escape for a day or two to keep my sanity. And of course, as soon as this is all done I'll have to go back to work. But oh, well! That's how it is, and I do know how blessed we are to be able to do this, and how wonderful it will be when it's all done!
03 July 2013 @ 07:52 am
So we are remodeling our kitchen this summer. Demolition is scheduled to start on Monday, so this week I've been clearing out all the kitchen cabinets and packing things away in boxes to go into storage. This remodel started out small, replacing cabinets and countertops only. Then we decided to take out part of a non-loadbearing wall and build a kitchen island. Then we decided to take out all the non-loadbearing wall. And then our contractor suggested the near-drastic plan of also removing part of a loadbearing wall, changing the entire configuration of the kitchen, building a new pantry, and closing off a doorway. And at the same time, we are having the hardwood floors in our living room and dining room refinished or replaced and laying hardwood in the the entire downstairs area of our house. And did I mention that we are going to live in the house while this is all happening? I think we have gone insane. (Or if we aren't at present, we will be by the time this is all done!)

My plan is to set up a sort of camp kitchen in our garage with a microwave and the camp stove from our camper. We have a gas grill and are moving our fridge out there as well. We will survive. But yikes!

Add to all this that youngest has her wisdom teeth removed next Tuesday, followed by the same for middlest the following week and the fact that yours truly will be doing most of the painting of the new cabinets - makes for a very stressed me!
12 June 2013 @ 02:59 am
My oldest daughter is leaving today to spend the summer in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She will be doing a summer internship with the Sarajevo Open Center as part of her graduate program in International Development. I'm still amazed sometimes that my little girl, from our little town, has been able to do so many amazing things. We tease her that someday she will be Secretary of State, or an ambassador to the U.N. And she might just do it!
07 June 2013 @ 10:08 am
Why in the world does canned cat food smell SO BAD?! My kitty is now 16 years old and in the beginning stages of kidney failure, so her vet has told me that she needs to eat canned food now, rather than the dry cat food she's eaten for most of her life. We've had to experiment with multiple brands, flavors, and textures, but this is what we've discovered: the smellier the food, the better she likes it. Yuck!

She also won't eat very much at a time, so if we give her more than about a tablespoon-full, she leaves it in the dish. The smell gets worse exponentially the longer it stays in the dish, so it's a non-stop balancing act to give her just enough food that she will eat in one sitting, yet won't leave around to stink up the entire house.

I'm thinking its a power-play... Which is not unthinkable considering that this is the same cat who has learned to drink so much water that she makes herself throw up. On purpose. When she doesn't get the attention she wants. Oh yes. I'm not kidding. The vet has confimed that cats are capable of such thought processes.

I guess it's a good thing we love the silly cat so much.
03 June 2013 @ 09:31 am
First official day of summer break!!! Got up early, went for a nice long walk, made a yummy spinach tomato omelet, and am contemplating what to do the rest of the day. I'm thinking a trip to Hobby Lobby!
15 May 2013 @ 10:32 am
04 May 2013 @ 07:28 am

I'm feeling very tired and sad today. Sometimes being the Mom stinks...

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