Thursday, May 28, 2015

out of the groove

I seems to be a bit out of the groove when it comes to blogging. Took a bit of a break and now that I'm inclined to start back up again, I'm having trouble collecting my thoughts. Or at least identifying thoughts that I want to blog about. So, here are some very random observations.

Right now in my world, the boy's alarm is going off. I need to truck upstairs and unplug the darn thing.

The birds are singing. The hummingbirds are feeding. The sun is trying to peek through a fairly heavy cloud layer. We may see rain today. The paper has been fetched and the Dukie-dog has been given his treat and his breakfast.

Today at work I need to load all the content for the June issue onto the website. And I need to load the digital edition as well. And I need to load a response to a USDA-APHIS petition from my committee.

It is Friday eve. The hubby's birthday weekend nears.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

a new normal, for a bit

Today marks the start of a new normal for us, at least for the next month. We took the boy off to a local university for his month of "summer college for high school students." He will be taking two classes: microeconomics and logic/critical thinking. His roommate is a young man from Mexico. Very diverse group of students from all over the country and world. The program takes up to 200 for each session. They attend class with university students and are expected to work along side them as if they were freshman in college instead of juniors in high school.

He was nervous, excited, eager, anxious and ready to get started. His counselor for the month is a PhD candidate in Economics. He is also Greek!

The ladies will both be at their summer internships starting today. The oldest began yesterday. She has an official name badge and a 10% discount on groceries. LOL. Will save us the sales tax for the summer. Sweet.

The younger girl is back at town hall for the summer, but will be paid this time around. Sounds like they have several projects for her to work on in various departments. Good!

So, poor Duke will be having a new normal as well. His people won't be around to wait on him.

Off we go!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

a relaxing morning

I'm looking forward to Saturday. I think, fingers crossed, that I can start putting my house back together again that day. The flooring is finished. The island should be painted soon. More on that in a minute.

I'm tired of the boxes, the stacks, the furniture in odd places, the whole sense of construction that has been our vibe for a month now.

The island is going to be painted next and that is more or less the final touch. We had selected a color, but when they painted a drawer front, I realized it was not as dark as I wanted it. I picked a new color and let the contractor know.The paint store can retint that batch of paint and they should be ready to roll, spray, brush or whatever technique they are using. Yipee! It's going to look great. I pinned a few pics on Pinterest of the color choice on an island. Of course those kitchen don't look exactly like mine, but the idea is black island, white cabinets.

So, while Saturday will not be a relaxing morning, afternoon, or evening....looks like Sunday might be!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

time to study

The boy takes his first AP test on Thursday. Good! By this point in the year, with only a few weeks to go until school ends, a few teachers have stopped teaching. They are watching Mythbusters episodes in one class. They've taken up books in another. Now, that being said, the Algebra II teacher told them she will be teaching until the minute they walk out the building for summer break. Love her! It will be a sad day when she retires. The English teacher is still having them work; Dr. C does not let them slack off!

Interesting to note: the two teachers still making those students work are both women. The two teachers who have the TV on are both men. Hmmmmm.

Now, to be fair, this commentary is all based on what the boy has shared with me. However, I do recall the girls making similar comments about Dr. C and Ms. K (the Alg II teacher). They taught right to the end. No wasted moment. No movies. No parties. NO making ice cream! Yes, he has to take in ingredients for ice cream today. Oi Vey. I think for Chemistry class....or at least I hope that is what it is for.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

in early

Have to make up some time at work since I will be taking the boy there and back for his AP World History exam.

Quick update. I finished the third book in His Fair Assassin trilogy. Thoroughly enjoyed these novels. Thumbs up.

Off we go!

Thursday, May 7, 2015


In the home renovation that will never end, or so it seems, progress was made yesterday. It truly does feel like 2 steps foward and one step back. But, the back porch is underway and the new ceiling is being installed. Painting is happening. Things are taped and papered off in the kitchen for the island to be painted.

The tire did have a nail in it and it has been repaired. So, that is a good thing.

In other news, I've been reading a lot with hubby out of town.

The honeysuckle is blooming and it smells wonderful in the mornings for our walk. It helped a lot this morning as today is trash day.

And on that note, off I go. Thursday. Yeah. Friday eve. The weekend is in sight.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Walking walkers

The spring walking season is underway. I've managed to walk in the morning before work as well as on my lunch break for two days now! Nothing to truly celebrate about, but I do feel better and I'm not enduring the afternoon drowsy spell that seemed to be hitting on a regular basis.

And, I woke up early enough to blog today. Hi, Mom!!

In other news, the house renovations continue. We do have a new sink and running water in the kitchen. Yeah!

In other, other news, I may have picked up a nail in my tire. I'm guessing a stray nail in the driveway from the new siding installation. Lovely. I filled the tire up yesterday and will check it this morning. May mean a detour to either Costco or our local mechanic to have it checked out.

I'm reading again!! Started the second of the Robin LeFevers book, "Dark Triumph." Not bad. I managed to check out this title and the third in the series via the library's digital service. Very cool.

Off we go into Wednesday. Midweek. Yippee!