06 February 2009

Coming up for air...

... or poking my nose out of our warm house into the cold, as the case would be here in Maine.

This has been the week that I thought would never end. When I think back just five days ago to Monday, it feels as though it was a month ago. Here is what has been going on in our neck of the woods:

* our dog got sick, got sicker, and then got sick enough to go to the vet; several hundred dollars later, it seems he had eaten a piece of hard plastic which ultimately worked its way out on its own and now he is fine. Go figure.

* our daughter, who is a freshman in high school, is on the JV basketball team and has been asked to swing up to Varsity; while this is a great honor, it means my hubby and I are watching YET ANOTHER basketball game every couple of days, and 99 percent of the time, she's just sitting the bench.

* it is cold. Ok, sure, it's February in Maine, but c'mon. It seems colder than its been so far this season (though it isn't) and in fact, it seems colder than its been in years. Though I haven't checked any stats, I'm sure this isn't true, so its probably just me.

* we got a new TV; we've been saving for one for quite some time and this is, I think, the highlight of my husband's entire life. Yes, I think this trumps our wedding day and the births of our children. I would include a photo, but the TV is just TOO big. And you can bet that my husband is smiling ear to ear as he reads this.

* ebay has become more complicated. I have been selling much of our old homeschool curriculum on ebay and while it still works for me, it seems much more complicated than it was when I started using it a few years ago. Or maybe it's just me.

* my favorite internet friend (read that, I met her on the internet and we have been friends for years now, but we've never actually met in person) just moved my website to a new server and did all the grunt work for me. In my mind, that trumps the new TV.

* the past has caught up with me as I have somehow come into contact with a bunch of old friends on Facebook. When I say "old friends," we're talking elementary school. 30 years ago. This has been such a trip that I don't even know how to talk about it coherently, but it is pretty cool.

* today I went on a field trip to Portland; I actually rode a school bus with about 40 ninth graders, and we spent the day visiting various houses of worship for a study of religion in a history class. While I secretly wasn't really looking forward to this outing, I signed up so I could be with my daughter for the day. And let me just say, I had a wonderful time. The kids (yes, ninth graders) were, in a word, hilarious. I just love teenagers. Oh God, did I just say that? Seriously, though, my hat goes off to the public school teachers who literally give their lives to our kids each and every day. And I am amazed at the veteran bus drivers who took those big yellow buses through the narrow streets of Portland, complete with traffic, badly parked cars, and snow banks infringing out onto the roads. That is a job I would never want.

* my older daughter used her Christmas money to buy the drum set for guitar hero on xbox. It is quite odd to see your children and their friends playing quasi-band instruments to all the music you loved as a teen - and none of it is real. That makes my head hurt... the unreal part, not the music. Keep the music coming!

* I am learning to knit; it seems like a good winter thing to do, and if I can knit a blanket big enough, it will keep me warm WHILE I am working on it. You know, since I didn't have anything else to do this week.

Ok, I'm off to sit by the fire and once again count the days until spring.

Copyright © 2009 - Paulla Estes


California Girl said...

Holy cow, Paulla! That's only one week?! I hope you are taking a day off this weekend. :)

Connie said...

Wow Paulla, sounds like a cool week. I knit too, but have been slacking off and can only do straight things but I think tomorrow I'm going to take the hat class. Hey, I'm reading Twilight, I want to like it because everyone is reading it, but it is hard, you are right it is juvenile. Love you,

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