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Thursday, July 16, 2015

That didn't go as planned

So as I mentioned, yesterday was supposed to be college orientation day but in actuality, it was college registration day.  This detail is important because it determines how long you have to wait to pick up your kid.  When I went in after an hour to ask them what time orientation was over, they told me "orientation lasts 4 hours".  So naturally I left and went to the mall so that I could send my Coach bag out for repairs, and buy a pencil sharpener for my new lip stick crayon.  I ended up buying a bunch of skin care things that I didn't go there for, one of which was a spray bronzer that I bought to use as a summer contouring spray.  The girl at Sephora told me (with a straight face) that I could use it as a tanning spray...  I looked at her for a minute, and just said "I don't need to tan".

Anywho, when I finally got back to pick Dante up after four hours, he informed me that he'd been sitting outside waiting for me for three hours.  We were told that he was having orientation but we got the wrong information.  And I took the whole day out of work for no good reason.  But on the bright side, I did get to spend the day hanging out with Alex and we got to have our first Pinkberry yogurt together.  He was particularly taken with the pebbled floor.  We also went to see Splash at Jordan's Furniture and enjoyed their Christmas in July show.  It was surprisingly fun. 

Today, I went to PT and did my recheck to see how far I've come along.  I'm gaining strength really fast.  I just need to build up my running and jumping, and then I'll be all set to go back into my classroom (hopefully next month).  I'm excited about it.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Orientation day

In case anyone was wondering what light duty looks like, this is it, lol.  Lots and lots of cutting, gluing, and laminating.  I spend the majority of my day buzzing people into the building and making materials for the classrooms.  It could be worse.  I prefer to be busy.

Today is Dante's college orientation, and I'm not sure how I feel about it, except that I'm glad to be out of college before he got in.  That was pretty much my only concern.  There was no way I was going to share my computer time with my undergrad while trying to complete a master's degree, lol.  I'm home from work today to take him and keep Alex busy while we wait. 

This summer is the 3rd in a row that Dante has watched Alex while we were at work, only this time I learned from past mistakes and actually make plans for them to go and do things during the week so they can get out of the house and stay off each others' nerves.  So far, so good.  Tomorrow they take the bus down to the 2nd run theater and watch Home.  Alex is pretty excited about it.  And next Friday they have a play date with a friend from church to go to a playground with a water feature.  That should be a lot of fun for him and if it's easy enough to get to, they can go as often as they want. 

I'm starting to relax now that Dante has turned 18 and graduated, and basically nothing is different, lol.  I don't know why I was convinced that 18 would be some magic number where Dante would suddenly detach himself from the family and disappear forever.  Maybe that was what my mom was worried about when I turned 18.  I just remember that my senior year was particularly difficult for us and I couldn't understand why.  I think I get it now.

My knee has been aching more than it has in a while because I've been sitting behind a desk.  It's really hard to get comfortable, and PT was harder yesterday than its been in a while.  Hopefully I'll adjust to this new schedule quickly so I can get back to doing what I do.  I'd probably feel better if I were working with the kids, but I still can't run or get into holds yet so I'm not allowed.  Thankfully, I can get out and walk around the building every few hours to loosen the knee joint.  This photo is a view from the parking lot.  The humidity is unbelievable, but it feels good to be out there.

In knitting (the thing you actually came here to read about, lol), I've turned the heel on my latest design and I'm looking forward to starting the leg and getting into the calf increases.  This could go quickly.  And I'm also excited to be able to play along with the Scarefest this year, now that I don't have any more assignments to cut into my time.

Monday, July 13, 2015

more pattern knitting

I'm working on the final pattern for the Scarefest, and I really wish I could show it off but I can't just yet.  Needless to say, it's turning out really great and I'm excited about it.  Too bad I can't knit this while I'm at work, lol.

Today I spent a fantastic afternoon with my friend Denise, knitting and snacking.  It felt great to be able to go somewhere and not worry about having to rush back to homework.  And to make sure the guys didn't miss me too much, I picked up some ribs from Sams for dinner.  They were quite happy, and I was able to enjoy an evening of adult conversation. 

Tomorrow I'll try to get a decent photo and knit something that I can show you :)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The best part of summer

If you look really, really closely at that yellow blob, you'll see Alex riding the carousel.  This is a classic Looff carousel that's over a hundred years old and is still running.  It's magical and we've been coming here since Alex was just big enough to get on one of the horses.  I just love to sit on the bench and people watch.  The families are happy.  The look of pure joy on the children's faces is intoxicating.  I just love being there.

Yesterday, one of the teens working at the carousel taught Alex how to grab the rings, and gave him a free ride while he was practicing.  Then he introduced himself to me as we left, and gave Alex a high five.  That young man needs a raise!

Today, Dante gave a talk at church and did a pretty good job considering the fact that he forgot all about it until this morning, lol.  I asked him to try being more prepared and less "on the fly".  Sharing time was nice, and I filled in for one of the primary classes that still is in need of a regular teacher.  There was a small group and we had a really nice discussion.  I usually dread the summers at church because most of our membership is comprised of college students who disperse to the four corners of the Earth, so it's hard to find enough people to cover all the classes.  However, this year it just feels different.  I'm enjoying the smaller class sizes and the slower pace of it all.  Maybe that's because I don't have as much on my plate right now?

Speaking of which, I've been lurking on Ravelry pretty hard, queing all the things.  I wish I could knit faster.  I want to knit every sweater and shawl I see right now, and most of the socks.  I mean, I certainly have time, lol.  I'm still reading Whales on Stilts with Alex and it's so funny that I'm a little sad about approaching the end of the book.  We're going to have to look for more books by this author.  Now, off to knit socks.  I'm almost finished with the 2nd of three patterns for the Scarefest, and I need to ride this wave of productivity while it lasts.