One of my kids posted on Facebook yesterday that these long trips of Dad's (and yes, around here two weeks classifies as "long") should be illegal. I don't know about that, but they sure aren't fun for any of us. Especially when the second half drags on with little or no communication due to the still high prices of phone calls and texts to Australia. We're glad it's OVER!
Yesterday, to help pass the last day before the coming home of The Papa, I treated myself to a movie alone. I mentioned several months ago that I'd been waiting with eagerness for The Soloist. It's based on the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless and schizophrenic former Julliard student and extraordinary cellist. He was "discovered" and made famous by Steve Lopez, a writer for the LA Times in a series of columns later expanded to book and now movie form. The movie was very sobering...it didn't end quite like I expected but I walked out reminding myself that "true stories" often don't turn out in neat "happily ever after" packages. To be honest, this one left me slightly blue. And after reflecting on it for 24 hours I think that, for me, the major message was the power of friendship even when that friendship can't perform miracles.
So now we have to be worried about the swine flu. I don't think it's a false alarm, and I hope I would be saying that even if the first U.S. cases weren't here in San Antonio. But it has brought the threat very close to home, and has made me think we might just be hunkering down for a few weeks and opting out of public events...
Listening this week to A Soldier of the Great War.
Four more weeks of school at Granny's House. As always, I look forward to the break for all of us, even though this year at least one and maybe two of our kids will need to keep going with math during the summer in order to stay on track. "On track" was never that big a deal in the early years, but when it comes to the middle and high school years, I do feel some pressure to make sure their courses and credits are in place so that I can, with integrity, put together a transcript that accurately reflects their academic accomplishments. So, we will give a couple of extra months to getting caught up, with a couple of weeks off during July vacation.
In the past couple of weeks we've done some sprucing up around here...a little paint, some new light fixtures, several new faucets, trim work. We have other projects coming up including our fourth major rebuilding of the kitchen door in 7 1/2 years. Not the kind of fun stuff we enjoy putting more money into. The big joke around here is that in three more years we'll have rebuilt the whole house, cleaning up all the builder's messes. We're glad he's now out of business.
I'm in the mood to do some heavy-duty cooking this week. Assuming my pain level isn't too high, I may be able to report back next week that we've had some extra-scrumptious meals and perhaps a few extra for the freezer.
Papa and I are looking at calendars, airline and hotel points, etc. and dreaming of a getaway sometime soon. Anyone have any thoughts on Savannah, GA?
So much fun this morning to turn around and see the five stairstep Slaughter kids sitting on the row in back of me. After two months I'm still occasionally startled to see them, whether in church or in my kitchen...what a joy!
Have a great last week in April!