oh how I have missed the rain. In Austin we have rain about once a quarter – a sight so rapidly diminished by global warming that the principal had to send out a special alert all message today about how to pick up your child in the rain. STAY IN THE CAR it read. The dog cowers in the corner, and hubby has to go get leaves off the rain gutters in his all weather gear, but I rejoice. Because not only does this mean I won’t get dinged for not watering the garden all week Davis was out, it also means we might not play that team of ringers tomorrow on the soccer field.
To recap, life is normal again although schedulng an appointment to get nipples was a little out of the ordinary. How will I feel during the surgery? “Like you’ve had a few margaritas” – whee and new nipples?!
I celebrate my new job – at which I am actually quite good, and had my first “inquiry” which means the next step in this sales funnel thing that I’m doing. Regardless, I am enjoying it, and finding that there are advantages to being old – I mean seasoned – I have a network and you don’t. I’m not cheating I just have gone through more junk and have a nice perk – friends in high places. Occasionally.
Henry and I spent two hours last weekend on Chinese homework. There were tears – and not just from Henry. Ni jao wo ma ming sur? I think I am asking What is your name, but really I had to picture his teacher wielding a ninja sword and jumping on a pogo stick to get “lao sur” in my head. This is hard. Henry wanted to quit. I wouldn’t let him. I said – you don’t get to quit when things are hard. You don’t get to leave the field. And you know what, he got 100% on his quiz today. Yes, they had a quiz and he is in 2nd grade and most of the class is 7. That’s another conversation.
Carter has discovered a game on the ipad called mindsnacks Mandarin – a friend’s recommendation. One of the “levels” is to connect the dots on a little cube indicating which way the accent mark goes on a word. Does it go down? Up? Straight across? Or like a little V? I couldn’t even tell what the dots meant. He has now reached the 21st star in under 3 minutes. I have no idea what any of that means.
Emmy and I went to JoAnn fabrics – Mommy can we go to the store where we get all the craft activities like the elephant that I sewed together? In the plethora of options for her to choose under $10 she chose to pick a soccer outfit for her American girl doll. We got home and she burst into tears because she thought the shoes wouldn’t fit. They did, but after we had tot ake the teeny tiny shoelaces off and then retie them. Next thing I know whe’s drawn and illustrated a globe and can sing Head Shoulder Knees and Toes in Mandarin.
And, I finally called the electrician – we have four new light fixtures installed and canned lights that make me happy to see them and a whole bunch of holes in our ceiling that I will need to get patched.
I carried a new fan out of Home Depot and Emmy was with me – on the JoAnn run – “Mommy I think you are getting much stronger since you had the cancer bugs”.
I find I don’t even think about it daily – until I see myself in the mirror or my sore left muscle gives me a little ping. Everything changes and the more it stays the same.