Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Random Tuesday (sort of), Coffee Chat, and Some ABC's

I'm linking up with Stacy for some Random Thoughts
What an incredible week last week, which explains a little bit about why I haven't been around much.  Work, of course, sucks my time dry, my husband was out of town for a week, and I had to get the house clean for my daughter's return from Oxford!  The word I use to describe this feeling is JOY!

When my twins were six years old, they went to separate summer camps.  It was the first time they'd been apart for more than a day.  Each camp was a week, and they overlapped by a day, so it was almost two weeks of not seeing each other.  This is the result:

She has lived away at college for a year and a half before leaving in January for England, but she's always been driving distance from us.  I wanted to go see her so badly while she was over there, but we just couldn't swing it financially, not to mention I can't just miss work for a week at a time.  Below is the result of her and her twin brother seeing each other after four months apart.:

My babies are home under the same roof, at least until they both leave for college again in the fall!

And on a completely unrelated topic... what do you do when you're bored at a meeting?  Do you doze off? Play on your phone?  Fold paper?  Doodle on your paper?  Make lists? Pass notes?    Don't you hate it when that ONE PERSON keeps the meeting going longer due to previously asked and answered questions or just plain idiotic nonsense?
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We have boring "lovely" state testing this week.  Sixth and seventh graders yesterday and today as well as eighth graders who had to retest in math and reading, the two tests that 8th graders "theoretically" have to pass to go to ninth grade..  Notice I said, "theoretically,"  because I have never seen any of our 8th graders held back.  Maybe they go to summer school?  Tomorrow and Thursday they take science and social studies.  They don't have to pass those tests to be promoted, but they are used, along to "rank" our school and our district.

On to more exciting things:  Coffee Chat with Ink Interrupted.  This is what our hostess has to say:
It's my birthday this weekend - I will be camping with Girl Guides.  What is your perfect "this is how I spoil myself" birthday plan?
Oh, that's not as easy as it sounds!  I can say with certainty that it would not be a camping trip with the Girl Scouts as they are called in the US.  Not that I didn't love spending time with my daughter and her troop during their camping days.  But now?  Not so much.  I would love to have a day of pampering at a spa and a fancy dinner out with my husband including an adult beverage or two.  The other things I would enjoy would include a weekend of scrapbooking with my sister or a friend, some good books to read, and some uninterrupted sleep!  This is actually fairly realistic.  Now, if I were pretending, and money was no object, I would like to spend my birthday in England, maybe visiting Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.  Someday...

And speaking of someday... I would like to visit Rome and see up close and personal the things my daughter saw on her travels. (The weekly letter for ABC Wednesday is R.)  She photographed these in March on her trip to Italy's capital.

The Coliseum lit up green for St. Patrick's Day.

The Parthenon

Won't that be awesome? I'm counting on it!


  1. How wonderful to see the love in your post!

    Meetings....hmmm... just yesterday i read some kind of oneliner which said: Meetings are gatherings of people who do have a lot to say but don't and people who do not have to say anything but talk all the time..
    I don't do that much meeetings anymore but in those days when i did, i walked away if i go bored ;-) Helped always!

    Enjoy the love in your home and fmily, its a gift one can not buy!

    Have a nice ABC-Wednesday-day / - week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ <abc-w-team)

  2. Aw, that pic of her and her twin melts my heart!!! So sweet.
    And if I had any say in the timing, Girl Guides camp would NOT be happening on my birthday weekend! ha. but I didn't have a say in that.

    I'd love to see all those ancient places. Just the idea of standing there, in such a historical place, would be amazing. And if they had a spa there, all the better! lol


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