Friday, October 14, 2011

The wrong color worms.

Costco. Meatloaf. Internet. TV. Peanut butter M&Ms. Vacuuming.  Cats.

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A night off.

I finished up my short story, autobiographical vignettes and (for lack of a better term) book reports last night.  I celebrated with a large bowl of Breyers Natural Vanilla ice cream topped with Hershey's syrup and a bag of chips on the side (Kettle Salt and Pepper, duh!).

Today I reread everything to make sure it made sense, double checked my formatting and uploaded to my school website.  It felt like taking my kid to kindergarten for the first time.  I hope the world is kind to my stories.

GAH, I am so nervous about turning in my first bit o' work.

I've been basically ignoring my house and family for about three days; grades were due today at school and I wanted to get the packet off my plate before the weekend.  Once I did all that I could pick up where I left off around here--in the kitchen, the bathrooms, etc.  Everything needed some work.  I put my nose to the grindstone this afternoon so I don't have to worry about cleaning all weekend.  It's just done.

And now it's on to the next adventure!  Not only do I have another packet due in three-ish weeks just like the one I uploaded today, next week I am traveling with my school's Mock Trial team (holler!) to Brooklyn, New York for an invitational.  These the easiest kids in the world to travel with, and watching them perform is inspiring.  We will have a little bit of time to see the city, too, which I am most excited about.

We'll be there from Thursday to Monday and on Monday we've got tickets to the 9/11 Memorial.  I'm glad we're including a bit of history for these kids, and honestly I feel lucky to go see it too.

Other things I'd like to do in NYC: check out the Brooklyn Bridge (we're staying close), run somewhere cool (and safe... yes, Mom), explore a bit more than I was able to on my one and only day to explore the last time I was there, and buy another cheap knock-off bag.

I really feel like I'm off tonight--no looming deadlines, no grades to upload, nothing to clean.  This was an INSANE week of parent contact.  I'm exhausted just thinking about it all.  So tonight is a welcome break before I jump back in to all the action this week.

Now if you excuse me, I've got a date with a bag full of sour gummy worms.  It's not as great as it sounds--all that's left are the red and yellow ones.  Somebody else got to it first.

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