September 2nd, 2004

bundled up, walkabout, snow

Up incredibly late

I took a nap at work. Literally laid my head down on my desk like a kindergartner, set my PDA to go off when the Image Processing estimated it would be done, and proceeded to REM up some extra go-to-it.

I stayed up late last night, to finish updating Quicken for Flar. This morning I ran errands for him, and picked up some groceries. I had time for reading LJ and email, and eating lunch and even took a bubble-bath.

When I got home from picking up Tigger, I was sleepy and lay down for a nap, content that I'd done all but burn a picture CD for Flar and make the invitations for Tigger. Opman woke me from my nap. Foo. Ra thought I wouldn't have to come in tonight. Oh well, I got a nice big paycheck for my effort.

I'm copying the pictures over here to burn while I write this. Burning the CD, then going to bed.

"Tomorrow," I get up at 4:30am with Flar, drive him to the airport, nap, fix breakfast for the boys and drive Tigger to Sayre, then come home and crash. I have to make the invitations tomorrow, but that will be my only productive thing between school runs. Then work tomorrow night.

On my way to work tonight, I remembered Knight's card. He forgot to pick it up before I drove them to the airport, for me to give to Flar. It's for his SO in Brazil, where Flar is headed so very early in the morning. I remembered the card because I was having the bland meat loaf for dinner and forgot to bring cheese for it. I remembered that, between my house and Knight's, so I stopped in on my way. And proceeded to give heart checks to both Starmaiden and She_Who_Smiles_Down. I usually remember to announce myself when I let myself in. Sigh. Stole cheese, got the card.

Dinner was good. Meat loaf is yummy with cheese. Asparagus and cherry tomatoes. Hummus and carrots. I could chew the carrots without pain - yay!

Still an achy pain in my jaw/cheek area from my ear, though. Flar thinks I should use the evil drops until they're gone, like the Cipro. The drops weren't as painful tonight, perhaps because I was prepared to process the pain. Getting better at handling acute, non-recreational pain. Not quite making it recreational, but definitely experiencing the ecstasy.

Details enjoyed my story about the spider. We both laughed at how silly I probably looked. We decided that, like everything tastes better with cheese (or peanut butter), everything is sillier naked. :)

Details trained me on one of her regular jobs tonight. She's interviewing elsewhere tomorrow, and really needs a job with more hours, so if they offer, she'll probably leave. In the short term, that will mean lots more hours for me. Don't know if we'll try to replace Details unless work picks up, though.

I feel like I should be rooting for her to get this job, but I'll miss her company in the evenings.

Burning the CD now. I likes OS X interfaces, I does I does.
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bundled up, walkabout, snow

Berry soldiers on

Berry went to Sayre. Back in the spring, Mom asked me why she had her kids at TLS, then?

God put her there for me, is my very selfish answer.

Beau and his brother are still at TLS, and Berry has taken up the standard of the TLS Chess Mom. She's currently fighting to hire a new chess coach. Mr. Coach quit at the end of the year, and it sounds like the new administration doesn't understand the need for a coach in addition to the teacher advisor.

I'm so glad to be out of all of it.

Last night, Berry called me up. She was very discouraged by the email response she'd gotten from the headmaster, about hiring a new coach. She did all the leg work of locating someone, interviewed him last weekend, had gotten him to agree to the same stipend that Mr. Coach got, etc. The headmaster responded by saying that he had found a different faculty member to be the teacher advisor. He didn't seem interested in hiring a coach at all.

She had written a letter worthy of my best whines. I suggested a very different approach:

I am so excited that you may have found a Faculty Advisor who is experienced at chess and can help teach the children. To have two adults, knowledgeable in chess, in the room at the same time, facilitating learning and keeping the children on task on Fridays (after a long hard week) will be ideal.

IE, totally ignore the implication that a chess-savvy teacher advisor eliminates the need for a separate coach. ;)

She managed to get a meeting with the headmaster this morning, and he's going to consider having both a teacher advisor and a chess coach again.

It was so easy to talk about all this from the outside rather than being in the middle of it.

Berry's off to NYC soon to deal with an investment property there, but I'll see her at church the weekend of the sleepover. Knight has kindly offered to supervise the kids so I can scamper off to church. Then we're running off to Ren Faire in Ohio.
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