1. Yawn, stretch, wave! I took an unintended but much needed blogging break! It started last week as I was getting ready for the state homeschooling convention but after that every time I walked by the computer I just didn't feel like blogging. So rather than bore you all with a half-hearted attempt, I rested. And it was good.
2. My aunt (she's really my husband's aunt but I spent so much time talking with her I feel like she's mine too!) died last week from stage IV ovarian cancer. She was diagnosed a year before my mom and lasted a year past mom. She was a fighter, but she was also a very gentle and good spirited lady. We spent time together last year at the family reunion. She knew the disease had killed my mother and we spent some time talking about that and her treatments. I thought she was very brave. I know Uncle Lawrence and all of her children will miss her very much.
3. My mom's first cousin (my first cousin once removed for those of you versed in geneology) lost his wife recently too. I spent quite a bit of time in the sympathy card section of the store looking for something appropriate to send and I was impressed with the selections. It seems that card writers are more in touch with what people want to say about love and loss than they were even a few years ago. There were also lots with verses from scripture, which also pleased me.
4. One of my other cousins (first cousin once removed - it's not so hard to follow geneology lines once you get the hang of it) was inspired to send me the book As A Peace-Loving Global Citizen. She wrote me a lovely note and said she felt inspired to send it to me, not to undermine my faith but I think rather to share hers. So I am looking forward to starting it.
5. Last week, Mr. Pete and I manned a booth at the CHEO convention. The booth was for our support group and was the only Catholic booth at the convention. As I was sitting there a woman came up and asked me if I was having a good time and if people were being nice to me, because "sometimes Christians aren't very nice to Catholics." It was a very interesting exchange and I'll be blogging more on that later.
6. While I was there I learned a lot about a program called College Plus . This is basically a coaching and planning program that helps you through the CLEP test process until you have enough credits to apply to a program like Thomas Edison State College. What intrigues me about the program is that for between $12,000 and $15,000, my child can have his Bachelor's degree. I'll be blogging more that later as well.
7. Calvin lost his roommate about a month ago. It seems the young man just had a hard time learning how to manage his money and so Calvin had to find a new roommate. So without any advice or guidance from us, he put an ad on Craig's List for a roommate and then set about interviewing roomies. He had like six guys and one woman apply. I had my fingers crossed that he wouldn't chose the woman. But as it turned out the guys were completely clueless! Either they didn't have jobs or they they had part time jobs at minimum wage, and one of them Calvin couldn't even understand his speech. So to my shock - he picked the woman. Calvin's girlfriend wasn't very happy about it either. But the new roommate is in her 30s, she paid cash, she works full time and is studying for her master's degree so she is barely every there. When she is there she is exceptionally neat. He said it's like NOT having a roommate. So we'll see how it works out. Parenting a young adult out on his own could be summed up like this - all the stress/ none of the power!
It's good to be back!