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Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Musings...

First, I'll share a picture of my girl at halftime...

Isn't her new jersey awesome? All the girls on the team really loved them--a big move up from logo'd t-shirts! I think she looks tough too.

She only got in once in her first game, which turned out to be okay because the visiting team was brutal. We actually thought one broke someone's nose with a shoulder to the face, but thankfully the girl was okay. They were sending girls flying every which way by the second half. The Girl was a bit disappointed not to be on the track more, but she understood that it was her first game, and that's pretty common for that, and she appreciated that her coaches had concerns for her safety. Afterwards, she did get an awesome "Hey, that was your first game, right?" from another (really good) player, who then added "I'm glad to have you on the team." Really sweet, and it made The Girl feel really good.

She will be skating a lot more in an upcoming game in October. They couldn't find another junior team to play, so they are calling in all the juniors around here and splitting them into two teams for the night, which means the teams will be smaller. She's really looking forward to it already!

The Earthquake...
So at about 3:20 in the morning yesterday, we were rudely awakened by the earth heaving and rolling under us. Not a pleasant sensation. it woke everyone up, and The Boy told us afterwards that he literally leapt from his loft bed since the shaking freaked him out. There was a blinding flash in the sky (blown transformer? Earthquake lights?), and the power went out for a few seconds. It was the biggest earthquake we've had since 1989's Loma Prieta--which I remember all too clearly and which was much worse--and the first major quake my kids have felt. Thankfully there was no real damage around here, though the town of Napa sustained a fair amount of damage and will be cleaning up for a while.

Outside My Window...
Mornings have been cool and foggy/overcast for a few weeks now, though it clears off to warm and sunny afternoons, usually in the 80s. Everything is crisp, dried out, and golden brown, thanks to the continuing drought. We've had a spot or two of rain here and there, but it never is enough.

Around the House...
We're adjusting to having both M and I working outside the home again. He worked all weekend, and is off today through tomorrow. We'll get his new schedule tomorrow. I need to get my cleaning routine down a bit better, and I need to get rid of more books.

In the Kitchen...
I really need to try out freezer to slow cooker recipes in preparation for Mondays, generally our most tightly scheduled day, as I work until noon, have a class from 4-6:30, and The Boy has fencing at 7. Today I took the day off from work to take my dad in for a kidney scan, so I can cook ahead for tonight. I did make a shrimp & corn chowder recently that was awesome!

Plotting & Planning...
We'll be starting our new academic year in less than a week... if all goes as planned. The kids and I have been hard at work choosing resources, etc. to use for the year, and now I am just hoping all my books will come in on time (or maybe we'll have a later start)! I did get these yesterday, which look fantastic for our Sunday art lessons...







Watching & Reading...
We haven't been watching much besides Xena and Top Gear, but are more than halfway through our second trip through The Twenty One Balloons. I'm still working on my list of read-alouds for the upcoming year, trying to (when possible) alternate good historical fiction with other good fiction.

This Week's Happenings...
I have a class this afternoon. The Boy has fencing, The Girl has derby practice. there are two more doctor's appointments to take my dad to, and M's work schedule to work into all of this. Should be fun!

Have a good week!

2 comments :

  1. Great fun for Cassia!! And oh my...holy quake scare! I am glad to hear everyone is okay. Enjoy these last few 'end-of-summer' days!!

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  2. Go Cassia!! And I can't imagine going through that sort of quake. We had a 4.3 here about 3 years ago and that was quite enough, thank you. I don't want anything bigger. As for the rest, sounds like you're having a great time. Love it :)

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