BTW- if anyone wants the book and planner mentioned in the previous post, drop me an email and I’ll be happy to send it to you. In our space if it’s not useful it’s clutter and we don’t tolerate clutter – no room for it! [that was fast- Linda has claimed it.]
I thought I’d give you all an update on various things. We’ve been in the new park for about 6 weeks now and are fairly well settled in. It’s proven to be a much better location – closer to school and other places we visit regularly. The former is especially important as it’s a frequent trip and we are much less likely to be late now than we were when traveling from the old park – no freeway driving required, either. Our grumpy next door neighbor has turned out not to be so grumpy (although he still doesn’t like the dogs) and other people in the park have been nice enough with the exception of the older boy who stole my son’s razor scooter. We find some things more awkward – there’s no parking anywhere near the laundry room for example and it’s quite a trek when you have several loads of clothing to wash. I just save it up and go to a neighborhood coin Laundromat instead. Our electricity bill is very reasonable – around $24 a month, so even with that added expense it’s less than our previous park. And the management is quite nice. In general it’s working out well.
The kids are doing great in school. My 8th grader who has always been a straight A student is continuing to do well after her move from the alternative middle school to your basic big public school, although we’ve discovered her math skills aren’t where they need to be. So I’m reading Algebra for Idiots in an effort to be more helpful when she has questions about her homework! Algebra wasn’t my favorite subject all those years ago and I’m afraid it’s taking some serious review for me to get up to speed! And here I thought I was done with homework. My son, who has been a bit delayed – in growth, speech, emotional development – due to his heart condition and 3 years in an orphanage is really taking off in first grade! I’m very proud of his achievements and really believe (counter to what the experts were telling me when I brought him home) that he will accomplish great things – probably in engineering. He has a very scientific mindset.
My middle daughter is coming home for Thanksgiving is we can swing it. I should have bought the ticket ages ago but didn’t have money saved until now and naturally the good fares are long gone. I’m trying to be flexible on dates to get something affordable. I can’t wait to see her. She’s grown so much and I feel I’ve missed out on so much. I’ve missed her more than I thought possible and I’m looking forward to having her home for good as soon as I can negotiate it.
I had my free Heart Aware visit yesterday. The program is great – in addition to the free diagnostic testing they have a variety of classes – heart healthy nutrition, meditation, preventative measures, etc. I think I’ll be taking advantage of some because, regrettably, the diagnostic tests came back not so good. The RN doing the test put smiley faces next to my ‘good’ scores, and unhappy faces next to my ‘bad’ scores. The results reminded me of my old algebra homework! I got one happy face – good glucose score so no diabetes. The rest were SAD! Good cholesterol is too low, bad cholesterol is too high, triglycerides are too high, cholesterol ratio is bad, blood pressure too high (without medication) and the EKG came back with an abnormal reading of some blockage. And I’ve barely lost any weight at all. Well, heck! I’d hoped that some of the lifestyle changes – including walking between 1.5 and 2 miles a day – that I made after making my appointment 3 weeks ago would have paid off. Or maybe they did and my numbers would have been even worse? I left with a list of mostly expensive tests I could have done to check things out more thoroughly, recommendations for ways to get the cholesterol in check, and an appointment for a follow up visit in six months.
In terms of work – no response whatsoever on the jobs I applied for in the past few weeks. Not unexpected. I have been doing a few more eBay listings for folks but that’s on hold briefly as my camera was stolen (shopping at Target, fellow bumped into me knocked me down, spilling my purse, apologized profusely, helped pick things up and then hurried off. At least I had my hand on my wallet even while sprawled on the floor.). I’m meeting with the director of our local children’s museum this week to discuss offering archaeology workshops to local schools. I’ve done 2 of these workshops for them and they’d like to make it a regular thing. Hopefully the schools will be interested.
That’s it from this end!