Monday, August 21, 2006

Stuff to do...

Gots plenty of it. Stuff to do, that is. This is a busy week, coming on the heels of the busy week before it:

-Miz Bubs starts her full-time job.
-Eldest girl, who is technically a high school senior, is now a full-time college student at the community college thanks to the joys of homeschooling. She also is this close to getting her drivers license, finally. But that means I've got to make sure she gets more driving time and studies her manual.
-Youngest girl starts high school tomorrow, after 3 years of homeschooling.

Then there's stuff I wanted to write about:

-Finishing the epic de-whitetrashification of our house and yard, and putting up the "after" photos. Which reminds me, there's a leak in our pond that we can't seem to locate and fix, so we have to either call a pond repair specialist (and how the f*ck much does someone with an obscure skill like that charge?) or tear out the concrete/stone border ourselves, drain the pond and totally replace the existing liner. Tear out the 1,000 pounds of concrete and stone my ass.
-I still haven't really talked about the Tom Waits show.
-Las Vegas. Tom Jones. (Think about it--two Tom shows in a week.)
-A trip to 6 Flags Great America, where I grappled with my insane fear of heights and falling by going on 8 roller coasters in one day.

On top of all that, I have a backlog of freak stories I wanted to post. And snakes, I got snake stories too. AND we saw Snakes on a Plane, in Las Vegas. And we liked it.

Man, I hate it when the drive to be a blabbering storyteller conflicts directly with the fact that I have to work and actually earn a living.


Katy said...

My husband worked as a substitute in a local highschool so with all the stories he had to tell I am seriously considering homeschooling or moving back to europe when we have kids so they can go to school there.

Bubs said...

Homeschooling is a blast as long as you're not prone to claustrophobia. It worked well, I think, with our girls, although the younger one would give you a less positive account of what it felt like. So much depends on the unique combination of you and your kids' personalities and talents. It was, in lots of ways, a scary time--thinking about being totally responsible for your kids' education--and frankly Miz Bubs and I are pretty glad to be done with it now. We felt a great sense of relief when our kids took the Explore test to determine their 9th grade placement and did really well; we took it as some vindication that we hadn't totally screwed up. Check back in 10 years or so and see whether any of us need therapy.

Kate said...

Why on EARTH would you purposely go to an amusement park???

Katy said...

thanks I'll keep that in mind.

Bubs said...

I used to really love roller coasters. Over the years, as I discovered last week, I've gotten some real fear. So I decided to go on every single scary ride I could, it was a sick crazy adrenaline rush the whole time. I was exhausted when I got home. When it got too scary I just closed my eyes and imagined I was flying. We didn't do the water park thing, though. WHich is good, because they just shut them down for contamination. Ugh.