Happy Friday! Can you believe it’s December already? I can’t believe how quickly the year has passed. Josh will be turning 12 next Saturday, then, Christmas is right around the corner. And, then, of course, it’ll be 2012, the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar.
Boy, wouldn’t it be interesting to really know that the end of the world was scheduled? I’m thinking there would be some bills I wouldn’t pay and some fun things I would do. I guess that’s a sign that it might be time to reassess my priorities…but still pay the bills, I suppose.
I could lay around all day like my cat in this bag of clothes a friend sent. Yes, I’m going to have to rewash the entire bag of clothes before I pass them along. Crazy cat.
Anyway, it’s been the first of the two crazy weeks between Thanksgiving break and Christmas break around here. I should just take the whole month of December off, but we need the days to satisfy our state requirement of 180 days and we did that once – the natives were really restless by the time we started school in January, as in “driving me up a wall stir-crazy.”
We decorated for Christmas last Sunday evening. Gus liked having the decoration boxes in my just-cleaned dining room much more than I did.
One more cat picture before I move along. Brianna insisted on giving him a bath the other night. He looked like a drowned rat. Poor guy.
We’ve pretty much been doing a lot of the same old, same old, as far as school goes. Nothing very exciting, just making sure we get all the basics covered. We did do a really cool science experiment, though. It was to show how ice can break rocks. We filled a balloon with water, then covered the balloon with plaster of Paris.
Of course, we used homemade plaster of Paris because a few months ago, I cleaned out one of the closets. In that closet was a box of plaster of Paris that I’d had forever, just in case we needed it. In my cleaning frenzy, I decided that we’d had it for years, we’d never used it, we weren’t going to use it, so I should just throw it away.
Yeah. Tell me I’m not the only one who does stuff like that.
Anyway, after our homemade stuff (salt dough) dried, we put the balloon in the freezer. The kids thought it was really cool how the water froze and burst our homemade rock.
On the “making time for Mom” front, I’ve been learning to crochet. My cousin crocheted my girls some beautiful winter hats and it made me want to learn. While it’s been frustrating at times, it’s also really cool to learn something new.
My first attempt at a square wound up looking very purse-shaped…so I gave it to Megan and told her it was a purse for her Liv dolls! She doesn’t even mind that it doesn’t open.
I’m starting to get the hang of it now, though, and my squares actually look like squares. Plus, I’ve learned some new terms and techniques that I didn’t know a week ago. That’s part of what life-long learning is all about.
I’ve also become hopelessly addicted to Words with Friends on Facebook. I love it! I have always loved Scrabble, but I never can get anyone to play with me. Now, I have at least a dozen games going on with friends. So, if I go MIA here on my blog, that could very well be what’s happened.
Somewhere in between school, housework, crochet and Words with Friends, I’ve also been squeezing in time to read. I’ve started The Hunger Games after seeing the movie previews. It was recommended to me before and it didn’t sound that interesting, but the movie previews looked good, so I borrowed it from the library.
Brianna and I had a little skirmish over who got to read it first, but I won, playing the “I’m a faster reader” card (and the “mom” trump card when that one looked a little iffy). I’m really enjoying it, so far. Those three things – the crochet, Words with Friends, and reading – are directly related to how sleepy I am today. I’ve been staying up too late trying to find time to fit it all in. I think I may need a 20 minute power nap before dinner.
Speaking of time for mom, I’m also trying to make sure I’m taking more photos. I really want to start Project 365 (ish) again in January, since I let that fall by the wayside last year. That means y’all may be inundated with photos of my cat since he’s my most willing subject.
Tomorrow morning I’ll be running my second 10K. I’m getting the whole family involved this time. They’ll be doing the 1-mile fun run/walk. The lure of a free t-shirt and buffet breakfast after the race won them over.
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