Happy Friday, y’all! Have you had an amazing week? It’s been gorgeous here. The sun has been shining, the birds have been singing – and I know this because I’ve been able to keep my doors and windows open to enjoy their singing and the gorgeous fall weather. My October electric bill is usually the lowest all year, thanks to those lovely open windows.
Monday started with some time at home alone. Brian was off, so he and Josh went to work out at the gym. Then, they came home and picked Megan up for lunch with Brian’s parents. I love my family dearly, but it’s always nice to have an hour or so at home alone.
He looks so sweet an innocent, doesn’t he? Yeah, and then he wakes up. He’s a little orange demon. He’s not even Not Gus.
Tuesday was, to quote a meme I saw on Facebook, “the Mondayest Tuesday ever.” Megan was supposed to go to a concert in Atlanta with a friend. We got the car loaded up to drop her off at her friend’s house, I got in and started it, put it in reverse, and immediately knew that I had a flat tire.
Yep. Completely flat.
So, quick change of plans. The friend’s dad came to get Megan and when Brian got home, he took the car to have the tire checked. It needed to be replaced. Two others have had a slow leak and the tread is low on all of them, so four new tires for me (always a fun way to spend your money – not) – but not until the next day.
Meanwhile, Brian came home and his dad came over to climb up on the roof and look for the leak we discovered during all the rain last week. Thankfully, they found the problem and were able to fix it, but not before we wound up with a lovely large-oak-tree-shaped water stain on our dining room ceiling.
As all this was going on, Brianna sent me this picture:
It’s her hair. In a pony tail. Cut off. From her head.
Ah, the joys of having a kid in cosmetology school. See the blue in the pony tail? It didn’t turn out the way she wanted, so she decided to do what’s she’s been thinking about for a long time – go for a super-short cut. Fortunately, it looks fantastic on her!
See? I was worried that she wasn’t going to like it or that I wasn’t and I was going to have to come up with something positive to say, but we all really like it on her. The first photo is sans make-up and my personal favorite, but I know she’d want you to see her fully made up photo, too.
Wednesday morning, Brian called to say that my tires were in and he had spoken to someone at Costco who said if I brought the car in, they could go ahead and put the tires on. Um, yeah. After the 2.5 hour wait!
I was just calling Megan’s friend’s mom to see if she could bring Megan, who had spent the night at her house, home – and, you know, pick me up on the way – when I ran into another friend who was there shopping. I told her what was going on and she offered to bring me home. Um, yes, please!
Costco called to say that my car was ready a couple of hours later, just before Megan’s friend’s mom brought her home, so she offered to take me over there to pick it up. (I live, like, 5 minutes from Costco.) So, yay for good friends who kindly do huge favors for me!
My sweet girl-kitty, Chloe
Megan had a fantastic time at the concert. She posted some pictures on Facebook while she was still at her friend’s house. One was a selfie with some girls I didn’t know. The conversation on Facebook went like this:
Me: So, did you know those people in your selfie or did you just make friends with them there?
Daughter: Made friends with them.
Me: I figured as much. Clearly being homeschooled has stunted your social skills. How will you ever learn to interact with people in the real world?
Love that outgoing girl of mine.
Oh, and in other news, Charlotte is back! Brian’s dad spotted her Tuesday when they were working on the roof. She’s moved again since then and seems to like her new spot.
It’s very close to the steps, meaning it’s almost overhead when I go outside. As long as she stays where I can see her, I guess we’ll be okay.
In case you haven’t visited me at About.com this week, I wanted to invite you to check out my two articles there – 2 Reasons You Shouldn’t Homeschool (because I really don’t think it’s for everyone) and 10 Ways for Homeschooled Kids to Socialize (for people who aren’t like me and don’t want to please just stay home for a little while, thank you very much).
I’ve also got a heartfelt post up at Simple Homeschool, 5 high school truths I wish I’d known. I hope you’ll check it out!
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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.