Tuesday, May 30, 2006
So much has happened in the past few days since my last post, I hardly know what to start with – so I’ll hit the highlights.
Mother and I made a decision on Saturday to stop taking Alesia to Kumon. She was moving too slowly and the lessons were boring her, and I just can’t afford to pay for Kumon and tutoring for the next year. Bronwyn and I will muddle through with the math until it gets too complicated [about 7th or 8th grade level, for me] and we will re-assess when necessary. I told Bronwyn hiring a tutor just for math is certainly an option.
Sunday was a family day. My aunt and uncle, Don and Jane Hasty, were in Acworth visiting their daughter. We got up fairly early and rode up to Acworth and went to my cousin Linda Hasty Harris’ church – she is Don & Jane’s daughter. Her husband Bryant is the minister. We went to the 10:30 Praise service, not the more formal 9:00 service. The 10:30 service is very informal. Bryant played the guitar and we sang praise music, looking at a big screen with the words on it. I wished it had shown the actual music, but it wasn’t too difficult catching onto the melodies. Linda’s daughter Jenny just graduated from high school and she sang and played the piano during the offertory. She has a very good voice, and a lot of poise for such a young person. Bry gave an excellent sermon. I wish we lived closer and we could visit more often. Afterwards we went to lunch at Appleby’s, and got a chance to visit. Poor Alesia had started her period and had the cramps and really didn’t feel good.
I spent a lot of time Sunday afternoon watering the yard. I sweated buckets. It was sooooo hot here. It still feels like July, not May.
Yesterday I was hoping for a very leisurely day, with nothing on the agenda except some laundry. Turned out fate had other plans. My friend Lesleigh called and said she finally was ready to leave her boyfriend. She said she would take me up on the offer to stay in the condo temporarily while she gets her life sorted out. Bruce came in town yesterday and we went and helped Lesligh move out of her boyfriend’s apartment. I was so glad Bruce helped, not just because he is strong and has a truck, but also I was afraid Lesleigh’s boyfriend would be abusive. He has been awful to Lesleigh and she is well rid of him. She just got laid off from her job, though, so she has a ways to go to get back on her feet, financially as well as emotionally. I told her she can stay in the condo until it sells, or perhaps she can buy it when she gets a new job. We shall see. I’m praying about it. Her parents are out of town but even when they are here they don’t help their kids much, which puzzles me.
I got up really early this morning and went in to work, starting at 7:30. I left at 4, because I wanted to have a chance to visit with Bruce. We took more things to the condo for Lesleigh. Her brother is coming in town tomorrow and he will help her, too. Alesia had dance class, and I watered the yard while she was there. We grilled steaks and Lesleigh came over and ate with us.
When I picked up Alesia from dance, she said another little girl in the class had given her a bracelet. The child has Down’s Syndrome and I think the mother was trying to say Thanks because Alesia and the other girls were very sweet to the Down’s child. Anyway, I said to Alesia “Did you remember to tell Nikki thank you?” and she rolled her eyes and said “No Mom, I went up and slapped her!” I busted out laughing. We are so sarcastic, she has picked up on it. She is truly a Thompson now.
I must confess something. I have become a blog-aholic. I have several I read regularly, mostly by friends or friends-of-friends, but sometimes a new one seems interesting. These are food blogs I like:
This is one for foodies who like to read about recipes published in tony places like the NY Times but tried out by real people: http://wednesdaychef.typepad.com/
This is one for a journalist who interviews celebrities but is also very funny: http://janceedunn.typepad.com/
This is one by a woman who gave up being a Mormon and a boring office job and now is a SAHM [stay at home Mom] to a 2 year old. Doesn’t like funny, but it is: http://www.dooce.com/
So now you can see that when I am bored reading my 5,000 daily e-mails from the various message boards I belong to, I turn to the blogs for my infotainment…