Monday, July 23, 2007

Monday Ramblings

Last Friday I thought it was Saturday. I got up at 9 am (late!) and wondered where Bob was. I figured he decided to hit the office while no one was there, a time when he can get a lot of work done.

At lunchtime he came in the door and laughed his pants off at me. He thought it was very funny that everyone else in the office had decided to work on a Saturday, too.

Hmph. I'll blame it on the summer, and the fact that we haven't turned the TV on in ages. I haven't been reading the newspaper, either.

It's actually kinda nice to live in a bubble.

Last week I bought Anvsoft DVD slideshow. I became obsessed. I have worked on genealogy nonstop. I organized then scanned all of my grandmother's ancestors, cropped, fixed, labeled, and put them in the slide show. I had to go to the store and figure out the difference between all those CDs and DVDs and DVD-RWs and DVD+RWs, etc. Way out of my comfort zone.

I am thrilled with the results of my project. Except that I fear it will never be done. I keep tweaking. This will be my Christmas present to my sisters and brother. I have tons of work remaining, I have to do my granddad's ancestors, then my father's family, then photos of my grandmother and grandfather's life together...

A happy little hobby. Hopefully it will make my siblings happy as well.

It's also a huge relief, getting those photos scanned and saved. Once they're done, they'll be "safe". I worry about such things. I mean you just cannot replace civil war photographs, tin types of your great-great grandparents, etc. Plus the fact that everyone can enjoy them.

Half the photos aren't even mine, they're jpegs that have been shared with me. I love the internet for that purpose alone. It will be nice to share.

The back-to-school sales have started again. We went to Shopko yesterday and picked up four bottles of glue for 10 cents each. I was a little annoyed because they had a "limit 4" sign. We go through a lot of glue in this house. We also got some spirals for a dime each, although we have never used those in our school because Thomas is a lefty. Will see how that works. I plan on going back to Shopko and getting four more bottles. Shame on me.

Our Walmart will be opening next month. Let me just say that I am tremendously excited.

Thomas has been playing nonstop. The neighborhood has changed as the younger kids have grown up a bit and two of the pain in the you-know-what kids have moved. Now all the remaining kids have a blast together, even though their ages range from 6-12. That's a good thing.

Thomas also has a friend, who happens to be a girl, that he's known since kindergarten. She calls every day, several times a day. They talk for hours. I think she's very lonely as her parents work. She's been coming to play once a week since we got back from vacation. Those phone calls are mildly annoying to me, but I figure it's part of growing up.

I've started looking at my sixth-grade list. I need to place my orders. I am just not ready to think about school right now. Our school room is still a pit. Piles and piles of stuff from the end of the year are gathering dust. I need to get away from the genealogy this week and defeat the messy room. It is very bad.

I'm looking for some great books to buy for Thomas to read this year. At this point I'm clueless only because I don't want to think about it. Thomas isn't a child who goes to the library and drools over the books. However, if I pick something that I think he will like, he'll read it and get into it.

I guess that's about all the rambling I have this morning. It's 11:30 and I'm still in my jammies. I love summer. I need to get moving because we have friends coming over this afternoon.


Heather said...

I've seen people use spiral notebooks with their left-handed kids. They open it around so there's only one page showing, and turn it upside down so the wire is on the right. Half the book is written "upside down", but when it's just a notebook for informal stuff, does it really matter?

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

When I was in school, my mom found special left-handed spiral notebooks for me. I loved them!

By the way, summer is like that for me, too. I often forget the day of week or the date until Bruce's schedule reminds me. I remembered today, though. And you are right! N. got a great big hug when he came out of the security doors!

Becky said...

I'm so glad T is having fun, and that your neighborhood has changed for the better.

I agree about living in a bubble. I like my bubble and I'm keeping it lol.

The back to school sales just started here, exactly a month after school let out for summer, and a month before the kids go back. Sad.

Happy playing to both you and T and happy rest of summer :)