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Thanks for dropping by. This started as an outlet for thoughts centered around home -- kids, family and community. I'm thinking a lot about the state of our community right now but I'm not sure where this will go.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Taking a break

Went out with the girls last night to celebrate my birthday. Sometimes forget how much fun it is to just hang out over a couple of classes of wine and talk about whatever comes up. Oh, and they LOVE to make sure that you get to do something goofy too!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

old dog, new trix?

So, this is my second day of learning php and sql. Really spent yesterday learning how to install and configure apache, mysql and php.... lots of (thankfully) free downloads and much video from which is a damn good deal for $25 a month!

I just finished the required "Hello World" code so I'm feeling pretty official. I don't think I ever made it that far when I tried to read a book on coding in C many years ago -- I think that "C for Dummies" would be an oxymoron! Of course, Mr. Bill wants to sit me and teach me everything in a few hours... he has a math brain and I don't! Not that I don't have logic, it's just different logic. I first really understood this when he took over filing our bills and other important statements. I had always filed them alphabetically by company name but when I went to find a bill and couldn't make heads or tails of things he finally explained. He files everything by month. Whatever month the statement arrived it went into that month folder. I guess they are both viable methods... but I could not find anything anymore!

Back to learning more php and getting into designing a database in sql......

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Guess I'm getting old

because it was so hard to stay up until 2:00 am to call Finland! After much back and forth on the email and text front with Finland and calls for advice to local CISV guru Tait Anberg as well as family and friends I spoke with Heidi, the camp director. She says that Al is doing better and she suggests no call at this time. It's so hard to trust other people to tell you if your kid is okay. But we're going to trust the system and give her a few more days to get settled. It's breaking my heart because I want to go fix it and make it better for her.... but I guess I have to let her do that for herself. Yep, it just keeps getting harder.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What to do?

So, out of the blue, I get the call that my daughter is not doing so well at her camp program. She is very homesick and can't sleep. I think that she is keeping everyone else up too! It sounds horrible for her -- she is so sad. I want to help her but I'm not sure if help is what she really needs. I think that she should be turning the corner soon -- will a call set her back? I know, it's a bad idea but what if she is so unhappy she does something to hurt herself -- could I ever forgive myself? Ug, there are no easy answers.

I remember when she was little and we could not wait for her to get out of diapers and start to walk and talk. We were so sure it would be so much easier than.... little did we know!

Good week

Ah, a morning of boot camp always makes me feel better. I love Mark -- just not for those three hours a week that he's making me do things I didn't think I could! Before and after he is a really great guy. Come out and have fun -- more at

Another emotional day as we get the six year old ready for overnight camp! What can I say, she is ready to go! Off to finish packing.

Great email about my oldest -- she seems to be having a great time and learning how to make a stand. I love hearing about what a great person she is and how she is being great.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

What was I thinking?

When I let my eleven year old sign up for this program, the children's international summer village ( and go away to Finland for a month! That is the response from a lot of folks -- including my parents (who didn't actually say that since they are way too nice and good and keep that unasked advice to themselves). I must admit that in all the rush to get ready I didn't really think about what it would be like. Only as we were trying to stuff as much stuff as possible into the large suitcase (we came in at exactly 50 pounds!) did the reality hit. I realized that I would not have any control over things -- not be able to see or talk to my daughter for a whole month. No surprise visits.

Then we were in the middle of the county swim meet as we took her to the airport so that was a good distraction. 2 of 3 and 3 of 3 were both swimming so it was an all-day event... and a great distraction! Things have calmed down a bit and now I relish carefully putting away the last of the dirty clothes that came through the laundry. Wow, is this what sending your child off to college feels like? My mom claim no, but.... I guess it's as close I I get.

Friday, January 26, 2007