What a Monday!!

I have a grocery list to make out – which means I have grocery shopping to do – a kitchen to clean and clothes to be ironed. So I’m blogging instead.

School started yesterday. (Can you hear the angels singing the Hallalulia chorus as I do?)

It was a pretty rough morning for Katie – and I can’t say that I blame her. Starting a brand new school in a new state has got to be a little daunting. I walked down to the bus stop with her and she was being very brave, trying to keep her composure. Then the kids she’s met over the summer showed up and it was like I wasn’t even there. The bus showed up, she climbed aboard with a friend, laughing. WHEW!!!

Taylor’s start was a little better. Two of his friends stopped to get him on the way to the bus stop. That was nice. And as you can imagine, he didn’t want Mom or Dad walking down the street with him. I was really good with that as it was before 7:00 and I was still in my jammies. Not the best way to meet the neighbors.

Now we get to my glorious day. I had hoped to start my reading as soon as I got back from the bus stop, but it was nearly 10:00 before I got to it. Here’s a picture of my spot. Doesn’t it just cry “Sit! Read! Drink coffee!!”? I had planned to take a before and after picture of the Kleenex box so you could judge how many I went through. I thought that would be a better shot than a photo of all the used tissues lying all around. But I only used two tissues so it wasn’t worth posting.

The book is a long one – close to 600 pages. I managed to read a little over half yesterday. And I only emailed Ms. Higgs a few times. Get this. She’s leaving for Scotland today and she STILL managed to reply to my emails! You just gotta love her. And the book is fabulous. I still can’t imagine how she’s going to wrap it up, but I have faith!

Finally Taylor got home. Do you remember the hassels we had getting him registered and scheduled? Apparently we relaxed too soon. They had his schedule all wrong. He went to his guidance counselor who redid the schedule, taking him out of the elective he wanted and into photography. He was okay with that because he likes photography and a neighborhood friend is in that class. Things were going great until the last class of the day. Gym. Turns out it was girls’ gym. He thought of it as a gift from God.

As I was laughing I told him, “I know this is all frustrating for you, but it’s great blogging material!” So I’m going to tell you what he told me to write:

My son came home from school and he was crying. I asked him what was wrong and he said they put him in girls’ gym. I told him I would call the counselor and have it fixed. And he said, “It’s too late. I’m crying because they already took me out.”

Katie’s bus was 30 minutes late getting home. That apparently was the worst part of the day. She likes her teachers. She likes her cafeteria. She made new friends.

If Taylor can ever get his schedule worked out, I think both kids are going to be okay. And if I could get somebody to come in to clean, iron and do my grocery shopping for free while I read I would be okay. Ooo. Since I’m dreaming I’ll add cooking meals to the list.


  1. Anonymous on August 29, 2006 at 11:42 am

    Just so everyone knows……that is MY chair, she only borrows it when I am at work trying to keep her living in the style to which she has become accustomed to.Doting Husband

  2. Bookwormom on August 29, 2006 at 11:42 am

    Hi Jenster- The Liz Curtis Higgs books- are they QP or mm? I’m a sucker for tearjerkers…

  3. Bookwormom on August 29, 2006 at 11:45 am

    Doting Husband- LOL 🙂 I think you two deserve a long peaceful vacation on a tropical beach. Especially after the last year you’ve had. Maybe Cigi would put you up in her shed in HI…

  4. Jenster on August 29, 2006 at 11:48 am

    Todd – Yes, Honey. You are far more doting than I deserve. And I really like your chair!Amanda – I should have probably emailed you privately so as not to show my ignorance, but… Please explain QP or mm. lol As for that vacation, the four of us are going to Hawaii next summer and Cigi has already offered to be our tour guide.

  5. Kris on August 29, 2006 at 1:28 pm

    Sounds like you had an interesting day, I hope that today goes well.

  6. Tara Marie on August 29, 2006 at 3:52 pm

    Glad to hear everything went well.I’m dreading the first day of school, it’s a week from tomorrow. He’ll be fine, I’m going to be a mess.That chair looks mighty comfortable, it would be my official reading chair in my house.It’s so nice that she emails you back. I have to be in the mood for a tearjerker, but I’m putting her on my TLF (to look for) list.mm = mass market paperbackqp – is leaving me scratching my head too, maybe Amanda means trade paperback?

  7. Jenster on August 29, 2006 at 5:03 pm

    mm = mass market paperback – of course! And they are trade paperback.Jen

  8. Anonymous on August 29, 2006 at 6:24 pm

    Jen, It’s apparent that Taylor’s apple doesn’t fall too far from his mom’s tree! I bought my first Deeanne Gist book – The Measure of a Lady. I haven’t started it yet, need that “reading spot” like you have! Terri

  9. Jenster on August 29, 2006 at 7:20 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TERRI!!!I think you’ll like The Measure of a Lady. I think you would like her other one, A Bride Most Begrudging, too. But The Measure of a Lady takes place in San Francisco and it’s fun to read about it long before it became the way we know it.Jen

  10. Bookwormom on August 30, 2006 at 4:32 pm

    QP is ‘quality’ paperback. Same size as trades. I borrowed an LCH from the library yesterday. I’ll let you know how it goes when I start it.

  11. Tara Marie on August 31, 2006 at 9:47 am

    QP–I hadn’t heard that one before–good to know. And there are differences in TP so that really works.

  12. Judye on September 17, 2006 at 11:44 pm

    “It’s too late. I’m crying because they already took me out.”OMG, I was ‘lmbo’. I love that story!! and Taylor just think of how having girls gym even for 1 day is going to boost your rep. *grin*Loved the cake story too; hey what are crazy friends for?jb

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