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An Unplanned Sabbatical

I’m back.  Ish.  Not that I ever planned to be gone exactly.  I even had a new post open…planned…titled…mostly unwritten.  However, as so often does, life happened.  A lot.  And apparently, May is mostly gone before I really knew that it had started.

This is exciting because that means that this first (albeit partial) year of homeschooling is nearly done!  My oldest has had a lot of adjustments to make this year…two public schools and then switching to homeschooling, plus getting used to having a new baby brother in the house after being an only child for so many years.  He has done amazingly well and I can’t be more proud of what he has achieved this year.  We’re both excited about starting the next grade together.  (Yay!)  This week, we learned the layers of the earth (hello, bedrock, subsoil and topsoil) using chocolate pudding and Oreo cookies.  Have I mentioned how awesome it is to be a homeschooler again?  We also completed our required end-of-year competency and progress testing and are impatiently awaiting the results.

It is also terrifying because that means that Camp NaNoWriMo is open on Friday, which means that my first summer attempt to write a Great American Novel is nearly upon me.  (Eek!)  Happily, I’ve actually got a pretty good idea of how my story is supposed to go.  (Yay!)  Even more happily, I’m going to “camp” with my bestie and we get to share a virtual cabin.  (Double yay!)  Did I mention that the goal is to write 50, 000 words in 30 days?    Bring it on…

In other news, my baby has his first tooth, can laugh like Donald Duck and is a huge fan of oatmeal with bananas.  Also, as mentioned in a previous post, if you want your bagels to turn out really well, eggs need to be an ingredient.  After 5 consistently awesome batches, I’m convinced.  But, more on that…and more…later.

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Playing Ketchup and Mustard

This past week was a rather strange one.  I know that I accomplished a huge amount of things…I just can’t remember what they all were.

I am happy to report that most of the damage from The Big Water Heater Incident has been rectified. The new floor looks fantastic!  The last items on the agenda are minute paint touch-ups, insurance agent wrangling (dinette damage), and getting the table refinished.

I have also pretty much perfected my bread machine bagel dough recipe.  Apparently, the secret to amazing bagel dough is to add an egg  per cup of flour and to cut back on the water (about an ounce and a half per egg added).  The next thing on my bagel list is to work on my bagel-forming technique.  The first half of the batch always turn out pretty well shape-wise, but the last half looks more…well, rugged.

I gave my dogs baths, which is no small feat.  My mutt hides under whichever piece of furniture is closest to her whenever she hears the word “bath.”  Good thing she hasn’t learned to speak Pig Latin…yet.  My beagle does not understand the word “bath” in English or otherwise, so getting him into the bathroom is usually pretty easy as long as there’s food involved.  However, getting him into the tub is another story.  He is an unusual beagle in that he weighs about 65 pounds and is shaped rather like a barrel with stubby legs, a metronome for a tail and floppy ears.  (He’s really not overweight…he is just built more like a hippopotamus than a beagle.)

Laundry.  ‘Nuff said.

We finished out the week with lots and lots of family time outdoors at the nearby amusement park.  We got rained out on Saturday, which was a bit of a bummer.  We thought we might get rained out when we went back Sunday afternoon, but the dismal clouds fled the scene, leaving the evening perfectly gorgeous…sunny and warm.  Bonus: hardly anybody showed up to the park, so we had short lines for rides and shows all day.  The baby got to ride on the merry-go-round with me…no horsies for him yet, but he loved smacking at the large gorilla head adorning our bench.

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