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One More Week

Posted by Nancy on May 30, 2008

It was almost midnight when I got back from Doug’s tonight (Thursday).  I helped with homework (I make a mean construction paper stovepipe hat for an Abraham Lincoln costume) and baking till almost ten, then stood in the parking lot talking with Doug for almost an hour.  It was nice – we seldom get to talk seriously with the kids always around.

Next week will be my last week of babysitting.  I will continue to go up there some and help the kids transition gradually to having a new step-mother and my not being there all the time, but it won’t be a requirement anymore.    As I~ says, “Grandma, you’re the closest thing I have to having a mother.”  Or as Z~ says, “I’m going to finally have a real mother!”

Keep in mind, they spend half their time at their mother’s.

I sure hope this goes well, for their sakes.  Expectations are running high.

I finished Eclipse this morning, all 675 or so pages.  It only dragged in a few spots, and then not badly, so overall it was a very enjoyable read.  The fourth book in the series comes out later this summer; meanwhile, it is easy to speculate all sorts of possibilities to finish the story line. 

I’ve decided my biggest problem with these books is the fact that I am almost always cold and the heroine is in love with a vampire who is described as hard as marble and cold as ice.  I just can’t picture curling up with something akin to a living Michelangelo’s David as something I would want to do, no matter how handsome or how dedicated he was.  He would suck the warmth right out of you.

This afternoon I took the girls shopping for bathing suits but bought nothing, since that is close to how much most of the bathing suits covered.  Guess I’m hopelessly old fashioned, but I am not buying things that make my granddaughters look like they belong on a stage with a pole.  Let their Dad take them and deal with it, if indeed they really need new bathing suits.  His only rule is “it has to be something you can wear to church girls’ camp.”  They know what that means, and one seems fine with it while the other is kicking against the pricks. Acts_26:14

Following our fruitless shopping expedition we met Doug’s real estate agent at the house he is trying to buy so we could all see it.  His offer has been accepted and he is just waiting for the final word on financing, with closing the week he and Lolly return from their honeymoon.  It is in a very nice neighborhood and the house itself is lovely.  It has four bedrooms, two and a half baths, kitchen/dining area, family room, living room, den (or could be a formal dining room), laundry room, and unfinished basement.  Lots of storage space too.

The landscaping is a little overgrown and I offered to come up and help whip it into shape.  I then asked if Lolly likes to do yard work and he just looked at me like that was the most ridiculous question he had ever heard.  “She comes from southern Utah where it is pretty much desert.  No one does yard work – there is nothing green,” he said.

Oh.  Well.  Maybe she will want to learn?  I love yard work and don’t mind mentoring.  Or they can figure it out on their own – this isn’t his first house and he has managed to keep the others in good shape.

One more week to babysit, two weeks till the wedding, four weeks till the move.

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The Civil War, the Renaissaince, Business Models, Etc.

Posted by Nancy on May 15, 2008

Just when I think it’s safe to allow my brain to atrophy, grandchildren have large assignments and research papers due.  What am I to do?

Homework.  I have been helping with homework.  Lots and lots of homework.

The panel entitled Hell from Hieronymous Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights triptych.

For several weeks I have been shepherding S~ through research papers for two of her classes.  Last week we almost finished an alphabetic listing of Civil War-related words, replete with picking out the 26 topics, finding information on each, and finding at least one illustration or picture for each. Computer-whiz Dad, whose job is designing and programming things, did the layout.  One page per topic was the requirement, plus an index.  A twenty-seven page paper.  They finished it on Monday.

At the same time she has been working on a five page research paper for English class, and the topic she chose was how the Renaissance artists influenced the development of art.  A much too broad topic, methinks, but that is what she wanted to do and the teacher approved it.  The final draft is due tomorrow.

She has gone through the process: research, note cards, outline, rough draft.  She has turned them in at the proper times.  It has not always been easy getting her there, though, since what she thinks is acceptable and what her dad and I are willing to accept are two different things.  I was an English major.  My expectations are high.  I passed that along to my offspring, who are in the process of passing it to another generation.  She has not been a willing vessel.

I worked with S~ again last night and refreshed my brain on da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rubens, Titian, and Bosch (above).  She had the paper mostly written, but had no direct quotes (at least two are required) and no footnotes.  The most frustrating part was her reluctance to believe that it really mattered, even though she had a paper from the teacher showing just how much such things count for – a significant portion of the grade.

She is working on the paper in class today and we will finish it tonight.  Then all that will be left is the science project where she and a partner have to construct a vehicle to transport a ball at least 20 feet under its own power.  That is sitting on the kitchen cupboard, well along thanks to someone else’s parent.  Two more weeks before that one is due.

Doug helped I~ finish his sales project on developing your own business model last night, while I took a break from artistic endeavors and made No_Bake_Chocolate_Cookies.  That is his chosen business – selling cookies – and he needed some wares to sell at the big project finale today.  So off he went this morning with 20 snack bags with two cookies each, to try and sell them for $2 per bag in play money.  His backup price is $1, which is the minimum anyone is allowed to charge for anything.  Hope he does well.  This has been a good project to teach kids about how business works, determing costs and overhead, setting prices, etc.

I think I will vegetate most of the day.  Except for the part where Z~ and I will go shopping to look for a dress for Doug’s wedding.  And I will finish the laundry.  And fix supper.  Oh, and help S~ with the paper this evening.  And drive home later in the evening so I can go to work tomorrow morning and plant petunias in front of the township office before Elaine comes down to visit for the day. 

I am really looking forward to spending some time together.

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