Sunday, November 10, 2013
I would rather the kids not drive home late at night on the highway especially on a weekend night; darkness, icy roads, drunk drivers and deer jumping in front of your car are not a safe combination.
The dogs can be quite grouchy and growly with each other but each staked out his or her own territory on my bed and the night passed smoothly. I try to sleep on my back which is better for my spinal arthritis. My daughter's little terrier slept under the covers between my legs while his brother (my dog) slept across the top of my pillow towards my right but I make him face away from me because of his bad breath.
My son's border collie cuddled up on my left side and at times, used my neck as a pillow. Her unique scent wafted over me all night; a sweet doggie smell combined with skunk with undertones of floral shampoo and Axe body spray. We had a bit of late-night drama on Thursday night because she was sprayed by a skunk but after multiple-washes in the sauna (to avoid bringing the stink into the house), she came out relatively clean.
Yesterday, my parents joined us for my son's 17th birthday dinner which was very nice. My parents are really starting to show their age (late 70s) so the kids and I try to see as much of them as possible each week. This whole aging business really saddens me and I dread the day when their health really starts to fail..... as well as my own.
We ate Chinese take-out food (the birthday boy's request) and Martha Stewart's lemon meringue cake. It was insanely delicious except we topped it sweetened, whipped cream flavoured with grated lemon rind because my son doesn't like meringue. But every time I walk by the kitchen, I have a piece of leftover cake which won't do my ever-expanding waistline any favours.
I have several topics that I wanted to blog about but those can wait for another day. I really need to get to work.
I'm making slow but steady progress on my house renovation. Today, I'll be completing the electrical wiring for about 1/2 of the living room and installing a new triple-glazed window, custom-ordered to fit the existing rough opening. Very exciting!
As well, I have quite a bit more work to do on my mid-term report cards which are due tomorrow morning! My plan is to submit them electronically tonight to avoid any last-minute technological glitches. I have the report cards all completed, actually, but I would like to mark a couple of class sets of tests (written on Friday) and use these marks for mid-term. I may need to adjust some comments as well.
Tomorrow morning, I have to be at school one hour early because of an early-morning breakfast meeting with the principal, all our new student teachers and their associate (supervising) teachers. This will be a lot of fun as I plan to sit with my own student teacher who is gay and as cute-as-a-button and scope out the other young male student teachers as well. :-)
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