Our power is back on – yay! It’s only been out since Wednesday, but it felt longer. We were all having flashbacks to four years ago when we went without power for over a week (once after a windstorm, once after an ice storm). Thankfully, the weather has been nice and we’ve been fairly comfortable.
Going without electricity for a couple of days has been educational, though. Michael taught John a new card game (and John promptly beat him twice!), and I met a few new neighbors when I set up shop in my local Panera Thursday morning to use their wifi and charge all my devices. It was easy to pick out the locals because they had wet hair, were carrying power strips, and kept ducking under tables to find the ones with outlets 🙂 I also discovered that even with my dependence on technology my priorities are still the same – it’s all about the books. My Kindle was the first device in the house to lose its charge.
John starts band camp next week, and this week he started adjusting gradually to his new schedule by getting up early for a study skills class at a local high school. I’m so glad I signed him up for it. The instructor helped each student evaluate how they learn best (visual, auditory, kinetic, etc) as well as their personal strengths and weaknesses in studying and in testing. I only wish I’d done this for him sooner – it will be a huge advantage as he starts high school.
He also got measured for his marching band and concert band uniforms this week. Eastern’s uniform committee takes their role very seriously – this is not just some moms hemming pants! Every interaction I have with this band impresses me more and more. I hope John enjoys his time in marching band as much as I know I’ll enjoy it 🙂
Am I the only one who didn’t switch over to a new blog reader before Google Reader was shut down, and am now unable to find a decent reader? I keep trying Feedly, and keep getting an “overloaded” message. All the others Readers I’ve tried are sorely lacking. I do have a list of all the blogs I want to keep following, but seeing them all in one place is beginning to look impossible 🙁
If you live in Kentucky or Southern Indiana you may have seen news coverage about a thirteen-year-old boy killed by a falling tree during the storms earlier this week. He went to school with John. They weren’t close friends, but they rode the bus together. John is having a hard time dealing with the reality of someone his own age dying. It’s hard enough for us to deal with it as adults, so I can’t imagine how a teen processes something like this. Michael and I have both let him know we’re available any time he wants to talk about it, and I’ve encouraged him to pray for the boy and for his family. Anyone have suggestions for me? I could sure use them.
Last, but certainly not least, I’m counting down the final days until my disability hearing. If someone would have told me two years ago I’d be in this position I’d have laughed in their face. I never considered the possibility that surgeries, therapies, treatments, and medications wouldn’t work – that I’d be unable to support my family financially or even to do most household chores. The reality that in a few days a complete stranger will decide my economic and medical future appalls me. I’m trying to go into it prepared for the worst (although I’m really not – I don’t think I ever could be) but hoping and praying really hard for the best. I’m saying a novena that will finish up the morning of the hearing, and if any of you are so inclined I would greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers Wednesday morning.
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