Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I'm Baaaack - For a Moment Anyway

I can't believe how fast the time has gone by since my last post. The softball banquet went very smoothly, food was great and the speeches were entertaining. As a parent, sometimes it's hard to watch these moments end, even knowing that there's other milestones and memories in the future. I did manage to almost complete Jules' softball scrapbook. She'll be playing on a summer league for 6 weeks or so - so I'm leaving room for a few more pages. I had to keep reminding myself that I had limited knowledge in this craft and it "is what it is". After all, it was really just about giving my daughter an organized and preserved collection of photos and articles and not so much about the "art" of it all. Once I accepted that, things went much faster!

Prom. It was a last minute decision on my daughter's part and I was surprised we got a hair appointment rather easily for an updo. It was a 1:00 appointment. She was done at 2:15. 2:30 she was home and the tears came within minutes. I could see that her hair (which is long and very thick) didn't stand a chance of staying up. Not good! I called my salon and made an emergency appointment. Thank God they were understanding. The hairdresser who said she'd fix it had the same thing happen to her when she went to her prom. Paying it forward, I guess. We got there at 3:00 to take it out and start again. Somehow she pulled it off. We arrived home by 4:45 and she made it only 5 minutes late to her friend's house for pictures.

Graduation went off without a hitch . . . almost. It was 95 degrees out, and held in our football field and the crowd was seated on our aluminum bleachers. Fortunately, there was a breeze so it was a little more manageable. Only one person passed out. It got a little scary when the dark clouds rolled in and breeze started picking up. I figured we were sitting ducks in a lightening storm. But fortunately, the rain managed to hold off. And then all the graduation parties began . . . !

On the 15th, we headed to CT for her college orientation for a couple days. She was excited to be going, meeting some 200 college freshmen and staying in the dorms. As for me, it meant a few nights at my sister's (what I like to refer to as the family spa). Her husband is a fabulous cook and loves to serve great drinks. How can you beat that? And during the days, I went to the parents classes where they talked about freshman life and bombarded us with information that will probably take me a week to sort through!

Throughout this, Lily was still playing tournaments every weekend with her AAU baskeball team. And actually, her team won the state championship - so that means they play in the Nationals. Fortunately, they are being held in Connecticut (originally we heard Missouri or Virginia) this year with opening ceremonies at Mohegan Sun. I was so relieved when I saw the date and knew there wouldn't be a conflict with my show on the 22nd. Phew! But this also means that she has to be taken out of the camp program potentially 4 days of the 10 day program. Not so good.

Oh - and Julienne has now decided she would like a graduation party after all (another "last minute decision - is there a pattern here?) - to be held in less than 2 weeks. But as Eckart Tolle says - "there are no problems, only situations to be dealt with". So . . . with that in mind, and with the help of a friend, I'm organizing that which needs to be done. A to do list! I swear, they are the best thing you can do for yourself to keep you focused and more in the moment.

Oh - and one last note. I have managed to mostly skim blogs and surf the net very minimally this past month. I do miss that. But I want to share a tool that I've been using that I would highly suggest. Way too much fun! And that's the Makins Clay Ultimate Extruder! And while you're at it, do yourself a favor and purchase the crank kit (it transforms the screw handle into a crank handle). I purchased my extruder and crank handle kit here. I'm beginning to combine canes with my crackled designs. Here's a few of the results.