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15 August 2012 @ 11:49 am
Still catching up on life...  
My daughter's birthday was yesterday. Fifteen already! She's such an amazing girl, and I'm thrilled with who she's become (though I miss the younger versions of her very much). When I realize that she'll be off at college in just 3 years, I start to feel something like panic. Things are never the same once they leave home, and I'm dreading it already.

HalfshellHusband is still recovering from his surgery, which has hurt a lot more in recent days. He's got swelling and pain below the knee again, too, which always makes everyone nervous (that's where his tumor was, and even though he's been cancer-free for two years, you never really stop worrying). This trial run for his major hip surgery (November-ish) shows us that the kids need to do a LOT more helping out. And he needs to do a lot less, regardless of the temptation to be more able-bodied.

Our current climate in Sacramento sux mightily: 100o+ weather, and various fires kicked up on Monday night, so it's hot and the air is smoggy and filthy. I'm hoping the air will be cleaner tomorrow so I can bike then. We might get a light breeze, which would help. I really hate these long blocks of blast-furnace heat, though. This is why I like to be on vacation in Oregon during August!!! But with the kids' school starting tomorrow, no way. Hrmph.

So, still enjoying the summer in your area? I'll say this, it's definitely pool weather here. At these temps, I can't clean up the yard NEAR the pool worth beans, but the pool itself is glorious...

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Port: cheerleaderdesertport on August 15th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
Sending good vibes to HSH for a speedy recovery. It sucks wanting to do more than you can at the moment, but shows plenty of gumption too, so go him!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 15th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I understand how he feels, because I'm the same way. But still, things are swollen and very painful, and that leg needs elevating.

Time to catch up on books and an endless stash of DVDs. Now I wish the TV in the bedroom (inside an armoire) weren't so small! :0
realpestilencerealpestilence on August 15th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
It's always a shame the kids have to go back to school in August, when it's so filthy hot everywhere. PE has to suck.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 15th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
Not only that (*flogs stupid school administrators*), the cost of air-conditioning is astronomical compared to June.

Dumb and dumber. :(
realpestilencerealpestilence on August 15th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
And then they're in and out so much from the Thanksgiving through New Year's holidays! I just think the whole year is badly planned out...we're not a farming nation any more (sadly), so it doesn't need to orient around being off when the crops need planting/harvesting, etc.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 15th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
That's part of the frustration, really.

Our local schools are doing this because they want kids to complete their first semester finals before the Christmas break. Well, January - June is a long time for a second semester!

How about starting school later still, and having the finals farther into the post-break period? That would accomplish the same result, without penalizing families quite so much.

We also have a problem with how the "No Child Left Behind" funding model works, which is that it seems to be partly based on Butts In Seats. So, any period in which too many parents take their kids out of school (Thanksgiving week, or the remainder of the week after Presidents' Day) gets turned into time off for the whole school system.

I prefer the system in my (dinosaur) day: miss school, and suffer the possibility of missing tests/homework. Let that be a problem for the parents, and not the schools.
Maz (or foxxy!): Scylla Kisstuesdaeschild on August 17th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit late but I'm delighted to hear that you're so proud of your newly fifteen-year-old daughter and I hope she had a wonderful birthday! :)

Also wishing HalfshellHusband a speedy recovery from the surgery and crossing fingers the hip surgery goes well when he has it done. ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 17th, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
She did. I'm so pleased with how she's grown up, while at the same time it's all going by much too fast. Ulp!

HSH is still really hurting from the surgery (a week later), and he's got a call into the doctor. I suspect there was a lot of extra yanking around on the muscles so that the doctor could see what would be possible for the major surgery, and there might have been some tearing (HSH's muscles do not relent. They're constantly stiff and clenched, even under general anaesthetic).

We're preparing for Christopher's birthday party tomorrow, and I could use the extra set of hands! But no... I'm stuck with a surly almost-13-going-on-2-year-old, and an older child who might be willing but whose competence in cleaning is low. :0
Maz (or foxxy!): Michael Rubs Headtuesdaeschild on August 18th, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC)
Time really does fly by so quickly; we need to make the most of every minute of every day with growing kids. :)

Poor HSH. He really was put through the wringer by the sound of it. :( Hope the doctor can help.

I'm stuck with a surly almost-13-going-on-2-year-old, and an older child who might be willing but whose competence in cleaning is low. :0

Oh dear. I hope you've been coping with the birthday preparations. Willingness without competence - could be worse? Anyway, Happy Birthday to Christopher too. :)

Sallyi_smell_apples on August 27th, 2012 01:41 am (UTC)
I'm enjoying the fact that winter here is on par with the past two "summers" I had in Wales. We had about 10 days - non-consecutive - that were absolutely bloody freezing (by my standards) and now it's hovering around the high 50s, low 60s. I mean, I can just put a light jacket on over my top! No need for thermals and coats and hats and scarves and gloves and earmuffs... although I do wear hats and scarves to be trendy. ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 29th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
Ooh, the UK can be very cold like that once in awhile. It's not common, but it does happen. My home state of Oregon, too.

And compared to Australia, well... brrr!
Sallyi_smell_apples on August 31st, 2012 05:08 am (UTC)
Brrr indeed. I will very happily remain in the place where it does not ever snow :D