Lots going on, but what else is new?
Got consulting work to do, which will have me camped out in front of the computer for a good week. I also have a wedding to shoot tomorrow, which is always fun, but I always get a case of the butterflies before that.
I’m also coaching my daughter’s tee ball team! This is my first foray into head coaching — I did some assistant coaching for a boys’ youth basketball team in college. So far it’s been fun. The parents have all been great, and VERY complimentary (most express disbelief at my patience and energy). Our team is the Sea Lions, so I’ve found whenever I feel a bit annoyed, I yell to the team “What’s our name?” and they all yell “THE SEA LIONS!!” Then I yell, “What sound does a sea lion make?” and they all go “ARR ARR ARRR!” in that sea-liony sort of way. It’s hilarious. I’ve also taken on a mission to make after-practice treats a new experience for them. Yesterday, I gave out candy buttons. Remember those — the little dry dots of candy stuck to paper? Most kids had never seen them, and were wide-eyed at the idea of it. (Even a couple parents asked to have some!!)
And a big bit of news is that I was accepted to grad school to get my teaching certification, so that’s exciting! Frank’s on board with the pursuit, so I have to send in my intent-to-enter paperwork. I also have a couple undergrad courses I have to take to round out my general education requirements (part of the state’s certification requirements, not the school’s) – just a couple basic English courses – one literature, one composition. I’d taken one lit class in college but I need 9 total English credits, at least 3 being comp. Not a big deal, and they’ll be fun to take, I hope. And I can do them at the local community college, for which I’ve maintained a continual state of acceptance in case I ever wanted to take a course or two. No rush to get them done, as I have until my graduate program is complete (which going part time may take 2-3 years; I want to time it so that I’m not student teaching until Jake’s in kindergarten, so that gives me two school years to do the course work part. Hopefully it will all work out exactly as I have it planned in my fat noggin).
I’m feeling good this week, though. Mostly because the kids and I have established a new routine. Lane and I had been sort of in a bad cycle of staying up too late, and waking up too late. So we talked and agreed on an earlier bedtime, so that we could get up earlier, eat a leisurely breakfast first thing, and take our time getting dressed and to the bus stop. This week it’s worked out great. No yelling in the mornings, no rushing… it’s been setting a good template for the rest of our respective days, I think. Must keep it up!
As for the whole pregnancy thing, still nothing happening there, but my body seems to behaving better (periods acting a bit more normal and all) so it could happen, maybe. If it did, it would mess with the upcoming plans for school a bit, but oh well. 🙂