Today is the last day of school for Garbanzo and the kids. You know, I’ve never had a spring break until Garbanzo started teaching. In elementary school through high school, they gave us a four day weekend around Easter – but that was it. And, if we had too much snow, one of those could be taken away as a make-up day. The college I graduated from didn’t have a Spring Break because of the weird class structure. (We took one class at a time for 3 1/2 weeks, then had a four day weekend between classes.) While Garbanzo and DJ are in Mexico visiting his parents, I am taking most of the week off to hang out with Indigo. I am actually looking forward to it.
Ever wanted to buy a homemade gift for someone but don’t want to go to a craft fair or find a store that carries such things? Head over to Etsy. Etsy gives crafters and craftsman a place to sell their wares. I love browsing this place. I was reminded of it once again when I saw a link to this person’s shop on Etsy: GooseGrease. This person makes very simple but well done wooden doll/figures. Think Doll House type dolls, but much more creative. What caught my eye was this checkers game she did:
Pirates versus Ninjas….how cool is that!
The first week without my Blackberry has been incredibly nice. I have to figure out how to call people on my iPhone and not hang up on them. I don’t know why, but I don’t always hear the phone ringing after I dial someone. Doesn’t always happen, but happens enough to make it annoying.
It has been funny to talk to coworkers who are still a bit freaked out about me not having the Blackberry. Their #1 question is how to get ahold of me if there is an emergency. I’ve given them my number and said they can use it for an emergency, but they are still concerned. Change is hard sometimes. Given that change in a constant in the IT world, I always enjoy watching IT people struggle with it. Kind of gives them a glimpse of what it is like for our users.
I have to go out at lunch today and get a consent form signed for the trip next week. Even though a child cannot get a passport without the consent of both parents, a child cannot travel outside of the US without both parents unless the other parent has sent a notorized consent form from the non-accompanying parent. I left work early yesterday to get it notorized, but they had a schedule change of the notory on duty at the UPS store, so it was a no-go. Hopefully I can get it take care of today as I don’t want to wait until the last minute.
Tonight we are sans kids! Woo-hoo! I love my kids, but we don’t get enough time away from them sometimes. The taekwondo school does a sleep over at the school twice a year. Now that both kids are in taekwondo, they can both go. The head of the school actually enjoys these nights. This one should be extra fun because a couple of the college age instructors are back, the new assistant instructor is about as excited as the kids are, and the Romanian taekwondo champion that the head of the school is training is also going to be there to help. His taekwondo skills amaze the kids, and he is trying to translate a Romanian bedtime story to tell them. His English is pretty good, but doesn’t always translate, so it should be interesting.
Hope everyone has a great Friday!