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We work at being at home; our home works for our family. We are regular; regular seems rare. I try to look at the stars like my mother does each night -- proof we are all under the same sky.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Talking to Myself, Touching My Ticket

Tomorrow morning I fly out for the Virginia Homeschoolers Conference in Richmond, so I'm frantically checking my freshly-minted boarding pass and trying to remember all the things I should have communicated to the guys that I haven't. Like, feed the dogs. You would think this would be obvious, but I am the fallback plan for the dogs, and it could happen that no one would realize no one is feeding them until Sunday, when I return anyway. And put the alcohol drops in Nick's ears if he swims. Last time I went away, he got swimmers ear because he and Papa didn't think of the alcohol drops. And oh, yes, Kevin has an extra karate practice for the tournament on Saturday, so he won't be home to watch Nick, so Nick will have to accompany Rick when he goes to pick up Isaac from the Exchange Student Sleepover. Now, I have the part written down where Patrick has to ride along to pick up Isaac and then Isaac has to ride along to get Patrick to soccer practice. But the extra karate practice was a late-breaking development, so it had not been factored in.

The hand-outs for my talks are ready, though one had to be printed on harvest gold paper that could also be considered that funny spicey mustard color that everyone is using to paint the inside of their homes these days. I had the ink cartridges on hand when I ran out of ink, but the Endless Box of Paper (we buy it in bulk and keep it in the closet) had reached The End, so I had to reach for Leftover Gold. The others I got commercially copied, and I have put the receipt in such a safe, safe place that I cannot put my hands on it.

And I'm nervous about the presentations. Why is it that no matter how much you prepare, you never feel like it's enough? I'm blogging tonight to keep myself from looking up any new information -- like it would do any good at this point.

Rick will drop me off at the airport on his way to work, which is great because I don't have to deal with the whole car parking thing. And on the way, I can tell him all the things I haven't thought of yet to tell him

But for now, I'll email him about the dogs and Kevin's extra karate practice, even though he's sleeping two feet from me at the moment. This sort of reminds me of when I used to work really long hours and had a horse business on the side, and I would often call my own answering machine and leave myself messages.

Don't tell anybody.

10 Comments:

Blogger Marjorie said...

I was there, too. You and I actually met at last year's conference -- I was a proctor for you; you were very nice to me.

So, we've got to start up our off-list religious discussions one of these days...

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