Back to School

Despite the fact that the calendar assures me that it is, indeed, August 3, the girls are back in school. The time warp of school this far before Labor Day will never feel right to me, but this is how things are done down here. So, we all have to roll with it.

The girls are ready. Both in the same school this year, one feels she has the system completely down, and the other is both excited for the new adventure and terrified of all the changes. Thankfully, Maggie has been very supportive and is showing great kindness and patience in answering questions, explaining how things are done and generally assuaging fears. Watching and listening to their exchanges has made my heart happy.

I am looking forward to seeing them when the come home!

Feet… That Time of Year

Spring sports are gearing up– Katie is waiting desperately to hear when soccer practices will start again, and Maggie just started lacrosse last night.

In addition to having to force Maggie to put on another layer (which, after practice, she thanked me for and admitted that I was right– she would have frozen without them), she noticed that her shoes are now too small. And, in typical Maggie fashion, they are probably somewhere more than half a size too small.

When she ran to throw something away, she actually limped and grimaced.

And, of course, her regular sneakers are at school because she has PE this quarter.

So, tonight, we’re making the rounds of the shoe stores to see what fits that she doesn’t hate. (and judging by what we looked at on the internet last night, that is quite a tall challenge!)

I think I might need to drag Katie along on this expedition, since I imagine her cleats are probably a little small as well. It would be nice to be able to avoid this panicked scramble after the first soccer practice, too.

Sick Days

Both girls are sick this week. Katie was ill on Monday, and hasn’t been to school yet this week, although I think she’ll be going in tomorrow– just in time for a Spelling test and Math quiz. She’s ready… she was complaining today that she is bored at home because it is so boring here. Actually, I picked up some schoolwork for her yesterday, and although the tried to look really sad about it, I think she was glad to have something to do.

Maggie went to school on Tuesday, felt a little weird while walking to the bus but decided it was nothing. By 2:30, I had gotten a call that it was not nothing and she needed to come home. So far, her fever has been climbing each day, and I’m hoping we are at the high point. I don’t want to see a higher temperature tomorrow morning!

I’ve made a trip to the doctor with each of them, and they’ve both tested negative for both the flu and strep. I was surprised about the lack of strep for one, and the lack of flu for the other.

So, officially, they’ve got a mystery virus that has been going around the schools. Not their schools, necessarily, but schools in the area. Amazingly, they seem to have completely different symptoms: one’s fever is higher, the other’s throat hurts. One is stuffy and runny, the other has a stomachache and headache.

I just hope that tomorrow they are both feeling better and that I don’t end up with it, too!

2015 Books

To keep track of the books I’ve read this year:


  1. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (January book club, started in 2014, text/audio)
  2. The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  3. Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me? by Mindy Kaling (audio)
  4. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (text/audio)
  5. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (text)
  6. In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White (Feb/March book club text)
  7. All the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (audio)
  8. Magnolia Webnesdays by Wendy Wax (text)
  9. Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes (text)
  10. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (audio)
  11. Think Like a Freak by Stephen J. Dubner, Steven D. Levitt (audio)
  12. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan (audio)
  13. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (text)
  14. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks (audio)
  15. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler (audio)
  16. Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty (audio)
  17. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (audio)
  18. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (audio)
  19. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (audio)
  20. Big Gril Panties by Stephanie Evanovich (audio/text)
  21. David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell (audio)
  22. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (audio & text)
  23. The Accident by Chris Pavone (audio)
  24. The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison (audio)
  25. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (audio)
  26. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (audio)
  27. Resilience by Eric Greitens (text)
  28. The Martian by Andy Weir (text)
  29. **it seems I am listening to more audio books than I can remember. I can’t decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing,**

    On the TBR Pile:

    Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America
    The Invention of Wings
    The Husband’s Secret