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Where I've Been, Where I'll be

Some of you may have noticed I was kind of... absent.

July is the only month I work outside the home. By the time I'd put in over three hours in teaching swimming in our sometimes less than roasty-toasty lake water, and then gone home and run, and took offspring to lessons and appointments, and then made dinner, I spent a great deal of time falling asleep on the keyboard. For the most part, I managed to read all your postings, but I usually read everything first, and then comment, and it was about then that I often fell asleep. I've been enjoying your offerings, though.

In retrospect, maybe signing up for the sg1friendathon during July was foolhardy, but I got it written, spellchecked, and beta'd before the deadline. It was just a bit more reminiscent of my college experience than I would have wanted it to be...

I missed some birthdays, so happy [belated! :( ] birthday to [personal profile] beatrice_otter, badkarma, and misswelles. I thought of you all, I didn't manage to post. So sorry. badkarma and [profile] misswelles, you share a birthday with my beloved youngest daughter, the Whirlwind of Destruction, who turned 9. Needless to say, that was a busy day at the Thothmes household!

Speaking of the Whirlwind, we had a bit of excitement when she got suspended from hockey camp for a half day, and finished out the last two days on probation, but we got through it all. I really expected that hockey camp, of all places, would be a place that could handle a child with a little too much energy and initiative, but I was wrong. Who knew?

Now I am on vacation in Maine, so I won't be so present for the first week of August, either. All four of my kids are here, and much other family is coming and going, as well as assorted friends of the family, guests, and hangers on. I will be more focused on swimming in the lake, watching the loons in the cove, and joining in the games and conversations than hanging out here. The best part of summer is here, and real life is in bloom!

Right now middle daughter is playing a Mozart sonata on the grand piano. Earlier my husband and his mother were playing Bach's Sheep May Safely Graze and God's time is the best in a two piano four hands version. I taught the Whirlwind how to dive a couple of hours ago. Life is good.

Enjoy your own vacations and keep cool, and I'll be back next week.

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campylobacter
Aug. 1st, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
Glad you're doing well!

Actually, your absence blended in with LJ's outages, which started Friday 22 July and are still going on now in various degrees for some users.

I'll be out of town, too -- see ya when I get back if I can't access the 'Net while away.
ziparumpazoo
Aug. 2nd, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
I taught the Whirlwind how to dive a couple of hours ago.

Y'know, I scanned this really quickly in between chasing the younger boy out of the newly spread topsoil for the umpteenth time this afternoon and could have sworn you said you taught her to drive. lol. Talk about a double-take! I figured you were either very brave, or completely crazy. ;)

I hope you find time to relax on vacation. Enjoy!
thothmes
Aug. 2nd, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
Ohhhh,no,no,no,no,no!!!!! Knowing the Whirlwind as I do, and loving her deeply, she's going to be allowed to get her learner's permit... ohhhh... NEVER! It's bad enough that Middle Daughter (who absolutely never, ever admits fault in the heat of the moment, or until the guilt has been allowed to lay fallow and compost itself for a good long time!) turned 16 in June.

We've successfully gotten Eldest Daughter (Timid, Earnest Driver is Nerrrvous... and Timid... and Earnest!) and Only Son (I almost T-boned a cop car? Ooops! Sorry Dad!) through it safely. I'm at the point where I just am kind of hoping that if I close my eyes, plug my ears, and hum VERY LOUDLY, the whole issue will atrophy from neglect, and wither away.

Yeah. I suspected that wasn't going to work.
ansostuff
Aug. 2nd, 2011 07:04 am (UTC)
Enjoy your vacation weeks. It sounds like you need to relax a bit after such a hectic July. :)
thothmes
Aug. 3rd, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
It's very relaxing here, and I'm planning on taking full advantage of the opportunity to swim plenty and live life largely unscheduled!
a_loquita
Aug. 2nd, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
Busy! But it sounds like the good kind of busy :)
thothmes
Aug. 3rd, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, it has been busy, but quite worth it.

I teach swimming in my small community because it is something I do well, and every year in this area there are drownings, the statistics elevated by the fact that there are so many swimming holes, ponds, rivers, and lakes, and the warm-enough-for-swimming weather is so short that many people do not learn to swim well. This year one of the Whirlwind's classmates came to swim class, and made the move from could-barely-swim to can-go-ten-yards in the first week. He came back for the second week and rushed over to me to say "Thothmes, Thothmes! I fell into my friend's pool, and I swam and saved myself, so thank you, thank you, thank you!"

So worth it.
lolmac
Aug. 2nd, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Great to hear from you! I've missed you!
thothmes
Aug. 3rd, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
I've been here, but in a very lurky way. I'll be back for real starting with the second week of August. Glad to know I was missed!
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