Slight Turbulence

Bring it on, bring it on, bring it on. From here to the eyes and the ears of the 'verse, that's my motto. Or at least it would be, if I start having a motto.


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Sitting Poolside

Day 1: We went to the pool.

Day 2: We went to the pool. I started to read a book.

Day 3: Guess where I am? At the pool. My book is here. I’ve only gotten to page 19.

Today there are plans to walk down to the beach, but the kids are iffy about sand. And walking. Yup, we are totally on vacation!


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The Day After Christmas

It’s the day after Christmas. Everyone is calm. The initial thrill of new things has worn off. Probably due to a lot of eating and a lot of socializing and a lot of staying up later than usual. In exchanging season greetings via text with friends, who I wish I could see more of, someone commented that I hadn’t been posting to my blog in a while. That prompted me to challenging myself to pick up my random musings again.

The DH had to work today and KidC had already declared he wanted to do “absolutely nothing” today (he’s gotten hooked on Fringe via Netflix). The girls played to my lack of preparation and called my parents, inviting them to the movies and lunch. I tagged along for the free food and entertainment. That, and I really did not want to straighten tissue paper and flatten boxes for future gift wrapping needs.

Reflecting on the season I must admit it took me a bit to get into the “holiday spirt.” I looked at decorating as a chore. I considered gift shopping a task list to get through. I wanted to get through all the motions as quickly as possible. Fortunately for me, everyone else around me, my co-workers, my friends, my family, were cheerful and bright and full of joy.

Tonight, in the quiet of KidC getting through another season of Fringe, KidA working on her Trevi Fountain Lego structure, KidI creating tricks on the Indo Board while watching The Princess Bride, and the DH at the fire house, I am happy and content.

 

 


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Throw Back to the First Day of School

KidI started school last Friday. KidC and KidA got a reprieve because as “upperclassmen,” didn’t need to attend first day orientations. It was their first day today so their usual summer slumber was replaced by the chaotic coordination of three bodies in and out of the bathroom. They headed out to catch their 6:55 AM school bus, while I prodded KidI to move a little faster with her morning routine. Before I knew it, KidI was off, the DH was off, and I was heading off myself.

At my morning break I happened to glance at my Twitter notifications. My post earlier of KidI at the bus stop joined several other #1stdayofschool pictures in my stream and I realized I missed taking a picture of the older children as they headed off. At lunch, I realized if I left work right on time, I could probably make it home before their bus and take. their. Picture!! (Thank goodness their bus schedule is inefficient and makes no sense.)

There I stood, grinning like a fool, taking pictures. Strangely, they wanted to get inside as quickly as possible.

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Of course, I made them stop again and take a picture by our garden banner. (This is where we usually take our first day of summer school picture but since we traveled this summer, there was no picture.)

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Pleased with myself, I immediately opened my computer to ensure I saved the picture for posterity (err, embarrassing wedding slide shows) and panic set in as my iPhoto application wouldn’t startup. I tried rebuilding the thumbnails. Then I attempted to repair the permissions. Finally, after verifying the disk I began to rebuild the photo database. Whew! That worked. And then there were 30 “new” pictures. Pictures from 2005. Pictures including the June 15, 2005 summer school first day picture of KidC and KidI! What!!?? It’s as if those little creatures who work in my laptop knew exactly what needed to happen. Awwww… so adorable!


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Back To School Breakfast

20140801-081649-29809659.jpgThe DH asked KidI what she would like for breakfast on her first day of school. Her older brother and sister do not report to school until Monday, so it would be “all her” in the morning.

She requested Portuguese sausage and rice with juice (I know, I know, sugar-water, but hey, it’s her first day of school).

It was there. On the breakfast table. A hot breakfast.

“I’m not hungry it turns out.”

So… I got a hot breakfast this morning! Now if I can cajole the bus company to pick her up at our street corner (like it used to) instead of two streets up the hill, my morning would be even better!

 


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Work Satisfaction

22153I enjoying working at Kalei’opu’u Elementary School is that people care.

Today at 3:30-ish, an announcement broadcast over the intercom that “traffic was bad headed town-bound” just as a “heads-up.”

A staff member had obviously hit the traffic jam and called back to let the rest of the staff know what to expect. I was headed out soon enough and figured I just have to deal with whatever was out there.

As I walked past the library circulation desk, the librarian had a couple of counter computers loaded to the traffic cams so we could see popular routes and how backed up things were.

People just care at Kalei’opu’u and demonstrate that compassion on a daily basis.