It feels only a tiny bit more September-y now that the first day of school has arrived. Normally this week I’d be getting amped up for corn mazes, pumpkin patches, apple fritters, and the traditional first pumpkin spice latte of the season. We’re having some sort of rare, record breaking stretch of hot September weather here in the Pacific Northwest and it kind of rules. Hey, I don’t have to go to school!
This guy does, however – number 2 pencils and all. Sophomore year, we are ready to kick your ass.
Levi says he hasn’t felt this exhausted in awhile. Not surprising. He has been staying up until 3 or 4 all summer. We did enforce a bedtime this week, but this will be a rough adjustment. As a shift worker who flip-flops from nights to days every 8 weeks, I am an expert. Maybe it will start to feel like fall when I switch back to day shift in a week or so.
Let’s do a roll call on the boys around here while we still have four. In addition to the teenager, we’ve got:
expert chicken guard
Mr. Jimmy Rabies
window sill lounger
not nearly as mean as he looks
Still no crowing. I don’t know if the day it happens we will suddenly be desperate to find him a new home. We have at least one interested future rooster owner, so we won’t panic. Yet.
Filed under chickens, family
Let me begin with the Levi update. There was a school-wide assembly where they acknowledged the kids with 4.0 GPAs, including ours! He came home and said, “I have good news for me, and bad news for your wallet.” Yes, we pay for A’s. I’d pay him to clean his room, too, if he would…
He also recently wrote the funniest book project for school. They had to create a whole newspaper based on a book, which is a pretty difficult project. His stories and advertisements were so clever and the illustrations were fantastic. He is definitely one of my favorite authors. Maybe someday he’ll bring the newspaper home & I can post part of it here. He got 130 out of 100 points available, and special recognition from his teacher in class for the quality of his newspaper.
The next school project he’s working on has something to do with black holes eating giant stars. No, seriously. We’ve been hunting down all the monster black hole resources that the library system has to offer. I think we’ve been to the library 3 times this week. I know about 1/20th as much as Levi already knows about black holes, so hopefully some of those resources are good.
Krista and I have been working on the house. Lately we’ve been spending a lot of time shopping for light fixtures. It’s hard to imagine what a light fixture would really look like in your house. We’ve made a solid effort at finding antique light fixtures, but have mostly been striking out. We found a spectacular light at an antique show in Puyallup a few weeks back, but it was way outside the budget. I have spent hours this week on Schoolhouse Electric, Rejuvenation, and Ebay. I have had some bad Ebay luck this week, but Krista has been successful, scoring a lot of antique black porcelain door knobs. She won more than we have doors in the house, so we can resell the extras to offset the (already very low) price. We are saving at least $100 on doorknobs thanks to her lucky win. Have I mentioned that every single door in our house is a different size? I don’t know enough about the house to even begin to guess how that happened, but with the new doorknobs, something is going to be consistent about our doors.
We finally found the best furniture arrangement for our living room, after spending several hours moving the furniture around and hanging out in all the different seats. All that time was well-spent. Every time I walk into the living room, I am overwhelmed by how much I love that room. Exciting stuff, I know. I estimate our house will be ready to show off around 2015.
Levi’s class did a mock trial recently, and he got his first-choice pick of the role of prosecuting attorney. Their case was taken from Edgar Allan Poe’s story, The Tell-Tale Heart. He spent a long time working on the witnesses testimony rebuttals and questioning. He delivered the opening statement. UNFORTUNATELY, neither Levi or I know how to tie a tie. FORTUNATELY! We live in the future, where Krista can text message me instructions on tie-tying (she was at work already). I drove him to school that morning in his suit, while he studied his note cards relentlessly, barely able to make conversation with me. Yes, we got a mock trial outfit AND a halloween costume out of one suit. And guess what, he loves wearing it and gets lots of compliments when he does. Today he even wore it to the playground.
Anyway, the point of this entry is that his prosecuting team won the case! They defeated the “not guilty by reason of insanity” defense! He was so proud. Here’s a picture of his proud, smug face after he came home from school.