1. I signed off Facebook for the last time this week. I have taken off FB for Advent and Lent for a few years now, and I had such a peaceful Advent that as soon as I got back on this month I found myself thinking, I wish it was Lent so I could get off Facebook again. Definitely time to end that relationship.
2. So now I get to check in with friends in real life! I like that.
3. Having N’s mom in town and helping with homeschooling last week helped me to realize that if it took two people all morning to accomplish what I consider a normal school day, then I am not going to be able to accomplish what I consider a normal school day by myself. I always start out the year with grand plans, and then spend the rest of the year cutting, cutting, cutting things out.
4. Quick Learning Notes post for this week:
My India co-op class was on religion & saints of India. Among other things we read Demi’s Mother Teresa, which is a beautiful picture book:
Although most of the week was occupied by my trying to figure out the answer to what can I cut? (see #3) we did have a few serendipitous moments. We had just finished listening to The Cricket in Times Square in the car when N. came home with a couple containers of crickets to feed the reptiles he keeps in his classroom. So some people got a pet cricket.
This is ironic because the whole point of The Cricket in Times Square is how unhappy Chester the cricket is in captivity. But happier perhaps than being eaten by a lizard?
5. Also, while William was reading about steam locomotives in Story of the World, I found this short film about trains set to music we are going to hear at a symphony field trip next week. That was a hit.
That’s what it cost me to fill up my mini-van’s gas tank last weekend, with a little help from Kroger fuel points. N. and I went on a date with the leftover cash in the budget’s fuel category.
7. I just got two more Christmas cards this week. So I won’t feel bad about the ones I haven’t sent yet!