- So - a few weeks ago I graduated from college..finally, 25 years after I graduated from high school. Since I did online classes through a university in Phoenix, AZ my family held a little surprise, silly ceremony for me at home. Pictures of which are on my facebook. Hilarity and silliness ensued and I felt like a complete dork, but there were several very sweet moments. They presented me with a diploma signed by all of them (my "real" diploma won't arrive for a couple of weeks), they presented me with silly gifts, including the "golden onion". This might make sense to those of you who have seen Twilight. I loved their thoughtfulness. My dad however, gets the prize for the best.gift.ever. He paid off my car! I screamed like I was being attacked. I couldn't believe it. Now, when my brother graduated college, he got a car too...but it was a 1979 VW Beetle. A far cry from my 2009 Toyota Corolla. Still completed floored by the whole thing. It was so lovely on a number of levels...it allows me to save that money each month and hopefully be completely out of debt by next year. Hmm, still can't believe it.
- Speaking of school, my 25 year high school reunion is taking place next weekend. I will not be attending. First of all because I don't really hang out with any of the people I went to high school with although with the emergence of Facebook I do occasionally chit chat with a couple, but also because I have gained so much weight since high school there is no way I am attending the "beach party themed" reunion at the country club of all places. No thank you. Finally, because it is 2 days after the duck race and I will be beginning my long-awaited "staycation".
- The Duck Race. It is my most stressful time of the year. Sell more than 30,000 rubber ducks before July 30. Logistically plan for 30,000 rubber ducks to be dumped into the Chicago River off of a bridge that will raise at an appointed time...unless of course it is too hot, in which case the fire boat will need to spray the bridge until it cools enough to lift...please let the weather be mild. Then watch as the ducks stay in the boom as they make their way down the river to the finish line where winners will be captured. Then remove all of the ducks from the river, transport them and clean them, package them up and send them to the next race...all the while there is a festival going on in 2 locations with games, selling of souvenirs, selling of adoptions, etc. There would be clowns if the ones I had communicated with hadn't retired or committed to other activities. There would be a mime if he hadn't stopped mimeing. There would be sports team mascots if my co-workers would make the calls they are supposed to make. Ugh. So many details, so little time. But, on Thursday, July 30, it will all be fine. What will be will be and at the end of the day I am off for a week. So anyway, if you are so inclined to adopt a little rubber duck for YOUR chance to win some pretty great prizes, visit www.duckrace.com/chicago.
- My co-worker. Her 21 year old special needs son decided a month ago that he was going to move out of her house to live with a crazy woman and her husband and 4 month old baby. Why? We had no idea...until recently...when my co-worker was notified that her son had signed over his SSI disbursement each month to this crazy woman. What a crazy mess. I feel badly for my co-worker. She is a single mom and is really struggling with this.
- This is random, but I am excited about a weekend away I will be taking in 2 weeks with a couple of friends of mine. We are going to Wisconsin to a huge log cabin in the woods, away from all reality to sew for 3 days straight!!! I'm sure this does not sound like fun to most, but I am beside myself with excitement. I went with the same group of girls a couple of years ago and have been aching to go back. I can't wait for the solitude and productivity without stopping to make dinner (the owner makes lovely meals) without having to make a bed or do laundry...just the chance to be away with the girls and do what I want to do. YUM!