And… this week's addition to roll in the bad luck… our credit card number was stolen! OK, now there were lots of good things too like a temporary solution for internet that works for email (and light websites). My kiddo also started at a local school on today and seems to have enjoyed the first day! I'm a bit worn out, so I'm going to make this a mostly bullet point of good things to share post.
This cool newsreel from the 1930's of Helen Keller… makes me happy, teary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv1uLfF35Uw
Finished selling the Kent home... down to one mortgage!
This week's Objectivist Round Up.
• when he picked underwear from the clean laundry bin, I later noticed he put on his dad's! (No way that was an accident.)
• shrieking, "Mom!!!!! These slug guts won't come off!"
• stating, "We need dad to have a proper meal." (Excuse to keep playing video games for two more minutes before his dad came downstairs, instead of coming to the table.)
• pronouncing "tsunami" toosmah and insisting that was correct.
• pronouncing error with the emphasis on the second syllable and like a literal roar, "eh-ROAR".
• responding to my play whining "Cameron, Daddy's teasing me!" with "GOOD! That builds character!"
• dictating this letter to me in response to one he got from his Kent classmates:
Dear Mrs. Kier and her scholars,
Thank you for writing the letters; I enjoyed reading them. I've been doing homeschooling lately and it's been working well. Basically, it's like school at home except it's much shorter and there aren't as many subjects and there isn't a lunch and recess. There's math, writing, reading, but the way we're doing it we don't usually do reading… I read a lot in bed before I go to sleep. I usually do history and typing too. To do history, I listen to recordings of a teacher teaching kids over the phone. I already finished the study of American history and just finished ancient history (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Rome) and now I've started European and I'm in the dark ages of European history. There's also no PE, but if my mom says I'm like a couch pickle go outside, I pretend to be a general on our deck and fight round and round. I'm usually the leader of my blue team and attacking the reds, greens and yellows.
Not everything is going well though, a tree fell on top of our house. Our house isn't completely crushed as you would think if a giant tree fell on top of your house. It only made a huge dent in the roof and broke off a railing and made a few holes in the deck. All the stuff that fell off the tree has been cleaned off, so it's safe to do my games again. Now, I've made a bonus part of the game that once I defeat each army, I fight the leaders individually. I've made it so that I usually attack and these guys, that only I can see, defend except the third round where they attack. My pretend battles usually take almost an hour! Defending is with rifles (sticks that are about two feet long) and attacks are with bayonets which are the same size. In pistol form you attack with Kentucky Flintlock Pistols and defend with regular pistols (sticks that are ten inches long). I love pretending.
I visited the school I'm going to try out today. So far, I don't think it's going to be a really good school, I just have a feeling. I'm going to try it for a month and see if I think it's better than my other choices. It might be really terrible or really good.
I now live in the Santa Cruz mountains and once you get into Santa Cruz, it's not too hard to get there. There's a beach and I've found a few sticks that are perfect for pretending are guns. We also found a small lighthouse, aparently no one can go in it. There are also a few big rocks near the ocean that you can climb on if you don't go to a low one and get a big blast of water pushed at you and be completley miserable and go back and say I want to go home to your mother while poofing water out of your nose and mouth. I kept on the higher rocks and jumped about and that didn't happen to me.
Today, where I'm living, there are a lot of big slugs that are yellow. They're called banana slugs. They are huge and they are very slimy. Their slime sticks very well. Water doesn't wash it off. Water with soap doesn't wash it off. Water with soap with a small rag doesn't wash it off. Finally, you have to pick it off with a dry paper towel and a dish rag!
I also do typing. I'm getting good at typing. I don't know every single letter or something like that, but I do know most of the letters. Not many of the bottom ones, n is the only one I know on the bottom. I do know most of the top and the home row keys. My keyboard has 108 keys on it; I counted them individually.
There are a lot of boxes upstairs and in my room. I like having my room be extremely messy and not cleaning it ever. The toys aren't strewn everywhere; they're all packed up in boxes. There's this spare storage room where I keep most of my legos. My dad gave me all of his legos a few years ago and I'm starting to lose interest in them, but I've made this huge fort that even has a moving, rotatable platform and two ships (a rowing boat with a lot of controls and a really cool lifeboat) on both sides. It also has an aircraft with about five guns, not including the gun the person in the aircraft has and the aircraft also carries a missile in the back that it can shoot at enemy aircraft to destroy them in mid-air. Every one in the fort has a gun that was used in WWII.
I miss those games back on the playground. I miss those talks with Mrs. Crutchfield. I miss the good feeling and finally getting Michael in the friendship category. Meadow Ridge is a nice school.
Thanks, looking forward to hearing from you soon,