The Blog Is Back

December 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Just Life 

I’m still working on the re-design, but I’m happy enough with it to get it going again!  So there’s no putting it off – Time to get blogging again!

Last night I was supposed to go see my friend Brad play piano at Studio Seven in Seattle.  I was really looking foward to it for several reasons, the biggest two being that I’ve never seen him perform before and this was the only night Donna could babysit Charlie for the whole holiday season, and I wasn’t going to get to go out at all otherwise.

So I was very happy yesterday to be going out – made my preparations, wore a brand new nice sparkly outfit, all of that stuff.  Took Charlie to meet Donna at Chuck E Cheese in Bellevue at 4:15, and the traffic wasn’t even that bad getting there – so far……  But then….

I wanted to be at the club when they opened at 5:30 so I could hang out with Brad a bit then see him play when he went on.  He was the first one on at 6:00 p.m. (It was a Starbucks showcase of several different musicians), so I absolutely had to be there by then.

So dropping Charlie at 4:15, I felt pretty good about being at the club between about 5:30 and 5:45, even with Friday night traffic (it’s normally about a half hour drive or less with no traffic).  But it was not to be.  My entire evening took place in my car!

Stalled vehicles and other problems on I-5 in Seattle caused severe problems on both 520 and I-90, and I spent TWO HOURS in my car on the freeway and never got out of Bellevue.  I literally got on the freeway at 4:15 and got off the freeway at the very next exit 2 hours later.  Thus missing the performace.

I was supposed to be back to pick up Charlie by 7:15, so I couldn’t even go to the club and see any of the other performers either.  I drove back to Chuck E Cheese, picked up Charlie, and drove home in terrible traffic.  Not the evening I had planned!

Fortunately Donna has said she can babysit on the 20th, and I have a few different things I can do that night, so the entire holiday party season isn’t a bust!  And I’m sure I’ll get to see Brad perform at some point.  If you’d like to see him play, he has a video up on YouTube here.

Other than that, I’ve just been working hard – Business has been steady, if a bit slow.  Fortunately my hosting sales have been good, which is something I’m really working on increasing.  I really like that aspect of it, and my customer service skills are really a big part of why people choose me for hosting over some big company.  It’s high-quality hosting and the servers are not “oversold,” so it’s a really good choice for WordPress installations.  I didn’t mean for this to turn into a sales pitch, but if you’re interested in hosting, here is my hosting sales page:  Blog Solace Web Hosting

Charlie is doing ok in school but still having a lot of problems.  I’m encouraged by the attitude of his new teachers and prinicipal, though.  And he has an appointment at Children’s Hospital in January (finally) for further neurological testing, so hopefully that will help narrow down what his actual probelms are and the best way to help him.

Other than that, I’ve just been using Twitter a lot.  I realized I was Twittering so much, I might as bring back my blog.  So I did!  That badge in the upper, right-hand corner has my most recent “Tweet” in it and links back to my Twitter updates.  Add me if you Twitter!

All Over The Map Today

October 22, 2008 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Just Life 

Today started with my alarm not going off!  So Charlie missed the bus, and I had to take him to school.  When I got to school, they asked Charlie which lunch he wanted – the chili or the chili-cheese wrap.  Having never had either of these contraptions, he wasn’t sure what to say, so he just chose chili.  He took his admittance slip and went to class, and I headed back home.

When I got home, my phone rang and it was the Special Ed coordinator of Charlie’s school.  She was letting me know that they agreed to all the things I wanted for Charlie if I was going to allow him to move to yet another new school.  Including a visit to the new school with his principal before the move, a  one-on-one aide, increased speech therapy and a new I.E.P. meeting and new I.E.P.  So now it’s official – Charlie will be going to a new school on Monday.

I decided to go to the new school to get the registration/emergency notification paperwork filled out ahead of time.  I forgot my directions that I had printed out, so I pulled into a Tully’s parking lot and scammed some Wi-Fi and got the address and directions off the ‘net with my iPod touch.  Better than driving all the way back home!

Anyway, while I was at the school, the principal and Charlie’s new teacher happened to be free and asked me to join an impromptu meeting.  I met with them and told them all I could about Charlie and his history, what to expect, etc.

And regarding the move, interestingly they both seemed to be on my side.  That moving him was a bad idea, and for all the same reasons.  And didn’t believe the solution was solid.  I was encouraged by how much time they took to hear about Charlie and how genuinely concerned they were.  I was also encouraged that I was dealing with reasonable people for a change.   Hopefully it will be a smooth transition and the true start to Charlie’s 1st grade and making a lot of progress this year.

After that I drove back home via Woodinville and got some $2.89/gal gasoline at Arco and headed home.  When Charlie’s bus arrived, he told me he was very hungry and wanted a snack because the chili was “too spicy.”  I suspected that – why would they feed kids chili?  I think that’s really weird.  So I got him a snack and some water for the car and then took him to Bellevue to my sister’s so she could take him to Chuck E. Cheese – and here I sit – kidless in a quiet house, writing in my blog!  For the next hour, anyway.  Yay!

So today I went from Bothell to Redmond to Bothell to Kenmore to Woodinville to Bothell to Bellevue and back to Bothell.  Fortunately the scenery was gorgeous and the day was sunny and bright, showing off all the colors of the autumn leaves.  So while I’d rather have taken a walk in it, at least I got to enjoy it from my car.  And at least since I had some annoying errands to do, I got to enjoy the journey.

And on the subject of “locations,” I have had some interesting hits to my blog lately, according to sitemeter.  Two hits in the last week from the Waterloo in Europe and one today from the Waterloo in Canada.  What is the universe trying to tell me?

The only thing it makes me think of (besides Napoleon and the palendrome that goes “Able was I ere I saw elbA.”) is this:

Which, of course, also makes me think of this:

So like I said, all over the map today!  Waterloo, too!

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