Since I’ve had so much going on, I really haven’t blogged much lately. I’m here to apologize and to say, “I’m back!” *waves at people in the back*
Christmas was eventfully uneventful, by which I mean it was full of family and friends and love and laughter but not much drama (which was great!) I was able to see my two best friends once again and start to catch up on things we haven’t had time to discuss much. I saw two little people who quickly became two of my favorite little people and my one semi-big person (my nieces and my friend’s son, in case you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about) and was filled with gratitude that I’m able to visit with them but also a little sad I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like.
Our new (to us) car made the trip wonderfully, and we couldn’t have been more excited that we had a car we didn’t have to worry about breaking down somewhere along the way. (In fact, I held my breath a little in Altoona, where Neal’s car once broke down when we met there when we were still just dating. Toby, our new car, did just fine (although he didn’t get named until we were almost back home — and he was dangerously close to being called Misty. My friend Misty seemed okay with that, but one of the two of us didn’t like the idea. ), and he didn’t leave us stranded in Altoona or anywhere else.
Neal obviously got another part-time contract for this semester, so we are blessed to have that right now. He just put in for a summer class, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it will actually happen this summer. I had some great news at work, but I don’t think I can blog about it, unfortunately. Suffice it to say that I really feel I am being recognized for my hard work and the number of things I’ve taken on in the past year that I’ve worked there. I am constantly looking for new ways to streamline and improve the way my job is done, and I’m never satisfied. I want things to be efficient and easy: I’ve come a long way, but I still have quite a long way to go.
We’ve also been able to take in some theatre lately. I was asked to chaperone the 7th graders on their trip to a theatre down in the metro area, and I’ve never been more impressed with our students. We went to watch “Romeo and Juliet” and these 7th graders showed more insight and understanding of the play, the characters, and the characters’ motivation than the high schoolers who were also there from other schools. These kids are amazingly astute and are good at asking tough but interesting questions of those around them.
Neal and I also saw “Macbeth” at the same theatre, although I wasn’t as enthused about that one. I’ll give them a bye, however, since it was the very first preview performance. They do a preview week where they are still fixing things and figuring out staging, etc. but in front of an audience. I’m hoping that was the reason it fell so flat and was so uninteresting to both of us. Heck, the Sisters managed to completely BORE me, which should never happen in Macbeth!
Now we’re back at home, back to the grind, back to everything normal for a while. Work is work and life is life. I can live with normal for a bit, especially after the past two months of new things every other day, or so it seemed.