I'm having one of those "getting back to blogging blocks'. You know I've been struggling with my depression end of the cyclothymia for a while and coming back from that and trying to build a routine again after everything's fallen a part is damned hard. I don't know whether to laugh or cry sometimes.
I keep sitting down at the computer and thinking "but I haven't gotten anything to blog about". Serious blogger's block. And it's ridiculous because I've been doing loads. And even sometimes taking photos of it all. I have tons and tons of things I could tell you and show you that we've been up to.
(Can you tell this is me forcing myself into the old "just write something, stream-of-consciousness blogging" technique?)
Are you like me that sometimes you're so busy doing, you tell yourself you can't make time to sit down and tell others about it? Or perhaps you don't think the stuff you've been doing is special or interesting enough? And yet, I know some of you personally well enough to know you would be interested what's happening in my life.
So what's been happening?
The green card application process is coming along. We've had our medicals (I HAVE to tell you about this in a separate post, you'll definitely find that interesting.....and that 3 weeks later from having a positive (though luckily false positive) reaction to a TB test and having had nearly all the vaccinations I had as a child again, all in one day, to satisfy the green card requirements I'm still feeling like death warmed up). So now our applications are in and we await a date for our interviews.
Goth Child got a 4 out of 5 on her AP Biology exam. This means that she can use it as a university degree credit at some universities. For the Brits it's like a suped-up 'A' level. She's doing 3 more this year: American History, English and Art History, as well as doing Honors levels Pre Calculus Maths, Choir and Mandarin Chinese. Poor thing has got her plate full. There's so much homework and reading to do, especially as 3 of the classes are taught at a university course level. She's only just getting back into the routine of a new term and is totally exhausted.
Melchett is also noticing a ramping-up of expectations and homework amounts in 5th grade. I hope she can keep up. Her slow start back in 1st grade due to being failed by her school back in the UK does cause her some trouble but we are so incredibly proud of how far she's come despite her difficulties and the amount she's had to catch up with the other kids. She's also keeping up the trampolining and tumbling, though her frequent injuries, sprains and fractures make me think me getting to go to the Rio Olympics to support the Team GB trampolining squad maybe a stretch target.....perhaps the 2020 Olympics will call (though we're still to find out whether they'll be in Istanbul, Tokyo or Madrid).
Mr D is still flying and working all over the place. He and his band had their 1st open air gig a couple of weeks ago.....yes, in Phoenix......in 108 degree heat......and in a sand/thunderstorm......hmmm.
And we started our kitchen remodel, but that's definitely a story for another post(s). But as a tease, here are some photos...
(one of the many places where a previous 'builder' had covered up a hole in the wall by putting a large tile over it...me taking the tile off did make it a bit worse....but I couldn't understand at first why there was nothing stuck to the back of the tile I took off....and see that bottom run of mosaic tiles....it was glued directly onto a piece of wood...there was no dry wall there at all.....oh this kitchen is going to be fun.....this wasn't even the section of mosaic tiles as the sink 'splashback' that was springy in the wall - if you poke it, it moves in and out like a trampoline....and where they hadn't sealed the countertop to the 'wall' so we have a lovely damp wall from years of water disappearing down the back.....yep, the kitchen NEEDED this make-over).
What would any project be without Luca Brasi's help? Here she can be seen holding down some drawer insides in case they sneak off.
To be explained....and continued.....
Thank you to everyone for your kind words and support, it means more than you can imagine to me.