1. Today is my mom's birthday. YAY! I made my dad pay for pizza for dinner (actually, I don't even if he knows he paid for it or not, I just used his debit card. He's technically out-of-range for a few days but I left him a message, and he said I could use his card if I needed to - birthday dinner for his ex-wife is a need, right?) and Davey baked Grandma a cake. This weekend EVERYONE is coming over and we're doing dinner. This year we're doing fried chicken and baked ham and a ton of fixins. All I'm doing is making green beans and rolls and maybe some carrots.
2. Ronnie starts HIGH SCHOOL next year. Ugh, I feel so old! Us parents had a PTSA meeting the other night to discuss high school and registration and all that jazz. And to meet the prinicpal/vice principal/guidance counselors/current PTSA board from the high school. I'm sure yall saw the pic on twitter/instagram/facebook, but the registration guide is pretty awesome - it's LEGO themed; one of the hs art kids designed it. Ronnie already has an idea of what he'd like to do in high school, so that's helpful, because there are SO MANY CHOICES. And he and Davey are such different kids, they'll be on completely different paths.
3. One of the other area high schools had a lockdown today. The automated message the parents got was that the school was on lockdown, there had been several fights and the police were called, one of the students assaulted a police officer and mace was used, several bystanding students were affected by the mace but there were no serious injuries. My cousin/nephew/whatever Jayden keeps his phone with him all day so we knew about it before the news alert came up, and knew he was okay/not involved, but ugh. Our middle school is having a lockdown drill tomorrow - they warn the parents so that parents won't come to the school during the drill time, like if kids need to be picked up early or brought in late, they need to adjust their time accordingly - and I'm interested to see how many parents got the notice about the drill and don't send their kids to school or else they didn't get the notice and will complain about not being notified. Apparently the lock down drills are traumatizing for their kids. (Also, if your kid is in the eighth grade and has been in the same school system that entire time, and you aren't getting ANY notifications about school stuff? There is a problem. Regarding this drill, it was mentioned in the weekly email we get from the assistant principal, the principal sent out a separate email about it, we got an automated call, and it's on the fb and twitter pages. Come on, now!)
4. My aunt is a SPED teacher, and right now she works with visually impaired kids. Right now she is running a tshirt fundraiser to raise money for Virginia Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired annual conference. It's one of those fundraisers where they have to sell a certain number of shirts in order to get anything. I really like the shirt design - it's red and has a pic of a set of hands and the world globe and reads "Put the world at your fingertips... learn braille." There is about a week left on the fundraiser time, and they haven't sold nearly enough shirts. If you'd like to purchase one, or know someone who might be interested, please go take a look or share the link or whatever. Thanks a bunch! Put The World At Your Fingertips
5. Some of you know bloodygoodgirl
- and if you don't, just know that she's awesome. Anywho, she got the chance to have one of my photos exhibited at the Smithsonian in their 2015 Artist at Work exhibit. She's hoping to get a little financial help to offset the cost of printing and framing. I know we're all broke these days, but if you can spare a few bucks to help out a fellow fandomer, check out her tumblr
or her gofundme page
6. My sister-in-law asked if we could go see the 50 Shades movie for girls' night. Uh, NO. I cannot believe she even asked me that. UGHHHHH.
7. For any of you mommies or anyone with experience with little ones - I need recommendations for the best... uh, way to wear your baby, I guess? Lol. I had a snugli when the boys were babies, but now there are like fifty million options for slings and backpacks and frontpacks and the list goes on and on. Since my summer is going to be full of kids, I figure it would be easiest for me to be able to just keep Princess Luna close. (Lol, I'm already having nightmares about walking to the park with the double stroller and a baby strapped to my chest - there's a reason I had my kids when I was young, I'm too old for this nonsense now!)
8. I'm supposed to go to VaBeach next week to spend a few days with friend!Amy and the boys. The weather forecast seems to be a little unfriendly, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I think friend!Amy and I will both cry if snow keeps us apart; we've been counting down the days!
9. Speaking of VaBeach, since friend!Amy is back there now for the foreseeable future (who knows, though, with the Navy), if anyone is in the VaBeach/Norfolk/Chesapeake/Hampton area, shoot me a message and we'll meet up sometime. Also, we're doing a family vacation to OBX the first week in August, so if anyone is around that area this summer at that time, let me know.
10. Fandomish things that are making me happy right now: Justin Faulk, the Hurricanes' current streak of remembering how to play hockey, The Musketeers
, Agent Carter
, Hawaii 5-0
(which is making me more sad than happy, especially since this week is the FINAL EPISODE EVER!, but still filling me with emotions, so it counts!), TWD comes back next weekend, three weeks til DAYTONA!, revisiting my love of all things Harry Potter.
What's going on with yall?