Five Friday Factoids

Since I lost use of the laptop, I’ve had limited time to blog — both writing and reading. I know it sounds like a convenient excuse, but there’s more to it than sharing a family computer. A few things have changed around my house in the past month:

  1. EB moved home from college at the beginning of May and started job hunting. Unlike last year, he actually bothered applying and following up at a few places, but the result was the same — no job to be had. This year, however, SuperDad had a plan in place that did not involve having him chop our winter supply of firewood (not that it was a bad use of free labor last year); instead, an advertisement was placed on Craigslist for other people to pay EB to do those sorts of things — and he actually picked up some work! It was a relief for both the parents and the 20yo. Unfortunately, jobs like roto-tilling a garden can only be done once per customer and replies that panned out into jobs were scarce, despite updating the listing nearly every day. (No, he was not going to ride his bike 20 miles to mow a lawn when the inquirer didn’t even have a lawnmower!)  Lest this become an essay of epic boredom, we’ll skip the remaining details and simply state that tomorrow EB is headed to the Boy Scout camp for staff training. The pay isn’t great (although it does include room and board in a pleasant natural setting) but it is a steady job for the remainder of the summer.
  2. H-J took six AP exams and then discovered that the school year wasn’t really over; he had hoped that those classes would be all fun and games for the remaining 4 weeks of mandatory education. Still, the pressure is off now that he’s got those exams — along with last Saturday’s SAT — in the rear-view mirror.  H-J claims he is going to apply for jobs after school ends next week… and after drum major/band leadership camp…
    We’ll wait and see what happens.
  3. While we are discussing jobs… guess who officially starts work next week? No, not SuperDad… me!  Years of volunteering in church offices has borne fruit — this particular fruit being the interim position left by our beloved church administrator.  She has some exciting life changes that are taking her away from us, so I am happy for her/sad for all of us (and me, because she is a friend whom I will miss greatly), but also happy for me… and more than a little bit apprehensive over the proverbial big shoes she has left in the office. I’ve been training over the past 4 work days (which is really 2 weeks) and just found out yesterday that there is even more to the job than I knew. Good Grief! This is going to be a steeper learning curve than I had expected. However…
  4. Two days a week in the office will still leave me plenty of time to do other things that bring pleasure and help to pay for them, too.
    Cobalt blue leash for glasses with Millefiori beads.

    Vintage Venetian blue beads make a truly Cobalt blue leash for glasses — with Millefiori beads.

    Vintage Venetian seed beads in Pearl make a simply, classy leash for your glasses.

    Vintage Venetian seed beads in Pearl make a simply, classy leash for your glasses.

    Click on any pic to embiggen…

    White Cliffs of Dover and the Tower of London, June 1996

    White Cliffs of Dover and the Tower of London, June 1996

    London, June 1996

    London, June 1996

    A day to play on the beach in Calais (one of the few things our older boys remember from the trip to London in June of 1996)

    A day to play on the beach in Calais (one of the few things our older boys remember from the trip to London in June of 1996)

  5. The timing is good, since I have recently purchased more beads (and other supplies) and I spent last weekend at a scrapbooking retreat. Reality has already set in, though: we need to begin setting aside funds for outfitting H-J when he heads off to college in a year.

Bonus Fact:  This is our last weekend before school lets out next week! Hooray!

9 thoughts on “Five Friday Factoids

  1. Isn’t that something? Landing a job just in time to start helping your son into college! Congratulations!
    I feel bad for those kids looking for summer work. It’s bleak out there, isn’t it?

  2. Congratulations on the job! That sounds like a nice way to ease back into working, and a job you know is important.

    This transition time you and your boys are in –old enough to work during the summers, but before starting a career– that does seem like kind of a difficult time. I know there has been a lot of talk about out-of-work adults taking the jobs teens used to be able to get.

  3. Congrats on the job… I think you’re perfect for the position!
    As for kids looking for summer work – I’ve just spent a few days with my brother and his family and their son just graduated from Senior High. That was on Wedensday – on Friday he registered at the Employment Office. His chances of finding a job – any kind of job – is near NIL, so he’ll probably end up going to Norway to work in a fish processing plant or something such.

  4. Wow this has been a busy week for you and your family. Congratulations on the job. I am sure you will almost fill those shoes in no time flat. I also recognize some of those pictures you worked on while at the scrap booking retreat. So happy I got to seem them in person.
    Have a great week ahead.

  5. Hello Karen, I can’t blame lack of a computer for my limited blogging time – It’s just plain ‘ol lfe. 🙂 Though I am not consistent with making the rounds, I always enjoy stopping by your place. It is especially fun to see your photos, hear about your beading talent, and getting to know you and your family.\ through the stories you tell.

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