Tuesday, September 01, 2009
This First Day of September
Ah, September! I can't believe it's here already, but I'm so glad it is! I love autumn, and September means fall is on the way with cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, a return to routine, and the holidays are right around the corner.
Wes arrived home around 9:30 last night. He said the boys are doing fine. Sam is busy with new classes and responsibilities this semester; he is a dorm supervisor! He has around 55 guys in his dorm, and one of his best friends is his assistant supervisor. There are a lot of Canadian boys in their dorm, including Andrew and Ryan, which thrills all of them - they're proud to be Canadians and have a such a strong presence on campus!
Andrew is getting registered for his classes this week and is doing well so far with being away from home. He's never been one to get homesick anyway, so I expect him to do fine. He's looking for a job (there will be a job fair on Thursday at the college) and planning to sing in the college choir. Friday night the college will take all the students to a Los Angeles baseball game - would that be Angels or Dodgers? I'm not sure which one. I suspect that any homesickness, if it comes, will happen once the excitement of this first week wears off.
Beth starts her junior year of high school next Tuesday. It always seems like it's so late, starting after Labor Day, but that's when the local schools start. I don't have everything ready yet. I'm still poring over her sign language course. I thought it was geared toward homeschooling and would be easy for me to use although I don't know ASL, but I found that it's meant for a teacher who already knows sign language to use in setting up a class at a church or community center. It does have a DVD with all the lessons to illustrate the signs, but the tests need someone who knows ASL to make the signs for her to interpret and then have her sign to him to make sure she's doing them right. Fortunately, our song leader at church knows ASL, and he has agreed to help me with her tests! Now I just need to adapt the lesson plans to just one person.
I've been working on a custom order from my Etsy shop this week. It's for five sets of the numbers 1-25, mounted on cardstock shapes to use for an advent calendar. When I bid for the job (through Alchemy, a feature where people can find someone to make a custom order for them), I didn't really think it through. These numbers are not stamped; they are die-cut from the alphabet dies that I got at Michael's in July. Then each one is glued onto the shape. That's 125 numbers, most of them double-digit! So that is a work in progress. I've learned a couple of ways of attaching those numbers that don't work. And I've learned a valuable lesson in counting the cost!
So that's about it for this first day of September! Enjoy the changing season!