Short answer: Not much, but enough to be interesting.
Eddie, obviously as the teenager in the family, has the most going on. He had a great summer sailing and earning a few more qualifications. (I really don’t know all the levels and what they mean – but he’s a fairly competent sailor right now.) He was disappointed that he didn’t get one nibble from the ten job applications he sent around town. Since he was 15 with zero experience, I wasn’t too surprised, but right before school started he got a call from Atlantic Superstore and they ran him through the gauntlet. He had a phone interview, an online survey about stealing and ethics, a math test of some sort, and an in-person interview with the store manager. He passed all with flying colors and then he had 20 hours of training.
I confess I was a little worried about how he would handle customers and being in the public eye (we have two grocery stores in town, so you pretty much see everybody). But surprise, he loves it. Even on the no-tax Saturday when the company computer system glitched and it took five minutes to print receipts and the lines stretched to the back of the store. I asked him what he did while he had all these impatient customers waiting in line, and he said that he just chatted with them and that “most people” were pretty understanding. So far he’s only been scheduled for about 10 hours a week, which is plenty during the school year. This week he works on Wed. night and Saturday afternoon. The best part is that after six months, he gets a 10% discount on everything in the store. That will be a huge help on the grocery bill.
I’ve been taking a meditation class. I’ve really enjoyed it. I took the same course eight years ago, and they changed it quite a bit based on new research. The first four weeks were the same, but they’ve added in more about positive thinking and happiness research. It’s nice to see mental health professionals focusing on good mental health and how to maintain it, rather than just focusing on trauma and crisis management. I’ve learned a lot. There are two classes to go before it ends. It’s been a lot of homework, so I’ll be glad to have more free time leading up to Christmas.
We’re going to Massachusetts for Thanksgiving again. Eddie is in good shape at school, and won’t miss much since they have professional development days that week. I’m looking forward to going. We haven’t been down in a year. My in-laws had some health scares over the summer and really weren’t up for guests. But they seem to have bounced back (as much as you can bounce when you’re in your 80’s) and my mother-in-law is still going to cook the giant dinner. (I will be her handmaiden)
Bill is still working from home. He doesn’t love his job, but it’s working for us now. He would like do something where he sees more people (besides me and Eddie’s steady stream of friends). He does have the unique position of actually being around his son ( before he leaves us forever), so he’s not complaining too much.
I also want to send grandma_kate
lots of good energy for her surgery on November 15. I’ll be thinking of you, dear.
And thanks to everyone for my birthday wishes. I have a new avatar thanks to girlspell
. Isn't it lovely? *admires*