We’ve had a ‘quiet’ week here so far as obligations outside of the house. With lots of crazy winter weather and sometimes hazardous driving conditions, I am glad to have the opportunity to just stay home. Unless we have the winter just end quickly, it might be record breaking snowfalls for the season.
Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are about the only things aside from Mass on Sunday that had us going outside of the house. Last Saturday was the wrap up of Merit Badge University for the older boys. Of the 3 sessions they each attended, they still have to wrap up work on 2 of them to earn the merit badge. Poor R was so nervous about doing a speech for Public Speaking that he felt ill before going. Then, he forgot his speech at home and now has to arrange with the merit badge counselor to do that requirement. Thankfully, the counselor is someone we know and can hopefully get it wrapped up soon.
Another Boy Scout ‘outing’ this week had P, R and myself at a town hall meeting in our community for the representatives headed to Juneau for the state assembly. The room was practically bursting with Boy Scouts as attending a meeting like that counts as a requirement for two different merit badges, Communications and Citizenship in the Community.
P and R are both working on the Citizenship one and R is now starting Communications. P earned Communications last year, or he’d be doing Eagle required one as well.
It had been a while since I attended a public meeting like this and can honestly say that everyone should go to at least one in their lifetime. You can learn so much about local government that way as well as what those citizens coming to speak have to say. At the meeting we attended, I was amazed at how many people brought up issues that are really under the realm of the city/municipality government. And, each of the reps took a few minutes to share what bills they are championing and how they approach their role as legislators.
I was starting to feel like there was a conspiracy underfoot with regard to the our watching Veggie Tales’ The Little Drummer Boy.
First, we had a review copy get lost in the mail (which I hold no hope of ever seeing here now.) Then, I bought a copy for the family right before Christmas. J’s request to watch it on Christmas was put off until after dinner. But, between my telling him later and when later arrived, the DVD disappeared.
This Thursday afternoon, I finally found it buried under some of our Christmas DVDs in the Christmas media box. I hadn’t thought about digging through there as I never saw him near it with the DVD. So, we finally got to watch it and enjoyed the show.
The bills are coming due for all the Christmas shopping. While we have enough in the bank to cover them, I am still a bit shocked when I started totaling it all up. On the one bill is the cost for the pellet stove, so that really skewed the total owed quite a bit. And, in all honesty, several of the ‘gifts’ under the tree for the family or Mr. O and I were things we needed.
Not too many people get excited about a new set of clippers for cutting all the male hair in the house. Although, I can say that the boys really appreciated no more tugging on their hairs. And, I think the old clippers Mr. O bought 20 years ago for $15 have really done their job well.
I’ll be looking forward to the smaller bills this spring and just might be doing a spending fast during Lent again.
This week is when work samples and grades for the first semester are due at our charter school. I’ve spent some of my ‘staying at home’ time to pull it all together.
I’m glad my contact teacher lets me just email the samples as it will probably be tomorrow afternoon by the time I have it all together. I think some of the boys will be surprised over their grades while I can’t say any of it is a shock for me.
Next big project… taxes!
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