It has been a busy time at Faerie Gardens. Lia is leaving for Florida this Saturday!!! She is staying with a friend for three weeks. This will be her longest trip away from home yet. She is visiting Disney, cosplaying extensively and just hanging out and relaxing with her good friend Ayden. I imagine some frantic packing this week, and we still have to get her student ID laminated in case there are any problems on the flight.
Last Saturday, we went to the St. Patrick's Day parade in Syracuse. Diana and I have only missed it once since 2004. It was super cold, windy, snowy, rainy, and just generally horribly bad weather. Our time watching lasted less than 30 minutes. The best part of the day was lunch at the Dinosaur BBQ courtesy of Diana's mom. Judy also joined us, and a good time was had by all.
Right this minute, the girls are discussing possible talent show acts for the Shine talent show. Yes, we are once again going to the Shine with Unschooling conference, this year at a new location. I am a bit nervous because earning the extra money for the trip pretty much falls on me, and that means late nights, and I need to be up every morning at 6:15 to support Diana as she gets ready for work. The lack of sleep is weighing on me heavily.
Lia is dating a boy who goes by Toothpick. He lives in Ithaca, and she is trying to arrange a time in April to see him. I am not sure how this will work, but it is a bit nerve-racking!
Since Diana started working at a day care, we are all sick all the time. This is not something that we are used to. Day care workers seem to get sick a lot more often than elementary teachers.
My uncle Russ died last week, and I am sad in my heart. The last time I saw him, not really that long ago, he was so vibrantly alive. The sister of someone else I know fairly well just died following an accident. The older you get, the more death becomes a part of your life. Maybe this helps prepare one for one's own mortality.