Monday, November 30, 2009

College visits

I really need to get moving on some college visits. I think I've changed my mind about trying to take Becky along, too. I guess we'll just wait until next year, and hopefully, take her by herself to places more targeted to her own interests.

The places I definitely want to visit are Baldwin Wallace and University of Akron. I would like to find a Christian school with Tim's potential major, but thus far I've not succeeded.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Another interesting school

Hope College, in Holland, MI

It's a Christian school, and seems to have some good aspects, as well as potential for Tim's interest in computers.

Night #2...

... in the basement.

Tough Week

Flu, I guess. First Doug started feeling bad over the weekend, and came home sick on Monday. Today's Friday, and he's finally back at work, but now Becky's sick. Having Doug home sick meant delivering meals, drinks, and Tylenol periodically, and wiping down every surface I thought he might have touched.

Becky, unfortunately, tends to get queasy when she has a fever. She has a very high fever now, and hasn't thrown up, so maybe she's outgrowing it. But at least partially because of that history, she likes me to stay close and take good care of her.

So I spent the night in the basement with her (notice I didn't say I slept in the basement with her.)

One blessing is that I don't have to spend Saturday in Columbus at the CAP conference with Tim. I have so much I'd like to accomplish in the next week or so. I'm just going to have to work on it while sitting with my little invalid, I guess.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Going through colleges to see if any in our geographical have Tim-like majors...

4 year programs
Calvin College
Baldwin Wallace +
University of Akron +
University of Toledo

I wanted to check Grove City, but their network must be having problems...

Middle of the night

Can't sleep, so I guess I'll do some thinking/planning. I was looking for my notebook, but couldn't find it, so I guess I'll think here...

I want to change my schedule. The kids' school is less of a burden now that it has been in years, so it seems I should be able to get more done with my time.

Stuff I do already (when it could be scheduled)
Housework (Mostly Friday, some Monday)
Laundry (2-3 days a week or one load a day?)
Meal planning and shopping (once or twice a week?)
Cooking (blech, almost every day, though the kids are supposed to be taking a night each)
Homeschooling-includes planning, paperwork, teaching/correcting (mostly Sat. or Mon.)
Church work-offering, teen study, cleaning (Sundays, and every other Saturday?)
Time with kids (more or less daily, I'd hope)
Taking Becky to horse riding, Victoria, HOPE (Tuesday afternoon, Wed. a.m., Friday 2X)
Some writing (So far, just Tuesday evenings)
Some time with church women (here and there)
Computer time (probably too much - periodically through the day)
Reading (when I'm able or can't resist)

What I'd like to add:
More time with church people (prob. not very scheduable)
More time writing (some weekly daytime slot?)
Time spent developing an author's profile (website/blog/contacts) (same as above?)

That's all the thinking I can do right now -- after all, it's 3:30 in the morning, and I've been awake since before 1:00.

I'll try to come back to this and see if it suggests any kind of schedule...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Nice evening

I went out with Kristyn from church last night. I enjoy her company a lot. We had dinner and walked around the Aurora Farms outlet mall.

Other than the fact that I ate too much, it was a very nice evening.

Doug said he and the kids had a nice evening too. Monday is their Bible study night, and he also looked at Trig with Tim and watched some old Dick Van Dyke shows with them.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Ordered it!

For the first time, I was let down by the WTM boards, and did not receive an answer. But with both Doug's and Tim's approval, I decided to make the switch.

We started using it Thursday as a trial, and I know two days aren't much of a trial, but we're already behind for the year, so I went ahead and ordered my own copy, and the companion, on Friday.

I prayed hard during the last week for God to help me figure out what to do, so I'm sure hoping this is it!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Life of Fred

I just emailed the author of the LOF math books... laying out my Precalculus sob story and uncertainties about switching into his curriculum. I ended by asking him to convince me that his was adequate for a kid going into the math/science field.

I can't wait to hear what he has to say.

I put basically the same question on the WTM high school board, and have yet to hear anything...

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

No Nano

Well, not doing Nano again this year... I just realized this morning that if I were going to, I'd be three days late starting, but besides that, I just don't have time this year.

November is a HORRIBLE month to do it. Thanksgiving... Christmas prep, for me, an anniversary... a busy time in school...

It's just really tough. This year, though, I really want to finish (again) the final edit on FI.