okay, so cha was what ... three weeks ago? so much for timely reporting.
screw it. here are the pix. enjoy.
and gasc was the following weekend, right? so i'm late on that, too. i have excuses, of course. first there was that horrible bridge collapse - i didn't feel right posting about scrappy stuff during that time. then marc started backing up and rebuilding my photo file server (yes, marc built me a server for photos. you should know that about us by now!) so i haven't been able to access photos beyond cha, which i sorted out first. photos from chicago and saugutuck, where catherine and i killed a week, and gasc will have to come later, especially since marc's off to chicago and it'll probably be a few days until i have my photo server back.
and now i'm in the process of creating a homecoming brochure for huntington university ... ?? um, yes. i have issues with saying no to people when i know i can do what they want done and don't want to see someone else do it wrong. it's a problem.
to be brief:
cha was so much fun. loved hanging out with the effin' w people. (we even had a "handler" for our needs ... justin!! such a nice kid.) loved hanging out with my other masters girls. loved that the horror reunion tour was staying in our hotel and we saw all manner of goth and gore on people in the lobby and bar for three days. and i got to see the guy who played freddy krueger, the guy who played jason in "freddy vs jason," and some weird old guy who looks exactly like freddy (movie freddy, not real life "freddy") who was loving all the attention from naive people who thought he was the real guy. loved meeting scrappy people who i've only ever previously emailed (courtney! kimber! jane! judi! etc.!)
chicago, for the afternoon, was great. lunch along the chicago river overlooking the trib building and the new trump tower was great. strolling around grant park and millenium park was lovely. the hotel? not so much. we left a day early.
saugutuck, michigan, was perfect. so relaxing. full of boats and art and gifty stuff and yummy food and beautiful isreali boys who do henna and drinks whenever the heck we wanted. what's not to love? so much inspiration in this little town, regardless of two days of rain. i'll get to the other pix later.
gasc was stressful and exhausting but really, really great. i learned so much from the experience, and have a much better handle on where my current project needs to go. it's gratifying to know i'm on the right track. teaching isn't something i ever wanted to do, but i actually had an amazing time. the students were all receptive to the idea of playing, and i think everyone went home happy.
now it's back to real life, and it's been so hard to get going again on our routine. marc's travel schedule for the next six weeks is once again insane. i have a lady coming over twice a week to hang with the kids while i work, so that should help. i can't wait, to be perfectly honest.
i discovered this morning that i'm burnt out. my life hasn't been my own for seven years and i'm getting frustrated by that. i can't even go to the gym, for pete's sake. we pulled in this morning after dropping henry off at nasa camp and harper said, "fwimming! yay, fwimming!" and i said no, we're gonna play with the kids today. immediate screams from the back seat. you'd have thought i was killing her. she dug in and grabbed onto her seat and wailed. "nooooo!!! no kids! i no like it!!!"
so much for they gym. mommy's destined to be fat until harper leaves for kindergarten, apparently. which just stresses me out all the more.
regardless, i have more to say but i'll leave with this for now. it's long enough ... especially for a post about nothing.