Sunday, March 23, 2008

Free Time....

It's been a long and stressful week at work. I've worked hard not to bring it home with me. I've worked out most every day this week. I haven't over eaten so much. My son has had two exemplary weeks in a row. I forgot to mention it, but he was selected as student of the week last week. Even with the excitement of Easter, spring break, and one or more substitute teachers this week, he was awesome in school and out. Friday afternoon I took him to his mom's parents to start the trek down to see his mom for the next week.

Friday I decided to do something I hadn't done in a long time. I went and worked out, then shot basketball for an hour. I don't like to watch sports...I like to play them. Why should I watch someone else do something I love to do? It works in other areas too. I love to sing. No one likes to hear me, I'm not any good. Now I don't stalk or sulk in Karaoke bars, but I'll go with a group of friends...and I don't need to be drunk to get up and sing. I'll get up and dance at a club or a party...because I like to, not because I'm any good. Most people recognize this pretty quickly and give me some space. :-) At 6'2", if I step on you, it will hurt, if I bump into you, you might fall over. I'm not known for my grace and in basketball I've been known to foul out entirely on charges. Basketball with me can be like football without pads. I've learned in the past year to love volleyball nearly as much as basketball. I need to move somewhere like Salt Lake City where I can feed my insatiable passion for snowboarding.

So after shooting basketball I showered, grabbed my book, and headed out for sushi at the sushi bar across the street. Not very exciting, probably not worthy of a blog post, no sex, no intrigue, no politics, no philosophical insights, just a bit of relaxation with no responsibilities.

Saturday was the opening day for Busch Gardens. My girlfriend, her son, and I along with many friends from meetin went for some roller coaster craziness. And food. :-)

And people watching is a valid form of entertainment (like the picture below). I'm sure we entertained some folks as well.

So Sunday morning found me wide awake at 6am. Very strange and disturbing dreams that I will not go into. So I started the day with some ab exercises, some Yoga (the first time in forever for each), and this entry.

THE BIG NEWS is that I received a letter yesterday notifying me that my son was accepted into the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program!!!! Lots of jumping up and down here. I called him and he was VERY excited too! When we went to the presentation for the program a few weeks ago he liked it, but was not enthused. He said, "I didn't like what they said. They said I'll need to have a binder to keep everything in, and they are going to grade me on it. I don't want anything to do with that!!!" I said, "That is exactly why you need this program." It means that he won't get to do the Japanese class he really wanted or the other electives because AVID is the elective. He will get to go on some really outstanding field trips. I've already lined up daycare and transportation since the school is out of district. I'll be picking him up in the afternoons....which means he'll be able to participate in extracurricular activities that he wants to.



  1. Great news about your son! Happy Easter to you!

  2. Yes, congrats on AVID! It says a lot about you, too, as a dad.

  3. That is wonderful news for your son! Congratulations to the both of you!

    Your free time sounded like it was glorious! Glad you were able to do so many things you enjoy.


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