Saturday, February 20, 2010

Saturday Skating

Today is one of those "blah" sort of days; about 58 degrees, partly cloudy, breezy. Clint no longer has the weekends off (we figured that gig wouldn't last long), so it was kind of depressing waking up this morning to a gloomy, quiet, messy house. After about an hour of being awake, I was feeling restless and really wanting to do something active, so I decided to take the kids skating at the Power Play Center. We haven't been since this summer, but after today I'm really thinking we need to go more often. It is such inexpensive entertainment! The Family Skate session is four hours long on Saturdays, and is only $2 admission. I have my own skates, but the kids have to use rentals because we won't invest in skates for them when their feet are still growing so fast. Still, the rentals are only two bucks, so for ten dollars even, the kids and I got to skate to our hearts content.

While at the rink, I ran into two of my students from last year, Chelsea and Allison. I was so happy to see them! I had such a good rapport with these girls last year, and they also happened to be in one of my all-time favorite classes. I still miss last year's students terribly. I had fun reminiscing with the girls, and they were thrilled to see their English teacher out on the floor, skating. Over the summer, I had started to teach myself to backwards-skate. Today, I decided to keep trying, and although I'm still very slow, I'm actually doing pretty good. I can turn now without falling, so that's a plus.

I alluded earlier to the house being messy, and man-oh-man is it messy. The countertop project is so much more time-consuming and difficult than the backsplash was, and what was supposed to be a one-week project seems to taking over the month of February. Our kitchen is completely torn apart with grinding dust and old grout chunks coating every possible surface. Everything that is normally in the kitchen is stacked on the dining room table, and our carpet where the bar stools normally sit looks absolutely wrecked. At this point about 2/3 of the counters have the granite tiles installed, but now the whole project is on hold because Clint discovered that everything for his online class is due this Monday, when he had previously thought it was due next Monday. So now not only is the house destroyed, but there's no hope for order being instilled any time soon.