Sunday, January 31, 2010

Catching Up

So much for new year's resolutions. I haven't kept up a journal and I haven't kept up the blog. For shame, Tami. Sheesh.

I have a partial excuse. My carpal tunnel has flared up pretty badly in recent weeks such that the minute I am done working, I get off the keyboard or otherwise amputation begins looking mighty attractive. I wear an arm brace to bed, do some icing and heating of it and my chiro hubby works on it, so I'm hoping that, between all of those treatments, it will eventually improve.

Other news on the Orr horizon . . . . getting new glasses this week and have high, high hopes that they will help with the immense eye fatigue the long days bring me. Work is keeping me mighty busy, for which I am grateful, but it is also tiring. All children are well and good. Nicole and Jon recently celebrated a year together and went tubing at Mt. Hood to celebrate the day. Nicole has been cast in a community theatre play so we've been practicing lines with her in preparation. Once rehearsals begin, we will also be driving, driving and driving. Boys are great. Caspian is working at Habitat for Humanity two to three times a week and seems to thrive on it.

On a personal front, I've been writing letters voraciously. I continue to write articles wherever I can advocating the beaty of snail mail. For the latest, check out the Jan/Feb issue of Home Education magazine. I've done a little reading and highly recommend two very diverse novels: The Child Thief by Brom (an adult fantasy novel about the Peter Pan legend) and A Reliable Wife by Robert Goodrick (an old fashioned Victorian/gothic mystery novel).

See why I haven't posted much lately? I just don't have too much to report. Okay, no excuses, right? I will try to check back more often. Feel free to nag me if you see fit to do so. however.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Where does the time go?

How the heck did it get to be 2010?

Do you remember where you were when it changed from 1999 to 2000 and everyone was convinced that the world as we know it was coming to an end? I do. I was sitting at a table with my husband, mother in law and sister in law. The kids were playing in the other room. We chatted and then the clock chimed midnight and you know what? NOTHING happened. Not a single glitch. Kinda disappointing.
Now, it is a decade later. 2010 still sounds futuristic to me somehow. I have high hopes for the year though. My workload has certainly increased and that bodes well for the year. I am going to be doing classroom presentations to kids this summer, which I think will be great fun.
I really, really want to take a vacation this summer. I missed it rather desperately last year. We took several fun short trips but that just wasn't the same. I need to pack for a road trip. I need to go away from work for at least two weeks. I need to pack up my favorite clothes and books. I need to see parts of the country that I haven't seen before. I need rest parks! See? I told you. I need a vacation.
As the year begins, all of my children are in a good place. Nicole and Jon have been together for almost a year (amazing!) and going strong. Caspian is actively working with Habitat for Humanity and enjoying it. Coryn hasn't found his direction yet but he will--he's only 13, so there's time.
I'm feeling pretty good. My only real hassle is my right arm. Lots of carpal tunnel going on so I do most of my work with a wrist brace on and sleep with an ice pack. I consider amputation on a fairly regular basis but that would significantly slow me down and I don't want that.
I've been writing letters whenever work allows for it. I must admit I love it. Getting the mail is ever so much more fun when there are letters in the box. Checks still get top priority, but letters are a close second. If you're interested in letter writing, check out the Letter Writers Alliance and the Letter Exchange.
Well, this is far from the most exciting post I've had but honestly, not a great deal has happened in recent weeks. Christmas and New Year's were over in the blink of an eye and now I'm trying to keep up with deadlines. I love my job once again.
Drop me a message if you stop by. I will try to get back a little sooner this time! Ha, there's my first real new year's resolution!