Yes, I know I didn’t post on Saturday. I was just too busy trying to get ready for this week. I did take a little break in the afternoon to take Jasper with me to the bookstore/coffeeshop in celebration of their second anniversary. Jasper even found a book on metalworking that he thinks he can use.
Saturday night I had some scary symptoms that I assume were anxiety related, with the result that I got very little sleep and when I got up on Sunday morning to start working I was very dizzy. I made breakfast and got started on Spencer’s (24th) birthday meal, but I had to do everything sitting down and take frequent rests. I was so grateful when Lina arrived and offered to help! Mercy and Daniel also arrived from Dallas.
Somehow all the food got made and I didn’t take any photos of it! Spencer had requested pirozhki (Russian meat pastries), German red cabbage, and German potato salad, with cherry cheesecake for dessert. It sure was great to have nine people at the table and listen to all the talking and laughing! I was feeling much better by the time we sat down for lunch.
Later, Spencer opened his gifts and then we had dessert before he and Jade had to leave to go to a concert in another town.
Then, just as I finally had time to work on my class preparations, the power went out. After flickering several times, it stayed off. It was a very warm few hours here. Daniel and Lina and Jasper played a board game. The rest of us sat in the living room wishing for some cool air. At least I was able to cook supper on our (gas) stove. We ate in the living room since our dining room has no windows and was very dark.
The power came on midway through the evening and I was so relieved as I still had a LOT of things to print and get ready for my class.
This morning I jumped right into my final preparations. Jasper helped me set up the dining room. Today’s class, my high school English class, is officially the biggest class I’ve ever had! Thirteen is the maximum number of bodies I can pack into my dining room in addition to my own. The students started arriving right on time. I have six girls (including two sibling pairs) and seven boys. I think it’s going to be a great class! Many of these kids are in my class for the first time, and several are younger siblings of former students. It was an intense couple of hours but I enjoyed getting started.
This afternoon I had an errand to run and then I went to the gym early as Lucy needed me to take her somewhere later. Soon the campus will be teeming with students again, but right now it is mostly just the sports teams that are there.
I have spent most of the afternoon and evening getting ready for tomorrow’s class of younger students. Trying not to feel too intimidated . . .
My high school class. I have an unusual number of tall students this year!