This is it, people! The last days of school for the year. I’m not sure if I should celebrate the end of the school year, or do the exact opposite because it’s the end of the school year…heh!

Princess Nagger graduates 8th grade today – which means she’ll be in High School next year. High. School.

Seems like just yesterday this was her getting off the bus on her last day of kindergarten:

Apparently, that was an exhausting year day for her. I’ve obviously not mastered the ‘no blinking’ thing, because I blinked, and now she’ll be in High School. Time is definitely flying by way too fast. 

Since Princess Nagger is doing online school, she finished all her assignments, tests and other requirements last week, so she’s happy to be done for the summer. Her graduation today is online – she could have done an ‘in person’ graduation yesterday, but it was too far to drive for the time of day it was because getting back on time to pick up Little Dude at his school would have been problematic. Besides, she wasn’t interested in going to the ‘in person’ graduation, especially since they have an online one happening today.

Speaking of Little Dude – only 2 days and 2 hours left for his school year to be done, he’s not as jubilant as Princess Nagger about the school year coming to an end. At least there will be no worries about making sure he gets up on time when school starts back in September!

In other news… After 14-1/2 years of being a SAHM and doing my own thing, I’m once again gainfully employed! Well, I will be as of Thursday-ish when we do all the contract paperwork and whatnot. I’ve decided at this stage in my life I don’t need the all-out big giant ‘career’, I’d much rather be the caretaker of someone else who aspires to have a big giant career, so I’ll be a Virtual Executive Assistant. That makes me very happy!

It’ll start off at 10 to 20 hours a week, but could potentially grow to 40 hours a week, which works for me – I’ve missed having my own money for when I want to do something outside of grocery shopping. I know, right? Plus the grocery costs have gone up, but the grocery money the hubby allots to me hasn’t gone up, so sometimes it’s hard to stretch that almighty dollar in between grocery shopping trips and it’s a bummer when there’s nothing extra to go have coffee or lunch with a friend or something. That’s all going to change, and I can’t be happier!

Especially since the lovely lady I’ll be working for is so much like me it’s uncanny – another lost twin from another mother, Leslie! There’s at least three of us now! I’m sure I’ll have more details next week (once I find out what I’m allowed to talk about – she checked out my blog so she’s hip with the kids…heh!), but for now, just know that I’m over here doing a happy dance. The beauty of this job is that it’s flexible – and my new boss is not a micromanager – which means I’ll work extra hard because I do much better when there isn’t someone breathing down my neck not trusting me to get the job done. Funny how that works, no?

In bummer news… My dad is having to be relocated this Friday, because the rehab/recovery facility he’s currently in has said there’s nothing more they can do for him. He’s still dealing with a broken shoulder and torn rotator cuff, they can’t operate until the wound on his leg heals (which is healing, just taking a while) and a recent scan showed he cracked his L1 and L2 vertebra in the fall which explains his complaints of back pain. 

I’m just flabbergasted that it took almost 2 months for them to ‘find’ everything that was wrong after he fell off that 8-foot ladder. You’d think there would have been more of a comprehensive exam from the get-go. And if course all that on top of Alzheimer’s.

Meanwhile, because of his physical limitations, my mom isn’t able to take care of him like he needs, so he needs to go to an adult home type place where he’ll have round the clock nursing care – someone to help him in and out of bed, and in and out of the wheelchair until he gets his strength back. He is not allowed to go home anyway, because he’d never successfully navigate the stairs (theirs is a split entry house, so you have to navigate stairs no matter what) plus he’s stubborn, so knowing him, he’d end up back in the ER because he’ll do something he’s not supposed to do.

I see my future doing the exact same thing – I did inherit a stubborn streak from him…heh!

And so as not to segue on a sad note, I’m putting this right here…..

Bet you sang it, didn’t you? Didn’t you?!  I sure did. And continued the song in my head… 

It’s time once again for Leslie’s (aka Rory Bore) Tuesday Coffee Chat!

The question or prompt for this week is:

“What is your favourite way to spend the weekend?

That actually depends on the time of year, and also depends on the weather. In the summer time, it’s either camping in the mountains or at the ocean, doing some fishing and relaxing and enjoying nature and family and friends away from it all.

But then again, it’s nice to just stay home and chill, cook out on the grill if the weather’s nice (which it has been lately, so I’ve been doing a lot of cooking on the grill) and putter around the house getting things done. Just chillin’ is the name of the game.

That’s a wrap for this week – you know the drill, link up and join in the fun, everyone is welcome, random or not. And that means even if you don’t have a specific Random Tuesday Thoughts Rebel post posted, you can still link up, I’m not picky. You don’t even have to add the badge, just link up so I can come harass you on your blog. I promise to play nice.



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  1. Congratulations to Princess Nagger on gratuating, congratulations to you on the new job, and in the same run-on sentence, i’m so sorry to hear that your father isn’t mending faster. Life goes up and down pretty quickly, doesn’t it?

    Your idea of a weekend sounds lovely, i hope you get a lot of lovely weekends this summer.

  2. “Hey Jenny, I got your number”
    Hope things get better for your dad.
    Wow, hard to believe that Princess Nagger will be in high school! You’re right, time does fly.
    Congrats on the new job.

  3. Sorry about your dad! Also, I have a friend who does that virtual assistant thing and loves it. She’s also a quilter and sells her stuff so she has time to do everything. I’ve thought about it, no lie.

  4. Praying for your dad. Congrats on your daughter making it to high school. Time does fly. I have a basically senior in college and a junior in college.

    Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful rest of the week.

    Good luck in the job.

  5. The kids are out of school. Yay! I love hanging out with my kids.
    I hope y’all have a wonderful Summer!

    I LOVE so much this online school idea. Wish for something like this for my kids. Will Princess be doing online school for high school also?

    And congratulations on the new job! I wish to find such work that works well with my personality also. I, like you, need something to balance my allotted budget.

    I’m sorry to hear about your dad. you are right. They should have done a comprehensive from the get go. And healing as his age takes quite a bit longer and should be monitored.
    I pray he’ll heal sooner. I know it propably sn’t easy for him to be away from his home.
    *HUGS *

  6. So we are actually from triplets!!!?? Why do I live so far away?!!! Ugh. Isn’t it just the way of things – there is literally NO ONE in my life here that is anything remotely like me – or, if there is – she’s hiding really well!! LOL
    Totally sang the numbers and then YouTubed the song. HA.
    I never thought about my weekends being different according to the Season, because obviously we don’t camp in the winter. Although we do have bonfires in the winter. And my hubby will still grill even if it’s minus 30 outside. But other than that, winter weekends are indoors if the weather is too cold. Summer — you want outside as much as possible.

  7. I haven’t camped since I was a girl guide in my teens but since moving to the Scottish Highlands we’ve both been tempted to go off into the wilderness. We do love getting out and exploring and finding new routes to walk, so I need to take your post as inspiration and get out there more this summer.
    Hope your children enjoy their summer.

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