I went and picked up our laptop today. The Ge*k Squad had it (and really--can you imagine anything more geeky than having to answer the phone, "G*ek Squad, Agent Brian"? If you were an intelligent, computer-savvy young person, wouldn't that drive you up the wall? But I digress. Already. And it's only the first paragraph).
In a surprisingly astute move, we agreed to buy the 2-year warrantee extension when we purchased our Gateway laptop two years ago. Almost to the day. The extension runs out on June 24. The silly thing kept overheating and turning itself off right in the middle of whatever I was doing. Argh! The Beard figured it was the battery. So when B*st Buy sent us the "wouldn't you like to extend your extension" letter, we did the smart thing--we used the letter to dig up the number from our long-lost paperwork, and called them about sending us a battery. Which they did. Free! Well, included in the cost, anyway. But the computer kept turning off. So we took it in to the store, and they whisked it away to California ("...said, "Californy is the place you want to be, so they loaded up the truck. . ." I'm digressing. Again.), promising its return by June 25. Well, it was here today! Hurray! So now I have a laptop to take on my trip. Since I'm in charge of organizing the money, a computer will be quite handy!
Since I last wrote, Punkin had her birthday. We had 8 girls over for a "sleep" over party. First they swam, then they talked and giggled, and finally they slept. There's a funny story there, but--maybe later. In the morning, there were pancakes, and the next day, right about noon, there was a nap for mom!!
In addition, Punkin has joined the world of electronics. She received a Nintendo DS lite for her birthday. We have still resisted the siren call of the TV video game, but she does have this little GameBoy-type thing. She was instantly enamoured. Since we had repeatedly told her that she wasn't allowed to have video games, she was completely surprised. It's a mark of turning 10 that the top thing on her list was a P*lly Pocket cruise ship (bad reviews). We decided that this game thing would make her happier longer than a plastic ship made for 4" dolls to frolic on.I think she agrees, although she is probably still hoping for the cruise ship <g>. She and her ballet-class friend have done nothing together except play on the various games since she got it. Her friend, indeed--most of her friends!--already had one. They all seem to have a pink one.
Also, since last I updated, I successfully completed one more piano recital. It was the hottest day of the year so far (maybe not true, but it *felt* that way!). We crowded about 40 people into my living room and blasted the air conditioner as high as we could the whole time. I think it may have been as low as 80. Bad enough if you're not performing, but it was really hot for those of us who were already sweating the adrenaline out. At least everyone's hands were warm!
Punkin rehearsed for and performed in not one but two performances of her dance recital. The studio does 6 performances, and this is the first year that Punkin's class has been asked to do 2. She was a lovely blue seahorse, and a tap-dancing penguin waiter at the wedding scene. They brought down the house. Fun to watch. It's about 3 weeks of intense, time-consuming, calendar-sucking work, but the result is wonderful, and it's a great investment in helping her to be challenged--stretching a little beyond what comes naturally and easily. At the same time, it builds on one of Punkin's strengths--her musicality. The studio she attends gives exams every year, and each exam, Punkin has received the highest mark for musicality. Yay! The athleticism part? That's where the ability-stretching comes in. Still, she works hard, and she's doing well.
In all that, there has been some knitting, and even a little sewing, but nearly no pictures I can share. I have to go through them so I can post a few.
But for tonight, I'm all done. Plum tuckered out. Tireder than a single rooster in a henhouse. Ready for bed.