Saturday, February 23, 2019

Smarty really enjoyed her break. It was not a complete "do nothing" break, since she has several projects due next week or the week after, so she had to work on them. But she still had some time to sleep in until 10 am every morning, read, see her friends, and enjoy this feeling of freedom that comes from not having to be in the same place at the same time every day.

Highlights of the Week

Smarty spent some time with her best friend - first when he and his family visited us last Sunday and then when she went with them to San Francisco's Lands End park. She came home exhausted but happy with a day spent playing in fresh air. It was good timing too, because Wednesday was the only day when neither of us could be at home with her - the rest of the break week either my husband or I were at home, so Smarty was not left completely to her own devices. 
She also had her taekwondo belt testing this week for her red decided belt. There were a lot of problems with instruction these past two months, because our chief instructor injured his back and was out. She barely "squeaked through" her testing but passed with high enough score to get her next belt today. This leaves her still on track to get her black belt in June if all stars align. She really wants to make that happen, so I hope that her main coach is back and she gets better instruction in upcoming months.
Smarty also had an unexpected doctor visit this week. On Wednesday night after dinner she started saying that she has something stuck in her throat and it hurts. We looked in and could see something "foreign" stuck in the very back of her throat. She could breathe and swallow fine, so we decided to wait until morning. Unfortunately, the object was still there in the morning, so my husband took her to the doctor's office on Thursday. Interestingly, the doctor was also somewhat flummoxed and said that she had never seen anything like that before. However, she was able to dislodge the stuck piece. Smarty says that her throat still feels irritated, but she seems fine otherwise. Incidents like these sometimes make me feel how fragile our well-being is and make me even more determined appreciate "normal everyday life".

What We Are Reading

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Smarty continued through 2 more books of Kiera Cass's Selection series and also re-read two massive books from James Islington's  The Licanius trilogy. She is eagerly waiting for the third book - unfortunately, it is now planned for December of this year (it was previously planned for February), so she still has to wait for it. I am reading through non-fiction Chasing New Horizons and keep being horrified by NASA bureaucracy and fascinated by persistence and tenacity of people who made this mission to Pluto possible. 

Favorite Memory of the Week

Smarty is making first steps in re-designing her room. She wants it to become a "cool place to sleep, relax, and study". She spent quite some time in Home Depot on Monday considering the color scheme. One thing is certain - the walls will be blue :) But she still has more time to figure it all out as the idea is that it will be her 13th birthday present, and her 13th birthday is many months away.

Your Turn

How was your week?


An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I think the doctor's visit would have flustered me more. I really hate choking! The fragility of life has been one of the most disturbing part of parenting.

Ticia said...

I'm trying to remember last week..... That's how February has felt, I don't remember what all happened.

Did you ever find out what it was that was stuck in her throat? I'm glad the doctor was able to dislodge.