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*stretch* Hello, Monday. 
11th-Jun-2012 12:30 pm
Yay, my weekend was a Grand Success. Even if the only thing that had gotten done was Elayna's college-stuff sorting, it would have been a Grand Success.

This calls for bullet points!

* The Bloggess was fantastic. Elayna and I managed to get seats close to each other at the front; the store was jam-packed and Elayna was feeling agitated and claustrophobic, but aha! I always carry a book. In this case, The Bloggess's book. So Elayna dove into that and fell in love, and has refused to surrender it since. She's almost done with it. She's never really fallen into nonfiction like this before; I need to gather up all of the humorous memoir books for her!

* The Bloggess in person was also fantastic. She was overwhelmed by the crowd, and read a story about epic pooping. Note: I was not the person who asked the question about balancing parenting with chronic illness in the Q&A period; at this point I have more experience with that than The Bloggess does! I should write about that sometime. (I was asked if that was me, so I clarify. I was going to ask what Nathan Fillion's excuse for not showing up was, but we ran out of time.) Sadly, we did not get Elayna's picture taken with Copernicus, because the autograph line was foreverlong.

* Here's how that conversation went.
Me: "I want to take your picture with Copernicus the faceless taxidermied monkey."
Elayna: "Uh. No?"
Me: "So we can send it to Grandma."
Elayna: "Oh in that case YES."
Then we had ice cream. I'll Photoshop the picture, I guess.

* We decided at the last minute not to go to the Champlain College open house on Saturday, because no one wants a four-hour drive. Especially not when we'd have to leave at 4am. So instead, we tackled the Great College Stuff Filing Project, which legitimately took all day. (Which is why we hadn't done it yet. We did not have a full day to take.) We sorted by state and got to researching (does this school actually have your major? does it have a big splash page thing about Christ the Teacher? is it ridicuhuge? what are its average freshman SAT scores and GPAs? do they have typos on their literature?), then got to scheduling visits, and, well, much of the summer will be devoted to college visits. But we now have file folders for every college she's interested in. I had her make them, do check marks on the ones we've visited and write notes about them, et cetera. Now there is a gigantic file box. This afternoon, we'll work on creating a filing system within her e-mail and unsubscribing her from the mailing lists of colleges she's not interested in. GO TEAM US.

* We had a surprise brief visit from kythryne, Amy, and Miles!

* On Sunday, Elayna went to an amusement park with her best friend. This was actually her belated 16th birthday present. Yes, she's 17 now. It was really belated. They just never could get their schedules together. We paid their admission and gave them money for food, and her friend drove them there. Elayna is still thrilled just to hang out with her friends without any parents around. May she continue to be easily pleased.

* The rest of us had a family budget meeting, and me persistently asking questions led to our discovery of mint.com, which is - you guys - amazing. So much data! I have been fiddling with it and making new categories and sorting and budgeting.

* Fellow Strowler Jeremy had texted Saturday looking for crashspace on his way home from Netroots Nation (which I really need to get to next year), and our house is totally a Strowler Waystation, so sure. He brought booze and a picture of himself with Elizabeth Warren. Like you do.

* We really need to set up an actual guest room, even if it's just divided space in the basement living room. SO MUCH TIPTOING.

* And then there was True Blood. Which Judah had never seen. I think he ended up dizzy and bewildered. I got to recap Russell Edgington's story for him. With a bit of maniacal glee about the Talbot-goo in the crystal jar. Because yeah.

Today I have been doing stuff around the house... Adam gets Mondays off all summer, so my "Mondays are for doing ALL THE THINGS that are not writing" plan really gets enforced. Right now I am going to make the Big Project List for summer, and then I'm painting the bathroom. Tonight we have lbitw over for dinner, and we are making chicken & waffles.
11th-Jun-2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
do they have typos on their literature?

Which ones were these?
11th-Jun-2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
I know you're probably not looking way out here in MN. But whenever you write about Elayna, I think to myself, "That is SUCH a Carleton kind of kid!"

Carleton College is the semi-secret gem of private liberal arts colleges. Always in the top 10 in the US News Best Colleges list, rated 1st for undergraduate teaching, yet short on name recognition outside the Midwest. Academically it's a challenging place--but with what I can only call a uniquely Carleton *joy* that is equal parts playfulness, friendliness, and acceptance. It's a school where the student body takes academics very very seriously but themselves not seriously at all. There's a sense of balance and light-heartedness here that seems to me to be quite rare among academically rigorous schools.

Disclaimer: I work for Carleton. But not in Admissions. :)

11th-Jun-2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
See, that's exactly the kind of school we're looking for! But she's unwilling to venture out of New England. :(

The light-heartedness you mention is why Wheaton (in MA, not the one out west) and Brandeis are her top two right now...

Edited at 2012-06-11 07:55 pm (UTC)
11th-Jun-2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
Ah. Too bad! Carleton is a unique place that is almost magical for a certain kind of kid. I joke that my midlife crisis is taking the form of trying to retroactively attend Carleton. :D

But with her creativity and eloquence and wide-ranging interests, she'll thrive at whatever college speaks to her.
12th-Jun-2012 06:51 am (UTC)
I am so thrilled for Elayna :). I remember how much fun it was to shop around for the "right" University, and I hope she finds one that delights her while meeting hr practical needs :). Woot, woot! I was also stuck on Nw England and the Northeast. And again, I would be happy to talk about schools where I have attended and worked.

*Fingers crossed*
12th-Jun-2012 07:36 am (UTC)
Thankyou for introducing me to Copernicus. My life is now complete.

Accordingly, whoever hugs me next may follow the act through to its consumation. =:o}
12th-Jun-2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
I tried Mint and never could groove on it, we switched to EEBA this year and I am really digging it! I especially like the mobile app. Yay! for budgeting tools that work for you!
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