Good morning, my darlings! Today is going to be a very quiet one in the Shannon household. This week has been busier than usual in Jim’s absence, and yesterday was particularly so. Nothing too special but lots of errands and running around doing this and that. I’m more than ready to sit down and relax today. How about you?
One of the things we had on the list this week was more high school preparation. Connor’s school requires a face-to-face meeting with his high school guidance counselor to register for classes. It is different and eats into the evening, but it was beneficial in that he not only gets to know his guidance counselor, she gets to know him. He was able to ask any questions he might have about his schedule and high school. I know he left her office feeling just a bit more comfortable, and he’ll have his official schedule by April. Nice!
Another big event this weekend was Connor’s first state solo and ensemble contest. He only participated in one solo, but from what I heard from others, he did really well. I honestly do not know how he did because he did not want me anywhere near his performance room and even went so far as to give me the wrong time of his solo. He told me later that I make him nervous. It hurts, but if my absence helps him perform better, then I guess it is a sacrifice I am willing to make. We didn’t stay to see his posted score, so Monday will be exciting to see how well the judge felt he did!
You know Jim has been gone way too often when I start taking care of things that he normally does. This week, I earned my man card by replacing the circuit board on our stove/oven. The oven stopped heating up a few weeks ago, so Jim ordered a replacement circuit board, which I received yesterday and replaced today. Electrical wires have nothing on me and it was with great satisfaction that after two weeks, I was finally able to cook something that did not involve pans or pots.
Books reviewed this week:
- The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
- The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
- The Truth About Love and Lightning by Susan McBride
Right! It was a first for me.
I have never heard a tuba solo. Who knew? 🙂
LOL! It was actually so empowering to figure it out.
Connor plays the tuba. Did you even know they had tuba solos?
I never wanted my parents to hear me practice or play. I never liked how she was never able discern between a bad performance and an excellent one. Go figure. LOL!
That's awesome that you were able to fix the stove – I would have no idea where to start! What instrument does Connor play?
Go Mr. Shannon!!! Good job.
And I know how Connor feels. I didn't want my mom anywhere near anything performance-related when I was that age. It has nothing to do with you. For me it was simply that I cared more about what my mom thought than anyone else on the planet. Was too much pressure to have mom AND judges in a room! 🙂
You get my vote for Manly Woman of the Year! I never touch anything electrical. I'm too scared!
So glad Connor did well. Don't be hurt, he probably gets nervous by you because he wants to show how well he does.
Have a fab week!
LOL! Well, I always get to control the remote when he's not here, but yes, I think this means that I get to take it away from him more often now!
You were scarred or scared by The Shining? I'll have to read today's post to find out, I guess. 😉
Connor plays the tuba. I would love to get him involved in chorus because he has a gorgeous voice, but his schedule is packed and he's too embarrassed. He's played the tuba for the past two years but started with the piano and the trumpet.
Ha. If Jim were here, I wouldn't be anywhere near that stove, but I really needed to be able to use my oven. I was running out of meal options. LOL!
Exactly! I do love feeling like I don't need a man around to do typically male things. It just makes me feel good about myself.
Oh no! Connor will at least let us go to his concerts. It's rather difficult to miss him since he is playing the tuba, and that is an instrument that does stick it out quite a bit. It will be a while before I forgive him for giving me the wrong time. I could have at least sat outside the room and still heard him. Oh well. Lesson learned.
Thanks, Jen! Nothing makes you feel empowered like doing something out of your comfort zone.
Congratulations to Connor on his performance! And although I'm sure you'd prefer it hadn't played out this way, congratulations for earning your Man Card! Does this mean you get to control the remote? 😛
I'm looking forward to just chilling today and reading anything BUT The Shining (yes, I think I was scarred 😉 ). As for Connor, is he in chorus or does he play an instrument? I'm proud of you for putting in the replacement circuit board. I'm terrible with mechanical things. I'd be leaving that to my wife or a technician of some kind.
Go you for fixing the oven!
Oh my, you really did earn your man card! Every time I learn to do something new like that, I tell my husband it's a good thing I love him because that's one less thing I need him around for!
My middle kid started playing with a band and still hasn't let us come to hear him because we make him nervous so I can relate. That's funny that Connor told you the wrong time!