Sunday, September 20, 2015

No watercooler

Sometimes I wish all the writing I did in discussions and on facebook came here instead, but life is as it is. I wish all the paper letters I had written to other people could be read and the facts laid out in chronological order for my kids. I wish many unrealistic things, many of a packrattish nature.

Two big things of a personal nature, and two big more public things came together. I had pneumonia for most of August. Keith was bedridden and in pain in varying degrees for most of this month so far. I wrote the foreword for a book by and for unschooling dads, edited by Skyler Collins. I was a presenter at an online conference involving powerpoint or slides, and those two things are done. Both might've been easier without the pneumonia and back injury, and doing those kinds of big-deal projects without witnesses seems odd to me. Keith knew I was doing them, and helped me with power point, but working all alone without others, without co-workers to have lunch with, without anyone ever seeing all that I do, is odd and sometimes lonely.

I just finished formatting and adding to a page that I started and forgot about. It was from 2006, and looked like two lumps of words with one bad link. It's better now:
What Proof is there that Unschooling Works?

Wednesday night, we went to see The Book of Mormon at Popejoy. Keith couldn't sit up long enough to see a show, so Bed Cady took his ticket. It was me, Kirby, Destiny, Devyn; Marty, Ashlee and Ben; Holly and Tyler/Bob.


Outside my house, there are moonflowers blooming. Fall comes soon.

Kirby and Destiny have found a house to buy, only about 1/3 of a mile from ours. They will be transitioning there over the next few months, and plan to be in Dallas with Destiny's sister for Christmas.

Brett Henry married Susan Cady Friday night, in Algodones. Marty was the groomsman (one best man and one groomsman). Kirby and Destiny went, too.

Holly is moving gradually from Chama to EspaƱola, to live with Joshua, Kayla, their new baby (still to come) and Irene, at the end of San Pedro. She should be all moved by mid-October, when the trains stop running for the winter.


Sukayna Labboun said...

Oh Sandra! Your work is most definitely noticed, witnessed, and appreciated! There are no co-workers as you said, but you do have some very good company in the form of a loving, functional and whole family....and online, with great contributors and moderators.
I could never explain how much your work has helped change our family, how much it gave us all the right nudges at the precise time it was most needed. Thank you, for your generous and thoughful contributions. Thank you for your service ;-) to families and children.
Also, I am sorry to hear about your/Keith's illnesses and pain. I suppose some of it is natural and aging, as we are having some of our own. I sincerely wish you both many more years of comfort and pain free joy.

Sandra Dodd said...

Thanks for the kind thoughts. :-)

I have some co-workers on particular projects. Moderators, administrators on discussions. There's no one who sees it all, and that's a bit unsettling for some reason. :-)

Sukayna Labboun said...

Ahhh. For me, I have to fight those feelings of seeking approval or pleasing others. Oldest child, great student, President of many societies and groups at University....I was ambitious. Fight because it is still hard for me, I still have to turn that down as a choice everytime, and instead realize that I am doing it for myself or intrinsic pleasure. Recognition is nice though :-) you certainly deserve some!