Talk about a busy time in our lives. It seems like every weekend is taken up, and lately I've been out just every weeknight with a meeting or am otherwise engaged. Oh well. Someday I'll be old and creaky and will be longing for the days when I was so busy, I suppose.
Li'l Miss Johnson
Most of last weekend was filled with Annalisse's play, Harvey, in which she played the part of the maid, Miss Johnson, and had exactly one line - something like "I'm sure I don't know Miss Harrison" AND EXIT STAGE LEFT. It was sort of a family joke after her starring role last year. Still, she had fun and the production was really cute. The kids did a great job!!
The other part of the weekend was taken with travelling on Sunday to Whitney Point, NY, about 2 1/2 hours from Fairport, for Cam's race. He called on Saturday morning to let us know he had qualified for the finals so we knew we'd head there on Sunday to catch his race. He was very confident they would win gold, but alas, they won a bronze metal for third place. I know he was disappointed but HEY! I think they did great being third in the state for the Novice Men's Four category. He continues to really enjoy crew. It's been so great for his first year at RIT which, by the way, ends in less than three weeks. Unbelievable!
Oh, and another thing: it looks like Annalisse will be participating in the Ireland exchange next year. We will host an Irish student for a week in October and she and her FHS pals will go to Ireland for a week over February break. Why do these kids get to have all the fun?! I told her she needs to stop complaining about her job and get saving her $$!
We are heading into another incredibly busy week that will be capped off by a really fun weekend in Raleigh, NC visiting nephew Anthony and seeing WICKED with Mary, Nic and Annalisse. How lucky am I?!
I don't know what got into me...was it laziness? The winter blues? A certain type of sadness that takes you over when the kids are gone and it doesn't seem like there's much to write about? The routine of the day-in and the day-out that just goes too quickly and is generally pretty boring and mundane?
Whatever is is (or was), I feel really, really guilty about not checking in with the blog for almost a year. So much has happened, most of it good (all of it pretty good, really).
Since we last chatted:
On April 2 our prayers (and pleas!) were answered when Annalisse got the long awaited internship match with Russell Sage College (or Sage College, as the grad school is known), along with entry into the Nutrition grad program. Whew - I would rank that as one of the most stressful waiting periods in recent memory! Since that day we all continue to be super excited (and grateful) that she made it happen. It was three years of very hard work on her part, and countless ho…
Well, 2016, your time has come. Time to move on from a year with some great high points and what seemed like a lot of worrying with a couple of low points thrown in.
We certainly did a lot this year: our first trip abroad, Cam graduated from college, moved to Maryland, then moved back. Annalisse took a trip to Italy and had a productive summer, as well as finishing her next to last term at SU.
But, I feel a general sense of malaise and apprehension going into 2017 with Trump at the helm. I think his election has affected a segment of Americans in a way we have never experienced before. Some are jubilant, others are filled with dread for the future. The contentious election and its result has pulled people apart more than ever before. We will have to wait and see how things go.
And 2016 - what a year for loss of famous figures, celebrities, and pop stars.
I usually make a list of goals for the new year, and they never seem to change. They usually revolve around losing weight, getti…
When I think about the blog, I often think about how I started it right before we got Jasper in 2007. (For those keeping track at home the B@ker Blog is almost 11 years old.) So, it's a little sad to think that Jasper has aged right along with the blog, but he, sadly, is definitely in decline. He's had seizures approx. six times since the beginning of 2017, and it seems like every one take a little toll on him. Additionally, he has arthritis and is plagued by small, twitchy muscle spasms.
We have options to determine what is causing the seizures; we could do a cat scan (or in his case, a dog scan), but we've decided not to do that. If the test did determine he has epilepsy, we would have the option of medicating him, which is not ideal (the medicine would make him drowsy and dopey). If a cat scan revealed something more serious going on with his brain, like cancer, we would not do anything heroic for him at this stage of his life.