Monday, January 13, 2020

Day 1 of 14....

Well here it is, the first day of our new 'adventure' (if you want to call it that.)   Clint left for his first two week hitch in Houston yesterday. He's going to stay in a hotel for a while and see how that goes.  No lease commitment like in an apartment and no need to buy furnishings.  Cost is about the same as paying rent, but with out fees/utilities.  They have him working nights this time, 6pm - 6am.  He'll be sleeping during the day, so I'm not even sure how much we'll get to talk to him. 

 I guess I am being tested by the universe because of course this week is filled with all sorts of extra craziness.  The kids literally have something every single day for the next 8 days.  Several things are at the same time in opposite directions.  Like today Veronica  has an orthodontist appointment and Valerie needs to be picked up after school 30 minutes away.  She has money and can walk to McDonald's or Walmart to wait for me if she can't find a ride.

Then the big kicker this week is that Thursday Veronica has her first District Honor Choir rehearsal at the university in a nearby city.  She auditioned solo back in December and had the second highest score.  She cannot miss rehearsal, and there are so few choir kids that there really isn't anyone else to bring her.  At the same time, Valerie has her Parish Honor Band concert at the high school which is again 30 minutes away in the opposite direction.  She is FIRST CHAIR clarinet and is hoping she will have her first ever solo.  There's lots of band friends so there's always someone to give Val a ride home.  Choir, well the few there are seem very iffy and sad to say I'm not sure I'm comfortable sending my child with them even if they do say yes to giving her a ride.  I can't be in two places at once, so it looks like I will have to go to choir and miss the band concert.  That bothers me so much.  Here's my awesome kid, who is so good and earned first chair and she will have no one there to cheer her on.  She should get her music today and will find out if there is a clarinet solo.  She wants one very badly but I almost hope she doesn't have one so I don't miss it.

I know it is what it is and there are much worse things in life.  It's just me having my little pity party.  First of many, I'm sure.


  1. Can someone tape Valeria's performance so you can at least see it? It does suck you are being pulled in so many different directions and you have to decide what you are going to do and who you are going to disappoint. I know when my husband traveled, which wasn't much, but every time he did something would break. Water heater, car, etc. Its fun to look back on and see how we managed through it, but not fun when you are dealing with it and there is potentially no end in sight with how long Clint will have to do this schedule. On the plus side, as you know, its great you have 2 talented daughters! Now if only schedules could be coordinated a bit better to help the "single" parent in times like this!


  2. You need a village!! I'm so sorry you're missing important stuff; hopefully this won't happen too often though.

  3. Oh, I've been there (in your first verse), and it's not easy, let me just say that. How wonderful that your daughter plays the clarinet. My girls both took it in high school and bought an instrument of their own, but they never continued it for long. I hope the new year gets better for you, and it seems sometimes that everything comes all at once.


  4. I too, am now having a lot of when-it-rains-it-pours moments. Chinese New Year is a week a way and so technically for us, the new year hasn't begun! I hope this new year of the rat will usher in a better 2020!

  5. Oh, it's not easy to make a fair decision for the kids. Wishing they understand about this "new" condition.

    Take care, Mellie.