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CAUTION! – Andrew Overload!

CAUTION! – Andrew Overload!

I haven’t written a post about Andrew in a while, leaving the highlights of his life mostly in the background, while he finished up grad school at Lee University, in Cleveland, Tennessee. But sometimes he does something amazing and it’s hard to keep it under wraps when he makes us proud.

After auditioning at five different schools, in five different states, in less than two months, he’s decided to accept an assistantship as a Graduate Staff Assistant in the school of Music, for three years, at the University of South Carolina. His tuition will be paid, in full, while working on his DMA, and he’ll also receive a stipend – which is a good thing because he won’t be living in Harnsberger’s basement for this next degree. My checkbook and his student loan balance thanks them!

What a hard decision he had in front of him last week, but I think he made a wise and practical choice. His acceptance letter went in the mail today.

Looking back through the years I came across some pictures from his college years that you may or may not have already seen. If he reads this, he’ll question why I used theses picture.

CAUTION – Andrew overload!

As I look back, I can see how much he’s grown, and matured, and become a responsible young man. I can’t remember the last time I had to do laundry for him. That’s probably because he hasn’t been able to come home as much while at Lee. We also have not been to Lee as much as we traveled to Troy. We’ve kept up with all of his concerts by watching them live through the website. It was a great day when I learned how to hook my laptop up to the tv. I knew that smart tv would come in handy for something.

I will admit, in the last year, there were times I didn’t even want to talk to him. Stress and Andrew do not mix well, equaling a short temper and no patience. For him – not me! Now that his decision is made and he knows what the future holds, the stress of hanging in limbo has been relieved and phone calls are manageable. It’s a good thing I have patience – or at least I think I do.

Next month we will travel to Tennessee to see his graduate recital on the 12th and on May 4-5 we will travel back again for graduation. Then there’s the moving him to South Caroline – ugh – but I think he and Xochi have a plan in place for that!

That’s a wrap!

~Elle

 

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Don’t Think You Are Pulling The Wool Over My Eyes

Don’t Think You Are Pulling The Wool Over My Eyes

I love Saturdays. H gets up early because he has lessons to teach at nine. Between nine and one-thirty I have the house to myself to do as I please. This may sound harsh to some, but when your husband retires after working twelve-hour and sometimes longer days, it’s a bit of a shock to the system and daily routine you’ve developed over the years.

Yeah, I know, it’s been almost three years ago, but my system hasn’t quite recovered yet. I don’t feel bad saying this because I’m pretty sure when I’m out of the house all day on Thursdays he’s feeling the same way.

The majority of that day he’s sitting with his feet up watching tv without interruption and eating whatever he pleases with no, “Don’t eat that. It’s not good for you”, as background noise.

How do I know this? Well, look around. The newspaper is still in the same place on the floor by his chair as it was when I left, with his empty coffee cup and juice glass resting on the side table. His shoes are still under the coffee table and not on his feet, and his jacket is unhung. No, he hasn’t strayed too far from that recliner. But, I can see evidence of food having been prepared in the kitchen, so I know he didn’t starve while I was away.

When I casually ask what he did all day he mumbles something about blowing the pine needles off the carport and driveway. (Fifteen minutes max) “I cleaned the kitchen and swept the house.”

Whatever he cleaned in the kitchen was his mess because I left it clean. Plus, his idea of cleaning the kitchen and my idea of cleaning the kitchen are two different things and there is about an hour difference in the time it takes – his being less. I will give him credit for sweeping because he usually does, though how can you be sure unless you left an unusual amount of debris on the floor. This is his way of pulling the wool over my eyes. I leave it at that. One day he will get the urge to clean out that work room. I can always hope.

I don’t begrudge this time alone he has because I cherish mine. I do take advantage of this time to get something done without interruption because sometimes I see him eyeing me when I’m actually working on my phone – yes, that can be done – and he thinks I’m playing. Right now I’m working by writing this post on my phone. He doesn’t include WordPress as work.

But, unlike H, I do have a to-do list in no particular order:

  • Write a post for WordPress
  • Organize the fabric boxes in the closet
  • Clean the Philadelphia room
  • Drop off two packages at the post office
  • Write another chapter for book (falling out of bed)
  • Research Andrews computer problem

But there’s no pressure, I’m on no time frame. If it gets done, great. If not, there’s always next Saturday – except for Andrew’s computer. I need to do that ASAP!

I can check this post off my list!

~Elle

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