HAPPY HUMP DAY, LADIES!
National Night Out Block Parties Correction
- Last year Minneapolis was #2
from the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
- Last year, San Antonio beat Minneapolis for the No. 1 spot in National Night Out participation for large cities, according to the National Association of Town Watch's rankings. Minneapolis, which has led cities with at least 300,000 residents for seven of the past nine years, was second.
There were 1,400 block parties in Minneapolis last night. I was a little late coming back from my hair appointment and had a hard time driving home, I had to keep zig zagging because so many streets were blocked off.
Sonny Boy's Internship - OK I won't say the name of the large financial institution right now while I'm complaining, but I did mention it earlier. Sonny works at a retail branch in the burbs That's going OK. BUT Corporate has an official "internship program" with meetings that the interns go to. Mind you, the interns are all from different locations, so they don't know each other. There are 4 meetings total, which they get paid for, so that's OK. Sonny hates, them but never mind about that when it gets worse. They had to do volunteer work at one of these meetings - they went to a site where food is packaged for worldwide humanitarian relief. I'm not sure if he got paid, but that's OK They all took a bus there from their meeting.
NOW - This is what is killing me - At the last meeting, the interns were put in small groups and told to plan a volunteer activity (of course unpaid) to do together and then do a 10 minute presentation at the next meeting, which will be their last. OK now it's getting to be asking a bit too much because they have to put a lot of time outside of their regular working hours. They have to plan the activity via email. They don't know each other and they don't work or live near each other. The Twin Cities is geographically very spread out. SO - at least someone in his group took the leadership and came up with a volunteer opportunity for them at a nursing home. The location is what I'm uspset about. It is 25 miles away!! Not all freeway either, so it takes 45 minutes to get there. Not exactly central - very far west and, not to be a sourpuss about it or anything, a very wealthy area, right on Lake Minnetonka. There are tons of more needy places in the city. On Monday, Sonny had to go out there and meet the volunteer coordinator because he is still a minor and bring a permission slip. He was supposed to get a ride from another intern but there was some miscommunication, so at the last minute I had to drive him ALL that way just so he could meet that lady and give her his permission slip. He was scheduled to help with Bingo tonight 6:45-8:45. Then he'd be done. I was willing to drive him tonight and just get it over with.
Of course, the only time Sonny's best friend can get together is tonight, the night of the Bingo commitment. Yesterday, he got an invitation for dinner and a swim in their pool and all of his friends are going to be there. He has 6 shows from Thursday-Sunday, so he can't get together any other time. No surprise. He wants to back out of the Bingo commitment. That's what our debate was yesterday. I agree that it is a totally ridiculous expectation for an internship program to have, but I don't want him to lose integrity.(I'm such a rule follower) I told him he would have to call the coordinator and reschedule as well as email his group. He did this, but so far hasn't been able to schedule another volunteer job at the nursing home. His only availability is either Monday or Tuesday night next week. If they don't have a job for him, he can go and play the piano - he is an accomplished pianist. He has to do it at the same location as the others in the group so they can present as a group.Hubs and I want to complain but don't want to jeopardize anything while Sonny's actually still getting paychecks from this organization.
-End of Rant
– Hi! We were dual posting, but I got logged off somehow! Luckily I saved my post to Word. I’m glad you didn’t forget us on Hump Day. I found my pic at the same place. It’s almost too much to handle isn’t it? I’m glad you’re having a fun vacation. Sorry about your dad’s kidney stone. My brother’s had a few of them and they are VERY painful. Is your sister older or younger than you are? I finally got a friend of mine to start reading the Saga. She just started a week ago and already she’s on Eclipse! We’ll be going to our 35th High School reunion on Saturday together and getting a hotel room, and she’s already told me to be prepared for an intense Q&A session!
- I'm sorry you're having an especially ROTTEN day today!!! From the level of dismay in your post, I was actually worried about how your heart was going to handle it all. Take some deep breaths! VERY nice Hump Day pics - sorry about the block though! That first one was especially glorious. Jaclyn
will love the hands! btw - a stop on Dublin doesn't actually make it that much of a shorter transatlantic flight, does it? If you want it because it is the cheapest, go for it, but it you want it to stretch your legs, I don't think it is worth it. This is coming from someone who has also flown coach across the Atlantic. It's long, but there are two meals and constant video viewing on your personal screen, so the time goes by fairly quickly. You can catch up on some movies. There is time to see three of them!!
- All that talk you and Marielle are doing about B&Bs makes me think of being in Edinburgh with you during the Fringe. One of my favorite radio shows has a regular political comedian and he is at the Fringe. His name is Hal Sparks
and that's the link to his Fringe show schedule. I think he would be hilarious for an American, especially a Liberal, but I'm not sure how funny he would be to you Scots! Anyway - if you need a show to go to, it's only 1 hour long at 10:45 pm. Let me know if you or anyone you know ends up seeing it. I really love him on my morning radio show.
- Thanks, Hon, for making sure we get a steady stream of Hump Day posts! (droooooool...........) You re very dedicated. See you later....
- Loved the pics - I think that first one is a manip, though. Rob has hair on his chest, and as far as we know, he has not posed like that. Still, who cares?
Sorry about your work AC - it must be very hard to get things done in that heat. 117? That's dry heat, though, right?
- Ah - You always make me laugh! Rob good with Possum in Bed?? Well, if you mean how would he react in the same situation - I think exactly as your husband!!! (See, they already have so much in common) But of course I imagined Rob in bed with a possum!! Then I imagined Rob and me in bed with a possum....And then things just got messed up. I'd be interested in what you were imagining! Anyway - That is a freaky experience!! I would have reacted the same "girlie" way you did. I mean, you weren't exactly expecting that, were you? Hey - is this someone's idea of a practical joke? You must be looking for holes in your duct work. Was the window open? Attic?? By the way, I'm glad you had such a wonderfully cool vacation.
- You know what? I'm partially to blame for this prevalence of megaposts. That's what I've been told, anyway. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO A BIG POST. Just say what you want to say - we love hearing from you. No one will be offended that you weren't able to address them personally. You really don't have time with three little ones. I certainly don't want you to be discouraged from posting!!! No apologies necessary.
- Nice to see you on the board!! Back to School stuff is very time and brain consuming! I really don't want to think about it since I just started my vacation and won't go back for my prep until after Labor Day. You're right - with just BabyBoy at home with you during the day, you'll have a teeny bit more time to Lex (and write your smut).
- Ice Cream - that's exactly why I haven't been dieting. I have to find a diet that includes ice cream. Dieting is just no fun at all, especially when it's easy to gain it back. I feel for you!! I always gain it back, so I'm really discouraged from trying again because I know it will all come back. Still, some women eventually can keep it off - they find that magic something! I seriously need to address this issue myself. I'm thinking after Sonny Boy goes to college that I'll start weight watchers online. Hang in there. (and tell your hubs to eat his ice cream in the closet!)
- I just love the image of your daddy helping you put up shelves in your classroom. So sweet! I am, however, shocked at how much of your own money you have to put in to your classroom. Tell me the truth, do you have the absolute bestest classroom in the school? I wouldn't be surprised. I'm so sorry to hear about little MG having such a severe form of dyslexia!! She's obviously very bright if she has been doing as well as she has. I'm glad so much research has been done about it in recent years. My brother is dyslexic, but back in the 60's when he was in school, he just felt "dumb". He is gifted in anything to do with mechanics, and construction, though. I really think other parts of the brain are more highly developed in dyslexics, but that's just anecdotal thinking on my part. Do you know what the research says? It is so good that you and your sis know about the Dyslexia now. MG can bypass lots of frustration and still end up in a very good career using her gifts. My brother has been very successful and is a very charming person to boot! Brakeman #68 - If I had known exactly how immature guys were when I was at that age dating them, I would have been scared out of my wits!! I don't know what's going on with him but I can imagine! They think they can do anything because they are an "adult" - never mind that they are far from being financial independent.
I hope you're all having a good Wednesday!!
See you later!