The top three reasons I was absent without leave:
Let's unpack that a little bit, shall we?
1. Life = research and writing recently. The project? Still under wraps and will be announced down the road, but let's just say that it's different from my other books. I hope I can do the topic justice.
2. Life = some lovely opportunities to talk with people about After Miscarriage. Among them, I recorded an interview with the charming Patrick Coffin of Catholic Answers Live. It will be broadcast on May 28th.
And this Friday, the 11th, I'll be live (via phone) at 9:30 a.m. central time on Catholic TV's This Is the Day. See this link for the rebroadcast dates and times, too.
3. Life = wrapping up school with a senior, a sophomore and a fourth grader.
Anne is a SenioR.(Discombobulated fonts meant to convey Discombobulated Mom.) We're getting ready to celebrate, and I think the house will be clean before the party, but I'm not making any guarantees. (I believe cobwebs add a certain casual, jaunty touch to the atmosphere -- one that says, "I hate to clean and never look in my own corners.") There will be food and merriment and a conspicuous absence of math, and that's all that really counts.
Anne and Betsy are still reading Macbeth with their dad, and they plan to take a CPR class. Betsy still has some critters to dissect, too.
Ramona and I finished her anatomy project:
Except that we put her bladder on upside down. Anne-with-an-e smirkily asked if we meant to demonstrate a prolapsed bladder. Yeah, that's it, Anne. Go be smart somewhere else.
So Ramona's technically done with any schoolish stuff this year but of course she's still busy. We released the butterflies we recently raised:
We've been reading Lissa's Charlotte Tucker books and Ramona was recently spied tucking in little Will and Anna:
And of course, she's never done with art. She's been carving soap
and doing lots of painting.
Last night, I asked if she was finished painting so that she could get ready for bed. She waved me off as she left the room, calling over her shoulder, "You can't rush art, lady!"
I am finished being AWOL and will now return to my regularly scheduled duties.