Last year at this time Eric was getting ready for around 6 weeks of back-to-back international travel for work, we were driving 50 miles each way to get Laini to school and back, paying her $3-5K/month tuition with money we didn’t have (I love you, Mom, more than you can ever know), we just had a terrible resolution session with the school district and we were getting geared up to go to due process. Ugh.
It’s not quite a gratitude journal, but here’s some of what’s making me smile these days despite what’s going on in the world…
- I love this house. It’s just the right amount of space for us and it has great flow. The neighbors we met have been very nice, and we’re enjoying exploring this part of New Jersey. Emily’s school is walking distance away, and she’s doing well and is happy there.
- We joined a synagogue about 10 minutes away from here that I can tell will be a big part of our lives. It’s not affiliated (conversative, orthodox, etc.). It’s traditional in most ways, which Eric likes, but it’s more spiritual. More english, more music and more heart than we ever had before. They have welcomed us with open arms. We canceled Laini’s scheduled Bat Mitzvah in March at the old synagogue (taking a hit on the deposits, but oh well) and will instead celebrate her Bat Mitzvah in our new home in May.
- We finally convinced Emily to sleep with less light on in her room, and she is sleeping much better than she had been. Helps the entire family’s mood in the morning when the young one is well rested.
- I am starting to attend Board of Education meetings again. Not going to the meetings is a mistake I made in our old town that I won’t repeat. I didn’t get involved on that level as I was in Stamford. In West Windsor, I didn’t realize that the problems in Special Education started at the top until it was way too late. I was sitting there in the audience of the Board meeting last week when the line item came up to approve Laini’s out-of-district tuition. Didn’t mention her by name, of course. The resolution passed without a word of argument or discussion. I bet the Board President was wondering why the woman sitting in the 2nd row looked like she was getting farklempt. I love being back at a place of trust with a school district again. No attorneys, no anger, no pretense. Just working together for the kid.
- I drop Emily off at school at 7:40 am (we drive in the morning since she has to cross a busy intersection), Laini’s bus picks her up 10 minutes later and by 8 am, I’m downstairs in my office starting what has been very productive work days. The other day I built a new custom object in Salesforce (complete with workflow rules, layouts, reports and custom views) to track all the data around C3’s Call-on Congress. Hours in a row of sustained, quiet focus. Will never take it for granted again.
- Tomorrow, Verizon will be out of my life once and for all. Comcast will be here to install their digital voice service. I don’t expect it to be perfect, but on most calls my cell phone (and/or Eric’s) rings at the same time anyway. I just want the satisfaction of never having to call Verizon again, and we’ll be saving around $100/month when you include the discount we’ll get on the Internet service. What happened when the 2nd line died last time? Turns out the previous Verizon technician had left the panel outside open and the wiring got water logged. I kid you not. Idiots.
- We’re finally getting a HDTV. Yes, Ms. early adopter here took a while to get there. We didn’t have the room for a larger TV in our old condo. Here, we have a media room in the basement that’s about the size of our old master bedroom. We picked up a well-reviewed 47″ 1080p HDTV at Best Buy for a decent price, and they’re coming to wall mount and set it up tomorrow.
- ClosetsByDesign is coming in 2 weeks to do the girls’ rooms, the master bedroom, the pantry and a corner of the garage. Once we have the closets organized, I just have to get some window treatments and the house will be set for a while. There’s still a few boxes in corners here and there, and a few more pictures I have to hang up, but after a month we’re just about moved in.
- The election is a month away. A year from now I hope we’re all blogging, “What ever happened to Sarah Palin?” At one point, I liked McCain and while Obama always had my vote, truth be told I wouldn’t have cried that much had McCain been elected. His selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate is unforgivable. If he is going to make cabinet and supreme court appointments like he picks Vice Presidents, I want him nowhere near the Oval Office.
- I’m going to Dreamforce!
- iPhone 2.1. Need I say more?