Friday, May 16, 2008

Week in Review, May 11-16th

It’s been one of those “be careful of what you wish for” kinda weeks. First…for Mother’s Day, I wanted to be like Greta Garbo. “I vant to be alone.” I wanted a day free of cries for mommy, free of hearing “she did…,” without questions about where the peanut butter might be located. The usual. So…I did get what I wished for…but it was covered in a benadryl induced fog. See…Saturday morning I dyed my hair. The same dye I have used for 10 years. About 12 hours later…my head started itching. Really itching. And burning. I don’t think I managed to sleep at all on Saturday night. I just wanted to dunk my head in a big vat of calamine lotion. So…Sunday, I slept. And scratched. And then slept a little more. And had some steak.

I’m not sure what happened. I am guessing a minor allergic reaction. I say minor because if you google “allergic reaction to hair dye” you’ll see some really gross pictures. That, thank you God, was not me. Just the itching and burning. It was completely gone on Monday…with only some mild twinges since then. In case you were wondering.

Then…all week, I have been looking forward to Thursday night. My book club meeting. We were going to discuss “Jesus Land.” I was invited to a Southern Living party for Thursday night…but I could not go because of book club. Someone from my homeschool group turned 40…and a bunch of people were going to take her to dinner Thursday night…but not me, I have book club. So, Thursday came…my day was a smidge discombobulated…but not more than normal. I made dinner…sat down to do some blogging…and just other “stuff.” Later I decided to go to bed…I went up to brush my teeth…and it hit me. I FORGOT to go to bookclub! I am such an idiot.

And because things happen in threes, I did have one other “off” thing happen this week. Last week, my husband offered to buy me a new watch. Because he won a prize. Again. I looked at my options…and thought “meh.” I have a great watch. It’s Brighton. Really pretty. And it somehow survived our cruise – where I wore it in the ocean to swim with both stingrays and dolphins. Not on purpose, though. So…why would I need a new watch? Well…because it died today. Not sure what killed it since the ocean water didn’t do it.

We did have something exciting happen this week. The landscaper came. My yard is almost gorgeous. They have a few more things to do…and I can’t wait to share my before and after pictures. Just to whet your appetite, here is one small area that is done -- the first one is before, the rest are the afters (hey, Jenny...what's that purple vine around the mailbox called?):

I am getting really excited about my blog give away. I need to figure out exactly “how” I am going to give the big bundle of prizes away…

Okay…onto homeschooling:
I finally managed to plan the rest of our year. Katie is so not happy with said plan. See, Madalyn gets out of school on the 21st…and Katie has enough work to go through the 30th. But…her last week of school is just history and grammar.

MATH: This week we started a new chapter on percent. It’s been really easy for her. A little too easy. We are going to finish the chapter next week, and then wait until the fall to move on to the next section.

HISTORY: We finished chapter 38 and moved to the next chapter. No skipping this week. Katie read the first section “India after partition” – and then read a book on Indira Gandhi. She is also reading the book “The Breadwinner” by Deborah Ellis. It’s about an 11 year old girl in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule. When her father is taken away by the Taliban, she disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for the family. Katie finished the book in one day…and we have reserved the next two in the series.

GRAMMAR: Katie finished chapter 7 – the last section focusing on the common mistake of “could of…should of…would of” that actually should be: “could have, should have, and would have” – but the mistake is made, probably due to mis-hearing “could’ve, should’ve, or would’ve.” Wow…was that a run-on sentence or what? Not that I use appropriate grammar on this blog. But you would think that once a week in the grammar section, I could accomplish it. But no, not this time.

WRITING: Katie spent this week working on her Jackie Kennedy paper. Making notes, organizing them, and doing a first draft. And today, in looking over what she has done…there is not one mention of the words “first lady” anywhere in what she has done. What’s up with that?! This might take a few more drafts…

LATIN: We finished up our classes with our homeschool group…so Katie is on holiday from Latin, folk dancing, and organized swimming lessons. Our last day of classes picnic was rained out…so hopefully that will be rescheduled.

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John Deere Mom said...

Sounds like a busy week. Glad your head didn't get any worse after the dye job.
Seriously? A landscaper? I am so jealous. Like very, very jealous. My husband keeps saying he will get to it, but 8 years later it is just weedier and messier than ever. :(

Keys to the Magic Travel said...

Angie-oh, me too. After looking at some of those pictures online, I am so very thankful. I am worried about next time though. I'll do the allergy test (for the very first time!)...and if that is positive...I guess I'll try out henna. Au naturale is so not an option!

Yep, a landscaper. You gotta do what you gotta do when that honey do list gets to a certain point...An executive decision is in order :-)

Sissy said...

Kat, I can't wait to find out what the prize is. You can already consider me entered, since I know you will only have a prize that is worthy of all this teasing.

Oh, I would like to add you to my blogroll. Any objections?

Rhea said...

I can't believe after using the same dye for ten years you had a weird reaction! Maybe it was a bad batch...or maybe your head is changing. lol Sorry to hear about that but glad every seems ok now.

You had a landscaper come! I'm so impressed! Looks awesome. I can't wait to see more pictures. I desperately need help with my backyard. It's scary still.

Lovely wrap up for the week. Sounds like Katie's done a lot of good work! I'm constantly impressed by y'alls diligence!

I'm so behind reading blogs and updating my own. We've had way too much going on the last two days. Today though, NOTHING is planned, so I am going to get caught up!

Keys to the Magic Travel said...

Sissy -- It's a great prize. I need to go and take pictures of all the goodies. And still need to figure out all the "hows." I promise you won't be disappointed! I'd be honored to be added to your blog role. I need to update mine. Did you grab some bling out of Thursday's post?

Rhea--You did seem to be MIA yesterday - I'm anxious to see what is going on with the "war" at your house. The hair dye thing really sucked...I hope it was a fluke. I'll find out in about three weeks when it's time to do it again. You might get banned from blogging (or just reading mine) if you tell your husband you need a landscaper :-)

Wee Pip said...

Sorry your Mom's Day was such a drag:-( Your garden looks gorgeous!! I LOL'd about grammar. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Anonymous said...

Girl~ Sometimes I think I may be Greta Garbo reincarnated... "I just vant to be alone..." I love your landscaping!! Nice! I sent my homeschooling friend your blog link. She loves it!! :) Have a great weekend~ Jill

Anonymous said...

Oh!! When will you do your bloggy giveaway? Hope I didn't miss that in one of your posts? ~Jill :)

Keys to the Magic Travel said...

Wee Pip--thanks so much for coming by. Hope you'll come again...especially for the give-away.

Jill--thanks for sending people my know how I am addicted to stats and comments :-) I'm so glad that I am not the only one that "vants to be alone!" The give away is tomorrow - well...the details are tomorrow. You'll see all the goodies...and hopefully I will have figured out exactly how I am going to do it!

Skeller said...

I know, I know!! Raising hand!! Purple vine - clematis. My mother in law has some gorgeous clematis in her Spokane yard. The mailbox flowers look sooo pretty. Hope this coming week isn't as wonky as last week!!

Susan, who's off to recover after being in the presence of SIX BOYS for 48 hours. (JK, actually all the boys were great....)

Debbie said...

It's a clematis, dahling. And yes, there are so many days that "I vant to be alone." And you made me laugh out loud my friend!

Keys to the Magic Travel said...

Susan--Thanks for the ID on the flower/vine thing. Actually my aunt Elizabeth emailed me last night with the answer...but because of the week I've been having...I forgot to come back and label rather than pleaing for help.

It's kinda funny how people that know me don't comment...they just email me about whatever I am writing about :-)

Looking forward to a much less wonky week :-)

Debbie--I have a feeling the wonky week is now in your the pediatrician the first thing on your to do list for Monday?

I was reading your blog earlier...and said out loud "poor Debbie." And my mom wanted to know all the I'm telling her about your strep throat issues...and then mom asks, "who's Debbie?" Oh, the looks I get when I try to explain those that don't blog :-)

Acrimony said...

Freaky about the hair dye. They say allergies can crop up at any time but that's just bizarre. Is there another brand you can use? Or maybe call the company and find out if they changed the formula?

What do you use for History? We did unit study type stuff this year where we really really delved deep into a topic by not only reading about it but also with crafts and foods from that time/place and all sorts of stuff. It got a little exhausting putting it all together; so, I'm wanting something a little more "boxed" next year.

Angie's Spot said...

I love your weekly roundups! And I'm so jealous of your landscaping achievements. That's on tap for us next year, provided I can stay out of the dentist's office. Ha ha!

Keys to the Magic Travel said...

Talisman--We use Story of the World for history. And next year I'm using an amalgam of that and History Odyssey plus some other stuff. I wish I had the inclination to write my own.

Angie--Thanks so much. Our landscapers are supposed to come on Wednesday to finish. I am anxious to show you all everything they have done!

Dancing Queen said...

Your mailbox area looks AWESOME!! Can't wait to see more pictures! And so glad you're ok! I broke out in hives Christmas morning last year, we think from the dyes in my new Christmas Eve brightly colored V.Secret jammies...not fun to be in the med clinic the day after Christmas, but I couldn't even walk my feet and arms were so swollen! Benadryl did not work for me!

Keys to the Magic Travel said...

DQ--Thanks - the rest of the yard is looking pretty fab, too. We decided to add two more trees...and they ran out of mulch...and we wanted more just a few more tweaks. I can't wait to show you all the before and after pictures. The previous owners had made some bizarre landscaping choices.

I am sorry about your allergy issue. Have you ever reacted to clothes like that before? I have this thing about washing everything before I wear it. Glad to know that is probably a good thing.