I've Been Neglectful
I have been a neglectful blogger. But I won't apologize. Okay, maybe I will, but I'm only a little sorry. Yes, I promised to blog more often, and no, I didn't follow through, but it's only because we had such an incredibly busy summer here in Lipson Land, which is a very, very good thing. No lying around in bed for this mom! Dance recital, camp for all three kids much of the summer, Mommy Camp at home for all three kids at the end of the summer, a big road trip...our first as a family of 5 (success!!!), and then back to school. I thought there would be a break in the crazy when the kiddos went back to school (what could I have been thinking???) but alas, my time sitting at home eating bon bons has not come to fruition. No, three kids in three different schools means three drop-offs and pick-ups, three back to school nights, two sets of homework to manage, swim lessons, a new Cub Scout pack (this dance mom really wants to bling that Cub Scout uniform!), and of course, we thought we would add some sports activities to the mix, so the middle kid is adding a running club and the little is taking a class that teaches him the basics of tball, basketball, and soccer.
Add to all of that, the girl's Bat Mitzvah is now less than two months away and of course, you know I can't go simple and easy on that one! Without revealing too much (there will be many, many, many pictures to follow in November!), just imagine a house awash in tulle and glitter. Then sprinkle on a little more glitter. And then there is the little matter of my Etsy business...I'm proving to be much better at the creative side than the business side, but I'm slowly learning and growing. A little too slowly for my taste, but I will take what I can get at this point.
Oh, I forgot to make an official announcement. Here goes: I am officially retired. Well, sort of officially retired. After a very lengthy paperwork process (I'm talking 50+ pages of application and documentation), I have qualified for Disability Retirement through STRS (State Teachers Retirement System). Technically it is only for this year, and then I have to go through a modified process again to make it permanent, but I don't think there will be a problem with that. They had warned me that it could take up to six months to process my application...once they had all my paperwork and medical records (all 3000 pages of them!) it only took about two weeks to get approved. As my doctor said, "If anyone doubts you, stick out your tongue and show 'em your arm!" This is certainly not the way (or the timeline) I had pictured my retirement, but after the last two years, I will take it! I've known for a long time that I wasn't going to be able to go back in the classroom, it was just a matter of really admitting to myself that my teaching career was over. The saddest part for me was going back to my classroom to pick up some stuff. Now, mind you, Steve made me promise that I would not bring too much home. I was good, I really was. Eighteen years of books and materials and furniture and endless other treasures...I brought home one crate full of personal files, special books, pictures, and gifts. Other than that, I gifted (not entirely certain it is really a gift!) the rest of my things to the teacher taking over for me. And then I walked away. A piece of my heart will always be at that school, but it was time to move on.
So that's the update for now. I have lots more to tell, but it's about that time...drive time. Heading off to the middle school, then the dance studio for an hour, two stops to pick up the boys and maybe, just maybe, a quiet Friday night at home. I would like to stop being so neglectful of my blogging and my shop, but I can't make any promises. This girl has a life to lead...and bon bons to eat!
Wishing all of you love and sparkles...and a really wonderful weekend!