Friday, April 17, 2009

I'm Not Really Here...

But I'm not there, either. So, yes, I am neither here nor there. It had to happen sometime.

Anyway, my regular blogging has been interrupted. I forgot (gasp!) to put up my "Thursday Thought" from my commonplace book because of all the Baby Shower Craziness yesterday.

And today my mom and I completely blew off all our regular responsibilities and pressing engagements to run down to the Midwest Homeschool Convention for the day. She paid the entry fee, I paid for parking and Afternoon Life Sustenance and general pick-us-up (a.k.a Grande Starbucks). Seems fair to me.

The vendor hall is huge. HUGE. I felt like I was whipping out my debit card every five minutes. Which is not exactly accurate, but I certainly could have been. Actually, I did pretty well, and even bought a few things for the girls for Christmas. And yes, I will be able to find their gifts in December. That's just how organized I am. Don't hate me.

I must confess the highlights of my day both occurred within the first hour and a half I was there:

1. I was privileged to hear the incomparable Susan Wise Bauer (read her blog here) speaking on the importance of educating ourselves. While I have already implemented many of the things she spoke about (probably because I myself am a homeschool graduate), the encouragement that I was on the right track was valuable. And, if I'm being honest, she is the person I want to be when I grow up. Or at least reasonably similar. If I've accomplished a third of what she's accomplished by the time I'm her age, I will be well satisfied. The worst thing was I hadn't brought my copy of one of her books for her to sign. And I was too sheepish to go up and speak to her without it. Plus I didn't want to sound like a pathetic groupie. She's just another human being, homeschool mom, and well-read person, right? That's what I told myself. But then I kicked myself the rest of the day for not speaking to her.

2. I got to introduce myself to the inimitable Spunky. I didn't actually get to hear her entire seminar but I slipped in for the end and spoke to her briefly. She comes by her blog moniker honestly, in case you were wondering. I wish I would have had more time to pick her brain discuss blogging, politics, homeschooling, and pretty much everything else with her. But, again, trying not to act like a groupie, pathetic or otherwise.

I'm already scheming making plans to attend next year. Maybe I can volunteer my proof reading services. There were several grammatical errors on the schedule that irked me every single time I consulted it. Schedules of education programs ought to be grammatically inoffensive. That's all I'll say about that.

Other than that, it was a great day.

Oh, and did I mention that I'm flying to London (England, not Kentucky), Monday?

Yes, my life is pretty much awesome. But then, I already knew that.

4 comments:

Karabeth said...

I'm ignoring the rest of your post for a time. I'll blog on my own day later. I have a pressing question to ask you instead.Does London, KY even have an airport? :)

Anonymous said...

Awesome day for an awesome lady.

Pastor Dad

P.S Why do they NOT proofread those programs?! My pet peeve is Bible college brochures/conference programs.

Anonymous said...

In the lyrics of that immortal bard Roger Miller:

"England swings like a pendulum do
Bobbies on bicycles two by two.
Westminster Abbey,the Tower,Big Ben
And the rosy red cheeks of the little chidren."

Pastor Dad

Vicky said...

England! How cool that sounds! Have a wonderful trip!

And I, too, HATE it when proofing has NOT been done (correctly)! Especially if it represents our Lord! We should be better than best!

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