I guess it has been a while since I wrote. Since then, lots has happened.
Ky is home (hooray!!!!!!) and I've been soaking her up, trying to be with her enough so that I'll have lots of happy memories to tide me over once she returns to school.
That event will come very soon. Probably the middle of August, which is waaaaay sooner than I realize. She'll move into her own apartment and I am very excited for her.
Today we braved Ikea to go buy up all the furniture we needed from there. Today they had some special event that allowed us to get breakfast there free. We made it barely under the wire, but we all got eggs, bacon, potatoes and coffee free. Even usually, that would cost only about a buck. I think they figure if they can get some of us in there before noon, we'll stay until lunch and eat lunch there before buying lots of stuff. Ikea sometimes gets a snooty look from folks because lots of their furniture is cheap, as well as inexpensive. We had done a lot of looking around, however, and I don't know why anyone would buy brand new furniture for their college student if it wasn't fairly cheap.
A couple of weeks ago, Ky and I went to every place I could think of to try to look for inexpensive furniture. I had found several items on Freecycle, but we don't own a truck or SUV and I had no way of collecting that furniture, plus it wasn't usually very good. Ky had taken her time and found exactly what she wanted. We purchased it all and once it was all in her little Scion xB, there was barely enough room for her to sit in the back seat and I was sitting a bit sideways in the front seat with my knees pressed firmly against her glove box. Kim was driving and I warned him not to hit any bumps or I'd be left knee-less. Thanks be to God that we all made it home safely and so did the furniture. Boy, am I happy to say that her apartment is on the ground floor. :-))))
We had a great time today. It will be so sad to see her leave again, but we'll get along. I hear from other parents that we'll eventually not mind her being on her own. Well, we'll see. I'm not so sure.
She and Kim built her a bed frame this afternoon. She is getting rather handy with tools. Oh, and she made us another cheesecake. Now, do you see why I'm reluctant to let her leave???
I just heard a sermon stating that everyone is a people-pleaser. It went on to state that there are two types of people-pleasers: Those who want others to like them and those who want to be successful.
The first will do what others want them to simply to try to stay on the "good" side of the people around them. Sometimes, though, they are forced to choose between people because one person will convince them that to be correct, the people the person used to please was wrong and should now be avoided/displeased/punished/whatever. (I've seen that happen quite often as children mature and form their own relationships.)
The second will do whatever is necessary to achieve their own idea of success. That would mean that in the first example, this people-pleaser is the one who tells the first person to avoid/displease/punish/whatever the earlier person that was that person's ideal. This person is a Donald Trump type of person. Not really interested in individuals, just in his/her own success.
I'm still mulling this one over. What do you think?
Spring Break for VT is this week. I'll be sporting a smile and be breathless with happiness this week, since Ky is home.
Unfortunately, I must work this week, so Ky and I have had to do some speed shopping this weekend. Not for the faint of heart! We still have some more places to cover, so I hope there will be time to hit a store or two during the week. Everything looks great on Ky, so it is challenging to decide what is best. We get lots of good talking done while we are shopping, too. I guess shopping is an important activity for me because those were some of the best memories I have of my younger days with my mom.