Monday, April 13, 2009

Spring Break 2009

A week or so ago while putting the new grill through a ‘test drive’, Lola insisted on being the chef - - we had Italian sausage and hot dogs, and they tend to roll all over the wire rack. As Lola was turning one of the hot dogs over it rolled off the grill and onto the courtyard floor. She picked it up with a fork and as she was going to wash it off in the sink and I heard her say to it, “It’s ok, don’t worry, we’re just having a little fire drill.”

We have cooked on the grill about three times in the last week or so in between rainstorms. We have had far more rainy days than sunny days this spring. Not fun on the weekends. Friday night we went to see the movie “Monsters vs. Aliens”. It was sprinkling rain when we arrived, but about halfway through the movie we heard thunder, lightning and torrential rain pounding on the roof of the building. Strangely enough, the power of the storm was enough to reverse the locks on my car to ‘unlock’, so that left everything in the car up for grabs if any thief wanted to risk drowning to secure a couple empty water bottles and drink cups from the car.

Easter weekend was quite nice. The weather was warm and sunny and perfect for grilling chicken tenders!! As we grilled, the kitties were sunning themselves in the courtyard and enjoying the aroma.

On Saturday Lola had another ice skating lesson and she has again been moved up another level to Basic 3. I’m amazed at the rapidity she learns skating. In comparison with other sports that she professes to love, skating is by far the most suited to her need for speed and artistry! I allow her to be proud of herself in learning quickly, but at the same time stress to her about being equally humble about her accomplishments. She is trying to follow this principle, but every now and then I see the little showoff come out, immediately followed by the ‘diva mode’. It’s really a fine line between self-confidence and self-centeredness, but with some guidance along the way perhaps she will come to understand the importance of humility. If she decides to compete in the future, humility will be to her advantage in many ways. After having been a musician for many years I have learned no matter how skilled you are, there is always room to learn and grow from others who are even more skilled.

We called her skating lesson friend Jane during last week and Jane’s father said she is recovering quite well from her fall last Saturday at lessons. He said he was going to keep her out of lessons for another week but she still wants to skate and will be back next Saturday. We invited her and her family to meet us at the rink on future Sunday afternoons for open skating so she and Lola can become better acquainted.

Easter Day afternoon we had the urge to skate and after checking the rink’s website we didn’t see any cancellations of public skating so we went to pick up Lola’s friend Lavinia and went to the rink to see if it was open. Luckily, it was, and we were all very glad we went. There were only 10 people on the ice, and later at about 3:30, there were only 30 people on the ice. It was fabulous to skate without the obstacle course we usually encounter. We hated to leave!

As all good things must come to an end, so has the wonderful Spring Break vacation. We were pretty much forced to stay home for the week instead of making our usual trek to visit my mom, due to the possibility of an impending strike at my company with the result of being called in to work at any time if the possibility becomes a reality. So far we have not heard any news of a strike being called, but we are to be on the alert at all times.

Lola told me this morning that she hopes there is no strike and I am right there with her on that one. We are hopeful…

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