So it turns out that while my son didn't individually qualify for the National History Bee, our school team did. So in early June, the five kids and their families will all head up to Atlanta to compete. My husband, my daughter, my son and I will all go, and make a long weekend out of it. He also received news that he qualified for the Criminal Justice Magnet at a public high school in town, which has been his ultimate goal for a couple of years now. This kid has only ever gone to private schools, and he is so excited for this new challenge. I am now running around gathering documents, registering him in the public school system, and making an appointment to schedule his classes. This whole thing gives me the heebie jeebies. If you have young ones, look at them long and hard and appreciate them, because they grow up overnight.
On that note, my daughter turns 16 tomorrow. We've got a big dinner at Disney planned for her next weekend, and the weekend after that she and I will be doing the spa. (We had to plan the spa weekend around her test schedule!) I just wrote a $995 check for an SAT test prep course that starts in August, and she is whittling down a list of colleges she is aiming for. Gah!
So last Saturday, my husband and I went down to Key Biscayne for a JP Morgan conference that is held every year for their clients. It was held at the Ritz. Yeah. No way I was going to be left behind on this one. But you see, while the Ritz prides themselves in serving their customers like royalty, they also charge $20 a day for Internet, which I cannot abide. Thus, I just put my computer away while I was there. We had A BALL. We golfed...I experienced having my first caddy - a wiry little dude from Boston. I ate some amazing food and drank a bunch of rum, thanks to our bartender friend Anthony. I spent excessive amounts of time at the spa and the pool. We went on a couple of long walks and explored the island, and observed wealth that is hard to comprehend. Tony Blair talked to our JP Morgan group about the state of the world...that fellow is looking good these days. (And he ended up in the gym with me the next day, but I left him alone lest his guards rough me up.) Here are some pictures:
|The ball-eating tree. One of them belongs to hubby.|
|Sunset off our balcony.|
|Where the rich and famous hide.|
|Trying to steal my lunch at the poolside.|
|Anthony our rum man, and enabler.|
On audio, I finished both The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves, the first two books in The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. I really liked both of them...loved the characters, their chemistry and the overall premise. Will Patton, the narrator, does an excellent job. I also listened to The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. For the first half of the book, I listened to it on Overdrive from the library, and was narrated by David Warner, and I loved his gothic British accent. Then it stopped working, so I found it on the new Hoopla system from the library, and that one was narrated by Bernadette Dunne, who was fine but I preferred Warner. Great classic scary story where you don't really know what is going on, kind of like A Little Stranger. For fun I watched The Haunting, a 1999 movie based on the novel, starring Liam Neeson, Lili Taylor, Catherine Zeta Jones and Owen Wilson. Goofy ass movie, kind of a shame. I'm now closing in on the end of the latest Reacher novel, Never Go Back.
Whew. Are you still with me?
We went to the annual Gala fundraiser for the school Friday night, and last night we went to the annual Crawfish Boil at a friend's house...a Catholic community's big hurrah before Lent. Spicy food, crawfish from Louisiana, King Cake, Hurricanes. Yeah baby.
Today my mind is on the Oscars. I have officially seen all 10 of the nominated movies. I have my opinions. Not sure if I'll be able to stay up the entire time, but I will try.
I won't torture you any further. Hope everyone has a great Sunday!