We've spent a week as empty nesters. I talked to Jake on Wednesday and Friday and have sent e-mail a few times, but it has been odd not to see him every day. He told me that he finds being at school a bit depressing, but he stayed at school this weekend, which I think is a good sign. He told me that he thinks his business class will be interesting. He also adjusted well, it seems, to having a different SAGE/Quest 1 teacher than he expected. And he seemed to take a technical problem in stride: The keyboard that connects to his PDA stopped working. I ordered him a wireless one.
Chris and I went to Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in Cary today. The festival is juried, so the arts and crafts are very good. We liked these mirrors made from china and stoneware plates. I managed by accident to get a photo of a familiar face in one of the mirrors. Chris thinks he might find a plate in the brown on white pottery glaze that he collects and have the craftsman turn it into a mirror. The mirrors are from Robinson Art Glass, which is Barbara and Bill Robinson.
The weather was lovely but hot today, and the festival was crowded. It was fun to be out there. We didn't buy anything because we just spent a BUNCH of money getting water damage on the house fixed, and next week, we're getting a new roof. After that, the house will be restained and painted. It's all necessary work, and the house will look much better when it's done. It's better for us to tighten our belts for a while.
I have figured out a great use for my new PDA (paid for with money I earned leading a session at the copy editors' seminar in Chapel Hill): I can keep a log of my exercise and my calories. I've done well this week, but ... one day at a time.