Early February’s a Roller Coaster!

What’s up with everybody? Some of it’s good, some not so good…so I’ll just lay it out here.

Selva Negra Coffee Plantation

Michael packed it in this week. He completed his first youth group class on his own last week. He was supposed to have help, but his answer to why didn’t you? “Well, it’s Nicaragua.” His class size was supposed to be about 15. He started with 36 and grew to 62 students! Since he teaches English, he had to figure out a way to do oral exams for all those kids! 51 passed, so he felt really good about that.

He just got back from a Peace Corps training at the famous and gorgeous Selva Negra coffee plantation and resort. It’s located in the Matagalpa Highlands. Michael said it was really cold up in the mountains. After the training, he went to La Paz afterward and stayed with his Nicaraguan girlfriend, Kathya’s, family. They are really nice to him (as is everyone in La Paz! It was his first town to live in and his host family was wonderful.)
Michael did get a new place to live. He hasn’t spent much time there yet, but I’d imagine we’ll hear more soon.
Oh! Michael has a blog with posts, pictures and videos called Nica Time. You might want to check it out!

Katie with NYFA students

Katie had a roller coaster of a week. She auditioned for a 4 man show (2 girls/2 guys), that the teachers were producing. It’s going to run at The Players Club, which isn’t a school location; so it seems like a big deal. She did her audition, and felt like it went well. They asked her to sing something (she always has something prepared for these things), and then she left. Callbacks were the next day. Well, that day came and went – no call back. I think *I* was more disappointed than she was. She reminded me that that’s just how this goes and I was  struck by the idea that that is why SHE is doing this and I am not! But 3 days later, the director called her, offering her a part! It turns out he didn’t need to see her a second time to make the decision – he knew on the 1st audition! So the show is going to play on February 17th, and Ron has decided he’s going to go to brave New York and see it! We just made the flight reservations tonight!
Another rough part for Katie’s week, she and her boyfriend (who lives here) broke up. When the phone rang at 11:30 p.m., all she could say is “Mom?” then sobbing and near hysterics. I had no idea what was wrong. My disaster mind took off and every possible scenario of what COULD have happened to Katie in NYC, flashed through my mind in those 3-4 seconds!! Not Fun. Finally, she was able to say what happened, we talked a for a while, and she decided to go to bed. The next morning, her friends at NYFA comforted her, took her to lunch and out shopping after class. When I talked to her around 3 p.m. the next day, she was all better.  And then, today, she was invited to audition for the part of Maureen in RENT! I’m not sure where this production will be, if it’s a NYFA version or off- off- off- Broadway. We shall see!

Alyssa is snipping away her hours at Avenue Five Institute. She took the 900 hour test this week and passed. It’s required to pass before you can move on to the last phase, Avenue 4. She worked on a friend of mine’s hair this week, cutting off 10 inches for Locks of Love. My friend was very pleased with the results and her husband even sent Alyssa a text saying how fabulous the color was! Alyssa loves to do color, so she’ll probably add that as a testimonial on her website she’s building.
We spent more time planning the wedding, booking people for the date. We are going with an Italian food catering company, Mr. Tomato, which will go perfectly with the Tuscan Villa theme. What they lack in their name choice, they make up for it in taste. We tried a variety of really delicious options, and they were so great to work with!  We also spent an INORDINATE amount of time with a photographer, Lisa Shepard who owns AIMAGE Photography. She was wonderful and we hired her on the spot. Tomorrow we go to secure the venue, so I’ll write more about that next week.

Ron is running into some health issues. He ignored his pre-diabetic diagnosis from the doctor, eschewed the Metformin, and opted to try to keep his sugars in check with diet. That didn’t work. This week, his sugars climbed higher and landed him with a Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis.  Add to that, his lower back pain he’s had for maybe a year now – something he attributed to playing hockey or hiking – turns out to be a some kind of kidney problem. His numbers look bad, so they are scheduling him for a sonogram next week.  He is not happy about the dietary change I have in store for him, but I will wait until we hear from the doctor next week. He’s actually excited about going up to NYC to see Katie perform, and I think I’m going to find some cool sightseeing things for him to do while she’s in class!

Sue met with a new women’s group at Toci over the weekend. This group is going to meet a couple times per month and really help each other stick to our goals and plans. One of those plans is to increase the creativity in my life. This week, my friend Cydney and I resurrected the Unschooling Blog Carnival.  Here’s a little more about Behind the Scenes.  Another project is that we’re going to start moving toward meat and dairy-free diets. It’s going to take a lot of effort – I have such a steep learning curve with this. But I’m going to make this work!


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