Family is difficult. My middle sister has disowned me. My mom and dad think my youngest sister is either having mental problems and/or on drugs. I talk with her almost every day and I would think after my dad went down and retrieved her from Texas and had her 5150'd up in Seattle (or whatever they call it there), my parents would get it. Not only would they not hold her but they gave her a drug test and she was totally clean. It's not like noone else has issues. It is tiresome. My sister says she just needs to drown out the noise- and I get that, TOTALLY get that.
Avery has her first gymnastics meet of the year this weekend. That is both elating and terrifying as I consider gymnastics to be maybe the one sport easier to do bodily harm than horseback riding- but maybe that is just a figment of my imagination. I think most people who get severely injured (incuding myself) riding horses, most of the time it is because of stupidity or incredibly bad luck. In gymnastics there just doesn't seem to be a way to factor out the possibility of injury.
Viola is struggling with all the homework of her honors classes, her highschool math class, and then three days of chorus rehearsal plus theory. We've started a tradition of Thursday night dinners in San Francisco. This past week we went to meditteranean food- which was fabulous- up on Filmore. We got big sampler plates and shared- it was nice that they had a whole vegetarian selection. That night we avoided getting stuck in the worst traffic jam I've ever seen going back across the Bay Bridge. Apparently there was yet another fatality accident that closed down one side of 880. Add to that the crazy A's game traffic and it was a nightmare. Dean had taken the Google shuttle up and we ended up driving back down 101 and taking the Dum over, thus avoid said traffic. By the time we got home, they STILL had not cleared the accident.
I am also taking a course on sanitation engineering(doesn't that sound like fun?)- Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment throught Delft University. Learning all about how they deal with water in the Netherlands is actually quite interesting. Not sure I wanted to know all that I'm learning about how we handle our drinking water(er, and our waste water), but probably good info to have tucked away as it is one of those things that is pretty crucial but the specifics of which are somewhat murky(no pun intended).
I started reading a book to check it out before Vi read it and unded up reading the entire 6 book series this past weekend. The series is by Ann Aguirre who is the author of Enclave and Outpost which are YA/Crossover speculative fiction. I haven't gone on an easy-read-sci-fi binge like that in... years.
I am still working on a new tattoo. I don't know why, but for me, it is positively addictive. I have a list of tattoos I want but I am trying to sit on a couple of them for a while until I am sure it is what I want since they don't exactly come off. I never really wanted one when I was young and I couldn't imagine why people would get them all over their bodies... I get it now. I think the next one will be inside my wrist over the big ol' scar I have there- something to remind me not to be stagnant... something to remind me that things come and go, and when it is time, it is important to let go and not hold on to what is already in the rear window.
It's funny because Nat and I both wanted to get spiders on our feet because our Dad has one. She got hers and that kicked off her getting several tattoos. I haven't gotten one yet(a spider) but maybe one of these days... the kicker is that my Dad does NOT approve of us getting tattoos. It's not like we're still teenagers... but then I guess if someone thinks you are crazy...
Gonna grab a nap before I have to drive to the city since I was up all night reading. :P