September 11, 2018: Fresh Air Day

Tuesday.  I woke up at seven thirty.  It is so nice out this morning, and expected to stay nice until at least tomorrow afternoon, that I decided to open the windows and move to fresh air for a change.  This is one of my favourite days of the year, the day that the AC is no longer needed.  It’ll be needed again tomorrow or the day after at least, this is the coolest day for a week, but it is the beginning of the end of the summer heat.

My day started out great.  Plenty of sleep, nothing wrong at the office, great weather, fresh air, good mood, feeling good.  And then, just after ten thirty, I go out to get the mail when I hear the mailman stop by, and get the letter than our largest customer has decided to “go another direction”, which we’ve known was probably coming at some point, but still doesn’t feel good.  It’s not a terrible defeat like they didn’t like us, they just wanted to hire someone local to be an internal resource.   And they still want us to continue to be available in a lessened capacity.  But it is still a huge blow and really sucks.  Just as we had been struggling so hard all year and were just getting onto our feet and things were looking so good, another major set back.  A few more months of “doing not so badly” would have been awfully nice.  And technically, we still have a few.  The change doesn’t take effect for a bit.  But it is very unfortunate, all the same.

I did school with Luciana first today, and that went really smoothly.  We had fun and she zoomed through her lessons.  Even doing extra of some things over what she had to do.

Both girls had pizza for “breakfast”.  I ate the cut up melon in the fridge before it went bad for my breakfast.  That was pretty good.

Liesl, of course, had attitude problems for school and got in trouble.  It is such a struggle with her, even when I am the one doing school with her, to make her just either be happy that we are doing school, or at least put on a good face and do the work that needs to be done.  I don’t know why it is such a struggle when just doing it would make it all be over and done with so quickly and easily.  It’s like she wants to make it hard and take forever.

Allan came over this evening to talk sales for a few hours.  It was probably almost nine by the time that he got to the house.

After Allan left, the girls and I watched Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  At least part of it, we couldn’t get that far into it, as it was too late.

We read more of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone before going to bed.  Just one chapter.

Both girls did a bunch of DuoLingo Spanish tonight.  They are very excited to be doing it again and Luciana can actually do a lot of it now as she can read.  This will be good not only for her Spanish, for also good for her English reading and writing.