I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a new year. Last year was quite difficult. In a 12-month span, started the middle of last December, my husband and I have both had two surgeries! Needless to say, we maxed out a lot of deductibles between the two of us. We are wishing for 2011 to be free of any more doctors visits other than those yearly wellness exams. I do have one small procedure coming up, but it should be in office and hopefully it will be the end of some other issues for me that go back almost 10 years.
Our big news, like most parents, has to do with our now 15 year-old son. This semester opened with a new band director. As you can probably guess, this is very much a good thing. The old regime was going nowhere fast and threatened to chase us to a new school next year. Thankfully, this no longer seems neccesary. It is highly unusual to change band directors in the middle of a school year, so that should give you an idea of how stressful the fall was for all the people involved.
But wait, that’s not all! We are extremely proud to announce that our son was offered a member contract with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corp for the 2011 season. He starts his first full rehearsal camp Friday. He attended them last year as a trainee, but was not required to attend the entire schedule. Now he is. We his parents are jumping in and volunteering. It takes a lot of folks to run a rehearsal camp and most of those people are volunteers just like us. It is our turn to lend a hand to support something we really believe in. If you want to watch a video on YouTube that describes Drum Corp, you can go here and see the first of two very funny videos. There are a lot of inside jokes, but it does do a pretty good job of explaining things. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsnKhnJyiUQ&feature=related
Last year I spoke about the Academy and asked people to consider helping with the grocery card program since my son was not a full member. That option is still very much open and encouraged, since it is a way to help without any extra cash out of your wallet. If you regularly shop at any of the Bashas stores or any of the Kroger Company stores (Bashas, AJ’s, Food City or Kroger, King Soopers, Ralph’s, City Market, Dillions, Smith’s, Fry’s, QFC, Baker’s, Owen’s, JayC Food Stores, …Hilander, Pay Less Super Markets, Scott’s, Kroger Fresh Fare, Food 4Less, Foods Co., Fred Meyer, Fry’s/Smiths/Kroger/Dillion’s Marketplace, Turkey Hill, Kwikstop, LoafN’Jug, Quickstop, Tom Thumb, or Smith’s Express) you can help! Email me. And while I am not one to ask often for donations, if you would be interested in helping in that way, if you act in the next 4 weeks, you can have 10% added to your donation through the Birdies for Charities program run by the Phoenix Thunderbirds as part of the Phoenix Open PGA Tournament. Check out their website to see how it works. Birdies for Charity You can email me for my son’s name if you want to participate.
We hope to have a Facebook page up soon so that people can follow his progress through the experience. Again, email me and I will send you the information when it become available. My email information can be found on the contact page.
And finally I’ve been working on another P&P (groans) though I’ve been on a hiatus for the holidays. I mentioned something about it two months ago. I’ve got a lot more down since then. Its still early days, and the one person who has seen the rough draft has confirmed my suspicions that I’ve been moving too fast. I need to add a few scenes to slow the pace to a more acceptable level. I’d like to begin posting in a month or two. I’ve really suffered for a lack of writing and need to get going again. Yes, this is your permission to nag.