Thursday, June 28, 2012

Odds and Ends

Our summer routine is now in full swing!

Sylvia had her dance recital this past weekend, officially wrapping up school year 2011-12. Her technique has improved tremendously in the past year, and she was gorgeous.

I'm so proud to say that she's now a volunteer at the Club, teaching Dance to children ages 9-12. It was all her idea, and it's going great!

We've started rehearsals for The Music Man, and it's already a blast.

I've also added a few titles. I'm now serving on the Board of the Leadership Burbank Alumni Association, and as the Chair of the Corporate/Real Estate Education section of Los Angeles Paralegal Association. Because being a single mom, working full-time, going to school part-time and doing the play weren't quite enough for me! But I love it all, of course.

I haven't mentioned that there's been something strange going on, for fear of jinxing it, I guess. I've actually been getting child support. X paid the full amount he is supposed to in May, and so far, half the amount for June.

Of course, there are years worth of back child support due, and I'm in no way, shape or form counting on this money, but it has come in handy.

Now that the girls are both officially adolescents, they're eating twice as much as they used to, so it has become cost-effective for me to join Costco. Since you can't use credit cards (except for Costco's) there (which I never knew...did you know that?), I can go a little beyond my budget if/when the child support money has cleared the bank. Because everyone knows you can't leave Costco without spending $100!

Costco is also great for gas. I'm driving a little less this simmer, but I did a happy dance after paying $3.63 for gas at Costco, and then seeing $3.79 at another station.

(No, no disclosure here. I just like Costco that much!)

Riley went to Palm Springs for a week with my parents to start off her summer vacation and brought back these lovely pillows. One for me:

One for Sylvia:

And finally, for Riley herself:

She (or rather, Grandma) bought the pillows at a Fair from the woman who made them. She added glasses to the last one just for Riley!

That was probably enough odds and ends for two posts!


BigLittleWolf said...

It sounds like things are going well (adorable that Riley got her glasses added to the pillow).

I love hearing that volunteering is starting at an early age. It's so important to do more than talk about these things - giving back - but to encourage it and do it.

Wishing you a wonderful summer.

Rose ASL said...

It's too long to email, so if you would like to know where I've been, you can see my latest blog entry.

And again, congratulations on your awesome, talented girls!