We're coming off of a nice break from Cora's extracurriculars (with public schools' spring break, we were off of ballet and violin for the week), and I'm feeling much more rested. I think it's more exhausting for me, coordinating all these activities. We start back this week, and this is my first week of full time work at the clinic (it was supposed to happen two weeks ago, but didn't thanks to my illness and then Vee's illness). Cora also has her spring violin recital next Sunday, so we've got rehearsal on Saturday.
Violin is going well. She has learned all of the Twinkle variations, and she can play regular ol' Twinkle too. So, she's ready to move on in the Suzuki book. We still battle from time to time about practicing (she pretty much refused to practice tonight, she was pretty tired), but she's getting better about doing it. I think I've hit a wall musically speaking, and this is probably about the point that I need to start taking lessons again myself if I want to improve enough to join the community orchestra, which is still my goal for fall.
So, other stuff going on... the in-laws were in this weekend for Easter, so Cora was super-excited about that. We had sushi, and afterwards I headed out for drinks with my grad school chums, because one of the gals was home for Easter, from DC. We went to our old watering hole and got caught up. There was only about 6 of us, but it was still pretty awesome. We discussed the need for an alumni association, because while there is an annual alumni gathering in DC every December, we don't do much else, and a significant number of graduates still live in the area, or at least are more likely to return here than DC (family connections, etc.) if they're abroad. Also, not that I'm complaining about a lack of solicitation (considering the law school calls me all the freaking time to ask for donations, like that's going to happen before Hell freezes over), but our grad program itself never asks for money from its alumni. And we're a pretty loyal group of proud graduates, so I think those in a position to give would do so gladly, myself included. So, we're going to talk about organizing an alumni association, try to strengthen the ties of our alumni (considering networking is so very important to our program, and in our various careers), and also benefit the program financially. Also, I need to take a trip over there to speak with the director anyway, because Husband wants to work on strengthening existing interdepartmental collaborations and create new ones, and a collaboration between College of Nursing and Diplomacy would beneficial. When I started grad school, our fall conference was on global health. There are a significant number of nurses who go off to do work in foreign countries, whether it is with the military, an NGO that does relief work, or missionary work. So, preparing them for their cross-cultural experiences would be good. (Not to mention, at least in our city, you'll get quite the cross-cultural experience just working here.) So, very excited to get more involved!
After we parted ways, I walked the three downtown blocks to one of our gay bars to meet some friends. Our former House Elf has received his admission to nursing school for this fall, so we went out to celebrate. While there, I got to catch up with a friend from high school, who I haven't seen in over a decade, and just recently got back in touch with. She's going back to school for engineering, and befriended Steven through a student organization. He kept talking about his new friend, but never mentioned her by name. Finally, he'd said her name, and I was like, no freakin way, that's your friend?! (She has a pretty unusual name, that I've never heard before or since.) Same girl! So awesome to get reacquainted. Strangely enough, another girl I went to high school was there last night too (with her husband), she's going to be in the nursing program this fall as well. Small world. Anyway, we watched the drag show then went dancing, and I didn't get home until 3:30 in the morning, because I party like a rock star. Or at least I feel like I was partying like Ke$ha, because my whole body hurt today. Mostly my knees. Apparently this is what getting old feels like. I think dancing the night away in stupid shoes may be a chapter in my life that is coming to a close.
Today, everyone except Violette and me went to mass. (Just wasn't enough time for me to shower after breakfast, and after going out last night, I needed it. Also did some smoking too, which I'm regretting today as well.) Then Cora hunted for the eggs she colored last night. She greatly enjoyed her Easter basket, which I filled with mostly not candy. I got several little gardening items, a watering can, little shovel set, gloves, wildflower seeds and some plant stakes shaped like mushrooms and butterflies, since she's been really excited about gardening. We started some seeds inside last month, she helped plant, and she's been really excited about the plants sprouting up.
And, finally, we had a burial at sea for Dory, the transgendered betta. Dory has since been replaced with Dora, an actual female betta. Sad to lose Dory, but he/she had been around for almost two years, so it was about that time anyway.
That's what's going on here. Yep.
Easter Bunny and Badger