After finally recovering from the weeks of fun and hard work of getting ready for Jessica’s wedding, I went to Toledo last weekend to go to two feises with Michelle and the girls. The first one, on Saturday, was in Windsor, Ontario. This was the first time we all had to show our passports to get across the border. We left the house plenty early, expecting a possibly long wait at customs, and arrived 1 1/2 hours early for the feis. The girls did well, both getting medals.
After the feis was over, we drove to Lansing, Michigan to spend the night. This time we had a long wait at customs, but it was all right since we weren’t in a big hurry. When we got to the hotel, we found they had been overbooked, so they gave us a free room at another hotel 🙂 After we got settled, we went out to eat at a nice restaurant that’s housed in an old train depot. We planned to go swimming in the hotel’s pool later on, but we were too exhausted.
Sunday morning, Michelle fixed the girls’ hair in our motel room, then we went to the feis venue where Michelle, Caity, and Emily were going to volunteer. Since I had volunteered two years ago, I checked to see if they needed me again. I got to work in data entry, typing dance results into the computer. For a little while, I also checked to be sure results were correct (one wasn’t!), then clicked the button to approve the results officially. It’s interesting work and nice to read some of the judges’ comments to see what type of things they look for when judging the dancers. The girls danced nicely, and won more medals at this feis.
This picture came from Michelle – I like it because the girls were together. The feis in Lansing doesn’t allow cameras, so I didn’t even take mine.
Monday, Michelle and I went to the fabric store to buy velcro and ribbon so I could put loops on the waists of the dance costumes so they can add jeweled clasps to hold their identifying numbers for each feis. Becca’s dress already had a loop, but the velcro was almost gone and her clasp was barely hanging on. Emily’s dress didn’t have a loop yet, so she seemed happy to get one.
Tuesday and Wednesday, I was at school for video conference classes to fulfill half of my 20 hour requirement for the year. The classes were interesting for about the first hour of each one, but they got awfully repetitive, lasting for 2 1/2 hours! The room was warm, and it was really hard to sit there for so long just listening. I would have liked to knit, and probably wouldn’t have been so tired if I was knitting, but I didn’t think the supervisor would appreciate me knitting while I was supposed to be listening. I don’t think she would know that I can actually listen better while my hands are busy! I have to go back next Thursday afternoon and all day Friday – I hope the topics and speakers are interesting.
I found out I’m going back to work at the high school with a couple teachers I really enjoy working with! I’m not real anxious to get back to work yet, but at least I think I will enjoy the work this year.
Today, I’m trying to go through the house, looking for things that belong to Jessica, so we can take them to her tomorrow, along with her trundle bed and her car. We plan to look through wedding and honeymoon pictures and hopefully get some nice ones printed so we can frame them.
Adam got creative, and took some nice, artistic pictures on their honeymoon 🙂