Although the increased work hours that I’ve had to put in this spring have resulted in a serious lack of blogging time, I really do LOVE my job. Especially going to conventions!
I absolutely LOVE talking with homeschoolers and helping them answer their homeschooling questions. Sometimes it seems almost too good to be true that I’m actually getting paid to do something that I enjoy so much!
Not only that, but I get to travel. This year I have some REALLY great places on my itinerary. Long Beach, Atlanta, San Antonio, Knoxville, and Worcester. Not quite as exciting, but still very fun are trips to Wichita, Cincinnati, and Peoria and St. Charles, IL.
But by far the best part of doing conventions is the opportunity to meet people and make new friends. And this weekend in Worcester, Massachusetts, was especially fun!! One of the many friends I’ve made over the months since I started blogging is JenIG. Well, she and her daughter Coie were representing Rosetta Stone at the convention in Worcester and we actually got to "hang out" a bit! We were all far too busy to spend time together during our workdays, but I tried to keep an eye out for her since I was a bit concerned that she might actually give birth to a kidney stone right at her booth. We were able to go to dinner on Friday night at a really fun (and VERY noisy) 50’s Diner. Jen is EVERY BIT as cool (and adorable) as I thought she would be, but be forewarned, if you ever get the chance to meet Jen in person, she asks lots of VERY personal questions and is just a teensy bit wimpy when it comes to city driving. Sorry, Jen, but I was HUNGRY and really wanted to get there! Jen has a picture of the two of us on her blog…kind of icky picture of me, but a GREAT one of her! I’m so happy to have been able to meet her and Coie!
While I was in Massachusetts, my family had a GREAT wildlife experience. All spring we’ve been watching a Red-bellied Woodpecker build a nest in one of the ant-infested trees in our backyard. Woody Woodpecker and his wife are both beautiful birds and seem to be very committed to each other and their brood. They have built a very nice house in our almost-dead tree. Well, over the weekend Jim and the kids noticed another home being built in our backyard neighborhood. A Mourning Dove and his pregnant wife moved in and worked hard all weekend constructing their home.
Mrs. Dove must be quite far along because Mr. Dove did most of the work. Here he is flying in with his recently collected building supplies and giving them to his wife to add to the nest.
Along with the Woodpeckers and the Doves, we’ve also been keeping our eyes on a young robin couple who have moved in and are getting ready to start a family.
Maybe if we charge everyone rent I’ll be able to work less and blog more!