We're home again, home again, jiggity jog. It was amazing to see that many baton twirlers in one place. The AYOP (America's Youth on Parade) competition takes up the Arena, the Fieldhouse, the auxiliary gyms, and the pit at Notre Dame for the week. The competition is actually still going on, with events we aren't participating in taking place through the rest of today! We learned a lot, and Maggie gave some of the best performances her coach and I have ever seen her do. She earned a medal for her model competition (one third of the pageant she qualified for).
Yes, I know the logo is upside down....
- Unfortunately, the woman who helps by cleaning our house every couple weeks was exposed to COVID, so the kids and I are using our extra time at home to work on making the house presentable before we have company this weekend. Ugh! And because it's me running this show instead of the nice cleaning lady, we're getting all the clutter out of the way too. If you were thinking of dropping by today, don't, unless you want to be put to work. LOL
- This seven-days-in-a-row off of work is pretty cool. I worked on Monday, since we never planned on leaving town before Tuesday. Next Monday is my regular day off, so I won't be back to work until Tuesday! Yay! I am planning to attend the company picnic this afternoon though. It's at a pretty cool bar that's actually really close to where I live. So I can stop by, get some free appetizers and drinks, hopefully win an awesome raffle prize, and enjoy a break from getting ready for the rest of my weekend.
- Tomorrow is my baby girl's 15th birthday! I keep accidentally saying she's turning 14. Whoops! She is so inspirational. Her confidence and poise are already at a level I could only dream of, even in the midst of teenage BS. We're having family over for a taco bar, and leaving her evening free for whatever she wants to do :)
- In bookland, I did not take nearly as much time to read at competition as I thought I would. It was very crowded, so we didn't bring our changing tent or chairs. I spent most of my time counting down to her next event, and trying to just keep track of both kids. I'm still mid-way through both of the books I mentioned last week. Hahahaha.. I did have a few earlier reviews post though - check out my thoughts on One Day in June (3 stars out of 5, with an amazing story, and a giveaway open through 7/24/22) by Sam Martin, and Assassin's Lullaby (3 out of 5 stars, with a giveaway open through 7/25/22) by Mark Rubinstein.
22 July 2022
Five Things for Friday 7/22/22
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Thanks for the link-backs! The baton competition sounds like a lot of fun. I technically have unlimited time off of work (no PTO time, we take what we want) but the most I usually take off is 3 or 4 days in a row, otherwise my inbox gets insane, haha. We are going to MA/RI next month to sightsee and visit my family, though, so I'll be taking four work days off ... Thurs/Fri/Mon/Tues. Should be a challenge to play catch-up after.
That must have been great to see those baton throwers. I was on the dance team in HS and we never did kick lines but we hosted the state dance competition one year and boy did they did everyone get a kick out of our Hip hop squad.
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