I have to admit that I broke the rules today - my own rules for my own self. I saw the blinking light green light on my phone during Sustained Silent Reading today and I couldn't resist clicking it open to see what it was. My son is visiting a friend on the mainland, so I just checked just in case.
It wasn't an emergency, though. It was (I think - hard to tell in a text) delight! "It's snowing!" he texted. My first reply was, "Do you have warm clothes?" and my second was, "How cool!" Mom, first, I guess. My younger son is actually in my SSR class, so I wanted to just tell him, "Wow! Your brother says it's snowing!" I forbore, however, because I just settled a bunch of adolescents who at least pretend they hate reading (a few do hate it, but most of them are saying it because it's popular, but I see how deep they get into their books).
My other fun part of today was explaining the word "impeccable." I told them this is one word I remember clearly and specifically when I learned it. I had "cleaned" the basement because my uncle was visiting by putting all the toys in a big pile and covering the pile with a blanket. The pile must have been as big as I was at the time. My uncle said that the basement looked "impeccable" when I proudly showed him what I had done. It took me another few years to realize that he was laughing (with) at me.
On Saturday, we had the Cross Country gathering at our house. A few parents, several coaches and volunteer coaches and roughly 40 kids packed into my house. It was potluck and the table was groaning with goodies. It was a lot of fun: Foosball, air hockey, bonfire, football, singing.... I was so tired and headachy the next day that I did pretty much nothing, but it was worth it.