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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cassie's Journal - October 17, 2017

Grandma and Grandpa arrived safely at their condo rental in Arizona; and are happy to be there.

I wish I was there too; but have been busy with work and school and just can’t get away for a month or two.  It’s also late again and I need to get to sleep; so I’m going to make this quick.

We had a normal school day morning; I had fun with my classes, band, and teen praise team practices; and we fit a SAT study session in between practices while having an easy-meal dinner at my house with about half of my classmates.  Michael and I had to do our homework after we were done at the church; Mom did a Magi lesson with us; and then Michael went home.  I came up to my room after that; multi-tasked the first part of my work with some quality Jacuzzi time; and have been working for what would have been about nine hours in real time including all of the time phased work and studying.

I’d suggest that I can catch up on my sleep tomorrow night, but we’ll be doing extra SAT studying instead of the work night; so that won’t happen.  I can nap now, though, and nothing else that happened today is more important than that down time; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cassie's Journal - October 16, 2017

Happy 36th Birthday, Aunt Leanne!

I think that we’re all partied out tonight; but we managed to do what we could to help Aunt Leanne celebrate her special day.

That really wasn’t much for me thanks to school and the fact that I ended up on kid control again while at Aunt Leanne’s birthday dinner; and then we also didn’t get Zack or Brianna while Aunt Leanne is wrapping up her birthday with a kid-free night.

In fact; I really don’t have much news for today about me; since it’s been a bit boring compared to birthdays and other fun going on elsewhere.  Tai Chi by the river was frosty-enough that we needed jackets; but we went outside anyway.  That was after seeing Dad off on his way to the city and a cat nap in Mom’s bed with all remaining members of the family including the dog and cat; and the rest of my day was standard fare for a Monday through to that dinner party.  I also only stayed for dinner – and Michael joined me for that after football – because I was hosting an SAT study session after that.

Michael and I had fun doing some tutoring for that, but newsworthy or exciting it wasn’t; and it also pushed back the rest of my work and studying for the night – an addition we’ll be fitting into our schedule a lot between now and the next SAT test day.  That was important for our friends, though – important-enough that I missed out on having a last couple of hours of time with Grandma and Grandpa before they head for Arizona in the morning.  They did stop by to say goodbye on their way home from Aunt Leanne’s though; so I did at least get to have a few minutes with them before they’ll be gone for most of the next two months except for Thanksgiving.

Moving along, we studied for SAT’s until a bit after ten; Michael stayed for a Magi lesson with Mom; we tucked the twins in after that; and then he went home while I came up to bed and got to work once I was changed and tucked in with Mandy.  Including all of the time phased work; I’ve put in a full day worth of work and then some since then; which explains why I feel as though I’ve pulled a triple shift or something.

Tomorrow will be another too-busy day, though, and I need to get what sleep I can before I’ll need to be up and going at full power again; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Cassie's Journal - October 15, 2017

It’s late and I’m burned-out; so this is going to be a micro-update.

Tai Chi by the river was chilly, but fun with the bonus exercise buddies; and then I was busy for the rest of the morning while helping out with the work around home and the church service with the teen praise team.  We fed all of the kids; got them dressed and ready for church; and into the sanctuary and mostly-reunited with their parents – though Michael and I couldn’t help out with the last part of that while we were busy with praise team warm-ups.  The service was a Fall Festival blast of fun; and then I was with Michael at the Inn for the lunch shift.

I hadn’t been booked for that, but the weather was still cool if sunny; so Miranda had a big turnout for lunch before most of her diners headed to the park for a last blast of festival adventures that lasted through until the midway closed at six o’clock.  While I worked the lunch shift, I was done early; Michael and I spent a couple of hours playing at the park with our families and some friends; and then we needed to be back at the Inn to work the buffets-to-close shift.

As usual, the buffets were packed.  The early buffet had lots of guests coming from the park to enjoy their last meal of the day; and the late buffet was mostly for all of the workers at the festival – both employees of the midway company and all of the volunteers.  Add in the store owners and workers that put in extra hours over the weekend; and we had all of the dining rooms filled with some bonus turnover.

It was heading toward eleven by the time I got home because we were late getting the Inn closed; so I was late getting my work and studying started.  Mom and Dad had still been up when I got back, but he was packing up for his trip to the city; and they headed up to bed when I did.  A lot of time phase effort was needed to keep up with my work tonight, but I got everything done; and now I really just need to crash and nap now before I’ll need to get up and see Dad off on his trip to Crystal Springs.

I haven’t covered much of the actual action today, but I just don’t have that in me tonight.  We had fun when we could; worked hard the rest of the time; and everyone at the festival enjoyed their adventures – though we were back to normal fall weather with temperatures that barely topped out at sixty.  All-in-all, though, the festival was a big success this year; so it will likely keep getting bigger and better in the coming years.

Okay, I’m rambling now, and just want to sleep now; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Cassie's Journal - October 14, 2017

I promised not to complain about the weather today, and I won’t; but I am going to mention that weather forecasters are sometimes clueless!

Today is a good example of that.  We did eventually get the forecasted thunderstorms and rain, but the weather reports continually predicted them to start – again – by mid-morning; and then they just kept pushing the time back when the skies remained clear and we had another beautiful, hot day through until the first storm did roll through town at around four o’clock.

We had some rain early this morning too, but the temperature warmed overnight; and the rain just gave us a bit more business for the early part of the breakfast buffet that Jacob and Miranda put on for everyone – including many of the midway employees that got a special deal for their meals.  Michael and I got a bit wet getting to the Inn, but the rain was done by the time we were set free to go and play at the park; the temperature was in the eighties already by then; and we had a blast playing with our families and some friends all day.

Every hour that was rain-free was a bonus to us; and the only change in our plans for the day came with those late-afternoon thunderstorms.  Michael had already been booked for working the dinner-to-close shift; but I was called in because the thunderstorms had all visitors to the park either heading home or running for cover – to places like the Inn.  Miranda ended up with a full house for dinner, and since she’d expected a small crowd because of the festival; we needed to work our tails off to keep up with the business.  Other teens answered the call for extra help, but we were still short-staffed; and Michael and I worked to close.

While we worked, the festival organizers and volunteers made a quick decision to move the dance to the school gym; that set-up was done in the rain; and the party moved to the school – with many of our diners moving from the Inn to the school for the dance after enjoying their meals.  The festival was still going on at the park, but anyone braving the rain spent most of their time in the pavilions; and the rides either couldn’t run or paused anytime thunder and lightning was in the area.  While that did affect the festival and especially the game booths and charity fundraisers; the awesome weather through until this afternoon more than made up for that compared to other years when the weather was cooler and even more volatile.

Michael came home with me after work; and we took over babysitting from Grandma and Grandpa.  They had most of the cousins, Naomi, and Aiden here; and had taken the babysitting job so that the parents could go to the dance.  They were going to make an appearance at the dance after leaving us, but didn’t plan on staying long.  All of the kids were still awake and watching kid-rated Halloween shows in the lounge; so Michael and I joined in on that fun until we could start getting them tucked in for the night.

Mom and Dad came home at midnight; helped us with the last few kids; and now I’m getting ready for a sofa sleepover with Michael while he’s getting changed too and setting up a movie that we probably won’t watch before falling asleep.  If we didn’t have a house full of kids, I’d be tempted to do a bit of Magi Healing and make sure that Michael and I ‘made’ some time for some make-out fun, but that isn’t an option; so I’ll settle for some quiet cuddle time and the nap.

Tomorrow will be a busy day with a bit more festival fun and a buffet-to-close shift along with helping our teen praise team to lead the service at church in the morning and getting a gang of kids fed and ready for church.  We have lucked out with another awesome day, though; and I think tomorrow will be amazing too – even if the weather has already crashed back into something close to normal for a mid-October weekend!

I’ll let you know how that goes for us with the next update, but I have some quality cuddling to get to now; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cassie's Journal - October 13, 2017

It’s Friday the 13th in October, and while that could be scary; it wasn’t for us today in any way at all!

My day started out great with Brianna’s wake-up call; she joined us for Tai Chi by the river and made that a lot more fun; and then we had fun with breakfast and getting ready for our play day at the Fall Festival.  Mom had to take over watching Brianna when the rest of us needed to get to work or school, but they were meeting up with a bunch of KidZone kids and volunteers for their own play day at the festival; so they weren’t sad to see us go to school.

The first thing I need to note about our adventures today is that the weather has been awesome!  Thanks to a major change in the forecast, that isn’t looking so hot for tomorrow now, but then we dodged potential rain and thunderstorms tonight; so maybe we’ll get lucky for at least some of tomorrow too.  For today, though, the temperature was in the low seventies by the time we went to the park; and topped out in the mid-nineties – at least for the ‘feels like’ temperature.  That’s way better than we should normally hope for at the Fall Festival; and we all really enjoyed the heat that allowed us to feel more like we were at a summer fair.

We certainly had more fun on the rides, and while there wasn’t anything completely new; BMR Labs helps to make sure we do get some great rides; and we get an awesome deal on the pay-one-price tickets we all buy for the student day special offers.  More area schools got in on those deals this year than ever before – including our football rivals for the game tonight.  Ridgeway High came out in force for the festival and stayed for the game, so even with the festival going on; we still had a great turnout for the game tonight too.

Before I get to that, though; let’s cover some more of the festival news.  Michael and I spent most of the day with Rowen and Tim, but we also played with other friends; the twins and their friends; and some of our cousins.  We helped out with getting Ethan’s and Ehlana’s class from the school to the park; helped out with lunch; and then we didn’t have any volunteer work to do after that for the rest of the day because we had football and cheerleading to deal with instead.  That didn’t cut our time short at the park, but then most kids and teens stayed there after school and played all evening – or all of it except for the football game.

The thrill rides were high on the fun list today, but we also watched some of the shows; checked out the display pavilions; and played quite a few of the games.  Michael and I donated most of the prizes we won to younger kids – or helped them to win prizes; but I do have two new stuffies in my room tonight too.  We needed to be at the school well-ahead of the game; though the guys needed to be there before Rowen and I did; so we spent a bit of extra time with Ethan, Ehlana, Naomi, and Aiden before following Michael and Tim to the school and getting ready for the game.

I’m not going to spend much time writing about the game.  We won by a score of sixty-four to thirty-three; and the game wasn’t even as close as that score might suggest.  Michael and Tim scored five touchdowns each; and we didn’t kick any successful field goals at all.  For those of you that see that score and realize it doesn’t add up to ten touchdowns; that’s because our kicker got hurt and missed the last six point-after attempts – and we didn’t try for any late field goals because of that.  Ridgeway did earn three solid touchdowns too, but had to settle for four field goals earlier in the game; and then couldn’t finish drives late while trying to catch up to us.

On the cheerleading side of things; we had another really great night.  This was our last home game before Halloween, so our Friday the 13th half-time routine was appropriately-themed; and we had a scary-good time with a Monster High mash-up.  That was popular with the kids and teens; and I’m glad we put in the extra effort.  We may also use that routine for the last two away games; but I’ll keep you posted on that; since we do have other options for routines that we’d like to use too – especially since this will be the last season of cheerleading for Rowen and me – not including cheering for our favorite baseball teams.

With the festival still going strong at the park, the post-game festivities were short and sweet; we packed up, got cleaned up; and then headed back over to the park to catch most of the teen dance and the rest of the festival fun – including another blast or two of midway thrill ride fun!  We partied on with everyone until the dance ended at one o’clock; Michael walked me home; and then I helped him out with a bit of healing from football-related aches and strains before he headed home for the rest of the night.

I was tempted to keep him for a sofa sleepover, but we’re going to save that up for Saturday night instead – and we might get to do that while the twins are away for the night at Aiden’s and Naomi’s.  Their best friends are here again tonight, but only because three out of four of their parents will be busy at work on Saturday.  That reminds me that I have a breakfast shift to work in a few hours; so I need to get started on my nap soon too.

It’s been a really great, best-ever kind of Fall Festival Friday for me, so even if we do get rained-out tomorrow; I won’t be able to complain about that – even though it won’t be great for the festival or the fund-raisers going on there this weekend.  Before I get to the napping, I’ll wrap up this report by mentioning that I ended up doing a bit of work tonight when some family business email needed to be dealt with and I took care of getting some money to where it needed to be to help out with a local problem that one of our companies could help out with in their community.  That was worth losing a bit of sleep for; and the least I could do after getting to have such an awesome day!

The sleep is a priority now, though, and that does pretty much cover the highlights of my day if not the itty-bitty details; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!