Today was my second meeting with my traditional, on-campus, class. The day started by driving through strong winds and peering through a rain-slashed windshield. I had to stop for my latte and bagel, since that's my breakfast. I hesitated in my car, hoping the rain might let up a bit, but no luck so I got a bit soaked getting into the cafe. Hurrying to get in the car and close the door on my way back out, I suddenly noticed that an area of my thigh was stinging hot. It really took me a moment before I understood that it wasn't the rain that was hot, but rather the coffee I'd spilled on myself in my hurry. I tried to sop it up with some kleenex, but ended up lecturing with a coffee stain on my pants. I even got equally wet running from my car to my building, but it didn't remove the stain.
I got home in time to have lunch, and then head out with Emma to her school for supply-drop-off, the important day where students claim a desk and get their pencils and composition books stashed away. This was slightly awkward --I love my girl, but she's not terribly good at social situations like this. Her current best friend is a year younger than she is, so while they were together last year in a 5th/6th grade class, she's moving into 7th grade without her. Other girls in the class are welcoming, but she feels awkward and it can come across as being unfriendly. But,
When we got home, I suggested a bike ride, because my daughter has finally learned to ride a bike! Emma is the same height as her best friend's mom, so a few weeks ago she taught Emma to ride --they live in a neighborhood with sidewalks and quiet streets. Then of course we had to buy her a bike, and for a week or so she wanted to be riding her bike all day, every day :-)
|Riding along our gravel driveway.|
With my new bionic hip I can now ride a bike again. This was our second 3 mile ride --Emma could go forever, but three miles on county roads is still hard on my butt and legs.
It smells wonderful along the county roads right now --joe pye weed and fleabane are blooming, and just up the road from us there is small area of wetlands. I'm not sure what is blooming in there, but it smells good. Even though the fields are all soy or corn, there are always interesting weeds and wildflowers growing along the edges, so it's a very pretty ride.
A nice ending for a day that started so stormy!