I get to take a brief break from schooling Markez because of lunch, so it's as good a time as any to do this. It's been pretty damn busy around here the past few days, so it's nice to have a lull in it all.
Home schooling the boy has been a little easier since I wrenched my knee, which is a nice benefit. I didn't want to make him feel so bad about it, however. For two or three days there he was acting pretty down about it, but he's gotten back into his usual routine, albeit a little muted during schooling times. I'm sure that won't last for too long, but we'll see.
The Christmas rush is upon us, and that makes everything seem so much more frantic. I still haven't done nearly as much shopping as I should have, but I at least have ideas that will make it easier when I do go out. I just hate the process of shopping and tend to put it off as much as I can. I get nagged at for it on occasion, but at least I could be worse. I could be Doug. I can't imagine putting off most, if not all, of my shopping until Christmas Eve. The man is nuts.
We've lost pretty much all of our snow, save for those mounds that were made with shoveling that take longer to melt. There's been rain and warmer weather, which I don't mind as much as some, but I would like some snow for Christmas. We'll see how that goes. We have rain projected for awhile, but there is a possibility for snow on the weekend. We can hope.
Amber seems to be enjoying her temporary job for the most part, although she's been having difficulties regarding one kid. She's dealing with it as best she can, but it's really getting to her. I'm sure it's getting to Peter as well since he knows the kid. The two have talked a few times about it, and I'm not sure what's going to come of it. It's a damn shame, and I hope things work out all right. Amber's been very stressed about it, and I'd like to see her be able to sit down and relax for the holidays.
Rafiq's been doing quite well at school, which is always a relief. He's even made a couple of friends in one of his classes and has asked if they can come over soon. I'm certainly not turning that down. It's good to see. Between that and his improving grades, he seems to have settled into things much better this year. Let's hope it continues that way.
Garnet is Garnet, which is always a good thing. She's been running around demanding that Christmas hurry up and get here, and she keeps adding things to her Santa list. We helped her write a litter to him earlier in the month, and now she wants to write another with her new list. Go figure.
Markez seems to have finished dawdling over his lunch, so I need to get him back into things before he finds the urge to escape impossible to resist. At least we're almost done. That's as big a relief to me as it is to him. I'm so looking forward to Christmas break.