I know my life lately has been dominated by NaNoWriMo, but there has been a lot of other stuff going on as well. Most of it has very little to do with me, but it has everything to do with my kids.

In the last week we had parent teacher conferences for both boys and let me just tell you how proud of them I am. Both are earning straight A’s and got high marks in behavior as well. I walked out of both conferences with my chest puffed up just a little. Tracy and I have worked hard with them,  but their love of learning is their own and it makes me so very proud.

Soccer season is over and I am plenty okay with that. Zachary’s team, the one I coached, did not do well in the tournament and it left me a little shaken as a coach. I felt like I had not done right by them, but I can say that they all played better by the end of the year and I can take some comfort in that.  Connor’s team went undefeated even through the all county tournament. They were champions to be sure.

Now that there is no soccer we are back to cub scouts and karate has kicked into a higher gear once again, so even without soccer we keep going at full tilt. Zachary doesn’t know it yet but after the first of the year he’ll be getting to take the art classes he has been wanting to take. No rest for this family.

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and this year we’ll be heading to Tybee Island outside of Savannah, Georgia. A trip to the coast has become a family tradition and we are all looking forward to it. Zachary is hoping he can find an alligator head to bring home with him and I promised that if we couldn’t find one that I would order one online for him. I don’t always understand why he wants things but I admire the passion he has for those things.

We have recently started getting an assortment of locally grown fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis. The produce is so much better than what we get at the store and we get things I don’t normally try. For example, this week we got mustard and collard greens, so last night I made mustard greens and they were really good (at least Tracy and I thought so, the boys weren’t quite so enthusiastic). I’m really looking forward to seeing what we get next week so that I can use the great produce for a fantastic holiday dinner. If you have a chance to get local produce like this I strongly suggest that you do it.

I have turned a corner of sorts at work. I spoke with our senior network tech and he has started working with me on server setup. In a couple of weeks i’ll be doing a complete server install and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m studying and preparing for it and I hope I will do many more going forward. Being a network administrator is what I want to do and the experience I earn doing this work will stay with me forever.

Well I think that is it for now. I’ll go back to working on NaNoWriMo until the end of the month then it will be hard core editing time.

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