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Brian's great idea for Christmas this year is for everyone to meet in Miami for a week. A week! That's a week of no lessons, no meetings, no errands. No peace, however, since it's everyone: six of us crammed into a squinchy hotel room. It's not really Miami, though, it's Miami Beach. I've been there and I know the beach is large. That's where I'll be.

Yesterday I went to the eye doctor. I suspected that I was due for bifocals and indeed I am... and I am not. They are so breathtakingly expensive that I opted for reading glasses instead. A team of opti-pros sprang into action when I suggested this solution. The inconvenience will be maddening! I will lose my glasses! Carpal tunnel! TMJ! Think of the children! I prevailed, however, and if I do find reading glasses annoying I promise to tell you, LJ people. Rest assured I will never admit it to those guys. I think I will be happy to read fine print once again.

This morning I dragged V out to the tutees' home, where she kept herself occupied for FOUR HOURS while I paid attention to my charges. Then we rushed off to Spanish, where she remembered an -ar verb or two and started papier-mâchéing an enormous polar bear piñata. Back at home, she did some online school stuff by herself while I sifted through my email and tried to get ready for a finance committee meeting. Then on to the meeting, which was fine. And so was V, who sat at her own table in the coffee shop being close to perfect. If it looks like I am bragging then you're reading it just about right. It was late when we got home, but we watched another episode of Oliver Twist anyway before she went to bed.

Tomorrow the art kids come to our house. We finally attracted a couple of new kids and it really is more fun with more kids. Later tomorrow I have a meeting about the community garden and after that a holiday concert. Early the next morning we are picking up another girl and joining a camping trip already in progress. We have to leave that early enough on Friday to be able to tutor again at 1pm. Saturday is full of stuff, too. It does seem as if December is always a little too full of stuff.


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Dec. 2nd, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
I've been fighting through needing bifocals because Brian's insurance provides us with new lenses every two years and last year was an off year. It's kind of annoying because I sew and embroider and crochet and knit and I can't see any of those things with my glasses on. So I take them off and put them on my head and it kind of works and seems a bit cool--when I'm really being stylish I use them to hold back my hair like a headband, but it's also sort of a pain. And I really like doing hand work while I watch television, but since mostly I watch Japanese stuff then I can't read the subtitles.
Dec. 2nd, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
Hang in there! You will be amazed by how wonderful new lenses can be. I knew things were looking fuzzy and I was squinting a lot--I was shocked to see how much clearer print looked with the right lenses.
Dec. 2nd, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Yay V!
Dec. 3rd, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
Well for me, reading glasses aren't an alternative to bifocals, because my eyes are bad enough that the "reading part" is just a weaker, but still negative prescription. Rather reading glasses are something that I have to use with contact lenses. Between eyes and knees, it sucks getting old. But getting old sure beats the alternative.
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