Some Fun Stuff

First, thank you so much for all your comments and texts about my last post. It really means the world to me. I still miss Biff so much, but it’s getting easier. I guess I just didn’t realize how close we were or how much he was a part of my life until he was gone. And that’s been hard. Anyway, thank you. And thanks so much to a couple of my best human friends who donated to Best Friends Animal Society on my behalf. It’s comforting to know that some animals will be helped as a result of this.

Ok, so on to the fun stuff! A couple of weeks ago, I volunteered to help Kennedy’s class during her Chinese New Year performance. Kennedy goes to a Chinese charter school and every year they have a performance (and yes, Kennedy is learning Mandarin…she’s about a million times smarter than the rest of us). The parents are supposed to volunteer a certain amount of hours each year. Because my sister (Kennedy’s mom) is legally blind there are a lot of volunteer things she can’t participate in so I try to volunteer whenever I can. I attended the performance last year so I kind of knew what was going on. One of the volunteer options this year was as a “class usher.” When I read the description, I thought it would be more accurate to call it “stage mom.” So, of course, I signed up.

As “stage mom” it was my job to help the teachers get the students from the audience to the stage and then back to the audience after the performance. Easy-peasy, right? Well, not really. Getting a bunch of first graders to even just follow each other was a like figuring out Brexit. Herding cats also comes to mind. And then, to keep them quiet backstage was pretty much impossible. OMFG. But I still managed to get some pictures!

Yes, the teachers gave each kid a fan. Trying to get them not to f*ck around with them backstage was a nightmare. I’m surprised they weren’t all broken before they went out.

But I had a great view of the performance!

Overall it was fun and I didn’t lose any kids! #winning

The second fun thing going on is that I decided to try out masters synchronized swimming! I think I mentioned before that I was a synchronized swimmer as a kid (from 8 to 13) and that I loved it. I’ve gotten back into swimming in the last few years, but I’ve gotten a bit bored. Not surprisingly, swimming 66 lengths (1 mile) a few times a week can become a bit monotonous. Over the summer, I contacted the team at my gym and I got some of the details about the program. And last week, I went to two practices! I was so nervous and scared and excited. The good news…I’m a good swimmer, I can tread water for 90 minutes, and I still know some synchronized swimming! Everyone on the team is so nice and they were thrilled (or appeared to be) that I wanted to join. I’ll let you know when we’re going to the Olympics. Oh and I’ll post some pictures if/when I’m brave enough to take them!

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2 Responses to Some Fun Stuff

  1. Daniel Andrist says:

    Hi there. Thanks for the update. Kennedy’s pics were a hoot and you were very brave to volunteer to herd cats. Congrats! Sorry we forgot to reply with condolences regarding Biff. The following page in “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” by Charlie Mackesy came to mind. “What do we do when our hearts hurt?” asked the boy. “We wrap them with friendship, shared tears and time, until they wake hopeful and happy again” replied the horse. It’s a good book for you to consider sharing with your nieces and nephews. It’s a NY Times best seller and is full of fun insights for kids and adults. Have fun with the swimming.. Sounds like a hoot and a half. Keep well. Cheers! Uncle Daniel PS, Thinking of you today making Mack’s birthday cake. He always wants the same one we had for your SF trip, complete with fluffy white frosting. >

    • Marni says:

      Thanks for the book recommendation! I may have to pick that one up. And happiest of birthdays to Mack! He’s a smart man, that cake is incredible!

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