Sunday, September 9, 2012

More Myrtle

On the drive back from Myrtle Beach I thought of a few more things to share about the trip.

I think it was kind of special that it was just the boys and I on this trip. With two of them and just one of me, we really had to work together. They stepped up and I saw them as the incredible young men they are becoming. There was a moment of watching them in the waves this morning, the only two people as far as I could see in either direction, happy together and independently confident.  They are different in many ways, but I am equally proud...very proud... of each of them.

This trip gave us a chance to talk about things we don't really discuss in the course of normal life. We touched on all the good subjects - sex, dating, marriage, drugs, religion, politics...and farting. Oh, wait, we already talk about farting daily!!

They are two highly analytical kids. There was sure a lot of talk about math. In fact, at one point Spencer was alone in one of the hot tubs with this 7-year-old girl. He said he struck up a conversation with her about math, asked her what she was working on in school math, and explained that math is at the root of most interesting careers and that she should consider going in that direction. LOL!!  The Math Teachers Association should hire Spencer as a lobbyist!!

Grant does not shy away from a challenge. I told him we were going to get all of our stuff down to the lobby without a luggage cart and he was in. He and I carried all but Spencer's duffel (he was lagging behind). Two bags, two coolers, two chairs, four buckets, a shovel, a backpack, and a giant bag of towels and blankest all made it down in one trip.

On the way home they were making up word problems of converting speeds to "furlongs per fortnight".

We are tired, overfed, and sunburned, but it was a great, great weekend!!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Myrtle Beach

The kids hadn't been to an actual beach in a year so we made a quick trip to Myrtle Beach to play in the waves. Lindy Cranwell helped us to get a good deal on a nice room at the Hilton and we had no need to leave the property for the 40 hour visit. The place was perfect for our needs with multiple pools, decent food options, and the handy tiki bar/lunch place. Here's a little video of some wave action, the "pool workout" with crunches, and Spencer streamlining across the pool.

The water was warm and the weather was good except for some winds late Saturday.

The life guards were pretty hard core and didn't let anyone in too far. When one guy went out "beyond" and couldn't hear the guards over the wind and waves, so they brought the police in and ended up cuffing and questioning the guy. His friends were distraught as he was a pretty upstanding guy who simply was not aware. They let him go, but he'll probably never live it down. Grant, meanwhile, was digging the mandatory "beach hole to China" and oblivious.

Speaking of Grant, I lost my beloved Aqua Sphere goggles. They were up on my forehead and I ducked under a wave, and just like that they were gone. Amazingly, Grant found them for me!!

We spent some time in the pool doing "streamline" contests to see who could travel the furthest under water without a pullout. Spencer was the clear winner. I just don't have the same spring off the wall.

We are tired, sunburned, and happy!

En Route

From our balcony

A guy had just gotten "cuffed" behind Grant!

Modelling the Aqua Sphere goggles (race team sponsor)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Cort's new office!

My official job announcement will come out next week, but I'm already enjoying my new office! It's pretty casual. I can wear things like skirts, swim suits, gym clothes, and cycling shorts/jerseys. I wore a suit one day...well, a tri-suit. Bare feet are perfectly acceptable. There's even a nice guy who makes the coffee most days and takes the recycling and garbage away. Can't beat that!

My cubicle

My office mates

Coffee maker

Lunch room

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Kayaking at Clayor Lake

Spencer and I enjoyed a nice afternoon of kayaking on Claytor Lake with friends! The weather was a bit iffy, but we got in some good paddling....and a rainbow!