Tuesdays are hard. I have school all day and then have to wait for Travis's bus to show up after school and then we go to the laundromat. At least I no longer have a double period, the last two periods of the day, with a co-worker that was my least favorite ever (I am trying to be delicate about this). Now I have no double periods on Tuesdays and no co-workers that I don't like. It's nice. But still, Tuesdays are hard.
I got a call from Travis's para as I was trying to leave school that his bus still hadn't arrived (they get out 10 minutes earlier than we do) and could I call Janet to do her magic. Janet is the special education secretary and I am convinced she really does have magical powers. I didn't have her phone number though, so I had to look it up and get in line to leave the parking lot. As I was creeping forward I got a text that the van finally showed up. They were going to be SO late...
I was not wrong. Travis didn't get home until a bit after 3:00. And we still had to go and do the laundry. But I had had plenty of time to prepare so was all ready to go. I worked on hairing doll heads this time around. There is not a lot of stuff I can get done while at the laundromat, but head hairing always works. So I got the 3 heads done for the 3 bendy neck dolls I am working on. Hopefully tomorrow I can get someone dressed. Or maybe get shirts, breeches and boots on a couple of dolls. We'll see what happens.
Today I also put Travis to work. Last week when I brought him a big stock of food for school I saw that he was folding laundry. That is one of his school chores/ life skills he works on. OK, we'll do it in real life. I separated out his stuff into a separate basket and he grumbled his way through folding.
Travis is not a folding expert just yet, but the clothes were folded AND sorted. I'll take it. I also am pretty proud of myself. I didn't do it for him when he didn't want to do it and I didn't refold his stuff. Except the pants that slithered out of the pile when I was moving it to the basket and the T-shirt I unfolded because I thought I gave him one of Ethan's. More laundry folding practice next week!I try really hard to let Travis have any measure of independence that I can. Which, sadly, isn't that much. He still needs to be with someone at all times. But when he chose to sit all the way across the laundromat from me, I didn't get upset. And maybe he just wanted to watch Judge Judy. You couldn't see the TV from where I was sitting (but I had a comfy couch!)
We also zipped to the town library while the clothes were washing. I really love that Mr. Lee provided a book list for his Anatomy and Physiology class. I read Death's Acre over the weekend, but I wanted to return that to the school library to give the students a chance to take it out if they want it. So I went to the town library and looked up book after book and finally found Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab. OK, I will read that one next. I told Mr. Lee my plan was to try and read all of them by the end of the year. Death's Acre was good, why not?I also spent some time messaging with Jennifer about the box of donations I sent for TJS. We went back and forth for a bit and then she said "I just found the handcuffs" and I laughed. A lot of people have asked me over the years why I have handcuffs. Really? It's because I FOUND 1:9 scale handcuffs, so obviously I had to buy them. I have never yet used them, but I do have several pairs. Jennifer was really excited and I mentioned I got them years ago at Joann's in the bead isle. She was afraid that they would not be in hers and I happened to already be going to Big Y, which is in the same plaza as Joann's and guess what I found:
I should have just bought all of them right on the spot because I imagine a lot of people probably need 1:9 scale handcuffs. And why not?
In other fun news, a girl who is in a couple of my classes said she and her friend were going to start making stuff (stickers... a bunch of other stuff I can't remember) and setting up a table to sell at a college. I said that sounded cool. What she really wanted was business advice! She asked what sorts of things they should know and do. I said, keep all your receipts and keep good records. Track mileage and if you have to pay a fee to set up somewhere, that is a business expense. I hope I remembered all the basics to tell her. But she remembered that I make dolls (I also shared some pictures in math for personal finance this morning) and that I have been doing it for years. It really makes me happy that I can help my students in a variety of ways. And this time, it was dolls that were the real help.