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What’s that they say about the best laid plans? I sure wish they wouldn’t say it.

As you astute readers may have already guessed, I learned this morning that tomorrow’s long-awaited scans need to be rescheduled. And I’m not using that word “long-awaited’ lightly. We’ve been waiting for these since July 30, 2007.

The radiologist who does all of Austin’s ultrasounds is unexpectedly out of the hospital until Monday. Usually, some other doctor could take over that function but Austin’s kidney is so misshapen and, well, abnormal that we really need the one guy who’s familiar with it to do this all-important scan. Otherwise, we’d end up with a messy reading and wishy-washy results and then they’d probably want to do it again in a few weeks.

I’ve known for a few hours now and have stopped muttering swear words under my breath and am instead trying to view this in the grand scheme of things. Yet another slight detour on the endlessly curving road to wellness. Of course, it does not ultimately matter whether Austin has his two-year scans tomorrow or on Monday (which is when they’re now happening). But goddammit! I was ready. I was excited. We had the evening cleared (a rarity) so we could relax and enjoy a nice celebratory dinner as a family without one or the other of us needing to rush off to a meeting or practice or whatever we’ll have to rush off to on Monday.  The day was set: Braedan was invited to a friend’s house, I’d given away Austin’s slot at lunch bunch so we could head straight to the hospital after his morning at school.  And now? Maybe we’ll just all play hooky and go to the zoo or something.

And set our sights on May 7.

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And so it begins. Tomorrow is the Kick Off for the Young Authors Conference at Fairfax.  I have an author coming in from Columbus who will do three repeat assemblies in the morning, one for kindergarten and 1st graders, one for 2nd and 3rd and another for 4th and 5th.  This will include her interactive game “The Inside Track to Creative Writing.” Then eight lucky 4th and 5th graders will have lunch with her (and moi) and another 24 will attend a one-hour writing workshop int he afternoon.

I will then spend most of the month in the building, working with individual children on their stories or teaching mini-lessons on writing. I will also be coordinating an army of volunteers who will be visiting the classrooms for several weeks. By the end of the month, we will have 392 typed, illustrated and bound books.

And then in my spare time, I am co-chairing a fabulous event for Family Connections on May 12. Every single one of you is invited and strongly encouraged to attend. It’s an adult carnival (not as racy as that sounds though, I promise … or I’m sorry) with, among other things, a Wine Pull Ring Toss, Hula Hoop Contest and juggling/fire-eating act.  Click here for tickets.

And then on May 21, we’re hosting a fundraiser for Cullen Sweeney, the Democratic judicial candidate for Court of Common Pleas, who runs in the same legal circles as Mark. You’re all invited to that too — with your children.

And, this one is exciting, I will be a guest blogger on Mother’s Day on Melinda Roberts’ The Mommy Blog, an author and one of the original “Mommy Bloggers” (she’s been around since 2002 — I didn’t even know what blogging was then!) and the recipient of all sorts of impressive media attention and awards.

And I was just asked to be the speaker at a Circle of Friends event to benefit Rainbow on May 25.

And then there’s baseball practice twice a week and eventually games, end-of-the-year picnics, PTA meetings, art shows and teacher appreciation brunches calling for homemade muffins.

And, of course, we must throw in this Thursday’s Big Scans.

So, if you see me on May 31 and I’m still standing and speaking in complete sentences, consider it a mission accomplished. And know that in June, I’m doing a whole lotta NOTHIN’.

I see many of you have taken a virtual tour of our house.  Looks pretty nice, doesn’t it? I must say, those wide-angle lenses are remarkable because there are some rooms I barely recognize!  No movement yet but hopefully this weekend’s Open House will be productive. Of course, it’s supposed to be the hottest day we’ve had yet this summer!  Mark wants to put out a bucket of ice cold water bottles for everyone who comes through. Not a bad idea . . .

A lot of you have asked about the new house and our timeline for moving. If anything were set in stone, I’d have already let you know! But we do take possession on September 17 and then work will begin the following Monday. We had originally planned to redo the entire kitchen and mudroom plus a major renovation on the second floor to create a master suite (new bath and walk-in closets) out of two smaller rooms and an existing bath in desperate need of updating. Oh, plus refinish the hardwood floors and paint most of the rooms. But when we got the estimates in from our various contractors, they were all well over what we’d hoped to spend. Well, no they were about exactly what we hoped to spend but included the labor only leaving nothing for those little expenses like cabinets and countertops and appliances. Imagine that — my vision outpaced my budget!

So, we’ve decided to scale back quite a bit and do this in stages, with stage 1 being the kitchen/ mudroom/laundry plus basics like flooring and painting. The master suite will take place sometime next summer. I’ve had to go through a bit of a mourning period since I’d already gotten very attached to the walk-in closet and sanctuary-like bathroom that existed only in my mind. We’ll still have our own bathroom though, which is a big plus.

As I’ve learned from my new obsession with all things HGTV, renovations never seem to stay on schedule but we are hoping to be moved in before Thanksgiving. I have a feeling that the next few months of this blog will be dominated by this project (as will the next few months of our lives). I will try to keep you entertained with many before and after photos!

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