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This summer I haven’t written very much. The other day I wrote a haiku for the #haikuchallenge

Whole in attendance
Phone calls are inaccurate
Cannot seem to fix

As part of journalism class, Gretchen has had to open a twitter account @GsKing_owlfeed. She noticed my haiku the other day. Mom, you said I had a whole in attendance. Yes, kiddo, whole as intact. Somehow I got two phone calls last week stating she missed her first class on two separate days. Both teachers know she was in class, but somehow the attendance system has her marked unexcused absence. We’re working on fixing it, never thought it would be this difficult. The attendance officers seem to be unreachable. Speaking of never – today’s #haikuchallenge word.

Daughter reads haiku
does not like whole attendance
never been absent

On the plus side, no phone call last night. Yay! My daughter was in school. She let me read her first article for the newspaper. Mom was impressed. She is the editor for her section. Articles are due tomorrow, but she needs to edit them first. No one else has given her their piece. I told her, Next time make the due date earlier then it needs to be into the teacher. It’s all a learning curve.

Honda Fit or Clown Car

So over on Facebook, they show your On this day memories. Well last year, I wrote about Rachael’s first solo drive. This morning six friends stuffed into the car for the drive to ASU.

Carpool to school grows
Students pack in like sardines
Monday morning blues

The #haikuchallenge word today was blue. Not sure if they’d be blue due to the first day of the week or from the lack of breathing room.

Grandpa’s Guitar

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Grandpa Heintz and Rachael EMCC graduation

A long time ago, when we moved to Arizona my dad’s Martin guitar was included in the items we drove across the country. When I was in junior high, I took private lessons on the guitar and kinda inherited it. My husband has a Gibson Les Paul and a Fender. Every once in a while, we pull out the guitars to strum. Both girls always enjoyed tinkering on them.

Something I did not realize until we did high school registration for Gretchen at the end of July. She signed up to take guitar lessons this year. When Grandpa was here in May for Rachael’s graduations, he asked if we still had his guitar. Yes, though we don’t pull it out often. Well last week it was pulled out, because Gretchen needs to practice. They will be having a recital in December.

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Rachael dusting off guitar

No I don’t have a picture of Gretchen with the guitar. She is very good at avoiding the camera lens. After her first day of school on August 9th, I did sneak a picture of her as she fell asleep on the couch, being sophomoric is hard.😉 Shhh… she hasn’t noticed I posted the photo to Facebook nor my little tease. But I have every right after she decided to bite her thumb at me her freshman year (side effect of reading Romeo and Juliet). For those who would actually like to see a picture of a smiling Gretchen – First Day of School.

Guitar lessons on
Grandpa’s classic Martin gives
Unique peek to past

Summertime

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Rachael at Glacier National Park

Escape oven temps
Hike Glacier National Park
Sweet summertime snow

Last Tuesday the girls and I were eating dinner and Gretchen complained about her day spent cleaning. I said, Well I was busy doing laundry all day so your sister can pack. It’s good to clean for when you leave someday. You don’t want to live in a pigpen.

I’m leaving Sunday!?

Rachael laughs and I said, Oh yeah we’re sending Rachael off on Saturday and giving you the boot Sunday. Then Rachael said, She said someday.

Meanwhile Phoenix has been hot this summer. We’ve been 110 or higher more than average. On Father’s Day we hit 118! AND lost our electricity for a couple hours.

Sweet summertime sweat
Electricity cuts out
Hottest day of year

Phoenix ComiCon

 

Last year we skipped Phoenix ComiCon to attend Leprecon and to meet Dayton Ward. Yes, mom was a happy fan, but the girls found the other con somewhat lacking. This year we were back at the big ComiCon. I even got Rachael to answer questions about Frankenstein for a project by some people over at ASU.

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Gretchen and Rachael at Phoenix ComiCon

Phoenix ComiCon
Wheelchair will not slip through crowd
Dad abandons us

Both Rachael and Gretchen couldn’t wait to get dressed up as Attack on Titan characters. Rachael was able to attend two days of the con. On Friday they had an Attack on Titan cosplay meet up.

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Attack on Titan Meet Up Phoenix ComiCon

Meanwhile Gretchen was upset, because she didn’t have anything cool to wear on Saturday. Rachael told her she could wear the uniform and she’ll wear the suit. On Friday Rachael said a few people came up to her to ask where she bought her wig. They wanted to buy one, in a different color of course. Levi’s hair is black which if you were that well versed in Attack on Titan (Rachael is) why would one think she had the wrong color for a wig. Yeah, it’s her real hair.

High School Graduate

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Rachael and her pre-k teacher

Three year old pre-k
original teacher meets
high school graduate

Yes, this is my daughter posing with one of her preschool teachers, Mrs. Kunch. We haven’t seen her in 15 years since Rachael finished her first year of preschool. No one knew one of her classmates was from her first pre-k class. One of Rachael’s first teachers saw her graduate from high school. When she came up to us afterwards, of course we had to take a picture. The #haikuchallenge word on twitter today is original.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

One of my first double dactyls. And now my oldest is off to ASU in the fall and the little one finished her first year of high school with academic honors.

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I’m sure almost everyone recognizes the title of this post. Oh, the Places You’ll Go by: Dr. Seuss.  The month of May is here, once more, and as I write this post, my girls have only three weeks of school left.  Things here are going to get hectic, because both of my daughters are going places.  Gretchen will be moving up from elementary school to middle school.  Rachael will be moving up from middle school to high school.

Last month I accomplished writing at least one poem everyday.  Before the month ended, I was introduced to a new poetry form – double dactyl.

“A form of light verse invented and promoted by Paul Pascal, Anthony Hecht, and John Hollander. The double dactyl consists of two quatrains, each with three double-dactyl lines followed by a shorter dactyl-spondee pair. The two spondees rhyme. Additionally, the first line…

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Close-up

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My extreme close-up

Closer, closer still
closer – camera needs patch
Close-up collision

Yes, we went out on May 6 to First Friday and Shawn decided he needed an extreme close-up of me at 9 the gallery. I have no idea why. It was great to see his photo up in the NSFW exhibit. We had a great time at the Welcome Diner before the exhibit for dinner. Because of the rain, all the costumers gathered under the awning. We had a family dinner with strangers.

Rare rain in Phoenix
Strangers patch under awning
Instant family

Double Dactyl

Blankety Blankety
Veronica Hosking
Stressing on writing form
Double dactyl

Stretching her lexicon
Ubiquitously
Finding six syllable
Words to tractile

Hello everyone! Welcome to May. I survived #napowrimo writing more than 30 poems. This month is going to be a busy one for the Hosking family. On Friday May 6th, First Friday, my husband will have a photo on exhibit at the 9 gallery. He dropped it off yesterday and I texted him, I want seafood. He replied, I’ll see what I can do. I sent him a link to the Angry Crab Shack and the address of the Goodyear restaurant, thinking we could go for Mother’s day. A while later I get, What do you want? Seafood market prices it’s not going to be cheap. I know a bag of shrimp set me back $13. You’re there now? I LOVE you. Yes, he brought me home a bag of steamed shrimp and we shared it last night.

On May 12th, Rachael will be graduating from EMCC and then on the 18th, she graduates from AAEC. We have family coming from out of town. I spent a good portion of yesterday cleaning my bedroom. We have the dry wall repaired and Shawn moved the furniture back. He declined Parker and Sons doing the painting with our unique color scheme, they’d have to paint the whole bedroom. Mind you they would take care of moving furniture and such. But Shawn has so many knick knacks and trinkets decorating the room, he doesn’t want others moving everything. In the search of all my star trek books, I cleaned out under the bed. Oy vey, I don’t think Parker and Sons knew what they would have signed up for – dust bunnies were vanquished yesterday though. The company is supplying the paint for Shawn to repaint our bedroom though. Just sent in the color choice yesterday.

May 20th is Rachael’s 18th birthday and freshman orientation at ASU. Then May 28th is her graduations/birthday party at Nonnie’s house. If you don’t see many new posts from me this month, you know why.