We Survived High School Walk Through

Back in January, we registered Gretchen for the regular public school, Agua Fria. They told us about the walk through before the school year begins, but no one told me the hassle it would be. Yesterday was the scheduled time for freshmen and seniors. I thought we could go before 10am dentist appointments. We arrived at 8am and by 8:30 were no where near getting in. The person handing out tickets, signed our ticket and said we could come back tomorrow.

Again today we were up bright and early. Shawn saw on friends’ Facebook pages the line was already big before the doors opened at 7:30am! We left the house even earlier this morning, but our time in Disneyland proved to work well. The signed ticket from yesterday got us to the front of the line. Yes, folks we got a fast pass for high school registration.

Freshman year schedule

Freshman year schedule

My german girl is taking German 1; she’s excited. We got cafeteria info, parentvue info and Gretchen got her school ID and we came home. Our timing was perfect because I turned on Good Morning America hoping to catch the Ruffino/Diamond story. It came on less than 5 minutes later.

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My friend, Laura Ruffino and her husband, adopted Liz Diamond’s 4 girls after Liz lost her battle with brain cancer. I dedicated a poem to Liz during napowrimo – I Felt a Funeral in My Brain.

Here is the online fundraising page for anyone who would like to help the Ruffino/Diamond family. It is a very inspiring story from tragic circumstances.

And now I think I can recoup from vacation before school officially starts August 3rd.

Diamond Jubilee

Disneyland 60 Year Celebration

Disneyland
Imaginative
Adventurous
Mickey Mouse
Overjoyed
Noteworthy
Dream vacation

We are back from our trip to California. We left Saturday July 11 and spent a couple nights at Newport Beach. I made the mistake of putting sunscreen on while I was wearing shoes. Sunday night, I had very crispy red feet. We had dinner at the Crab Cooker that night. Gretchen was brave enough to try some clam chowder. She is not a seafood lover. Her meal consisted of the tomato slices that came with my crab cakes.

Monday we drove over to Laguna Beach and then San Juan Capistrano Mission. In the evening we checked into the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Yes, my hubby spoils me. He knows I’m not good at walking long distances and the Californian has its own private entrance to California Adventure. They also have a viewing balcony for the light show in the park. Monday night we checked out the Lego store in downtown Disney; had dinner at the Storyteller Cafe and then went up to the balcony to check out the 10pm light show. Shawn rented a wheelchair. I let Gretchen sit in it on the balcony (it has no seats) and by the end of the show, my foot was throbbing. Back in the room we found out why as I took off my shoes and socks, my right foot had a huge bulbous pus blister where it was burned.

Needless to say, Mom was in the wheelchair come Tuesday morning and we hit the parks for the first day. Last time we went to Disneyland happened to be a week before Carsland opened. We headed over there first and lucked out with only a half hour wait for the racers ride. We spent the morning and early afternoon in California Adventure and then went back to the hotel to rest. Then in the evening we spent time in Magic Kingdom. The first night there we got some great seats for the Fantasmic Show. Since my blister popped, I let Gretchen use the wheelchair. It was nice to have a bench to sit and rest my feet during the show. Wednesday was a repeat – California Adventure, hotel, Magic Kingdom. We lucked out again. After we got off the river cruise, the girls wanted more Bengal barbecue and as we were eating Indiana Jones opened up again and we were able to walk right on.

Wednesday night we went over to the Matterhorn. It’s never been open the other two times we were in Disneyland. Gretchen did not want to go on. We set up to watch the Electric Parade instead before heading back to the hotel. Thursday morning Rachael and Dad woke up early to tame the Matterhorn, extra magic hour hotel guests have we haven’t used because Gretchen doesn’t wake up early. Then we all went to the Magic Kingdom and we finished off our three day park hopper in California Adventure. We made the last Grizzly run and got soaked. The private hotel entrance is right across from the ride. We went back to the hotel. Shawn wanted to sit by the fire and dry, but the girls were tired. We brought them up to the room and then Shawn and I went back down to the lobby to enjoy the fire, a glass of wine and some alone time for our last night.

Veronica by Veronica Hosking (All About My Name Poetry Series)

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Thanks, Melanie.

Originally posted on Silver Birch Press:

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Veronica
by Veronica Hosking

Very
Excited
Ron Jr.
Obstacle
Namesake
Irrefutable
Conceived
A girl!

PHOTOGRAPH: Veronica Hosking as a teen with her father Ron.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: My mom and dad had two girls. Seven years after their second daughter was born, they decided to try a third time for a boy. My mom grew rather large with baby number three and kept saying it was her “big, baby boy.” It turned out to be identical twin girls. Well dad still wanted a junior. My name was almost Ronalda. Thanks to my mom who remembered Archie Comics and Veronica’s nickname being Roni, Ron, Jr., became Veronica. And yes, I answer to Ron.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Veronica Hosking is a wife, mother, and poet. She lives in the desert southwest with her husband and two daughters. Her family and day job, cleaning the house…

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Adventure in Podiatry

Gretchen hanging out with her big sister in pre-op

Gretchen hanging out with her big sister in pre-op

Stories unfold with
Untold imagination
Creative outlet

Last week it was back to the podiatrist. When Gretchen was in 6th grade she had surgery on her right ankle to help it pivot better. She is missing the subtalar joint in that ankle. She also suffers from flat feet. After the surgery and physical therapy, we haven’t been to the podiatrist since March of 2013. The start of high school is less than a month away, and PE is a mandatory class. In middle school we had Gretchen switched from PE to choir. Now she needs a doctor’s note to get out of PE.

The reason she cannot participate in PE – she has a physical deformity. Yes, that is the reason the doctor gave on the form.

PE restriction
Physical deformity
of ankle untold

In other news, Gretchen has told me she has finally figured out how to continue her fanfic.

Strange New Worlds

I’ve always enjoyed writing. Way back when (1988) I won honorable mention for a story I wrote and submitted to a contest held by OWL magazine. My prize an autographed copy of Animalia by Graeme Base. So cool I still have the book in my library. But after that I stopped submitting pieces to editors and/or contests. Then I picked up the first volume of Strange New Worlds. The editors over at pocket books opened up a writing contest to Star Trek fans and they published the winning stories in an anthology!

No I did not start submitting stories right away. I was busy mothering a baby girl and then a second one came along. But in 2002 when I had one off in pre-k and getting bored at only being a stay-at-home mom, you guessed it. I was going to give writing and submitting to actual editors a go. I found a SNW (Strange New Worlds) writing critique group online. Filled with want to be, current and previous writers of the anthology. One of those writers was Dayton Ward.

I never made it into the Strange New Worlds anthology. But the first year I submitted, I also submitted a creative nonfiction story to a different anthology. To my amazement, joy and a little disbelief, I sold my first story! I continued to submit to Strange New Worlds while it was open. I made the second read pile often, but the best part of my Trek geekiness was the other writers I met in the critique group. Obviously I moved on, and began writing what I know. Who would have thought the advice Beverly Cleary gave in Dear Mr. Henshaw would prove to work. I still kept in touch with Dayton. I even sent him the lecture notes Rachael’s teacher gave his class the last day of school a year ago. My geekiness rubbed off well, because when the teacher asked the name of the ship capable of warp 5, Rachael raised her hand, Enterprise.

She recognized the Star Trek universe. The rest of the class… when she was told correct, the class thought the teacher was giving a real history lesson the last day of school. Yes, the subject was history. ;) never mind the dates on the board haven’t even arrived yet.

Meeting Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore

Meeting Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore

When I heard Dayton was going to be in Phoenix for the Leprecon, of course I got tickets. Gretchen was excited to meet a real life author. Hello, mom is chopped liver. She even asked if there would be paparazzi following him. The girl met John Barrowman last year sans paparazzi still I was happy she put writers on a pedestal higher than actors. As you can see above, I brought my own paparazzi (aka my hubby). He posted the release of The Great Gatsby Anthology on his Facebook wall and now people want signed copies. Yes, definitely feeling like chopped liver here. Gretchen met a real life author and didn’t have a thing to ask. She is taking after her mother, starting off writing fan fiction. Shhh… I probably already said too much.

Summer Break

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything on my blog. Summer break is almost at the midway point here. Rachael only has one more week left of her summer course. Next weekend we will be headed to Leprecon 41. I know I said Gretchen and I would be sitting on our hands until July when we finally get to go out of town, but I’ve been quiet busy with my day job. Lots to do as a stay-at-home mom when  children are home all day. Plus I’ve been proofing pages for The Great Gatsby Anthology. The first one to have a poem by me and my husband. Silver Birch Press has been sending emails for checks and rechecks. And my hubby is amazed at the work involved (not to mention it was almost a year ago since submissions were sent) he is also amazed at the time involved with publishing. I told him, imagine proofing an entire book not just your contribution. Also Silver Birch Press has been publishing some great poetry/photography series in the meantime. I have enjoyed working with them since they published my first piece last July.

Great Gatsby Anthology Cover

Great Gatsby Anthology Cover

June turns to July
Words whisper left unwritten
Caught on summer break

What’s in a Name?

Gretchen

Great job
Reaching the end of
Eighth grade
Time passes quickly
Culminating years prove
How much you’ve grown
Eager to commence
Next chapter in life

gretchen 8th grade promotion

Back in April I wrote about the Peace Bridge. It was a piece I was working on that happened to fit the napowrimo prompt that day. No, I did not submit to the bridge submission call? Did anyone reading this submit one? My youngest graduated from 8th grade on May 21st and I did write her a praise poem instead of a letter. The day before, May 20th was Rachael’s 17th birthday. We were scrambling to replace her summer class as the photography one she was enrolled in was cancelled.

Now Rachael is busy with her new summer class – psych 101; dad just returned from a business trip to Cali; and Gretchen and I are sitting on our hands waiting for July. Gretchen Hosking, you’re an eighth grade graduate, now what? I’m going to Disneyland :D

Summer vacation
travel plans to Disneyland
diamond jubilee

If you enjoy name acrostics, keep on eye on Silver Birch Press. You could learn how I came across my name.

Science Fair

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Mix soap and water
Blow bubble, measure thickness
Eighth grade science fair

Last night was the eighth grade science fair. And the winner is: Deflate Gate. A clever student who measured air pressure in footballs to determine the ideal amount for passing. Actually there was more than one project measuring air in footballs. One student filled a football with helium to see the difference between throwing a ball with it vs. air.

Gretchen’s project was original no one else measured bubble thickness. She did not have the equation she used to get her results on the poster. Probably would have helped with understanding the numbers. It wasn’t all that well attended last night anyway. :(

Today’s #haikuchallenge word is mix. It worked well for mom to write a poem on her project.

Happy Mother’s Day

My mom in silhouette

My mom in silhouette

Portrait of Motherhood

A portrait of motherhood
Working day and night
No rest in sight
Keeping children content
Oftentimes overlooked

Making everything right
A portrait of motherhood
To persevere despite
Who answers the call
Often times overlooked

Ready at a moment’s notice
To correct any slight
A portrait of motherhood
Who is this white knight
Oftentimes overlooked

She is cook, nurse, maid
Moving at the speed of light
Who carries this might
A portrait of motherhood
Oftentimes overlooked

Working day and night
Oftentimes overlooked
Keeping children content
No rest in sight
A portrait of motherhood

Published in MaMaZinA spring/summer 2011