T minus 2 days and counting…

School lets out this Friday, but Summer broke out from its restraints a week ago as the pool opened and swim team started up. RocketBoy has been doing double swimming duty as he finishes up his YMCA class and starts daily swim practice for the Ragin’ Rays.

He shifts into the 8 & Under this year, but is mired in the Rising Eights group, as he hadn’t mastered Butterfly or Breaststroke by the trials. He seems to have breaststroke under control now, and his form is much better than last year.

Final Cub Scout pack meeting is this Thursday, and he should receive a batch of belt loop badges and a Chess Pin.

Scout is in her second week of the new preschool and seems to be adapting fairly well. steakums reports she chatters a mile a minute on the ride home. She is also in YMCA swim classes and seems to get a kick out of those, too. Her last Music Class was last Sunday, and hopefully she won’t ask to do them again, because we are more or less done with Music Class, as parents. I enjoy how much she enjoys it, and she does, but I’m ready for her to branch out.

RocketBoy has, after much anticipation, received his new bunkbed, with foldout futon on the bottom and twin on top. Unfortunately, he is finding both levels uncomfortable. The bottom, I assume because it’s a thin futon, but the top is just because “it’s weird being so high.” So, we’ve got a puzzle to solve there. Perhaps we need to remove a pea or something.

Rocketboy will be mostly with a nanny this summer, and she has started by picking him up from school this week and taking him to swim team practice, which saves me (and steakums) from the shifted-work-schedule I was doing (7-4). I enjoyed leaving early and swimming while Rocketboy did his thing, but it left steakums solely responsible for getting kids out the door in the morning, which is not a simple matter for two adults.

The nanny is SUPER COOL and knows ALL ABOUT POKEMON and EVEN HAS A COLLECTION and BOUGHT HIM A LOLLIPOP AT THE POOL and OHMIGOD.

I broke down today and ordered the D&D Basic Game (2006). Learning to play the Pokemon game with RocketBoy awakened some long, looong dormant inner TSR geek and the cool figures and simplicity of the Basic Game have acted like a siren song for several weeks now.

I’ve also been working on a couple WebComic ideas for a few months now. The first few pages are taking an eternity to complete for lack of good long stretches of time to work on them. You want to do about 20-30 minutes of warmup before doing actual drawing, and I’m lucky to get 20 minutes total at a time. But, I’ve got no deadline. The beach. I look forward to the beach, for its somewhat copious amounts of free time.