So what's been going on in the couple of weeks since I last posted?
The biggest thing first, I guess. Raider King has moved in with us, so we're now a family of five. We can only offer him a couch, but by gosh, it's a comfortable couch! ;-) He's got a full time job and is saving his pennies to get his own (shared) place, hopefully by the end of November. At least that's his goal. He's more than welcome to stay with us longer, if needs be.
Eldest had her first job interview. She showed up a bit early, only to be told they'd phoned to reschedule for an hour and a half later. Except she never got the call. She had her cell phone with her, and there were no missed calls, nor was there any message on the home phone when we got back, so I don't know what happened there. She's not too impressed with herself over the interview, but we find out next week if she's got the job or not. Getting a first job from a first resume drop off and first interview would be quite the thing. Raider King dropped off more than 70 resumes before he got any calls, and for the job he did get, he took full advantage of their desperation for staff. *L* So we'll see how that works out. There's time.
Youngest, after saving up her allowance and birthday money for almost a year, finally bought herself an acoustic guitar. In fact, after trying different ones, she was able to get a guitar and soft case (with back-pack straps), with money left over. She was planning to figure out how to play on her own, but things didn't work out as expected, so we'll be looking into lessons for her. I was really happy with the store we bought it from, and the salesman that helped us . I'd made a point of telling her she didn't have to get the first one that caught her eye, and that we could look in different stores, take time to think about it, etc. What had me convinced that this store was the right place to buy from was then the guy started listing the lifetime care they give to any guitar they sell. There's an automatic one year warranty with every sale, but they will also do free tuning, neck adjustments, string changes, and so on, for the lifetime of the guitar. Then, when we started asking about picks (we made a point of telling him from the start that we knew nothing about guitars), he ended up giving Youngest one each of all the different types of picks they carried. Picks don't cost a lot, but we're still looking at about $10 in free picks. Then he tuned the guitar, polished it, and showed her how to place it in the case, putting the neck support where it belonged for her in the process.
She was so happy! :-)
Ah, well. I tried. Time to stop writing. Dh is waiting his turn on the computer. *L*
I'll catch up again later.