Boots and Baristas…Twelve days and counting.

img_0563No one has ever had as much fun in a part-time job as much as this guy. He cracks me up. He loves going to work every day and the people at work have been teaching him to be a Barista which is funny because his job finishes tomorrow. If I had to get up at 4:45am to go and make avocado toast for overprivileged brats or wash dishes I would be less than pleasant. He does not even leave when his shift is done so he can hang out with the people that work there.

Yesterday he finally got his dorm assignment. He is thrilled with the assignment. He is getting to live his dream. He will actually be living on Broadway in the artsy farty dorm building. He will find his tribe for sure. He has a two-person room so he only has to share a bathroom with one guy. The only worry is that there is no dining hall in that building and I do not trust him to eat enough. His skinny butt cannot afford to miss meals. He has to go to other buildings to get dinner. aa6ffa18-2cd9-4a4f-842d-c65af18528fbWe had to buy a few items of clothing for ourselves and so I got to buy snow boots for the trip. Actually nice and warm and I could probably use them here for the rainy season.

I actually got to sleep before midnight last night and I slept until 6 am and then I actually fell asleep again and then woke up at 10:45am. I feel a little human again but that churning anxiety is still under the surface…bubbling like hot lava. I want to go out this afternoon and buy the paper goods and snacks for his farewell party on Saturday. We are moving it to my sister’s house because it makes it easier for everyone. That way nana and papa do not have to travel here if it is raining. We booked our hotel last night. Nice and close to the dorms. We will be able to go shopping for necessities. His dorm room has even got place for a fridge and microwave. I think he has more closet space in that room than he has here at home. I told lovie that we did not need to do any touristy stuff but I think I want to go to MJ Trimmings again. That store is AMAZING. Walls and Walls of ribbons and patches and buttons…heaven. img_8393

Darn, this is tough on a parent. We are taking the strain. I know his dad is feeling it too. You raise them to leave but shit it is harder than you think. I wish I would have known this years ago. “Actual” Jean told me to be prepared two years ago but I wish I had known this 8 years ago. I know that I have made changes to have something for myself and I am still struggling. I am almost finished with my Digital Art and Animation degree and I am trying to formulate a way to get this business idea of mine off the ground. It is all stuttering and spluttering but I think I can get there eventually. Yesterday I started looking at some math classes on Khan Academy. I am amused at the prospect of actually having to pass two math classes in the next two semesters if I want to finish this degree. Heaven help me and my live-in tutor. Mr “Three degrees from MIT” has his work cut out for him. LOL.

I have been watching the weather in Manhattan and I have noticed that it is getting colder and colder. Oh Lord, this is going to be fun.



I feel so funky

copyright50dressesI did not realize that I had not written since Tuesday. I meant to report back that not Jean went from being Not Jean to Almost Jean…LOL….Therapy was helpful this week. I went to the south bay on Friday and went to breakfast with two of my girlies and Nana and my sister. We went to this cute diner. Restorative yoga was so rejuvenating on Friday night. I really needed it. Yesterday we had a quiet day at home, and the kiddo went out to be with his original wolfpack(7 kids he has known since Kindergarten) and lovie, and I went out for Peruvian dinner. It is a lovely cuisine. We love our ethnic food. I spent the last few days working on two designs for fabric design, competitions on The design above is my entry for a 1950s theme. The design below is for the 1960s design competition. coopyrightgroovysixtiesblack

I think that this week I need to start working on fall and holiday designs for scarves. In my last blog, I mentioned that I cut out 6 little dresses. This is the first one that I have completed. I am working on the second one at the moment.IMG_1409

On Tuesday I start school. Tomorrow I am going to try out Iyengar yoga tomorrow morning. It is partially done on a belt system that is attached to the wall. I am not sure if I am capable but I am going to give it a try. Yoga does seem to help with the anxiety, even it is a little relief.

I have been having a lot of trouble sleeping so my Dr gave me a sleeping tablet.  I have been relying on taking children’s Dimetapp as a sleep aid..Do not laugh! It actually works very well. The first night I took a half a sleeping tablet….Nothing. Second night a whole tablet…..Nothing. So when I saw her on Saturday I told her that the tablets were useless. She told me to take two. So last night I decided to give it a try. It took a while to work but I did conk out for the night. However, I have a massive sleep hangover today. I do not think I slept enough and I feel like I am sedated today. This evening I feel like I am ready to go and sleep and it is just past 6:30pm. I can’t win.

The kiddo is heading into his first 29 hour week at last. I think he is a little wistful as tomorrow his high school buddies go back to school and I think he is sad that he is not there. That kid loved his high school experience. He is enjoying his little coffee shop gig. I think for a boy who has led a very cushy life it is good for him to get his hands dirty. He has mainly been a floater and washed a lot of dishes in the past week. Ironically he is the official dishwasher specialist in this house.

I hope to get in more swimming this week. I have been 3 times now and love it. It will be too cold soon so I better take advantage of it. I have a busier week than I have had this summer. I am not doing any farmers markets until the end of the month. In two weeks time my niece, Georgie is off to college. We are making it a family affair. I am taking Nana and the kiddo to help her move in with her mama. I know that I am going to cry. We are all going to cry. I love that girl so much.

Here we head into a new week. May you have a stressfree and enjoyable week.