The first AOS event was a huge success! Of the 80-ish people who signed up for our announcements list, about 28-30 showed up to our Social! I met some really nice people, and tried very hard to talk to everyone who was new to me, but I'm sure I missed some folks. Brendan and I didn't get to eat anything until the Social was nearly over, we were so busy talking and mingling and introducing, etc.
The peopleguy I spoke to at the restaurant when I was arranging things told me "Tuesday nights were pretty dead anyway" so not to fear we'd have a lot of room in the open area near the bar. She must have told that to the other large group, too--it was really crowded. But that's okay, one of the guys at that other event wandered over to us later that evening after his original group was dissipating and joined us! How's that for increasing membership? They do have a room available for reservation, and I heard from many there that they might be interested in trying that, so we'll give that a try next time, just to see how we like the change.
Now that things are officially up and running with AOS, I'm going to hand off chunks of the responsibility to some willing folks, which is good, because I need to get some of this information out of my head and tasks off of my task-list. I knew this would be a lot of work at the beginning, and as different pieces get going it will continue to be somewhat labor-intensive, but I have so many other things I want to do in my life, too, so I'm happy to share the labor as much as I can. And I'm really happy that I know so many awesome people who are willing to
So there was that. But this week was also a week in which we had homeschool co-op; homeschool soccer started up (both Ryan and Morgan are playing this time); Ryan decided to drop taekwondo for a little while (which will free up quite a bit of time for all of us); Sean caught yet another cold; Daylight Savings Time happened (which meant the kids were super-difficult to get to bed at night because they are all creatures of routine and even one hour's difference screws us all up); Ryan finally figured out what he wants to do for his birthday so we planned that; I gave Morgan her first piano lessons; we took a trip up to the cabin to get it ready finally for the new cabin peopleguys and hand over the cabin keys to the new cabin peopleguys; I did even more cabin-related things (and I'm so happy we have new cabin peopleguys, even though I still even MORE stuff to do for the transition!); oh . . . and a zillion other things.
Some interesting links to tide you over until I can write again (very soon, I hope!):
- The latest Objectivist Round Up is over at The Little Things!
- Diana has a new project: Modern Paleo! Very cool.
- I'm distressed about the healthcare stuff to no end, even though some would say I ought to be thanking the rest of America for being willing to pay for Brendan's Type 1 diabetes, a very expensive chronic condition to be saddled with . . . . I was encouraged to read that there's at least one state in the Union that is prepared to fight this! All hope is not lost!
Busy. But happily busy! :o) Life is good.