A brief rundown of what my life looks like these days. Last updated August 20, 2022.
This past week was the first week of school, which means we officially have a high school student. We’ve been homeschooling our oldest for the last few years — or rather, my wife has been homeschooling, because she’s awesome — and we fully expected him to do a mix of public and homeschool for his freshman year. But one day, he surprised us and told us that he had registered for public school full-time, I think, because of all of the cool class opportunities. For example, he’s taking a culinary arts class this semester, and is looking forward to taking some classes in video production and editing and photography (to name a few).
Another first: our oldest got his first job this summer, roguing in corn fields. I had no idea what roguing is, but it’s basically weeding, i.e., cutting down or removing plants that are growing where they shouldn’t be. The job required waking up at 4:30am, getting bussed out to the fields at 5:30am, working working 6 – 8 hours regardless of the weather (which was almost always hot and humid, Nebraska-style), coming home and collapsing in exhaustion, and then doing it again the next day, Monday-Saturday. But he stuck it out and didn’t miss a single day. Needless to say, we’re extremely proud of him. It was fun to see him get his first paycheck, which led to some really eye-opening (for him) discussions about work, money, and of course, taxes. (He’s not a fan.)
We had one of our most successful gardening summers this year. I’m not much of a plant person, but one thing that really helped was using wheeled planters on our deck. Our tomato and zucchini plants have provided a steady stream of produce, and though I’m not a big zucchini fan, my wife makes a truly excellent chocolate zucchini cake. We’ve also a true abundance of basil and other herbs, which means we’ve been enjoying a lot of homemade pesto. We’ve also been enjoying various simple syrups, which add that extra little something to various beverages.