So last week my son graduated from University. Again! *sorry B, had to do it!*
The photo above is from his first 4 years. Last week he received his Masters in Creative Writing. He will be off to Calgary in September to work on PHD, also in Creative Writing. At this point I think his career is Professional Student. But it’s all good because he’s doing what he loves to do. I always told my kids to pick a career they love to bits. If you have to do something every day for the rest of your life you better LOVE it. It was really important to me that both the kids go to University. So to see all the years of B-Dude’s hard work paying off is an amazing thing. In August we’ll be driving him out to Calgary to start life on his own. I’m sure he’s ready. I mean I’ve raised these kids to be smart, well-behaved, stand up citizens right.
Life is always a roller coaster ride with B-Dude. He makes life interesting. He’s typically a very happy-go-lucky kind of guy. He is far too intelligent, has hyper communication skills, can out talk any person on the planet and is seriously fascinated with bugs. Plus the dude hums like there’s no tomorrow. Yup, that’s my boy. So I am certain he will do well out on his own. Even though I don’t really want him to go. To me he’s still a little kid, I just cannot wrap my head around him being out on his own.
The thing about our kids is that while it’s hard to let them go you know you must do it. You want them to grow up and be their own person. But the reality of that is they move away then you miss them. I’ve spent almost 24 years being an at home mom so the thought of one of them leaving just kills me. It’s the right thing for him though. He needs to spread his wings, make his mark on the world. So I’ll be supportive and drive him out there. Then probably come unhinged when it comes time to leave him there. It’s in the mom handbook to cry and embarrass our kids as much as humanly possible. I’ve done it on occasion. So it’s nothing new.
I remember B-Dude’s grade 8 graduation. We had been through a lot that year and after the ceremony he made his way through every one to hug me. I’m not going to lie. I was reduced to a puddle. My dad laughed his butt off at me as I’m not a crier. So it was funny to see me lose it a little bit. Okay a lot. I was just so proud of him. As I always am. He’s grown into a great man. You can’t ask for more than that as a mom. He’s kind, thoughtful, with just a touch of lunatic in him.
So HAPPY GRADUATION B-DUDE! I am so proud of you for going for what you want in life. One day you’ll be rich and famous and I can finally live the life I’ve grown accustomed to in my dreams. So get out there man, make your fortune. Then come home and spoil your mother. *giggles*
Okay so now that I’ve fully embarrassed my son let’s move on.
First a quick announcement. I moved Lunatic Loves These Links to Tuesday this week. Here’s the dealio. I am participating in Meatless Mondays. I’ve always dabbled in them but I decided to join the group and will post those on Monday obviously. Probably twice a month as I like to take the occasional Monday off blogging. Anyhow I do Give a Girl A Grill on Tuesdays and it just seems uncool to place a grilling recipe next to the Meatless Monday post. It was freaking me out a little so I actually didn’t post Give a Girl a Grill last week. I do a balanced approach to eating. Once or twice a week we eat meatless, but other days we eat meat. I just didn’t like the idea of someone visiting the blog and Meatless Monday is next to a steak. So to be mindful I am moving that to Thursday just so there’s a gap and no one whose a vegan or vegetarian would be offended. I know, I overthink things right. It’s okay. I feel better doing it this way. Everyone knows I eat some meat so that’s not an issue. I just want to be mindful of my visitors. So from here on out Lunatic Loves These Links will go up on Tuesdays and Give a Girl a Grill will go up on Thursdays. Thanks for understanding the changes.
Also I will announce the winner of the cookie jar this week. I had some challenges with that giveaway. I do not think people realize that if you enter a giveaway and say you are tweeting about it or following someone you are actually supposed to um, tweet and follow. So it was an interesting draw. I’ll announce the winner publicly this week. So excited for the winner to get their cookie jar. I just love mine to bits.
Okay so on with Lunatic Loves These Links. Hope you enjoy!
WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO THIS WEEK (CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO GET TO THE RECIPE):
LUNATIC’S BAKER’S DOZEN BOOKMARKS:
From Cupcakes to Caviar- Sticky Zesty Thai Seasoned Glazed Spareribs
The Little Ferraro Kitchen- Roasted Cauliflower with Penne
Domestic Fits- Watermelon Stars
The Beeroness- Drunken Strawberry Tart with Beer Lemon Curd
The Shiksa- Italian Roasted Cauliflower
The Ardent Epicure- Roasted Potatoes with Garlic and Herb Feta
Dine and Dish- Cherry Cream Coffee Cake
Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts- Nutella Magic Shell
Buttercream Blondie- Bourbon Pecan Cookie Dough Banana Bread
That Skinny Chick Can Bake- Fresh Strawberry Cake
Generation Y Foodie- Moroccan Three Grain Salad
Eat.Live.Travel.Write- Favourite Twice Baked Potatoes
LUNATIC’S PICK FOR OUTSTANDING RECIPE:
Bake Your Day- Birthday Layer Cake
LUNATIC WILL BE MAKING AS SOON AS SHE GOES TO THE STORE:
Confessions of a Cookbook Queen- Cherry Cheesecake Cookies
More Ice Cream
A little somethun, somethun on the grill!
And possibly more pie!
Hm, wonder why my pants don’t fit….
Toodles and smoochies! xx