- Last week we got Erica her first laptop computer and she has been glued to the thing for many hours since. Someone in the neighborhood has left their WiFi open so she's thieving. (Maybe I shouldn't have said that!)
- We also spent some time on the website for ASU (Arizona State University), where she has been accepted for Spring. There is a calculator to estimate the expenses given the student's situation. Non-residents pay an incredible $844 PER UNIT for classes. That means close to ten grand just for classes if she takes 12 units per semester. Gulp. No wonder universities are happy to admit out of state students!
- This news sent me into a tailspin but talking yesterday to my co-worker about grants, scholarships, student loans, etc brought me back up. Now for the avalanche of paperwork to apply for all of this and get the cheapest or free money we can. I was buoyed also by the thought that she will enter as a junior, and she will also be our only college student in the family, most likely. It is worth it!
- Traffic rant of the week: Uh-oh, the traffic is slowing down up ahead on the freeway, what's happening? Poke along, poke along. Hmm, absolutely nothing is happening ON the freeway, but there is some work on the shoulder. Note to looky-loos: You're clogging up the freeway! Just keep going AND STOP LOOKING!
- Finally, Grant called me downstairs yesterday morning to point out something in the backyard:
The sun was hitting this web just like a spotlight.
Pretty impressively big! That's a 6 foot fence in the background. I love the floating leaf caught in the web.
The spider was even more impressive. He/she had a body probably as big as a nickel or quarter--I don't know what kind of spider it was. Grant blew on the web and the spider scuttled up to towards the tree branch. The spider had to start all over again shortly after that because the sprinklers came on. I'll have to remember to watch for another web if I walk out there again anytime soon!