R and I had a successful visit from his mom. Before she came, poor boy was so incredibly stressed out; I'd never seen him that bad. He was super cranky and bitchy (but would apologize if I called him out on it) and generally miserable to be around. Of course, I was expecting terrible things to happen. None of them did.
Marti arrived pretty late Wednesday night; she'd been stuck in traffic outside of Willits due to an overturned propane tanker. Plenty of other people I know ended up in the same jam. Once she got here, I wasn't really sure what to do with myself, so I worked on dinner while Ryan entertained her. Dinner for Wednesday was scallop Pad Thai, and ended up delicious. Watched the tube and chatted and Ryan made her a bed for sleeping. OH. She also brought me flowers, some nice plum-pink mums. Mums dry so well that that's on the list of things to do today.
I went to bed really early on Wednesday night because I'd agreed to work Thursday morning. My favorite client is aging out of the youth-care system, and will be being moved to a new home in Santa Cruz by the new year. I am very sadface about it, as I will miss her quite a bit. She was the only client there on Thanksgiving morning, and I got time-and-a-half - excellent! At the JAZ thanksgiving dinner earlier this month, Leah asked me if I'd like to be part of the team that helps her to move to her new home; I told her that I absolutely am game! I won't have to drive, I'll get paid, and I'll get to share my many experiences with her new staff. I was there her first night, and our relationship grew to where each is the other's preferred person to work with. It's only fitting that I help her move out of not just JAZ, but the youth system in general, and I hope that this makes the transition easier on both of us. I'll miss her a lot. (May end up interning with her mom though... )
Back to R's mom then. She's had lap band surgery, so she eats very little. It didn't make a lot of sense to have a big turkey dinner, so I made wild rice salad and R made salmon for the actual dinner of the day. She loved the salad, and we've sent her home with the recipe. We also played scrabble (she won) and introduced her to Hoarders.
Other meals: Alfredo spinach chicken with broccoli and meat casserole with asparagus.
Other watched things: Food, Inc. She's sort of a foodie, had been to culinary school and used to have a catering business, so it was very interesting for all of us to watch.
We drove her around; she really likes architecture, so we did a lot of loops around the copious Victorians Eureka and Arcata have to offer. We also took her up to HSU to check out Founder's hall, out to the Marina, and to Winco. As for the last, she was very excited about a bulk foods area in a low-cost grocery store. She also bought me a pie! PIE! Twin Peaks breakfast for the last couple of days, yes indeed.
She left about 5:45AM this morning and arrived in the bay safely. Successful trip; no one went crazy, everyone is happy.
I have only a couple more weeks left in this semester, but they are buckle down weeks. 4 projects/papers and 2 finals (one I'll actually have to study for!) and I should be done by the 9th. R has promised me Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood as an early X-mas gift so I can play play play all break. I'm quite looking forward to it.