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2004-06-07 | 3:05 p.m.

Tomorrow is the last day of school. We will continue homeschooling through the summer, but at least my meetings with Valerie will end for two whole months after Thursday, when we will have our last conference of the year. I donít hate Valerie but I sure as hell hate the meetings. If I didnít have to meet with her every month, we would be on a hi/bye basis only.

So for this Thursdayís meeting Iím supposed to have two monthsí worth of paperwork prepared, plus report cards. I promised myself Iíd get a head start on it, but here it is Monday and all I have so far is one sample. But itís a sample that will work for all three kids, so thatís not bad. It's a picture of the "ancient" Roman and Viking coins we made from clay and plaster, taken while they were on display at the school fair in a velvet-lined treasure chest that Jinx happened to have.

At the same time, I need to get my sections together for the book sale, which coincidentally begins on Thursday. I was there for about four hours yesterday, mostly culling stale titles for the 25-cent table. But I hit the jackpot when I checked out the new gardening books. There were four or five really good books on California native plants, and Iíve been watching for them to come in for more than a year now. I was thrilled. One was an introduction to the Jepson Manual, which I'd never even heard of before. (And I usually know pretty well what's out there when I'm obsessed with a subject.) Sweet!

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