Christine here. My 17-year old son Jack has started the process of looking at colleges.
Let me retract that statement. Here’s a better description:
We, Jack’s parents, have started the process of dragging our child by the ear out of bed at ungodly hours like 10 am and forcing him to talk to people about his future.
On the way to the first college in the car, we prepped him about the college, so that he at least would appear to have taken an interest in the place. We talked about his potential major (History), about his extracurricular interests (Guitar), and highlighted aspects about the college that we thought would be good for him. Then, because he was going to have an interview, we asked what we thought might be sample questions and gave him sample answers.
Me, acting as Interviewer: “Jack, what makes you interested in Juniata College?”
My husband, acting as Jack: “Look, my parents dragged me here. I’m not awake yet so leave me alone.”
Me: “What do you think you might be interested in majoring in here?”
My husband: “History, but I don’t want to teach stupid kids about it or anything, so that’s probably bogus.”
Me: “We have over 50 different clubs to participate in at Juniata. What kind of extracurricular activities are you interested in at college?”
My husband, “Look, I just want to play my guitar and play video games. That’s it. I don’t want to sit in a circle or have to talk to people or anything.”
You get an idea of what we’re working with here. Jack didn’t even laugh about his father’s rather accurate depiction of what his honest answers would be.
Anyway, we’ve got three more interviews scheduled this week, and then two more the following week, so you can tell we’re all having a delightful time.
The one good thing is that we’ve been through the process before, so we’ve learned a few things. One thing we learned is that our kid might not do well at college, so it’s better to keep him within a 3-hour driving radius if possible for emergency pick ups. The other is that we’re pretty sure Jack is like our daughter in needing a smaller college and not a big university. These items limit our college options a bit, so we’re not running all over the country to see places. I figure we’ll look at 6 or 7 places total and call it done.
But, in the meantime, all of these interviews are taking up my braiding time!! And, of course, my book-writing time. I am trying, each day, to work on at least something related to the book on multistrands. Sometimes I spend a few hours, sometimes it’s a couple minutes.
Today, I’ve been working on defining patterns that might be fun to make in multistrand braids. It’s a royal pain in the butt to group little blocks together so that I can change strand colors all at once, but once I have a template ready, it goes faster.
As an example: Here’s my blank 6-strand braid (left).
I click on each little “square” and “side loop” representing the path of one strand, and put them into the same “Group” within my drawing program. Then I change the color so I know what I’ve already done: see braid to the right.
After all the paths are grouped, with one click I can change each strand to any color I want, so the process is a faster once these templates are set up. At the moment I’m working with a 6-strand braid. Since 6 is divisible by 2 and 3, I chose patterns that were multiples of two or three. For example, coloring every other loop the same color, or making each half one color, or rotating through 3 colors, or changing color every two loops for 3 sets of color.
I plan on going through this process for each number of multistrand braids… although some numbers aren’t as exciting as others (7, for example, has fewer interesting options). 20 is a good one: divisible by 2, 4, 5, and 10, it has some cool patterns.
I’m coloring everything red white and blue today for the upcoming 4th of July. (Went to see the Independence Day: Resurgence movie on opening night because I LOVE the old one… the new one wasn’t as good. Still fun, but I admit to being lukewarm about the new characters).
Anyway, I am trying to do some work every day on the book… interspersed between college visits to Allegheny, Dickinson, and Gettysburg this week with my pleasant teenage son.