I returned to school this week. The administration seems to be around, checking things out (as opposed to the routine I have been used to in the past, hiding in the office, hoping to avoid making any decisions). Everybody has been helpful (even the office staff, not something I've been used to). And even the kids seem to be as normal as pre-adolescents and adolescents can be. In all, a good week.
We're nearing the end of the first stage of renovations. With work, the kids should be ready to move up to the attic sometime next week. Then, the main focus will be on clearing out our daughter's old room, so her son can vacate our long-suffering son's room. It is a little hard to be a grown man sharing a room with a 10-year old, however lovable.
Our son has started classes. He is trying the online option this semester.
So, family life distractions seem to be diminishing. Which leaves me time for the more serious pursuit of enjoying election year politics.