I haven’t been blogging about my New 52 experiences in May because of my photography theme, so I decided I better get caught up before I did my roundup. I left off on week #16, so I’ve got quit a bit to tell you about!
Week 17 Carl Bloch Exhibit
We took a little family field trip to go and see the Carl Bloch exhibit while it was at the BYU Museum of Art and it was just incredible. I’ve seen replicas of his paintings throughout my entire life, but that’s nothing compared to seeing the real deal. What an incredibly talented artist! I’m so glad I got to take our children to see these masterpieces.
A new experience for all 4 of us!
Week 18 Blue Man Group – Live!
We went to Las Vegas so I had all sorts of new experiences there. We rode on a Gondola, stayed at The Venetian, ate at a Mario Butali restaurant, and more. My favorite new experience there was definitely seeing the Blue Man Group show. We’ve been fans for several years and own a DVD and a CD of their work, but it’s even more fun to see them in person. We laughed so much, and it was really cool to be a part of the audience because they make you feel like you are part of the show. It’s very interactive. I love that the Blue guys came out after and posed for pictures and signed programs. They stayed in character the whole time, and as you can tell from the picture…my husband is also quite a character!
Week 19 Lurking at the SAT
My son Alex took the SAT (Standard Achievement Test) the first Saturday in May. This is a test that is usually required for college entrance and we were all sort of nervous about the whole thing. We knew he would do awesome on the test because he’s pretty much a genius. We were all worried about the essay portion because he has a hard time with handwriting and we just hope it will be legible enough. I know the content of his essay was excellent – he’s a great writer! It was also a concern about how he would do in such a large and overwhelming environment. It’s just a little different when you throw autism into the mix.
We made the journey to the University of Utah (my old alma mater) and there were at least a thousand teenagers jumping out of their parent’s cars and trying to distance themselves as quickly as possible from their parental units. I walked Alex to the door of the testing building, and that’s as far as I could go. No parents allowed. I was hoping to sit down somewhere in the building and just work on my laptop until the test was done, but that wasn’t allowed. So I sat in my car. Yes, I sat in my car for 4.5 hours while he took the SAT. Ok, actually I sat in my car for most of that time, there were a few minutes of me taking walks by the building and trying to catch a glimpse in the window. LOL! I was a big-time lurker! It probably seems pathetic to anyone reading this, and I won’t deny it. I’m a little pathetic. I just wanted to be sure he was ok (which he totally was).
I found out that I can pass away the morning with a portable hot-spot (borrowed from hubby) and my laptop. I also found out that my laptop battery only lasts about 3 hours. My iphone battery gave out about an hour later. The last half hour was spent just sitting and waiting.
He did a great job on the test. He took his oath of secrecy very seriously though and refused to give me any details about what the questions were like. I assured him that it was ok to talk to your parents about it, but he wouldn’t chance it. He’s so awesome. I treated him to lunch at Market Street Broiler after the test. He loves seafood (I can’t stand the stuff) so he was pretty excited about that.
All sorts of new stuff for me that day…lurking in a car, peeking in windows, running out all the batteries in all my devices, and realizing that I need to get a grip on a lot of stuff that’s coming up in the future. LOL!
Week 20 New camera
I already blogged about my new camera, but it was a pretty big something new for me so I’m counting it here. I’m still getting used to my Nikon D90 and I’m super excited about playing with it this summer!
I have a few more weeks to get caught up on so I’ll post those tomorrow. I love this challenge! If I wasn’t doing this New52 challenge, I might not have documented all of these experiences. I’m so glad I am participating!