Day 128. In Service Day.

Mercedes with a Sun Roof.

One of my Bff’s in the passenger seat.

Empty planners and sharpened pencils.

6 cd’s worth of crazy eclectic music.

My laptop.

…and we’re off~ to the CHEA convention in Santa Clara. My first ever and never expected to attend homeschool convention. Goals? Pick out curriculum. Plan my school year days. R and R. This was my send off…

In an awesome coincidence this homeschool convention is located pretty much next door to Campbell, where I grew up. We were on the road EARLY. We drove by the house I grew up in, the house I last lived in before moving to Sacramento, and the literal dump of a 16 unit apartment complex that my husband and I managed for three years while living in the bay area. We ate at the world’s most amazing mexican restaurant El Burro, followed it up with the equally amazing frozen yogurt YUMI YOGURT, and came up with a list of about a 1,496 reasons why we both miss living in the bay area.

This was the house I grew up in from 5th grade on. My parents sold it 3 years ago. Don’t you just hate it when parents do that? While I completely understand why they did, my husband and I for various reasons (none of them involve running from the authorities) have moved 15 times in our 15 years of marriage and 15 Herbert Lane, Campbell was always constant and home. I always drive by and visit when I can. It’s pretty nostalgic. My sister and I spent many a day re enacting every scene from Xanadu while adorned in our terry cloth shorts and tennis shoe roller skates…all here on this very driveway. How can you blame me for not wanting to visit?

Finally, we arrived at the Avatar Hotel, just a mile down the street from the convention center where all the action was located. It was a clever little hotel with crazy modern decor. Super Fun. We checked in, laid around, and then headed to Erik’s Deli for more fantastic bay area food and then managed to hit the convention center.

The exhibit hall was our big draw for the weekend. We were on the look out for:



Math U See

Teaching Textbooks

Rod and Staff

Bob Jones

We wandered the exhibit hall for a couple of ┬áhours and then headed back to our hotel where we wrapped up the night in two of seriously the most snuggly hotel beds ever. Laptops, notepads, books, pencils, Gina’s colored sharpies, and stacks of literature and catalogs were flying. I went to sleep feeling how grateful I was that I was SO much farther ahead of the game than last year at this time.

Now there are just 42 school days left until summer.

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7 Responses to Day 128. In Service Day.
  1. alely d. lee
    May 4, 2010 | 3:34 pm

    the CHEA convention…i remember going to those. and i do have days where i miss, the bay area, elk grove, and CA! unfortunantly, we are not going to CA for the summer this year. tear, tear.

    • just a night owl
      May 4, 2010 | 3:48 pm

      I am so glad I am just 2 hours away! ­čÖé I need to get to Santa Cruz SOON. The beach is screaming at me!

  2. Christi
    May 4, 2010 | 3:42 pm

    Mmmmm….El Burro!! It is the best! I remember going there and then crossing the street to Tower Records to buy the latest English Invasion 12″ singles and tiny lapel buttons for all my favorite groups. Thanks for reminding me.

    • just a night owl
      May 4, 2010 | 3:47 pm

      hahahahaha. YEAH TOWER RECORDS! It’s gone now. Tear.

  3. gina!
    May 4, 2010 | 7:45 pm

    Darc – love the convention post – thank you for the South Bay Tour! Loved every minute & I am so glad we had a chance to research, plan & make more awesome memories! love you! g!

  4. Emmy
    May 4, 2010 | 8:38 pm

    I have moved 7 times in almost 9 years of marriage and my parents still live in the same house I grew up in, so I totally know what you mean. It will be really weird if they sell it some day.

  5. 11:04 p.m. | Just A Night Owl
    April 23, 2012 | 2:43 pm

    […] into the private school we had recently pulled them out of. I went to my first and not my last,┬áhomeschool convention with a great friend. We had a great […]

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