The school is almost ready for the winter ball. It’s by far my favorite one. Terellion and Tik always do a stunning job with the decorations, and they put out mistletoe in all the right places. We have two trees this year. One for the entrance which has more space because it’s open with the second floor. The second one is in the ballroom which has a lower ceiling. We put lots of candy on both so everyone should be able to have some!
Terellion hasn’t let me see the cake, but I’m sure it’s going to be amazing. I can’t wait! I hope it’s manaberry. It’s my favorite.
I’ve done most of my shopping already. For the students, I’ve gotten them each their own leather bound journal to write whatever they want in it, whether it’s notes or research or personal, reality or fiction. Each one has their name embossed on it so no one is going to get theirs mixed up with someone else’s. For the teachers and staff, I thought a holiday bonus would be nice, so I’m doing that and getting them each a gift basket with some wine and holiday food items. I think they’ll like that, though I can already hear Tik refusing both the gift basket and the bonus. Too bad. He has to take them.
He’s come to me asking for a day off. Luckily, it is during the week off during the holiday so some of the students will be home, as well as some of the staff. That means there will be a little less work to be done.
Lilithel has asked for the same day off. I know it’s for the demand he made to have something official set up for Ker’alith. It must not be easy on any of them. I’d hate to have to give up time spent with Malwen, Narise, and Galandil, but if something happened between Terellion and me, I would want their best interests met first, and I think Tik is right in that. He doesn’t get to spend quality time with his son, so I hope they can come to an agreement that everyone is happy with.
Of course, if Tik has more time with Ker’alith, he might take him to the nursery during busy times, and Lilithel might take him to the nursery when she’s working, and that would leave my father with nothing to do. I spoke with the confessor the other day, and that’s when I realized that Isandri was going to have her baby kind of soon. I mean, I guess it’s another month or so, but that’s kind of soon, and they’ll need someone to take appointments, so maybe my father could go do that for a bit. I’d still be paying him.
The issue with my father and mother just keeps getting worse. I’ve heard that he’s trying to get the payments back and then I heard that she paid to stop the forms from being filed, and then she’s selling the house and moving out here? I don’t know what’s going on anymore, but I don’t want her or her stupid husband out here annoying my father and me and my sisters and well probably everyone. Guess who told us that she was moving out here? Vallindra! Vallindra doesn’t even want her out here. Either that or it’s some trick. I haven’t figured out what kind of trick it could be though. She wouldn’t make that up. Maybe she would, but I don’t know why she would.
Anyway, it’s very stressful. I’ll have to try hard to relax during the party.
After the holidays and the break, I plan to have an employee appreciation day that I organize with the students. For one day, we do their jobs. I’m going to bake the cake and Terellion can relax! I think it will be a good way of showing how much the people who work at the school mean to us.
Another thing I have planned for after the break is a trip to Shattrath. Lali has already asked me if the older general class students could come, and I said yes as long as they all have permission slips signed. I guess there is the issue of her and Raleth both being there, and Naraleth still being with the younger students here, but she said she’d work that out with Raleth. So I guess I’ll leave them to figure out what they’re doing then.
I’ve already contacted the inn and reserved all of the rooms. Terellion and I will have the suite overlooking the forest as usual. Some people are going to have to double up, and with the general class there, I think it should be them. Vaildor, Lukian, and Kiandris could get along as roommates for a week, though Vaildor also needs permission to miss a couple of days from his art school too. He may be able to make them up the following week. Rhan could stay with Terellion’s sisters, though I’m not entirely sure that’s a good idea either. Maybe Terellion’s sisters could have their own room, and Malwen could stay with Rhan. We’ll have to discuss it.
This week is final exam time. It’s the end of the semester. For the arcane classes, there is a big test and a paper due. I look forward to grading them. I’m almost as excited about that as I am the winter ball!