Life with teens

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Weekends these days:

Going to pick up your girl after a birthday party and coming home with two of her friends for an impromptu sleepover.

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Learning

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The nearby university is having graduation this weekend. And the local community college just held its graduation ceremonies last night.

As happens every year during this week, there are articles in local newspapers about students who took non-traditional routes to getting to college and students who waited until much later in life to start and/or finish their degrees.

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Airbnb

Dusk in the Santa Ynez valley, as seen from a cottage we rented in 2014.

One thing that has changed about our travel in the past couple of years is that we now find accommodations through Airbnb. This has in some ways revolutionized our vacations. ┬áIf we’re only going to be somewhere for a single night, we’ll stay in a hotel. Otherwise, we use Airbnb to try to find an apartment or small house to stay in.

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These days

Yes.

Let’s take a break from travel stories, shall we? It’s been all Bali, all the time at this blog for a month, so we’re due for some snark or, at the least, a Jenworld update.

The return from Spring Break is, for the resident teens, the start of the fourth quarter of the school year. There’s a lot going on academically and socially starting in April and going through the first week of June. Life is, as it is for any household with students or adults who work in academia, intense.

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Bali: Odyssey

Sunrise as we flew into Bali -- a happier, more optimistic time in our lives.

As many of you already know, our return from Bali was not smooth. It took us an additional two days to get home and was a clusterf*ck in a variety of ways. The time has come to tell the tale, which is long, so make yourself comfortable.

What I am about to tell you is in no way exaggerated and is as accurate as possible — Pete and I kept careful notes of everything that occurred, including the times things happened, the people we talked with, and what was said.

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