Don't Feed the Animals


Killing me
September 30, 2010, 5:18 pm
Filed under: Gage

PART ONE

Him: Some people go to preschool, and then they go to kindergarten—but I went to preschool, and then I went to preschool.

Me: Actually, your school is a preschool AND kindergarten. You COULD do kindergarten work.

Him: But Mom, I’m only on Workbook 1. Kindergarten work is Workbook 6.

Me: So there’s your problem.

PART TWO

Him: Hey, Mom, do you want to see someone get electrocuted?

Me: No, I really don’t, so GET AWAY FROM THERE.

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View from Below
September 28, 2010, 8:03 pm
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In photo-editing mode today…these could use a little more work!

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Sadly, Our Weekend Can Be Summarized Thusly
September 26, 2010, 7:19 pm
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Can I interest you in a cough drop? I have cherry-honey or honey-lemon—I find them both to be equally headache-inducing.

Oh look, it’s the library’s whole “Mc…” shelf. I lacked the fortitude to be discerning. I think Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA to be particularly worthy-looking, don’t you?

I hear you Lego Gorilla, oh do I hear you.

“Starve a fever, stuff a cold,” right? Isn’t that how it goes? The apple fritters were fresh from the oven so we went with it.

Why does he always insist on sitting in the blisteringly bright sunlight? Why, Internet, why?

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Fort Worden
September 22, 2010, 6:22 pm
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When Scott and I went to Port Townsend a few weeks ago, he drug me, kicking and screaming, out to Fort Worden (I would have preferred to remain on the couch, reading my cheery book about a family whose members couldn’t seem to stop dying from cancer.)

Of course I immediately fell in love with Fort Worden and its ghostly, lonely beauty. When we went back out last weekend, I decided to photograph it with the Polaroid to emphasize its other-worldliness.

Not 100% sure how I feel about Impossible Project’s Color Shade film. Do I like the gray/blue/pink tones or do they remind me of a 1980s living room? Probably both.

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Rain likely
September 20, 2010, 7:37 pm
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Sometimes the forecast is wrong.

Happy Monday!

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View from the top
September 18, 2010, 3:11 pm
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Oh, let’s move yesterday’s post about illness down the page before we start the weekend, shall we? Have a good one, everyone!

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Decision Tree
September 17, 2010, 5:11 pm
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I sent Gage to school this morning, even though he threw up last night. My feeling is that he threw up after a (random) protracted coughing fit made him gag, rather than because he has a stomach bug. (Hi there. Good morning. What do you mean you don’t want to read about this kind of thing over breakfast. )

Although—when I went to pick him up from school yesterday, I asked one of his teachers how his day went, and she said, “He had a good day. Pretty good. Well. Except for when someone threw up and he tried to ‘help’ clean it up.”

Which—back up a minute—when I said I “went to pick him up from school,” what I actually mean is that I dragged my feverish body up from my seat at the computer, put on pants, and willed myself through the drive. I have some cold/plague thing that consists of a lot of coughing, a low fever, and sinuses that feel like fire (yeah, I know—wah.) So I was extra, extra glad to learn that my son had been playing in his classmate’s vomit.

Which means there is the distinct possibility that he has a stomach bug. However, he was bouncing around the house this morning, insisting on eating pepperoni pizza for breakfast, while also insisting that I help him compose an original song RIGHT NOW, RIGHT NOW, and BTW, he would also like me to put this song “on a DVD,” presumably for immediate release to radio stations nationwide, and OH MY HECK CHILD YOU ARE GOING TO SCHOOL.

You know what else is awesome? We’re supposed to be heading back to Port Townsend tomorrow for an overnight stay at Ft. Worden, where I had hoped to make a photo essay for a workshop I’m taking later this fall. I booked our accommodations before I fell ill, my child played in vomit, and the forecast turned from “chance of rain” to “rain likely.”

A reasonable person might cancel their plans, but we’re not going to get our money back, and I’m at the point in my misery where I’m thinking things can’t get much worse, we might as well be miserable there as here, and as long as I’m sick and not enjoying myself, I might as well get some work done.

There might be some flaws in my logic, but last time I was feeling ill and simultaneously taking photos in the rain the results ended up in two shows/are now part of those galleries’ permanent collections.

Wish us luck.

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