Don't Feed the Animals

November 23, 2010, 4:26 am
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We had a few inches of snow here today, which meant the roads turned into a carnival ride—or maybe I mean a rodeo. A rodeo in which each individual driver was a hapless cowboy/cowgirl trying to stay on that bucking bronco/bull/something-less-than-domesticated-farm-animal for more than eight seconds. NO ONE HERE KNOWS ABOUT TRACTION TIRES, is what I’m saying.

Gage insisted on going to school, so he and I took the bus/walked there and back. We were feeling pretty smug about our clever use of public transit…

…until the bus we were waiting for this afternoon was a no show.

And we had to walk like forty blocks home, and it got dark while we were walking, and our hands and feet and arms and legs fell off.

One of us collapsed in a heap after that, while the other one bounced merrily around the house for several hours before finally going to bed. Guess which one of us did which.

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November 17, 2010, 9:24 pm
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November 16, 2010, 9:12 pm
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My grandma, my dad’s mom, died this past weekend. She suffered a catastrophic stroke a couple of months ago and was at the point in her health where more life was not necessarily the preferable option—still, it’s hard to say goodbye.

I have lots of fond childhood memories that include her sweet presence, and even now I rarely drink a Diet Pepsi, eat a piece of fudge, take a walk in the woods, or look at a set of house plans without thinking of her.

She was loved, and she will be missed.

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A(nother) Lunch
November 9, 2010, 8:46 pm
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We stopped at the Anjou Bakery on the way back from picking Gage up from my parents’ house a couple of weeks ago. I had the brie-and-tomato sandwich, and I WOULD HAVE ONE EVERYDAY if I could. Which probably means it’s a good thing we don’t live closer.

(Gage had Arby’s instead. His loss.)

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November 8, 2010, 5:35 pm
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So we’re renting a tiny weekend cottage in Port Townsend. (The right opportunity just kind of fell into our laps: relatively inexpensive, all utilities + yard care included, furnished down to linens and silverware.)

You know what else the place comes with? Neighbor kids, ages 6 (boy) and 4 (girl). We can kinda sorta see into their backyard from our upstairs window, which is how Gage met them.

We heard him having a shouted conversation out the window, and the next thing we knew, he was streaking down the stairs to get his boots on and flying out the door. We stuck our heads over the fence to meet the parents, and then the kids were…gone.

I mean, we could hear them—pretty sure the whole town could hear them—and we could see them if we wanted to, but ONLY IF WE WANTED TO.

When Scott finally went to collect Gage for dinner, the little neighbor boy gave him a detailed schedule of his playtime availability, which pretty much boils down to EVERY DAY AND EVERY WEEKEND.

That sound you hear? Would be the Hallelujah Chorus.

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School lunch
November 4, 2010, 4:59 am
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I had lunch with a certain special someone today.

Which went well…

…until things took a turn…

…as they so often do.

So then I came home…

…and continued to (cough) “manage” this situation. Someone has to eat all that candy before it “goes bad,” right? And it probably shouldn’t be the five-year-old, right?

In all, not a bad way to spend the noon hour.

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November 1, 2010, 5:54 pm
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Did I ever show you guys The Flash?

He’s had his costume ready to go since August.

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