1. I'm so pleased with how the Very Important Photoshoot with my neighbors went yesterday that I can't stop smiling about it. I am anxious to finish up all my editing and hand the photos over, which didn't happen after the marathon day that was yesterday. But here are just a few:
I KNOW. Do you have any idea how many shots it took to get one passable photo for Simple Scrapbooks when I was pregnant with Bridget? About the same amount as I took yesterday, and 99% of those are keepers.
2. I saw the winning times for the New York City Marathon in the paper and for the first time ever, kind of had an idea of what they meant.
2b. What, are those people GAZELLES? Wait, the answer to that is probably yes.
2c.. If I ran a marathon at my current pace (don't worry, I have no aspirations to run a marathon) it would take me over five hours.
3. But I am in 13th place as of this morning in Cathy Zielske's November 50 Miles Challenge! I'll take it. Though I am not trying to actually win it, but simply participate literally.
4. This is not a running blog, but I just have to say I know two women who ran the Marine Corps Marathon last month. My friend Marné and Maddie's former principal Dr. Piehota. I feel famous and athletic by proxy.
5. Maddie and Dr. Piehota have been writing letters back and forth since we moved from Virginia. I love her.
6. I bought Maddie a really fantastic poncho at Target today. It is from the girls' department, but I am totally going back to get myself one—ponchos can fit anyone, I say. I promised her I would not wear it on the same day. : )
7. Bridget and I have spent a lot of time with Maddie's class lately. Today we went (and photographed) her teacher's husband present the story/opera Hansel and Gretel. He is both funny and an opera singer, so it was very entertaining. The class all made themselves little finger puppets to follow along as they listened. Third and fourth grade are definitely making up for second grade for Maddie.
8. Funny Halloween story I forget to share: while we were out trick-or-treating, Bridget spotted someone (an older kid) dressed as some sort of swamp monster. She shouted back to me "Look Mama!! It's like in the OK GO video!!" It was in fact exactly like that. It makes me all kinds of happy that our four year old can conjure up comparisons of OK GO videos and Halloween costumes just like that. Hee. OK GO videos are one of our favorites and bests in this household.
9. Did you see the big reveal about Katherine's book cover?
Marie took the cover photo, I did the design mock-up, and Katherine wrote all the brilliant text contained inside. Which of course, is the important part. You can preorder it from Amazon now!
10. And while you're there, pick up a Snow Wolf shovel, too. : ) Rumor has it they go very well together.