1. It is very cold this week—not -30 degrees kind of cold, but in the 20s and 30s kind of cold.
2. We've had to have a few talks in the Dillow house about keeping our weather snark to ourselves. "COLD!? THIS ISN'T COLD! LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT COLD!" They sound like 94 year old curmudgeons. We get it, you survived -44 with the wind chill in a 100+ year old house that operated on a flagging boiler system, but it does not give you the right to insult the native Alabamians. Or if it does, at least do it after you get home.
3. That said, I'm worried I might be losing my cold weather chops after almost 18 months away from true cold. It was kinda chilly out this morning at 29 degrees.
4. Thanksgiving! It's fast approaching. We're hosting the Willis-Taylor-Pershey families, which adds up to a total of 16 people at the table(s). Matt bought a basketball hoop last weekend to lure some of those people outdoors at least part of the time.
5. I really, really miss Cheyenne at this time of year. Cheyenne is especially good at November-December.
6. Maddie has had a sub in algebra this week who is A CHARACTER, based on her stories. I begged her to write them down and file them away for the future if she ever needs a character for a novel.
7. I've seen TWO movies in the theater in the past few weeks—Matt and I saw St. Vincent which I didn't think I'd like very much at all but ended up liking a whole lot, and even got weepy at the end—and all of us went to see Big Hero 6 last week and liked it as well. There are so many good movies still coming before the end of the year. It's a pity that it costs the five of us nearly $50 to see a matinee. I understand that it's 2014, but I guess I still expect at some level that matinees ought to be like $3 a ticket. Ha.
8. I am casting around for a 2015 project. I haven't decided on one yet, but I like to have a yearlong project.
9. The voice in my head is screaming that I could also just finish up some of the unfinished projects around here and call it A Project. (Touché)
10. It is a week of Early Morning Adventures; last time Matt was traveling for school, Gracie, Bridget and I dropped Maddie off at oh-dark-thirty and then took our van down by the river to eat breakfast and then wander around downtown to kill time before their school drop-off time... but as it will be 22 degrees tomorrow morning we're headed to Panera again. To kill an hour and 20 minutes. Should be fun! Or something. : )