1. What an election night. Congratulations to President-Elect Obama, who has a very large job ahead of him. No matter your politics, it was a weighty night in American history. I can only hope that the millions of people who became involved with the political process continue to pay attention.
2. I'm awfully sad that my most favorite news magazine (US News & World Report) is going to stop publishing its regular print edition (to which I've subscribed since 1991). I am attached to reading this magazine, and no, Time and Newsweek are not particularly acceptable substitutes for me. Hmph. What a bummer.
There was a baby tarantula on our stairs leading down to the basement before dinner tonight. I swear it must have been. I actually took a picture of it to prove to Matt that there was what only could have been a baby tarantula before I worked up my nerve and strategy to get it the heck out of my house (close your ears, Renee, because it involves smashing it with Matt's shoe the nearest available flat thing) but in my panic, I forgot my memory card was on the desk and not in my camera. There was plenty of shrieking while it ran away from me after it realized what was up. Note to spiders found in my house that look like tarantulas: IT SERVES YOU RIGHT. Outdoors = animal kingdom. Indoors = not.
5. I attended a meeting at Maddie's school tonight and realized how out of practice I am as a teacher. There must be a word to describe that sensation, the one where the stay-at-home-mom has a brush with her career field and feels utterly out of it. I didn't like that feeling, even though I am not in the market to go back to teaching right now.
6. I'm starting to get a little freaked out by how much Bridget looks like I did when I was little. Am I the only one who sees this?
7. They're a whole month earlier this year. *Sigh*
8. Don't forget to watch 30 Rock tomorrow night. Don't forget to watch 30 Rock tomorrow night. (I seem to be having trouble remembering to watch 30 Rock.)
Some of the trees in our neighborhood fell short of last year's glorious color change, because October has been kind of warm until recently. But the tradeoff is the crape myrtles in front and these trees on the side actually look better than last year.
After much frustration over not being able to get my hands on Emily Gravett's Meerkat Mail in our library system, I went ahead and bought it, which was a good decision. I have a long history with meerkat stories. Maybe some day I'll swallow my pride and tell the muir cat story : )
I like fall in Virginia very much. I'm also crossing my fingers for a particularly snowy winter.