1. Remember how Viola Swamp lived with us for about a year and a half? I was starting to think that Gracie wasn't going to progress through the interesting phase of imaginary friendship, until recently when her older brother Jen (Gen?) starting coming around. Sometimes he makes her bed during dinner, sometimes he rides the bus home with her from school (the bus and the school part are also part of the package). He is five. OK.
Hello Charlie. I hope you have your apology to Uncle Matt ready for tomorrow. Uncle Matt pulled out all the stops to get you to quit screaming your head off while I went to Old Town with your mama on Saturday, and you didn't respond to a single one of his tricks. For the entire. time. we. were. gone. It's a good thing you're so cute.
After dinner, we headed to Barnes and Noble with all the other nerds out on Saturday night. Guess what I saw? MY BOOK! FOR SALE! I've never actually seen it for sale in person, and there was one copy on the shelf. Right next to the Day of the Dead Crafts. And Wood Spirits and Green Men. (??!?) I immediately hightailed it over to the military history section to drag Matt over to see it. We had a nice visit with this copy. Matt moved it to a more liberating location before we left : )
4. My new pet possum came to wish me a happy birthday last night, even though there wasn't a bag of garbage on the deck to be taken out during daylight hours. Wasn't that nice? I got a good look at his toes. And his beady eyes. GO AWAY, POSSUM.
5. I think I may have found a tea that I almost kind of like. (It is not a good sign that I'm drinking tea tonight, because when I drink tea it means that I am sick. I can't get excited about tea any other time. And really, not when I'm sick either, but I'm usually too desperate to care.) But it's possible that I might try Tangerine-Orange zinger when I'm well. Maybe.
6. Maddie and Grandma were conversing exclusively en Español tonight.
7. What a ham this child is.
8. Tomorrow is pie-baking day. We have two pumpkin pies to make (one for us, one for the Thanksgiving dinner across the street) and an apple pie. I am making my own pie crust, er, pate brisee according to Martha, for the apple pie. It's been a while since I've made my own pie crust, and I've never made one with a food processor, which we bought a few years ago. I'm excited.
9. Speaking of cooking, I was listening to NPR a few weeks ago when Steve Inskeep was interviewing some British cooking lady. I immediately noticed that he sounded a little flustered when it was his turn to talk. Then he made some comment about how every man in the building was having a hard time concentrating on work because of her presence. And then I realized he was interviewing none other than Nigella Lawson. Of course! I giggled at how Steve Inskeep completely broke his newsmanly character. For the record, my measuring spoons are still in good shape. Knock on wood, they're going to get some heavy use in the next two days.
10. Speaking of NPR, I heard a great story tonight while running a few errands (by myself, I might add—my services aren't required anymore after Grandma and Grandpa arrive, I've been informed by Maddie) about the first Indians to sign MLB contracts—Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh. Their story is worth reading!