Wednesday, August 28, 2002

We like the new Red Stripe Beer campaign. Hooray Beer!

Monday, August 26, 2002

I really thought we'd get all that done. At least we managed to make the ice cream (delish), and take care of the cat. But we never got over to Target and I never cut their hair...there's always next time. Eli managed to break two glasses yesterday. One right after the other. I really liked those glasses, they came from Crate and Barrel, and of course you can't buy them any more. Sigh. It's time to buy some more. Add that to my Target list. Watched The Shipping News on DVD today directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench. Not bad. It was filmed partly in Nova Scotia. Between learning of Jean Rosner's death and then seeing this movie today, I've had Cape Breton Island on the brain.

Saturday, August 24, 2002

Big plans today. We're going to make strawberry ice cream in our really fun ice cream maker if I can ever get these kids dressed and out the door to buy some ingredients. The recipe calls for a pound of strawberries -- I might cheat and buy frozen, because I just can't see hulling a pound of strawberries. Then these boys are getting some hair cuts. Jack has a thick mop of hair on his head and is starting to look like Frankenstein. I won't cut Eli's curls very much, just a trim around the ears and bangs. It's never easy cutting their hair, but I bribe them with lollipops and they manage to stay relatively still. Then we'll head into Austin to feed my friend's cat, Ivan, and give him his asthma medication. Yes, this cat uses an inhaler. What else. Oh, we're stopping at Target to get some long pants for the boys to wear to church, and pajamas for Jack. He's outgrown all of his fabulous hand-me-down pj's, and Eli's wearing them already.

Friday, August 23, 2002

I spoke too soon. There I was, bragging to everyone that my feet and ankles never swell up during a pregnancy. But then again, I've never had to experience my third trimester in August in Texas. Different story. Second day in a row of sausage leg syndrome. Very unattractive and most uncomfortable. Sigh. On a happier note, the student teacher in Eli's room said she liked my hair color today. It's been a week since I dyed it, and I'm finally achieving the results I was hoping for a week ago. Last Friday my hair was PURPLE. Unequivocally purple. Now it's closer to the color as advertised on the box. Glad I did this now and not two days before my cousin's wedding!
I love my dog, but it's really time to get him fixed. I'm going to have to rent one of those carpet cleaner thingy's from the supermarket to deal with the stains upstairs. He's a bad, bad dog.

Thursday, August 22, 2002

I got the Putney Post in the mail today. This is my high school's semi-annual alumni magazine. I'm the class secretary but I've fallen behind on the job, which is why there's only one listing in my year, from Taylor Moriarty, who must have sent it in herself. She's calling herself Marion these days. Anyway, I feel like a schmuck for not being a better secretary, but there's always next year. I'll keep trying. I was sad to see that Jean Rosner died of cancer. Jean was Carmelita Hinton's daughter -- Carmelita founded the Putney School. The last time I saw Jean was over 10 years ago. I went up to Canada to check out my old camp on Cape Breton Island and visited with her (her campground was across the road). Jean immediately put me to work pulling nails out of wood in her garden, and milking her mare whose foal had just been sold. I went back the next day and helped her pull up some vegetables for dinner. She was blind as a bat, and ornery as ever, and it was wonderful to see her.
OK, so this is the first day of the rest of my blog. Today we had the MOST beautiful sunset. Jack and Eli and I went for a walk with the neighbors and their kids to a playground around the corner. They all had a blast playing on the equipment, and my neighbor Laura and I got to sit and chat. Just little walks like that are hard for me in this heat, being almost 7 months pregnant. I was happy to get home. The kids are sleeping now.

I was lucky enough to find the boys some new sandals at Wal Mart today. Target was totally out of sandals and had moved on to sneakers and boots. It's ludicrous to take sandals off the shelves in Texas in August. They have at LEAST 2 more months of sandal wearing ahead of them. Anyway, I found some good ones for $5 a pair.

The big plan for the weekend is to make some ice cream. And I'm going to get my travel plans together. We're going back East for a couple of weeks in September. I can't wait! Massachusetts and New York City. I haven't been to NY since Jack was a baby, although I've been longing to go, especially since September 11th. It will be strange to be there so close to the anniversary of that date. I think we'll avoid being in the city on the 11th itself, but will probably arrive the following Friday and stay for a long weekend.