1. We made a visit to the lake. It was really cold, so cold that when we went up the mountain to pick some apples, we bought a bag of them, turned around, and got back in the car.
The leaves were pretty this year.
2. We had parent teacher conferences. Patrick’s dad babysat, and we took Porter with us. Seamus’s school, then to vote at the community center, and then Gilbert’s school. It was interesting to hear how different they can be at school than at home.
3. The older boys went to a birthday bounce house party. They had a blast, as usual, but Gil on the way home remarked that he really loves not having to take a nap anymore. I said, “Well what if we had some quiet time today?” They had been working out a lot! He cried at the suggestion. Seamus, on the other hand, asked if he could take some even if no one else did. We’ve often noted that we were lucky that Seamus was the oldest, because he still loves naps, and it made it easier to get Gil to take one, if Seamus was too.
4. Our couch. Is very uncomfortable. I guess that’s what comes of IKEA cheapest of cheap. We are thinking about this house again, now that we’ve sold Albuquerque house. How can we make improvements to our lives that don’t cost much, but make it easy to live here? We rearranged the furniture in S & G’s room while they were at school, and we think the couch will fit there. We also put their kitchen out by the side of the road, and someone picked it up. (This is the same kitchen we picked up on the side of the road a few years ago. Recycle!) There’s a more open feel in their room, but they said they want the couch in there so we have some place to read. I admit it would be nice, because they’re too big to sit on us for a whole book now.
5. Reading and Teaching. I taught McTeague last week. It’s hard, but what fun! Students really understood the book and found the characters vile (as they should). However there was a lot of resistance to the subtext that McTeague and Marcus have a homoerotic relationship. We did some theory–Sedgwick’s “Between Men” and Williams’s “Residual, Dominant, Emergent.” I’d definitely teach it again! I’ve also read Peggy Vincent’s Baby Catcher about midwifery in the 1980s in Berkeley. I enjoyed it, but some of it made me sad that Porter’s birth was not what I had hoped. Other parts made me kind of panicky with the realization that a good midwife can have to save a mother or baby’s life. It was pretty neat.
6. Hiking. Patrick and I have been taking Porter hiking. Patrick’s also been taking him out on his own some too. We went to the Maryland side of Great Falls. It’s a really different view, but still fun.
Porter loves the outdoors.
7. I’ve been getting lots of ads for holiday card printing. I’m not ready to think about that yet! Although, I did go ahead and get the boys’ Christmas presents. Seamus is getting Solitaire Chess and a Lego set. Gilbert is getting Crocodile Dentist and a stopwatch. They really want a racetrack that they can race cars against each other. We’re thinking about it, but those are so easy to break! Also, we’re thinking about a swing set (just metal, and just swings) for the back yard; we probably won’t get it. Yes, we can go to the park, but sometimes when Porter’s sleeping, it’s best to send the older two to the back yard. They do tend to make their own entertainment back there, though! A few days ago they were playing with small beach balls and tennis rackets, trying to keep the ball in the air.
Oh, baby crying. Gotta go!