Saturday, January 31, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Coach Mike told the girls last week that they each would take a turn as goalie over the course of the 7 game season. Most of the girls don't like to play goalie, and Doodle is no exception. Doodle is a data/sports statistics hound so she spent some time this week looking at the standings. She discovered that the team that they would face yesterday lost last week and that their next opponent won very easily, so she decided to volunteer to be goalie for the first half yesterday (proof of her decision making skills). She did so bravely, but with butterflies in her stomach as we drove to the field. Doodle played well, and her teammates dominated the first half offensively, so once again no goals were scored against her (no one has scored a goal against her in the handful of games in which she has played goalie). Ultimately Doodle's team won 5-2, and about half the team went out to dinner together afterwards. Later in the evening, as I unpacked her bag, I found the usual water bottle, different colored game jersey, and extra socks. But I didn't expect to find her beloved teddy bear Abage at the bottom of the bag. She took him along for extra support. I can't recall Abage ever going along to preschool or school but he was a stowaway on Saturday night.
Friday, January 23, 2009
- The performance of Simple Gifts that Doodle enjoyed so much during the inauguration ceremony was recorded. Apparently the instruments couldn't be kept in tune in such cold weather.
- Despite the cold weather, we haven't had any measurable snow this winter. Tootle really wants to build a snowman, and I crave a cozy, quiet snow day.
- Doodle's indoor soccer season has begun. In their first game, the team scored more goals (8) than they did during the entire fall season (5). They won 8-1. I like the speed of the indoor game but hate the netting that prevented me from taking decent photos.
- We'll spend time this weekend cleaning the house for Chinese New Year. I'm going into Tootle's class next Friday to talk about CNY, read a book, do a craft, and have a parade.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
This week had brought several simple blessings to our house:
- Watching Doodle's face light up as she watched cellist Yo-Yo Ma, clarinetist Anthony McGill, pianist Gabriela Montero and violinist Itzhak Perlman play Simple Gifts during the swearing in ceremony. Simple Gifts is one of the selections for Doodle's spring concert, and she was inspired by hearing such gifted musicians perform it.
- Playing Pretend Ice Cream Shop with Tootle as she took a bath last night. When Tootle takes a bath she likes to serve me "ice cream" bath water. Last night her selections included Obama flavor. According to Tootle, the flavor was a combination of chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, rainbow, and grape--rather appropriate for our new mixed race president.
- Having a four-day weekend and the opportunity for one-on-one time with each of the girls.
- Last but perhaps not least, having Internet service restored after three days of withdrawal for all.
We watched the inauguration of Barack Obama in our living room rather than braving the crowds and the weather. Being less than 10 miles from the events of the past few days, however, led to some unusual sightings for us:
* Trips to our local grocery store resulted in unusual sightings: lots of fur coats and at least one Rolls Royce.
* We also bought some Jones Orange "You Glad for Change" soda. On our next trip to the store, the soda was sold out.
* On the way to pick up Doodle from a sleepover on Sunday morning, in the span of time that we waited for a light to change at a cross street to a major route into the city, we saw no fewer than 22 loaded tour buses.
I've lived in this area for six other inaugurations and I've never seen anything quite like this (even though I attended Clinton's first swearing in and the Reunion on the Mall of concerts and fireworks that preceded it). I hope and pray that this momentum and sense of togetherness will go far in turning this country around. Yes we can.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
- One older man was an intelligence officer in Cameroon for 20 years. He talked to me about how astounded he was by the cost that must be involved in having a jury trial for a burglary case.
- The jury pool was much more diverse than 10 years ago. That's a good thing.
- The woman seated next to me ended up being on the jury. I hope she showed up for the trial's continuation today (it was expected to last 2 days). She asked me who she should talk to if she couldn't come back today. I told her that she had to come back if she was selected for the jury, but that if she had a reason why she couldn't be there the next day she should talk to the judge. She didn't.
- The defense attorney struck the guy who had been a cop for 30 years from the panel, and the prosecutor excused the young African American guy. I would have been surprised if either of those actions hadn't occurred.
Jury service is fascinating for a day, but I'm glad that my name won't be called again for the next several years.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
- I'm so swamped that I'm working from 9:30 or so until midnight every night.
- Doodle's substitute math teacher gave so much math homework that she spent 90 minutes on it before I insisted that she call it quits. At least one kid in the class completed all the work, spending 3 hours on it. Ridiculous.
- We haven't even had a trace of snow yet this season, just lots and lots of cold icky rain.
- I was able to refinance my mortgage, saving me money each month.
- Tootle is making great progress in reading. She is starting to read chapter books and is so motivated to learn.
- Doodle got a perfect score on her Thanksgiving letter writing assignment. I received the original of the letter as a gift at Thanksgiving, but the grade wasn't issued until this week. It was a beautiful letter, and it made me cry, so anything less than a perfect score would have been inexcusable.