Sunday, September 5, 2010

Persuasion

Here's some of what's been happening:
  • This weekend, I've seen two different college girls wearing sundresses with cowboy boots. Cute patterned rubber boots continue to be popular. Pajama bottoms worn around campus may be on the wane, but it's too soon to call.
  • Yesterday's morning temperature was 71 degrees. The afternoons continue to get hot (Sunday's high was probably low 90s), but there's no need for 24-hour air conditioning now, and I've been experimenting with the thermostat.
  • Thanks to the pleasant weather and C's new remote-controlled car, the kids have been enjoying daily outings to the driveway to enjoy their cars. I've gotten back to walking and spent a lot of time circling the neighborhood today while listening to Jane Austen's Persuasion (my secret is a big bottle of ice water, frequently refilled). I'm about 2/3 in and Anne has just arrived in Bath. The cooler weather has brought more life to our neighborhood, and just today I collected 3 different sets of contact info from new neighbors that I've met at neighborhood parties. My plan is to put together a new edition of the neighborhood directory. The last edition came out just after July 4, but there has been a lot of churn, and three families that we knew have moved out since then, with several last minute additions. The three families that moved out all had school age children and the new additions are either childless or have little kids, so that's a bit of a trend. I like the new neighbors, though, and I'm hoping we'll have more than just this school year before the college warms up the bulldozers.
  • We had a playdate at our house yesterday (Saturday) with a family with a preschooler and a toddler. The preschooler goes to pre-K at D's school, which is nice. C organized a girls-only club with headquarters in the play tent that had been earned with 80+ points from D. I gave the girls five minutes and then broke up the club. I had a long real estate chat with my mom colleague and learned a bunch (she's looking at the same older neighborhood and has actually been inside most of the houses). Probably the most important thing I learned is that there are a couple of for-sale-by-owners that I wasn't aware of.
  • My husband took the kids to run at the gym again today (C wants to go frequently to practice for the big school track and field event). My husband also made pancakes (whole wheat, all purpose flour, corn flour) for dinner. We had dinner out at the downtown Thai restaurant last night. Both of the kids very happily had yellow curry.
  • It's a little bit too soon to speak, but the kids are doing pretty well at home this weekend, largely thanks to the new remote-controlled car (C did get into trouble after running her car repeatedly into D's cactus, but it wasn't on purpose--she just wasn't watching).

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