Sunday, September 28, 2008

First Week of Autumn

ARR. I'm feeling a bit tuckered, so I thought I'd go easy on myself and just give a week's overview here. So, to begin, Eliza had her first soccer game, and it was awesome to watch apprehension ("um...i don't think i want to go to soccer today..." as we are in the car on the way to the field, which sparked a conversation on what it means to be a part of a team and to have people counting on you showing up) turn to glee, as she jumped in, got some great coaching from Coach Shy (really, his name) and decided she LOVED soccer.  She went from not having a clue where she should be on the field to knowing which direction the ball was moving and what she should probably do with it should she get her foot on it. RIGHT ON. She also lost her second tooth just before the game...
 It was also my birthday this week,
and this is a picture of Anika and Olivia making an apple spice cake for me out at the Linscott farm. It was fabulous. The actual turning of 29 was not all that fantastic (our phone and internet were out, I wounded myself on a hike - like BLOODY wounded myself. It was very impressive - and Thursdays are Dan's longest days, so we didn't see much of each other.), but being 29 is all right so far. No major new aches and pains or significant loss of faculties (aside from my obvious challenges in counting years).  
This weekend was homecoming. WOW. Now, the best part was us finding the OU Marching 110 rehearsing in the stadium on Friday night, and sneaking in to watch. The most incredible part was seeing scads of bright-eyed young folk crowding the front porches of of the houses uptown at 8:50 on Saturday morning, beers in hand.  Oh, I have forgotten how resilient the youthful body is.  I mean, that was gonna be a looooong day! The girls and Dan went to the parade while I went grocery shopping and to the farmer's market ALONE (my big treat of the week). Here is a shot of the brass section and Eliza with...is that Elvis?
We hiked a lot this week, which I've decided is the only thing that keeps me gripping that loose thread of sanity these days.  Today found us back at Stroud's Run, along the lake, where we sought out and found loads of full-to-bursting Jewelweed pods, which we gleefully exploded along the way.  Better than fireworks! says E.  And lastly, we've been putting on puppet shows. Below you can see the Owl and the Pussycat and their beautiful pea-green boat... 
                                
I wish I were qualified to speak about what Dan is doing these days. I'll tell you in MY language and he can have a good chuckle and fill up the comments sections with rewrites.  ahem. He is blah blah blah blah Plato blah blah Hegel blah blah Hegel Plato Hegel blah blah Vietnamese Water Puppets blah blah Javits Scholarship Deadline blah blah "preparing my lecture for wednesday" (this is a direct quote)...


4 comments:

alissa said...

you sound like me describing what ej does...blah blah server blah configure blah c plus plus blah.
sounds like a good busy week. i wish i could have talked to you at some point!!!
uncle ben is reminding me that it is time for school. well, thank you uncle ben. what would i do without you.
gotta go. love you!!

kimmy said...

sounds like a lovely week. i met someone last week who told me that Halloween in your town is taken very seriously and filled with debauchery and lots of out of towners coming in for the festivities. Wish I could one of those folks :)

bigbooty said...

yes, well, OU did make the TOP 10 party schools in the US. apparently people were bummed that they were number 10 and not number 1. i am not really looking forward to halloween, truth be told!! it wasn't sooo bad in our neighborhood (though we could hear the mob a couple of streets away - it was a constant roar), but even so there was a broken beer bottle on our sidewalk and i did quite a bit of trash pickup in the elementary school's yard across the street...i have noticed a few very expensive costumes for sale in the local paper! cleopatra, anyone??

JessicaBliss said...

hey hey hey lil family of mine! just thought i'd pop in, like quick magic, and drop an electronic stripe of Luh-huh-HUV on your bloggy blog! it's 7:30am in niger and i am Surfing the Internet like a resident of the 21st century. so good to be back: because YOU'RE HERE TOO!!!! eliza, you rock on with yo soccer-playin' self-- way to keep the tradition rolling! i am so proud of you! and your hair looks, like, totally gorgeous. anika, i think that if you were here in niger everybody would want to make beautiful glowing capes with YOUR hair to wear when it's windy out. how romantic! would you consider naming one of your worms Zainabu, after my nice neighbor who gives me beans every day? i think she'd appreciate that.

and on and on i go: debbie! happy 29th birthday! at this rate, we will be the same age in a couple of years, which sounds pretty swell to me. i have a letter in the works to you all, and am loving seeing all of your writing and photos on this fancy computer screen. please give my love and a big big booty shake to dan and the girls, and an especially sassy kiss on the cheek to yourself (impossible? of course not!)

XOXOXO BIG HAPPY LOVE from JESSICA