This might be the longest January in the history of Januaries (is it just me, or has it seemed really really long??), but here it is, suddenly nearly over. Before it began we were having balmy, spring-like weather, and here as the end nears and Orion is high in the night-time sky, we are to have weather in the 50's again. And in-between? Heavy snows for this part of our world. It's like it's March, not January, with the crazy polarized weather.
|a hike with Nugga on a warm afternoon|
We've gotten back into a swing of sorts, with mornings together and a gradual drifting around lunchtime to computers, books, block towers...It is suiting us right now, which of course doesn't mean it will last, but I'm feeling like there is a great balance of structure, juice, fermentation and creativity. I am reconfirming my allegiance to down-time and the power of nothing-to-do, and it is feeling pretty good.
|a rabbit hole: Ani quizzes me on countries of Africa, |
and we notice the Islamic symbol on a number of the flags,
which leads to looking up where Islam started,
which leads...you see how it goes.
|drawing and tracing maps. just out of the photo: |
An event of note: Eliza got her ears pierced! It was a family event, of course, and Dan had his holes re-pierced, while Ani and I just hung about for moral support.
|In this photo, Eliza looks simultaneously thirteen and eight to me. |
It's all in there, I know, but sometimes it just shines out at me so clearly.
|This one is finding her Style!|
Have you ever had Totoro make you french toast for breakfast? Mmmmm.
We are all finding ways to move our bodies these days. The week starts Monday morning at 6:30 with a yoga class for Dan and I, and it is kind of amazing that we are able to get there and enjoy it so very much. (On the morning of our first class - new January habit, you know - the car was frozen shut, so we had to crawl in through the back of the car - and back out once we got there - and back in once it was over, because it was still frozen! That's dedication.) Ani is reluctant to take any classes, but one of our favorite people, the girls' poetry teacher, whose official title on her business cards is "Warrior Poet", happens to be a black belt in karate and teaches a class at the community center. I floated the idea of attending by Ani, and the two of us signed up and go twice a week. It is awesome to share that with her. It's a little like giggling through gym class, with your kid (please do not tell Sensei Wendy we are giggling, though she might have caught wind of it as we did our best at pushups the other night. Oof.)
And there was last weekend, the big snow, which is now almost gone, but gave us quite a nice cosy Saturday, with rehearsals and shopping cancelled, and a good workout with the shoveling. We can say we've had a taste of winter, and big good-bye to January...
|Goldfinches and a Downy|