Archive for the day “October 13, 2009”

ordinary-ness

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from where i sit i can see a lavender, orange and grey sky. i hear the rustling of tree branches as my husband gathers the ones he has cut and stacks them in the back of one of the trucks to take to the dump. the rain came. and then it stopped. we are expecting more tomorrow, but i hope it goes away. who ever heard of rain in october. in california.

the cold makes me slow. i just want to bundle up on the couch and read stories. 1/2 of my children would be fine with this. the other two are overflowing with testosterone.  both are itching to go out and explore. riding bikes around the block is enough for one but the other isn’t content unless he is doing things like making appointments with the department of motor vehicles so he can get his driver’s license. complaining that he wants a job. money. to go to public school. blah. blah. blah.sometimes i just ignore him. hoping all of it will just go away. hoping i’ll wake up in the morning and they’ll be small again. life will be less complicated. and that the ordinary-ness will once again outweigh all of these other things that make things not so ordinary.

so to make my heart a little lighter i am sharing with you some favorite vintage pillow cases. in fall colors. on my favorite bed. and a yummy dish i made the other night: fluffy jasmine rice and sauteed shrimp with red bell peppers, zucchini and garlic (fresh garlic, butter, olive oil and lemon pepper and red pepper seasonings). hardly anyone complained about the red bell peppers.

ironically, we had an early dinner at mcdonald’s tonight. and it was nice and cozy. not necessarily very healthy. but we got out of the house for a bit. and for about an hour the muddy footprints in the kitchen and this muddy mood of mine didn’t matter. i sat next to my sweetheart and we chatted about things and smiled at each other while the littlest boy sporting a red beanie and pea coat on fiddled instead of eating, our girl, with rosy cheeks pouted because she couldn’t have a mocha latte and the big boys scratched all of the monopoly game pieces to see if we’d leave the restaurant millionaires. it was sort of like a date. but not. we weren’t alone by any means. and really we are already millionaires.

i don’t know what’s up with school. the plans are there. tons of them. but i feel sort of in a daze, like it is too much information and i don’t know how to disperse it all. to so many students. at so many grade levels. i am hating the high school plans from  charter and i was wrong about which explorers we are reading about. magellan. cortes. vespucci. columbus. and not necessarily in that order. i guess you could say they are the first explorers. not counting the vikings.

i am waiting for an order of story of the world to come and making my way through the ordinary parent’s guide to teaching reading and the first writing with ease (which is way too easy for the middles).

on one of our million trips to the library i picked up this book. i read the first few chapters and now i can’t find it. it is light reading. kind of sad. i don’t know why i gravitate towards sad books. i finished my chapter on st. therese in this book and have started the one on st. teresa of avila since her feast is just around the corner. i figure in a year’s time i will have read the whole book if i read the chapter on each saint when their feast comes around.

i started some light grey wool fingerless handwarmers for myself last night. i am almost done with the second one. and since i only have two hands that means i am really almost done!

i didn’t care for that pumpkin rice pudding i made. the kids ate every last bit. but i swear there are times when i follow recipes and then i could kick myself because i did. and then there are other times when i don’t and then i could kick myself for that too.

well that’s all. just a hodge-podge of ordinary-ness. which really isn’t so bad.

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