judifilksign: (<3 banjo)
On the way home from D, M, R, and M's, I had to stop fifteen separate times, in order to let a total of twenty-one deer cross the road.

I saw bucks with many-pronged antlers, does with fawns (one of which had three fawns with her), and pairs of doe and buck cross.

The last deer was actually in my driveway.  My pulling in scared it down the drive, which caused a frog to jump across to where the neighbor's cat was sitting.  The frog then jumped back across the drive in my headlights, followed by the cat.

Doh!  A deer, a female deer.  
She - is followed by a fawn.
I must brake, so I don't kill,
That buck now running 'cross the lawn.
So, a few fawns follow mom.
Ahhh!  There's bucks to follow those!
Eeek!  I stop for herds of roe!
I have braked for twenty-one!


Tripped

Sep. 30th, 2011 11:18 pm
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I tripped over my daughter's green plastic chair, skidding on drawings she left on the floor, and several sharp toys.  My left foot hurts now, a lot.  Wearing the Boot of Doom again because it hurts less when I don't move my foot much.

I would like my life to not be a disaster zone waiting to ambush me, really.  Or at least get a few more points put into dexterity, or even constitution on my character sheet.
judifilksign: (Lego Judi)
Because Peter Alway had the Lego Filk, I just had to make a Lego Judi icon!
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I have had an upset digestive system for the past few days.  Sparkle has been misbehaving for a good portion of today, resulting in her losing access to the Wii, computers, and all video games.

Sparkle: "If you do not give me MY Wii, I will SPIT on you!"

Me:  "If you spit on me, I will spit up on you. Try me and see. I'm sure you won't like it."

Amazingly, this bit of upmanship appears to have worked.  She backed off from her screams and threats, and is looking at me with frustration. She knows I don't make idle threats, though.

I expect my little tape recorder will remember this line for the future, probably in front of a principal or my boss or something.
judifilksign: (Pirate)
So, not wanting to get wet riding my bike, I got wet swimming at the Y instead.

Sparkle was at the Y's program where on Wednesday nights, they watch the kids swim at the pool.  I signed her in, and swam laps for an hour, content with the knowledge that someone was keeping track of her while I went back and forth.  I could stop as needed, but also not have to worry.  One of the watchladies is one of my former co-workers, so this works out well.

I swam 20 laps back and forth.  36 laps to a mile, so I swam 5/9ths of a mile, or a bit over a half.  I am a bit out of shape since this summer, because I've been slacking off.  Not as fun to swim without someone with whom to gossip as I paddle.

Sparkle let me wash her hair and condition it without pitching an echo wail fit in the changing rooms, too, for which I am grateful.
judifilksign: (Pirate)
Made of fun! )
Today being Talk Like a Pirate Day, I put on me piratey cap, bodice, striped socks, fold-over boots, skirts, and blow-up Pirates of the Carrabean  Sword, and geared up to teach my young pirate crews how to write ten-step directions to get from "here" to "there" for pirate maps.



I had a couple of serious conferences I had to do during the day as well, and it was highly entertaining to watch the faces of the folks to whom I spoke trying valiantly to keep their professional game on when I so clearly amused them so much.  All in all, an exceedingly successful day!
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Went out on the yellow bike tonight, sans Sparkle, who was more interested in her Wii.
The weather was cool, the trail crunchy with brown dried leaves.  Oh, where is the fall splendor?  Dull browns.
Saw a possum scuttle across the road.  A small yip dog ran from my bike until it got back into its yard, than yolf-ed at me, sounding like someone with asthma during a bad cold.

The children of the Nerf incident saw me, and smiled and nodded.

I saw two picnics, one at the start of my trail, one at the second road across the bridge.  I noted both parties were very segregated:  men in one camp, women in another camp, male children on one side of the yard, girl children on the other.  Only the dogs seemed to travel between them.

I saw a wooly worm crawling across the trail..  I least, I think it was one.  It was the right shade of brown, but not a bit of black on it, other than its black head and feet.  What does that mean for winter, oh, prognosticator?

Coming into our drive, I stopped and chatted with my neighbor.  She wanted to know why I was on the yellow bike, which is a bit short for me, really.  I said it was due to the fact that I was plum lazy, and that if Sparkle wasn't on board, I didn't want to haul the trailer around rattling at me.
She laughed at the "plum lazy," because anyone plum crazy enough to go out as much as I did wasn't lazy.  I told her I had just finished ride 65.  We got into a discussion of mom jeans then.
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two carrot six )

We only went to the first road.  Sparkle said she was chilly, which I think may have been understating, because I in my jeans and long shirt was shivering a lot.  I was also physically very tired, because it is *much* harder to haul Sparkle with me, extra pedaling power or not than it is go go it alone.

But it is much sweeter to go with my sweet girl, and hear her burble happily behind me.  And we made chocolate chip cookies. 

Dino comes home from Band contests soon, after having marched in the Arts in the Alley parade this morning.
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Read more... )
Actual start:
Today was a busy parenting day:  help homework, pick up the kiddo from band practice, go to Sparkle's Open House to meet her current and future teachers, medicine pickup at the store, and by Goodness!  A bike ride.

<cut goes *here*>

The curve under the trees was dark, but it lightened up just past it.  I miss the fireflies.  Clouds came on the west sky as I parked my bike in the garage, and then it was night time.  Made it under the wire!

I am *so* frustrated that LJ won't "cut" my cut tags right any more!  It puts the cuts at the top, and I cannot move my uncut words back up over them, and frustrated Judi is frustrated!


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LOOK! A CUT TAG! )
I wanted a bike ride.  The boys needed transportation to Boy Scouts.  My darling husband suggested that he take the boys for their ride, and I could take Sparkle on mine.



We pulled in as my dh and the boys pulled out, and they boys said they were looking forward to cookies when they returned.
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Fall is brown and dry this year. )
It being a lovely day, cool and breezy, I took the opportunity to ride on out on the boys' yellow bike, Sparkle being more interested in the swings outside and LEGO Star Wars inside.



I'm a bit achy in my calves.  It's been too long between my last few rides.  Still, all the same, I was able to go to the second road and back pretty easily.
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On this, the tenth anniversary, I was struck by how many of my students were only preschoolers, or first graders, at the time of the attacks, and have no real memories of a time when we were not at war.

It rains.

Sep. 7th, 2011 05:09 pm
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It continues to rain.  No bike for me today.  I did go to a band fitting, and will go to a high school Open House, and totally amaze the high school teachers who have to stay late for Open House, where usually parents don't show.
judifilksign: (<3 banjo)
So, we went to the band fitting.  Read more... )
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Sparkle, my echolalaic child, can be counted upon for getting the words right to any song.  Today, as she played Lego Star Wars after her bath, she began singing off-script.

To the tune of "Jingle Bells"

"Jengo Fett, Jengo Fett, Jengo all the waaaaay..."

This thrills me on several levels!
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Skies dark and forbidding.  Atmosphere spits when I walk outside.  Strong gusts of wind, sudden.  Trees lashing.

Not the time for biking, sadly.  So, not going.  (Pouts.)
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Short ride today, because riding tonight was like getting a bath from a dog's tongue, except a dog's tongue feels cooler.

Read more... )


Once I got home, I plopped down with my neighbors and petted their dogs while I got my legs back.  This ride was hard to do!
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Getting elder son Dino home from band,children fed, and middle son to parent-enroll-your-child-in-band meeting, and monitoring three children's homework tonight has taken over my life.

No bike ride tonight. No bike ride all week! Pout. That's why I'm the grownup, though.
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Jump In With Me! )So, after a long bit of not swimming after J left for the West, Sparkle got me back to the Y tonight, for the ChildWatch pool time.  We arrived to find the inside pool closed and locked up, but the outside pool was open.  It was in the seventies, on a school night, so it wasn't crowded at all.
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Dino had to go from a rock band look to a marching band look, in time for the marching band yearbook pictures.

His hair was just barely not long enough to go into a ponytail, so I used the family clippers and cut him short.  G.I. Joe looks pretty even.  (The other haircut I know is Kojack.)

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