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November 11, 2005

This Week. . .

Ahhhh. . . This is the life. Hubby blogging at the desktop, and me curled up in the recliner with the laptop. The family that blogs together. . . well, something like that.

My Mom doesn't feed me enough. That's what T7 told the dental assistant when she encouraged him to stop chewing on his numbed cheek. Kids.

Last Friday I had a bit of me time. I finally bought a pair of Gap stretch cords that I've been coveting for years. I know, I know. . . Not very sanctified, but it was out and out coveting. When we were in Ukraine, some friends of mine in the States were just gushing over how soft and comfy their Gap stretch cords were. I wanted a pair sooooo bad. But you know that sort of thing really does need to be tried on in person. Not surprisingly, there are no Gap stores in Kyiv. (Though there was once a rumor of one and a friend and I spent a day trying to find it.) So, I just couldn't resist buying myself a wonderful, beige, buttery-soft cordouroy pants when I went into Gap last week and saw them on sale. And yes, they have met my expectations.

Along with those jeans I bought a copy of Home Comforts. My Mom and Dad sent me some family photos, an encouraging card, and a gift card to the bookstore. It felt great to get that surprise and splurge.

I met with the guidance counselor at the boys' school that day, too. I like Mrs. Smith. She's approachable and wise. She's also lived overseas. I keep running into people at the boys' school who served on the mission field--the elementary principle, guidance counselor, receptionist. . . I've been very thankful for the help and understanding they've shown the boys as they transition into American school culture.

Speaking of which, there is so much I take for granted that my kids know about American culture that they don't necessarily do. This morning on the drive to school, T7 mentioned something about summer vacation and R6 was surprised. "You mean we don't have to go to school all summer?"

This school has been a good choice for our boys at this time. But I have so many homeschool biases still come up. Honestly, I'm a bit annoyed at homework. So many hours at school, and they still have work to do at home?

Several weeks ago, Amy wrote incredulously about frozen PB&J sandwiches and the people who buy them. I secretly thought, "Hey, that's a good idea. . ." While I can't imagine buying frozen PB&J, I did ask some experts if they'd ever frozen PB&J, and how they turned out when thawed. Then I did an experiment of my own. I made three loaves of bread into PB&J last Sunday, and T7 bagged them for me. We froze them. Each morning I pulled one from the freezer while packing lunches. Not a single complaint from the sandwich consumers. It works. And while, yeah, it only takes a few minutes to make them in the morning, I'm all for streamlining morning routines.

Hubby's grandparents arrived in Florida this week. They are unofficially snowbirds, staying several weeks or months each year down hear with Hubby's folks. We met them last night for pizza, and it was so good to see them. It was as if the past four years that we haven't seen them was no time at all.

I'm going to call my grandparents this weekend. They are back in Metairie. Their house is still standing and they've moved back in, but the downstairs was completely ruined by Katrina. I don't even want to think about if the photos MawMaw kept in the parlor were brought upstairs or not. I just realized that the piano on which I learned to play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Mary Had a Little Lamb was likely ruined. I know those are just things, but they represent memories and people and. . . I shouldn't have started thinking down this path. I'm going to call them tomorrow.

My parents are coming for Thanksgiving. I'm absolutely giddy about it. My sister and her children are flying in, too. I can't wait. They haven't seen the boys yet, since we've been back. We're going to go see alligators and my Dad is going to make the turkey, and it's going to be low-key and laid-back and wonderful.


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I officially welcomed him back. I hope that means that you all are getting more settled in Fla.

Posted by: Barry at November 12, 2005 09:07 AM

Great to hear an update. I'll have to try that pb&j idea!

Posted by: stephanie at November 12, 2005 12:08 PM

I enthusiastically recommend Ms. Mendelson's novel(s).

Posted by: Gideon Strauss at November 12, 2005 12:48 PM

does one REALLY get an opportunity to wear those cords in FL?
because it was making me sweat reading about it

just asking!

Posted by: Dana at November 12, 2005 01:46 PM

My days of making school lunches have long since passed - for which I'm glad!

But I have done the pb&j thing for the two of us when we have an early morning flight; (it's an hour drive to the airport.) I make the sandwiches - no, I don't cut off the crusts :=) - the day or night before, freeze, and then in the morning just put them in the backpack with fruit, crackers, etc. Much less expensive than airport food, and just as good as what, if anything these days, the airline serves.
It works with lunchmeat/cheese too; just don't include mayo, and especially not lettuce!

Posted by: FLGrandma at November 12, 2005 02:33 PM

one day pat picked up one of those brand name pre-wrapped deli sandwiches at a gas station. it was frozen so he brought it back in. the guy said "oh yeah - those were just stocked"... made me cringe, but after reading this i guess i should mention that it's just as possible to freeze deli meat and cheese sands too. (not that i've tried it). on a diff note - sis my email is acting up - making it impossible to reply to your messege - so call me tomorrow if you have time. it's no biggie though.

Posted by: mtnmama at November 12, 2005 06:50 PM

Ok. I'm not afraid to admit it... I have bought two boxes of those frozen pb&j's. Trust me, it was an emergency. I also make bread with freshly milled wheat, so it all balances out, right? ;-)

I'm going to try the sandwich idea. It seems like everthing falls apart right around lunch time, so having some pre-made sandwiches would be a big help.

Posted by: Melissa Parker at November 13, 2005 11:34 PM

Oops. I guess my computer entired my name. That last comment was just little 'ole me.

Posted by: Missy at November 14, 2005 05:09 AM

i love your daily life posts! I'm excited for about your cords - I well remember conversations about them and about the Gap in general. It still amazes me that we miss such silly (but somehow important) things. Still no sign of it, by the way. And also, thought I'd say that LH, our friend here, freezes PB&J sandwiches and it really made staying with her kids a breeze for all of us. :)
Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family - ahh, it will be good.

Posted by: Laura Mac at November 14, 2005 05:20 AM

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