Wednesday, July 8, 2009


We just got back from our favorite used bookstore in Raleigh, where we picked up children's books a-plenty: several books by Roger Lancelyn Green, a beautiful book on the history of the Statue of Liberty, two books on Troy, one lovely illustrated hardcover on King Arthur, one on Greek heroes, and one on fractions. The kids also picked up some personal reading...a few Goosebumps, Gregor the Overlander, Little House books, and a cute polar bear story for Annie. (And a book on Spacemen 3 for me, because I refuse to grow up.) All totalled up, we spent slightly less than $30. That makes today a good day, in spite of having to barefoot-chase our escaped dogs all over the neighborhood, having guests show up unexpectedly, and being kind of sleepy. Yes, indeed, that definitely made up for it.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go stand over a vent and cool off.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

space is the place

If any of you knew us before we got our new house in May, you would know how giddy I am, all the time, that I have this space. We went from having a corner of the living room in a 1200 square foot house to having a spacious, open loft. It's a tingly little thrill, every time I walk upstairs. I have a lot planned, but I'm pleased with the way it's coming along so far.

Blackboard in mid-air. (Actually, it's painted on a white wall, but that's not very interesting.) We're going to put molding around the board...I think it will look much nicer then. We're also going to paint the room, but I'm not sure when. It depends on whether or not I can ever make up my mind. I've got eight different shades of blue-grey on the front room wall, and it's been that way for a month. It looks modern and artsy, and I might just leave it like that.
Learning! Mission accomplished.

more excuses

Sooo. We have been doing some really nifty work, and we got our class set up a little more (thank you, Ikea.) I'll post some pictures later. Right now, I'm enjoying summer. Iced tea and a good breeze and a good game of Mouse Trap with the kids. Perfect.