July 7th, 2006

little review

Poem for Friday

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I did lots of running around today but at least most of it was productive. Got all the Bar Mitzvah invitations stuffed, stamped and mailed except the one going to apaulled's parents best friends, whose new address we do not have and which we are having trouble getting from them since they are visiting his brother on the west coast. My mother took my son to try on suits, since Nordstrom is having their yearly sale next week while we are at the beach and she wanted to put aside anything that looked really good; she also tried to get a dress for me, refusing to believe that no, I really CAN'T wear a petite medium no matter what she wants to believe (whenever my mother finds clothing she thinks is very "me," it's always totally her, even the size), but everything was civil and we all had lunch together at the mall. Then I took the kids to see perkypaduan, agentirish and their cats, all of whom were very tolerant of our less than relaxing presence! And then I came home, wrote two articles (new Ethan Phillips movie, Connor Trinneer talks SGA) and did a whole bunch of pre-travel chores while the kids had friends over.

We had thought about going to see Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra which was performing for free outdoors in Silver Spring, but apaulled was not really in the mood to fight traffic and hunt for parking to get there and we are probably going to see them later this month at another free concert in Virginia, so instead we organized stuff and read some more Susan Cooper -- the part where the Greenwitch leaves the sea and Jane sees flashes of the history of Trewissick -- things like that. So it was not an exciting day by any means, but some days it takes so little to make me very happy...I had written to someone I wasn't even sure I was going to invite to the Bar Mitzvah as our contact is so sporadic these days, a college professor whom older son hasn't even seen since he was about five, not even particularly counting on her answering an e-mail. I got back a long lovely note from her that just put a huge smile on my face and it's still there.

In one of the flight rooms at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. The birds are not shy and are happy to sit on railings and posts as well as in the trees.