October 30th, 2006

little review

Poem for Monday

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Our Halloween week is in full swing. After younger son got home from Hebrew school, we went to Scott's Run to hike and see the leaves around the Potomac River, which were lovely. Because of all the rain we got late last week, the river was very high -- the spot where we usually stand and skip stones is completely submerged, and the waterfall is bigger and louder than it was this summer. Then we came home and started putting together the bookcases for our CDs, which activity was interrupted by younger son's violin recital. (I have been trying to get ahold of the woman who runs my pagan circle all week to ask her if I could come late to Samhain...sent e-mails, left phone messages, finally gave up on actual voice contact and decided I wouldn't get there till two hours late anyway, and am very bummed I could not go, as it was at beeej's and I haven't seen her in forever and she is a wonderful cook and her Halloween decorations are always awesome, and I was going to go with vertigo66 and didn't get to see her either, waah!)

The original plan for this recital was that it was going to be a few kids in the music teacher's living room. Then it became more kids and one of their families volunteered to host it. Then it was suggested that the kids come in costume if they wanted. Then the teacher offered to bring in platters for dinner (potluck was out of the question as the family hosting keeps very strict kosher...I don't think they celebrate Halloween, but they were willing to have chocolate covered pretzels, bagels and cream cheese, tuna sandwiches, cupcakes, etc. as long as everything came from a kosher bakery and grocery!) So it ended up being easily 60 people, probably more counting all the parents and siblings, in the enormous central area of an enormous home with gorgeous plants all over and the kids performing in the stairwell overlooking the family and living rooms, which are separated down the middle by a glass-enclosed fireplace. The kids ran the gamut from just started playing this September to All-State High School Orchestra, so we heard a very wide range of music and saw lots of hilarious costumes, and then crammed into the basement with the poor family dog in a crate because it had scared some of the younger siblings while everyone ate.

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I only got one article done today so must get work done tomorrow, plus organize CDs, rearrange the summer and winter clothes in my closet, clean up all the stuff that fell all over the dining room...and go see The Prestige with perkypaduan so I can write her a review of it for greenman_review. A great and noble sacrifice on my part, I know. *veg*