Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Random Update Post

The kids started school! And they love their teachers! And they love their classes!

Mick's going to buy an off-road motorcycle! (Gratuitous exclamation mark there.)

Dane's playing fall soccer at the Y. ("You know what I like about the Y, Mom? They don't keep score...")

Aubrey's taking Gymnastics at the Y and moved up from Hot Shots to Level 2. ("Mom, when do you think I can move up to Level 3?")

Dane's reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret for his first book report. In addition to his written report, he has to think of his book as a movie and imagine how he'd direct it. Then he gets to make a "movie poster" to accompany it. What a cool assignment. There's not as much text in Hugo Cabret as I'd like to see, but (1) it's his first report of the year, (2) the text that's there is thought-provoking, (3) I'll be pushing him to elaborate on his ideas and connections in his book report (that's our agreement), and (4) he has to read another book he started, Heat, as well. That might sound rough, but Dane's still excited.

Aubrey's reading Tom's Midnight Garden for her first book report of the year. She's a quarter of the way into it and enjoying it. I think it holds a special place in her heart because I read it as a kid. (It's my copy.) I'm not sure what her report assignment will be, but today she took a little 3x5 card to school with a synopsis (half copied from the jacket, the rest in her own words -- oh well!) and a picture she drew of Tom.

Mick's reading Consider the Lobster by his current favorite author, David Foster Wallace (RIP). Foster Wallace is masterful in his sentence structure and style, his ideas and connections, and his depth and humor. For all those reasons, Mick smiles a lot when he reads this author.

I'm about to read Auntie Mame for book club, but I'm dying to read Beatrice and Virgil, by Yann Martel, author of the incredible Life of Pi, instead.

I scored 20 points (3rd place - here's how they scored) in Session 1 of my NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Contest. This is a great score and puts me in good standing to advance to the next round - if I score high again on Session 2. Here are the prompts I was given:
  • Session 1 - Genre: Comedy. Location: A Dance Club. Object: A Motorcycle.
  • Session 2 - Genre: Romantic Comedy. Location: A B&B. Object: A Snow Shovel.
I'll let you wonder what I wrote while I decide whether I'll post my stories.

I took a job teaching 9 credits (3 classes) of Writing at Rogue Community College, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 - 2:30. I start September 27th.

Our Siskiyou Challenge team fell apart when two athletes succumbed to back injury. They're fine now, but our pushing-40 bodies reminded us not to push our luck this time around. Sorry, now you can't ROOT FOR US!

Our back yard is kind of done - at least for this phase. The new fence is up, the ground is mulched, the sprinkler system is up and running, and the lawn's grown in. We now have a drawing/plan of how we'll fill it in over the next couple of years - and my mom is coming down this fall to help me put in a perennial garden and plant some trees. (Right, Mom???)

Mick's amazing grandmother (Mimi) is taking her entire family (23 of us?) on a cruise this Christmas for her 95th birthday - and we're headed to the Bahamas! And... before we board the ship in Baltimore, our little family of 4 is going to hit Washington D.C. for some history tours. (This fall we'll be doing some U.S. History prep!) Added bonus? We'll stay in Mimi's home a few of those days - and Mick's excited to show the kids where he's visited her since he was four. Right now we're in the throes of purchasing plane tickets, acquiring passports, renting cars, reserving tour spots, and arranging to kennel a dog.

The dog! Sharkles is still our fuzziest, lovin'est, happiest little pal in the house.


Jennie Englund said...

So many, many good things happening in that cute little house with the amazing latte machine!

Caught you reading the novel today.

And welcome aboard! RCC is so lucky to have you!

KUrlie said...

What a pity you and your fam lead such booooorrrrrinnnngggggg lives Anj. You all really should get out and DO something. Seriously.

Natalie N said...

Loved this update, Anjie! I can't believe how grown up Dane & Aubrey are getting. Reading about the books they are reading and their school projects really threw things into perspective for me that they aren't those small preschoolers that I remember. :( But so happy to hear that they are loving school and life so much.

I loved your "gratuitous exclamation mark" for Mick's motorcycle. You are wife of the year for sure!

And Mimi sounds like the coolest grandma around! 95th bday at the Bahamas? Sounds like you all will have a BLAST!!

anjie said...

Thanks for your comments, guys. And Karen, it's just going to get more boring when 9 credits of teaching start up next week. Yikes!

Anonymous said...

Who had the back injuries?

Start now for next year - the super champs of 2011!

My neurosurgeon and P.T. highly recommend I WALK OFTEN - which I'm doing often up and down the hallway and into and out of rooms & repeat, repeat & repeat.
Ready to get outside when I feel a tad more stable.

Know I can do the stairs on the cruise ship vs. elevators.

I read Pi in college and want to read his other reading.

Also read one of the books your Mom gave Mick and have the other one Mick's reading now. Quite a sense of humor - brings on the chuckles.

My minds going numb.
Nighty night.