Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sailing on the Chesapeake

So, until yesterday I'd never been sailing. Except in a sunfish. On Fort Pond. For about 5 minutes. Does that even count? I guess we have mostly landlocked friends without boats and it hasn't been a priority to get me on a sailboat, apparently. So, I've been on except horrible horrible ferries that smell like fuel, some powerboats, a catamaran once when I was a pre-teen somewhere up in Maine, and canoes and kayaks, and a river cruise ship in Egypt. But sailboats? Not so much.

C45 has a friend at work, Captain Howard, who bought a 30' sailboat back in December of 2013. 10 months ago, essentially. And he's been looking for people to take out with him. So, yesterday was our day!

C10 wasn't looking forward to it, but she wasn't actively against it. Q8 was actively against it. And once we got on the boat, C10 was totally into it. She loved it. When offered to steer, she jumped right up. Q eventually got up and did it as well, but not the multiple times that C10 did. She had a high level of trepidation.

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I guess not so surprisingly, since she is our girl who loves amusement park rides a whole lot, C10 love love loved when the boat was heeling (this the right term, yes? sailing people???) and Q8 wasn't so keen on it. Q8 stayed closer to the adults, whereas C10 sate whereever she wanted to be (as long is it wasn't in the way of Captain Howard).

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Family portrait interlude!


Every chance she got Q8 asked to turn around and go home, and C10 asked to go further, faster, at a deeper angle. I'm always surprised when C10 gets into something and is positive about an activity, but this was one of them, and I think she'd do it again. More than just think, I know she would.

And Q8 remained unconvinced until we turned around and were motoring in. At that time I went up to sit on the bow. I was there only a few minutes when Q8 came up to be with me. And took my place immediately. Can you see the happiness there?


And then C10 came up to the bow, and a little kerfuffle ensued about who got to sit where, of course! But we worked it out and got some selfies, which they thought were hysterical.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sleeping outside

Q8 and C45 have slept outside before. I can't remember when. But it was dark, they were in a tent, it was buggy, noisy, and generally fairly uncomfortable at the bottom of our hill past the trampoline.

Last night, however, Q8 wanted to sleep outside,  That seems reasonable to me, but instead of sleeping in a tent at the bottom of our hill with bugs and uncomfortable rocks and dirt, I suggested we sleep on the porch, as I call what everybody else calls the deck.


Might have been my suggestion because I was enjoying the porch at the time. It had been a lovely evening.

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Whatever it is, though, porch or deck, Q8 agreed, and so I pulled out a feather bed, and a camping mat, and the feather pillow bolster I made for Q8 some time ago (4 king-sized pillows sewed together, essentially, that she sleeps on). So nobody would be sleeping on the wood.

Q8 brought out her pillow, her back rest, C45's sleeping bag, a book, a flashlight, and put on some warm footie pjs and was ready for bed.

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I put on some warm pjs, wool socks, promptly lost my hat & scarf, pulled out a mummy bag, three pillows, and and extra blankie. I was ready.

Q8 read for a while then fell asleep

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I then looked up at the tree above us and realized if a limb fell we were toast. But then I fell asleep. In the end, I was still chilly at night!! Should have brought out a duvet, too. It only went down to 46 degrees, so it wasn't the mummy bag (I consulted with my friendly EMS expert also known as my best friend K44, who told me it must be rated to at least 20 degree F, and did I want to return it? Since I bought the thing in 1988, I declined ... ).

I'd definitely sleep there again. Anytime!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Science Bowl 2014-15: Hyattsville vs Patuxent

When you have a chance, take some time to watch it. Just do it.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lucy Dog

She's hairy. She sheds. She jumps. She barks. We've done a horrible job training her.  We follow her around with poop bags. We feed her. Pick up her toys and her sloppy water spills. And put up with the fact that she pees with submission and excitement when she sees us. 

Despite all that I mostly think she's mostly an acceptable pet. She still surprised me yesterday. I came home to find that her dislike of zippers has extended to the couch (sofa. davenport. chesterfield). And she'd ripped up the zipper and pulled out the stuffing. She couldn't do too much because she came upon the springs ... but c'mon.

Yes, I told the kids I was considering donating her to the Value Village thrift store.


She's going back into her "room" when we go out from now on. And as punishment I'm taking her to the vet for vaccinations tomorrow. Ha. Take that, Lucy Dog.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

We had lovely visitors last weekend, J, with whom I went to college, and his wife M, and their daughter S9. S9 is right in between C10 & Q8 in terms of age, and they all get along great. Honorary cousins!

They made fairy stores ... which they do every time they see each other.

And then Q8 took S9 horseback riding. I want you to note that Q8 is riding bareback. There is a saddlepad on the horse for comfort ... but no saddle, no stirrups!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Science Bowl

We'll post a YouTube video in a few weeks, but for now just know C10 was a hit. Of course she was.

Here is the team.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Walking to the library

I've read that at 10 years old children are mentally mature enough to make the right decisions to cross streets, and that before that they really aren't capable of always making the right decisions. So C10 turned 10 at the beginning of the month, and I figured I already let her walk the neighborhood by herself (small streets to cross, but nothing major), so I'd let her walk wherever she wanted once she hit 10, including crossing bigger streets by herself.

So. The library called and left a message that said that one of her holds was in. It was 4:30, but I told C10 that she could walk the mile to the library and get her book if she wanted. She did. She changed, gathered up her stuff, and left. Just like that.

FREEEEEAK OUUUUUT. She had to cross 410 (East-West Highway) at Adelphi Road at rush hour. Which, at that point, is three lanes each way. Did I say rush hour?

I emailed the mom's listserv in town for support, and got multiple emails back. And I posted something on facebook.

Then I got the text from the library saying she'd checked out a book. Which told me she'd gotten there safely. So I relaxed and knew she could get home. Then a friend emailed and said she'd seen her at he library. Then a friend CALLED and said C had crossed right in front of her on 410, and did beautifully. And then the facebook posts started, and kept coming as people who didn't even know her saw her (She wearing a blue & white dress? I saw her, she did great!!). I think the whole neighborhood saw her.  It was fantastic. No worries. We live not just in the city of Hyattsville, but one of those villages people keep talking about. Really.

Here she is all proud after making it home.