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Friday 40 - Week 20


  1. Snow on Halloween. Yes. This is totally normal.
  2. A two hour diatribe on the way home where I stated in no uncertain terms that I hated absolutely everything. Including the woman walking across the street, the broken down taxi cab, the wind, the snow, and most of all that liquor store over there. 
  3. My kids did not want to trick-or-treat because it was too cold. Yes. This is totally normal.
  4. I forced them to go trick-or-treating because that is the kind of mother I am.
  5. Wine in my Batman thermos while we trick-or-treat. 
  6. George: "Mom. MOM! What are you putting into my Batman cooler?"
  7. Despite all the effort my children put into their costumes, most of them look how they do on a daily basis. The exceptions are Alexander (who is wearing half of a blue morph suit) and Aidan, who is wearking Joker makeup. 
  8. Crying uncontrollably as I recount an article I read on the HuffPo about some woman's teenage son who is now too old to go trick-or-treating and recognizing that this is probably the last year the five kids will ever want to go out with us again. 
  9. No. The wine had nothing to do with those tears.
  10. Letting the kids trick-or-treat by themselves. No adult supervision. For three whole blocks. 
  11. Standing in the freezing cold watching a soccer game. Becuause that is also the kind of mother I am.
  12. Running in the crisp air. It is absolutely soul cleansing. 
  13. A menu plan for the month of November. We shall see...
  14. Knowing that every student has so much to give. Sometimes you just have to work really hard to see it. 
  15. Coming home to a made bed. 
  16. Teeny-tiny notes left on the mirror. 
  17. Being prickly. Because sometimes I just feel too much and I have to protect myself. 
  18. I get it. I can be a really bad parent sometimes and I'm not afraid to admit it.
  19. This: "When are you going to stop beating yourself up over..."
  20. I totally support my brother and his theatre crew by allowing them to completely take over my spot in the garage. I'm so giving.
  21. There really are days when I have a lot of time I cannot account for. 
  22. The days go by so quickly. I want to stop time and suck in these moments that are passing me by. 
  23. Student, when asked how she feels about being 14: "I wish things were easier like when I was eight." I get that.
  24. I already have located the schedule for the next assmebly day. Perhaps I'll even be able to see a student or two that day.
  25. Parent-Teacher conferences. Mostly excellent news.
  26. Dinner at The Bristol. They make the best chicken ever. 
  27. Me (in my head) while sitting at The Bristol: "I hate this restuarant and will never come here again."
  28. Even in my dreams, I follow the advice of my lawyer and do not submit to a breathalizer test. Nice to know I'm prepared. 
  29. Knitting at Kopi. 
  30. Sociological discussions about 'All About That Bass' while at knitting beacuse 1) I cannot believe more of you have not heard this song and 2) it really is okay to love a song because it makes you feel good because 3) that is what music is supposed to do.
  31. This from Amy Poehler: "When you're a stay-at-home mother you have to pretend it's really boring, but it's not. It's enriching and fulfilling, and an amazing experience. And then when you're a working mother you have to pretend that you feel guilty all day long."
  32. Only I do pretty much feel guilty all day long. 
  33. Leaving seven minutes early means I miss all the traffic.
  34. Making dinner.
  35. Watching some silly guy walk across Marina Towers from David's office. I'm certain there are other ways I could have spent my time. None the less, I watched. 
  36. Alexander's Last Minute Leaf Project, Aidan's Last Minute Time-Line Project, and Eva Kay's Last Minute Saint's Project. 
  37. Me to Alexander after he accidentally deleted his Last Minute Leaf Project: "What did you learn from this?" Alexander: "Not to play chess on your computer because it will cause your computer to crash." 
  38. Seeing George and Aidan work together to come up with things for his timeline like the kids' 'Meet-aversary' and Aidan's first swear word. Tears. 
  39. No more school lunches. The kids are totally in charge of making thier lunches for the week and thus far, they have made sure there is a desert item for each day. I'm not so sure about the sandwich item.
  40. Ain't It Fun


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