Just a quick note to let my readers know I haven’t taken leave of the land of the living. It’s been a very busy couple of weeks. I’ve done some reassessment of priorities, and have really focused on getting our schooing routine in order and, to a lesser extent, getting my exercise regimen going again. Just keeping up with the everyday things has left me with less computer time than usual, and when I’m here, I’m usually getting caught up on the news rather than commenting on it. I don’t have time for both, and one can’t do the latter without first doing the former.
It snowed last night and this morning, the second or maybe the third time this fall. Or is it winter now? With snow on the ground, it’s sort of hard to think of it as autumn still, but I suppose it is. This will be my fourth winter in Santa Fe, and snow is finally starting to seem like a normal part of life.
Today was a busy day. Religious ed for the girls in the morning, and for me one of those parent classes Catholic churches make us take when our kids are preparing for sacraments (Elizabeth will make her first confession and first communion this year). Keeping Portia relatively calm while being taught things I already know left me tired.
Then it was off to lunch (the pizza place which Portia trashed by throwing all her food on the floor) and then the babysitter’s to leave the kids while I went to the GOP phone bank and made a lot of calls about the election this Tuesday to increase the Santa Fe County sales tax. I convinced two people who were planning to vote yes to vote no instead, and informed quite a few people who hadn’t heard there was even going to be an election (it’s a single-issue ballot and the sneaky bastards know people don’t pay attention when it’s not a presidential or gubernatorial election) when and where they should vote. That was tiring, too, but worth doing.
The little girls are in bed but the big girls are up way past their bedtime, transfixed by Typing Instructor for Kids, which my friend and fellow homeshooling mom Lisa recommended, and for which I thank her profusely. I’ve been wanting to teach them to type properly, using the correct fingers, for ages, but just couldn’t seem to get around to finding the right program. Thanks to Lisa, we found it, and the girls love it and are really doing well. We’ve only just started using it, but so far I’m very impressed.
Meanwhile, around the blogosphere, my friend MIT Mommy is having fun and being very silly in Japan. Anne, the Palm Tree Pundit, gave me a quote of the day post, an honor which I share with Mark Steyn. It’s not every day I’m placed in such august company. Mahalo, Anne. Pauline is writing her post titles in Polish again. Patrick is reading his fellow Hawaiian (that’s the President for the non-birthers among us) the riot act again.