Thursday, October 03, 2013


So, Tom's been off work since about mid-morning Tuesday. I don't really care to go into the details of the government shutdown because I get a little bit grumpy and riled (okay, a lot grumpy and riled). But I will say that, with both kids in school all morning, it has actually been a tiny bit awesome having some unexpected time together. I mean, yes, if this stupidity drags on for weeks and weeks sans income for us, things will start to get very much not awesome. But in the short term, it doesn't hurt to at least try to find the silver lining. We went jogging together yesterday, and this morning he did the school drop-off run (they went early, even, in order to play on the playground before class, much to the kids' delight), while I got the last of the arrangements made for our upcoming California trip. Tomorrow we're meeting friends for coffee and breakfast. He got to come along to Eleri's soccer class yesterday afternoon. It's nice to get to see more of each other.

I mean, I kinda like the guy. ;)

So yes. I do hope Congress manages to extract its collective head from its collective arse very soon. But in the meantime, I'm enjoying the extra time we're getting to spend together.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Apple Picking

On Sunday, we went to pick apples at Homestead Farm in Maryland.

The drive out wasn't too long, and it was a gorgeous day. The kids were quite excited about the whole thing and had a great time seeking out the best apples. Soren was insistent that we get a few different varieties, so we came home with mostly Fuji, some Sun Crisp and a few Braeburn. It didn't take long at all to fill up our bushel basket (27+ lbs!), so we were done pretty quickly.

The farm had a big hay pile for kids to play in, so we made a detour there on our way to check out. Soren did a lot of leaping off of things and throwing hay at Eleri. Eleri did a lot of climbing and giggling.

I'm really glad we decided to go in the morning. Headed home, traffic in the opposite direction was barely crawling. If we'd delayed by an hour or so getting out the door, I suspect we'd have given up and turned around before we even made it halfway there! But instead, we completely lucked out with the traffic and were home by lunchtime.

And figure out what exactly to do with all of these apples...