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Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Stand to the Right!

stand-to-the-right.JPGYou know what I’m talking about. It’s 8:45am and you’re at L’Enfant Plaza trying to make it to work on time. You hear the train pull into the station on the upper platform but you’re standing behind a gaggle of tourists who are, inevitably, lost. You’ll make your train though, cause the woman, in her pantyhose and sneakers… oh, she’s on top of the situation. She’s standing at the bottom of the escalator yelling ‘stand on the right’ to make the morning just a little easier on all of us. She’s wearing sneakers because, as Chase has learned in the last week or so, they make you faster, smarter and stronger. It’s so simple really, even a baby gets it.

It was a good thing that she was wearing her sneakers today because we had important thrifting tasks to attend to. Last week Ben made a comment about my ‘utensil crock’ on the counter that held wooden spoons and the like. He said it wasn’t big enough… and it promptly died. I don’t know the exact circumstances but there was a whiff of utensil crock suicide. I blame him for it. I had to think long and hard about how to approach the problem. I have a 20% off coupon for Bed Bath & Beyond but it’s all the way in Towson. I needed to check Tuesday Morning for a matching towel bar for the bathroom but I wasn’t sure if I’d find a crock there and that was top of my list. Where to turn at a time like this but to old faithful. That’s right, Value Village seemed like the place to go. I totally scored. I’m very happy with the two thingamabobbers I picked up. I am particularly enamored with the enameled coffee pot. The orange one matches the mini-ibis which is also a happy thing.

Chase got some outside toys too. I’m hoping to score some kind of something to climb on outside. I’m not sure the best way to go about that just yet but I’m sure I’ll come up with something. We’ve been spending more time in the yard since the weather’s been cooperating. Ben revamped the raised bed planter and we planted some early spring veg. Peas, radishes, lettuce, etc. We’ll see if we get anything. Since we’ve been working out there, mommy has been very brave. Because I love my daughter, in the last week I’ve held in my hand a ladybug and a snail with a shell the size of a nickle just for her benefit. All of this has got me thinking about keeping a nature journal. When I left the Wagner I was given a lovely autographed copy of Clare Walker Leslie‘s book about keeping a nature journal. I was thumbing through it yesterday and thinking this might be a good time to start. It would be fun if Chase could participate more but I think it will be something that we can look at and read together all the same even if she can’t contribute text or drawings.

Well, I’m officially on spring break and have officially wasted a whole weekend. I’m gonna start fresh tomorrow though and buckle down.

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