2. When I visited my parents yesterday I took along Rosemary Sutcliff's The Lantern Bearers, which I probably haven't read since I read it aloud to Geoff lo these many years ago. More ancient history. I love her writing. I wonder if I can get the kids excited about Ancient Britain, or if I should keep beating them into enthusiasm about Egypt and Sumer?
3. When I visited my parents yesterday I asked Mum about a piece of government mail, and she said it had been there a few days. I asked if I should open it, and she said yes. I told her it was a government check (medication rebate), and suggested we go to the bank and deposit it. She agreed that we should do it, and said, "And maybe... I don't know, there's this other thing..." and pulled three Canada Saving Bonds worth over $12,000 AFTER INTEREST from her pocket! So I hurried her out the door and down to the bank and we deposited all the nice money while I hyperventilated about how long she'd been carrying them around and how easily they could have dropped out of her pocket.
4. I've gotten up early because Hallelujah, Elizabeth slept the whole night for the second time in a row, and I am beating my head against the unending wall of meal planning and grocery lists. The complexity, I'm explaining to myself, comes from everyone in the family liking different things, needing to cook for my parents as well as us, and trying to realistically assess how much energy I'm going to have to cook, plus scouring the flyers for bargains. And trying to rein in my instinctive desire to BUY ALL THE THINGS and then sit in the middle of them and weep softly because I feel crowded and overwhelmed. Clearly this is an area where I need to pray more, for discipline and self-control. And for someone else to take over. It was a glorious two weeks when my aunt and uncle were here visiting, and I should have chained my aunt to something so I could keep her.
5. Cute girls playing in the fall.
6. I collected a decent list of meals that can be customizable. By that I mean- provide disparate pieces that the people eating put together and/or choose on their own. I'm (eternally) hoping to reduce meal time arguments. We do taco salad all the time, but I'm going to include:
Build your own salad
Chicken broth with things to stir in/DIY chicken soup
Stir fry or fried noodles broken into components
Build your own rice bowl, which can be Chinese or Korean-esque
Oven fries or hash browns with toppings
The roast sausage and roast veg thing I do but separated into components in different bowls
Also things like subs, which we actually don't do often because it always seems like a pain to have all the ingredients on hand.
7. I just remembered that I promised a few friends I'd start reading Barbara Pym. Good time, especially since I just finished a novel. Which one should I start with?