I’m trying really hard to move on from our vacation, but darn it. I don’t want to. My head is still in the clouds, which is completely unhelpful because I’ve been trying to read about psychoanalytical theory for five days now and nothing is registering in my brain. (Did I mention how much I dislike Literary Theory? And what exactly does Freud’s argument about penis envy have to do with anything at all?) November is nearly here and that means I will have a very, very small presence online. November is National Novel Writing Month and I’m participating. By the end of November, I hope to have at least 50,000 words of something substantial. (Who wants to do my Literary Theory homework in November? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?)
Back to something more exciting, here is a compilation of less than 100 photos out of the nearly 1,000 I took on our trip. It’s time to move on from it, but I figured it would be fun to make a video.
And lastly, HOW BOUT THEM VOLS!?!? Seriously, people, we are so excited about the win over South Carolina on Saturday. We needed this win to carry on with our lives in a decent manner. We did not watch the game in real time but instead recorded it on the DVR. At one point I went upstairs to whip together a quick batch of cookies and forgot that we weren’t watching the game at the same time as everyone else. So I haphazardly checked Facebook. Once I read that the Vols won, I grabbed my camera so I could record the reaction at the end. We had friends over, so the room erupted when Palardy kicked the winning field goal.
All is well in Big Orange Country.
We were about to start our eleventh game of Uno when Jacob got up from the table to follow Salem into the backyard. (He’s so curious to know where the cat goes when he’s outside. I tell him that Salem can go anywhere he wants, which is how it is when you’re the boss, but he’s always good to come home afterward.) It was approaching 11 p.m. so the sky was pitch dark. I was shuffling cards when I heard Jacob call for me.
“Aunt Jennie! Come out here! You gotta see this!”
Thinking it had something to do with the cat, I hurried.
“Look!” he said, pointing to the sky. “Stars!”
“Do you not have stars at your house?” I asked.
“Not like this,” he said.
Apart from the few clouds, the sky was particularly bright. We stargazed for a bit with the blind eye until I remembered the StarWalk app on my iPad. That was a game-changer.
This brought stargazing to a new level since we could easily identify everything we saw. Jacob kept saying, “THIS IS SO AWESOME,” which meant we were going to put off that game of Uno for as long as he wanted.
I’m lovin’ it.
To be brief:
- Last night’s Maundy Thursday service was profound for us. Having never recognized the Last Supper as it originally occurred, having never seen a church’s chancel stripped of all its decoration, having never felt the cold sorrow of a silent congregation in thought over Jesus’ arrest and impending sentence, I didn’t know what to expect. Chuck and I were both very moved by it, while both boys sat more quietly and thoughtfully than ever. Before this week, we’d not observed Holy Week at all, at least not with any sort of special mid-week church service or personal rituals. Easter has always been about the resurrection, of course, but we’ve since discovered that you cannot truly know the impact of Easter morning until you’ve felt the sorrow of the days preceding it.
- The boys and I are going to begin an intensive school schedule on Monday and it will last throughout all of April. Jackson is mostly done with his curriculum, so really my efforts will be directed towards Jeremy to complete his third grade year by mid-May. This is because I am starting graduate school in mid-May and I really don’t want our assignments to overlap. I may be efficient and organized, but I’m not crazy. We need to finish one before we start the other.
- Major had his splint removed this week though he’s still hobbling around like he’s injured. The Mommy Guilt continues. Our poor puppy just cannot catch a break. He’s still adorable as can be.
See how we’re not letting him on the furniture?
- And finally, this is an incredible video for which I wish I could take credit. Some people are so creative! The woman who made it gives this brief description: I asked a six year old what my movie should be about, and this is what he told me.
The video is a seven-minute commitment, but it’s really worth watching. The child is a little speck of wisdom, particularly when he says, “You just think of something else until the nervous has gone out of you.”
At least bookmark it so you can watch it later.
He’s getting better at this every day, which is particularly nice when it’s snowing or raining, or when I don’t want to change out of my pajamas.