Random Bullets of Other News
*Speaking of which: today, Friday November 7, is the last day for Canadian residents to get first crack at Olympics tickets. So order by midnight if you want 'em!
*Having written the above, I'm embarrassed to admit to being psyched about this at all, or to having ordered tickets, because so many of my fellow Vancouver-area-ites are--rightly--embittered and pissed off about all the money and resources being siphoned into Olympic preparations. But, well, I still remember watching Sarah Hughes skate for the gold back in 2002, and how amazing and what a high it was to see her, and it would be SO FRICKIN COOL to be there in person for something like that. So we're giving it a shot.
*A few weeks ago I interviewed for a job I really wanted. Tuesday morning I got the call telling me I was, as they kindly put it around here, "not the successful candidate." I was so wrapped up in the election that I basically forgot about it for a day or two, but now I've remembered and I'm bummed.
*Halloween! It happened, last week! the Mermaid Girl was--get this--Anne of Green Gables. I bought some spray-on-wash-out hair dye for her. Our bathtub is still pink from the washing out part.
*Her school librarian dressed as Babymouse. How cool is that??
*Once again, despite my fond hopes for this new location, we got virtually no trick-or-treaters.
*On the plus side: lots of leftover fun-size chocolate bars.
*Though we gave some of them to the tenants downstairs.
*The tenants continue to be amazingly sweet, endearing, and responsible, but I think they have discovered controlled substances.
*My mom took me out for barbecue last night, with cornbread and potato salad and beans and the works.
*I LOVE BARBECUE!
*She's been taking us out a lot, and cooking a lot. I'm not sure how we will feed ourselves when she leaves next week; I think I have forgotten where my stove is.
*And my dishwasher.
*She's been looking after the Mermaid Girl a lot, too. She's teaching her to knit.
*They knitted legwarmers for MG's Amurkan Girl dolls. And a skirt, and a hat.
*MG's friend Noella came over this morning before school, due to her parents' complex work schedule.
*MG had NO TROUBLE getting to school on time today.
*I wonder if we could have Noella come over every morning?
*When I called home on my break this evening, my mom reported that MG was deep in a book. And not a Rainbow Magic book, either; something by Roald Dahl.
*When I came home at 9:30, I found my child in bed, curled up with The BFG, which she had almost finished.
*She didn't object when I took it away, though.
*And she grinned sleepily when I promised she could read some more in the morning if she got ready for school early.
*The leaves are still falling.
*And it's dark much of the day and the rain is falling down in torrents.
*And I didn't get that job.
*But even aside from Recent World Events,
*(And not to bring down the evil eye or anything,)
*Things are...pretty okay.