Thursday, May 20, 2010


(Okay, you talked me into it.)

Allie has been attending an afternoon enrichment class three days a week. Since her kindergarten is just half-day, she needed something to fill the long afternoons until her brother comes home.

It's a terrific program. It provides exactly the mix of arts and crafts, science, and social studies that I wanted her exposed to; you know, all the fluffy stuff that is conspicuously lacking in a kindergarten program that nonetheless always finds the time to squeeze in snack during its two and a half hours each morning.

(Not that I'm bitter ... much.)

Anyway, the enrichment class just finished its unit on artists. The kids learned about Picasso, Monet, Seurat, Van Gogh, Da Vinci, and Michaelangelo. They made artwork in the style of each artist -- for Michaelangelo, for example, they lay under their tables and painted on their backs; to learn about pointillism they painted bubble wrap and pressed paper against the plastic to make a print.

As I was relishing in my delight over the enrichment curriculum and Allie's new fund of western art knowledge, a humbling thought occurred to me: My 6-year-old might actually know more about art history than I do.

I suspect that I should get used to this feeling.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

She Surfaces (now with short p.s. added)

So it would appear that if you abandon your blog for a year, you may find that some changes have taken place in your absence. Some weeds may have sprouted up, or vandals may have hurled rocks through your windows.

Or all the comments you had accumulated over the past 5 years may have been vaporized -- POOF. Thanks for nothing, Haloscan.

I'm not sure what prompted me to dust off my Blogger account. I don't have anything particularly exciting to report, no great insights to share. I'm still doing the freelance editing thing, the kids continue to blithely ignore my command that they just stop growing for crying out loud. We've been dealing with the fallout of The Year the Economy Went Kaboom, during which Jeff lost his job. I don't want to complain too much about that, for we are far luckier than so many other people in similar straits. Let's just say that we're both looking forward to a brighter horizon.

So the question now is, should I return for real? I know that a lot of my blogging friends have gone quiet as well. Maybe they're like me, reading but not posting? I guess I'll play it by ear.

Till next time, Namaste! (In honor of the penultimate episode of Lost tonight)

p.s. So the lovely new commenting system requires a login for your name to appear. If you'd rather not login, can you just leave your name with your comment? Because I'm nosy like that.