Saturday, February 23, 2013

Feb. 23: The Last Weekend

It's the last weekend of vacation and of February: gray, cold (25) but still. Although the last weekend of vacation is always bittersweet, I have several elements that work towards happiness:

1. I have broken the back of the correcting, with only 4 first draft thesis papers and then the outlines for my seniors left to do! This comes perilously close to leaving me with only prep to do tomorrow. Wow.

2. I finished Moth's sweater except for buttons, so my main exciting task for today is to go to Shirley's and get some, sew them on, and pack it up. The front button band (no big surprise there) looks a bit wonky, but I am thinking that's as may be. The pattern SHOWS a wavy front band, so perhaps it will wave once the buttons are attached. Regardless, it's going into the mail and I am not taking "orders" for knitting from anyone I can't fit the item on for a good long while.

3. Our new bed is great! Solid as can be, and wonderful.

4. I had a nice day with Saki yesterday: I picked her up after show choir practice and Andy, she and I went out to lunch, and then she and I made cookies and I taught her how to play Mancala. We played about 12 games, and as she figured out the patterns, she got better and better until I was fighting for my life: I ended up winning ONE of the three championship matches. Sigh.

And that's Saturday! I plan to run, get buttons, do some correcting, work at the church supper. . .  all those good things. I am beginning to regain my sense of taste as my nose slowly unstuffs itself. I wish I knew why my nose has that pattern! Ah well. The Sinusalia pills from the health food store seem to empty things out pretty well. I hope the trend continues.

<a href="" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img alt="Caddy Ever After (Casson Family, #4)" border="0" src="" /></a><a href="">Caddy Ever After</a> by <a href="">Hilary McKay</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="">4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
Well this is also a reread (July 6, 2011 must've been my last binge of Casson family reading!),  but I didn't post a review last time. This Caddy title is better than Caddy's World, which I read a few days ago: it stars McKay's trademark humor and quirky characters, but the family's unity and love for each other is much clearer, and the dialogue is sharp and funny as it is in McKay's best works. In fact--and maybe just in light of several other books I've read recently--I'm bumping it up from 3 to 4 stars.
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