This weekend we’re going to visit my mother-in-law, Yaya. If you’re a new reader, you can read this post and it will tell you everything you need to know about her and what I can expect from a visit to her house this weekend. I’m looking forward to hanging out with her, as well as swinging by the ARCH conference while we’re in Houston.
A few days after the last time we went to visit, I was dropping my son off at Mother’s Day Out and told him to tell his teacher what we did that weekend. He said with a wide-eyed look: “We went to visit Yaya. She lives in a house where she does crazy things.” Well said.
I feel like I’m getting savvy about the whole preschool thing. Now that some of my kids have been going to a Mother’s Day Out program for more than a year, I’m learning the ropes. For example: I’ve finally learned that when you see a sign-up sheet for class parties, you need to jump on that thing QUICK. Because the list of options always looks something like this:
- Carton of strawberries
- Bag of M&M’s
- Bag of baby carrots
- Loaf of bread
- Block of cheddar cheese
- 10 individual-sized Beluga-caviar-topped Fleur du Maquis soufflés shaped into the likeness of St. Caesarius of Nazianzus
And if you space out and forget to sign up when the list is first out, guess which one you’re going to end up bringing. It tells you what kind of person I am (and what kind of simian limits I have in terms of being able to function in polite society) that I just about dive over people when I first see those lists posted. And when I manage to sign my name next to the most ridiculously easy item, I feel like thrusting my arms in the air and whooping a chant of victory over the parents who are not as fast with a pen as I. (This is why I try not to leave the house.)
People ask me about our stroller almost every time I use it, so I thought I’d put in a plug for it in case anyone else finds it helpful: we have a Joovy “Sit-and-Stand” stroller that can hold three kids (two sitting and one standing). I love it because it’s lightweight and very portable, reasonably priced, and includes an attachment for holding an infant seat. Great, great product.
UPDATE: After I posted this I saw on Amazon that evidently it’s only designed for two kids. Hmm. That would explain why it’s always so cramped when I have one kid sitting and one kid standing in that back part. It might also explain some of the startled looks I get. Oh well, at least I haven’t resorted to putting a kid down in the storage area…yet.
A few months ago I mentioned that I was reading The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins and was considering doing a series of posts about it. I haven’t gotten around to it yet, and anyone who’s read the book can probably guess why: it’s such an information-packed book that it’s hard not to get bogged down in the details. For example, in one paragraph Mr. Dawkins might make a statement that attributes fringe Christian beliefs to all Christians; in another paragraph he might misunderstand a fundamental Christian belief; in the next he might correctly interpret an actual doctrine, but I disagree with his conclusion — and that’s just on the first page of one chapter!
I hope to get around to those posts eventually, but if you’re looking for a good, short take on his book (as well as books by other popular atheists) I recommend this interview Kathryn Jean Lopez did with Fr. Thomas D. Williams. They did a great job of giving an overview of the basic responses to some of the most common claims of the anti-religion set.
It looks like my husband and I might be headed up to the Portland, Oregon area in a couple months. Anyone have any suggestions for can’t-miss attractions in that area?
I recently got a letter that made my week. Maybe my year. It’s from the son of a reader, and offers some thoughts and suggestions in response to my Scorpionator post:
How awesome is that?
Speaking of letters, I am SO sorry that I’m bad about replying to the notes that are sent to my P.O. box. “Reply to letters” has a permanent place on my to-do list, but I just haven’t been able to get to it. Know that I read and cherish every single one of them!
Have a great weekend, everyone!
I look forward to reading your posts!