One of the things I find most rewarding about parenting is watching my children enjoy things that I enjoyed in my own childhood. Yesterday, my younger son and I went to see the local middle school’s production of Annie. It was really good and he fell in love with the songs and asked me to put them on his iPod. I flashed back to my own childhood and my cassette tape of the Annie soundtrack which I am pretty sure I listened to until it fell to pieces. I can’t actually remember if I ever got to see the play but I know I saw the movie in the 80s and liked it almost as much as I loved that tape.
Today, my older son had his friends over to play Dungeons and Dragons. That has become a regular occurrence. They play after school once a week but recently they have also started coming here once a week for a few hours. I didn’t play much actual D&D but I used to play RPGs in high school and college. We would play our games in a marathon in my friend Jeff’s basement, and we were older so there were smoke (not for me) and coffee (yes for me) breaks. It’s nice to see this group of kids that I’ve known since they were kindergarteners as high school students doing something so much like what I did in high school. They even sometimes play board games and let me play too.
It has come to my attention that some people don’t know what NaBloPoMo stands for. It is short for National Blog Posting Month. It was started by Eden Kennedy at Fussy um, a few years ago. It’s an offshoot of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). There’s also NaNoSweMo which is National Sweater Knitting Month. Don’t ask me why that’s not NaSweKniMo. I tried to do that one a couple of years ago and didn’t quite make it. That sweater was finished by the following February, though, for Stitches. That’s pretty good, right? (You don’t have to say right, I know it’s not impressive.)
I have not knit at all today. I’m not actually sure I knit at all yesterday either. I had some data entry to do for one of my part-time jobs, I did classroom hours in my younger son’s room, I did grocery shopping, I helped my older son get packed for three nights away at Science Camp (SOB! My baby!), I attended an info session for a charter school opening in the area. Lots of kid stuff. Not much me stuff.
Come to think of it, I could use a little knitting right now so this is all you get today.
I wasn’t sure what size needles I used to cast on for the wedge sock, but they “seemed” right.
Lesson 1: don’t go by how things “seem” in knitting.
They were not right. They are 2.5mm, or US size 1.5. Sounds small, right? Not small enough. I was getting 7 sts/in when I needed to be getting 8. Plus, the stitches were big and open, which is not good for a sock that is supposed to hug your foot. I ripped back and cast-on again with size 2.25 mm, or US size 1. Let’s hope that works better.
Now let’s not talk about the sock anymore.
N, my older son, had a day off from school for a Staff Development Day and it wasn’t my work day at S’s preschool so I decided to take them on a field trip to the California Academy of the Sciences. We bought a membership there in April and I feel like it’s not worth buying unless we use it. It was a fun day, in spite of it being more crowded there than I expected.
We saw Moon Jellies.
And, of course, visited the living roof.
You certainly can’t argue with the view up there.