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Brian came home Friday in time to accompany us to a showing of Hoot at the park. Cute, Hoot, just like the book.

Saturday was a gorgeous day so we did a little hiking. That night we all settled in to watch Who Killed the Electric Car?, which failed to capture the interest of Victoria. What is that girl's problem? It was riveting.

Sunday after church B & V went to breakfast while I stayed to discuss the sermon. I thought it would be great. The topic was "the half-life of sin". The minister prepares fantastic sermons as a rule and I'd never been to one of these discussions. I assumed they would be just as interesting, but no. Somehow they managed to talk about in-laws, birthday cards, and cats more than anything else. I'll try again next month, maybe. After that, we left Brian at the airport and came home to start all sorts of organizing-type projects. One of us did, that is. The other spent the afternoon making valentines. They are all over, huge drifts of cordate paper in every corner.

This morning I called a woman about her craigslist posting for a 1/4-size violin. It was supposed to be like new in a case. I drove to her house and the violin's nothing like new. I probably should have haggled a bit but I felt kind of bad for her in her cramped, dark apartment with two doughy adolescents blinking stolidly from the couch. Also, I felt kind of bad for me in that same place and wanted to leave. Victoria fell in love with the violin immediately, so I knew it was coming with us. We stopped at a music store on the way home and got a couple of new strings. Now we just need to find group lessons.

I also called the dentist, the Maryland dentist who did the kids' braces, because my former babysitter asked me to ask him if he'd mind being shadowed by her daughter. He'd be delighted. So then I had to call her to let her know it was ok. That's a lot of phone calls for a person who hates telephones.

We also went to two libraries and Target. I wanted to get a pot rack but I ended up with a bookcase. I still think I could use a pot rack.


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Feb. 12th, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)
Pot Rack
You seem rather handy at times, make it.

I have a lovely copper one... 3/4" copper pipe for the frame, steel rods for the cross pieces for strength, covered by copper tubing of the sort you use to run the water line for ice makers, held to the ceiling joists with copper pipe clamps. Pot hooks bent from very heavy gauge copper wire. Soldered together with a torch.
I'll look and see if I still have the "engineering" drawings for it.
Feb. 12th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
You're right, thanks. Mine is going to be wall-mounted, though.
Feb. 12th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
Re: yeah!
but Victoria could learn to weld!
Feb. 12th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
oh great
You should see the damage she can do wielding only a glue stick!
Feb. 12th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Re: oh great
I'm sending you glitter.
Feb. 12th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Re: oh great
Coals to Newcastle, doll.
Feb. 12th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
The Washington Post Magazine had a cute comic in it about making Valentine's Day cards:

Feb. 12th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
I love it!

Years ago Brian was pulled aside by a coworker who told him, "You can spend your weekends however you like, but we don't need to know about it." All in fun, of course. His face was streaked with silver and pink sparkles, a hazard of grabbing a towel from a bathroom shared with an 8yo girl.
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Feb. 12th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Take the violin for service
Thanks, you're right. The shop we went to did check it out.
Feb. 12th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
Saturday was a gorgeous day so we did a little hiking. That night we all settled in to watch Who Killed the Electric Car?, which failed to capture the interest of Victoria. What is that girl's problem? It was riveting.
Heh. Amanda hung over the back of my chair yesterday, fascinated with a History Channel show all about acids. And both the girls are enthralled by all those "How It's Done" and "How It's Made" type shows; they keep our mythtv box filled up with 'em.

Feb. 12th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
We love those, too! One of the joys of hotel stays (perhaps the sole joy) is tv-watching; on the last trip we learned how to make storm-proof windows and steel wool. Ovens, too, but that show skipped so many steps that we were all disgusted so that one doesn't count.
Feb. 12th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
At first I read that as ...huge drifts of cordite paper in every corner. and thought "Man those must be SOME kind of Valentines..."
Feb. 13th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
How exciting!!I wish I'd known you needed a violin. We have a 1/4 and a 1/2 size. Let me know when she moves up in size. I also have been "refinishing" an early 1800's violin for Nathan. I am working with close supervision of his teacher. Perhaps if you come to town I can meet you in TP and trade you the one we have and work on the not so new one you bought to get it in better shape? Look for a Suzuki method class. I think if kids learn to hear when the notes are right and wrong gives them a strong base for their future playing.
Feb. 13th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
Re: Violin
I will let you know! We were renting in MD but I noticed that it would be less expensive to buy. How nifty that you are in the rehab line--you can open a home for wayward violins.
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