After the party, we went to the library and the playground and then Brian had to leave again and I had promised to visit my parents. I couldn't get any of the big kids to come along, but they were happy to see Victoria. We ended up going out to a movie (Madagascar, which was a ridiculous story but fun to watch) and out to eat and then back to their house to do some more Victoria-watching.
On Sunday I decided that Victoria needed more than the two pairs of shorts she had if we were going to get through this summer. We went to the Village Thrift in Bladensburg and found two pairs plus a stuffed spider for her and three books for me, including a perfect Tufte's Envisioning Information that was sitting in the kids' bin. Then we went to the other Village Thrift, which is in Laurel or maybe it's Maryland City. Village Thrift is my choice for finding clothes because they have tons of them and frequent half-price sales. We found three more pairs of shorts there and a shirt Victoria wanted because it has watermelons on it. On the way back we stopped at Greenbelt park and stayed for quite a while. We got home around 7pm.
I started to write about how Christopher came in just after 9 and demanded that I find a copy of The Handmaid's Tale so that he could read it that night. As it happened, I knew exactly where The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin, and Wilderness Tips were, but he didn't need just any Atwood. I mentioned that I considered his request unreasonable and he yelled, "UNREASONABLE? You think that's unreasonable? I'm going to Ben's house." I was going to tell you this but then I remembered that Christopher did not want to be mentioned in my journal. So I decided not to write about it. Then Christopher stayed out until three o'freakin clock in the am and I decided that I would write about it anyway. I wish I were the kind of person who could just go to sleep when her kid isn't home yet, but can't and it makes me crazy. That is why it is good for kids to go away to school. Ignorance is bliss, well-rested bliss.