This random Thursday is going to be relatively brief and even more scattershot than usual, since my parents will be arriving in two hours, and I still need to clean the kitchen and memorize yesterday’s poem.*
One of our branch libraries is revamping their children’s area. They just added an alphabet mural and a new bench, both created by local artists:
How amazing is that? All the letters are animals– O is for Octopus, P is for Parrot . . . Not sure about N . . .
By the by, I may be posting a short sample of one of my crappy first drafts—perhaps from Pigeon, perhaps not—in the comments over at The Intern’s place tomorrow, in honor of International Sh!tty First Draft Week.
I haven’t quite decided if I’m channeling enough of Ben Jonson’s chutzpah to actually do it . . .
My kids have decided that they want to room together.
Anyone else hearing the theme from Jaws? Or is that Fight Club?
Sunny’s current bedroom, which is smaller, but closer to the bathroom, will be for sleeping, and Janie’s current bedroom, which is where they usually spend most of their time, anyway, will be the playroom. The idea is that Sunny will sleep better, and the majority of the mess will be confined behind one door.
We’ve laid some basic ground rules:
No one will be able to say, This is really my room, so you have to/can’t/won’t/will/etc.;
No one will refuse to allow her sister in or out of either room;
Both children are responsible for tidying both rooms, which will be half an hour minimum per week; and
If it doesn’t work out, we’ll change it back—but only once.
(Psst: Am I missing anything obvious?)
This will give me a chance to organize all the toys and books and miscellaneous stuff—and perhaps make some of it disappear—without interference.
It helps that Janie is going back home with my folks for a week . . . we should have it all sorted by then.
And finally, someone else’s version of jazz hands!
OH MY GOD, THEY’RE EARLY!!!
*What, you thought I was kidding?
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