Well today was a very busy day... Being Halloween and all. I think this Holiday is bigger than Christmas for RGJ.
We got up early this morning and she struggled over what costume to wear to school. Snow White or Purple Fairy Princess. After much discussion about how cold it was and that she would have to wear a shirt under PFP costume, she decided to go with Snow White.
Now the real stuggles began. What shoes to wear, what headband to wear. It seems she has several Red pairs of shoes and head dresses. I'm watching her and she's taking such a long time that we are going to be late for P-School.
So, I have to tell her to hurry up. She's gives some resistance as she normally does. Only today, I say... "It's your Halloween Party and it doesn't matter to me if you miss it. If you are not ready to leave by 8:15am (i show her what that looks like on the clock) you will miss the parade at school."
Finally she decides on the glittery Red Shoes w/ the Red Flowery Headband. Ah.. Snow White is ready!
NOW!!! she doesn't want to leave until 'The Boys' get here. She wants to show off her costume to the construction guys. It's like they are family at this point. So... we wait, they arrive at 8:30am and we are free to leave for school.
We get ther just in time for snack and I have to hang out to see the Parade at 9:30am.. well after about 20 Mins she realizes I'm still there and says... "Mama, what are YOU still doing here?" (In a very sassy tone) Oh, Joy.. the teen age years are among us at 4. Part of me wants to laugh and the other part wants to flick her on the forehead.
So, the Parade begins and it's just kaos. Parading 2-4 year olds is like hearding cats & puppies.
They were all so cute.
Well, RGJ sees that her friends brought 'Fairy Wings' to school for thier costumes and now wants Rob and I to go all the way home to get hers. Which brings us back to the big arguments from the morning. So, I tell her, "you made a choice to be Snow White, not the Purple Fairy Princes.. and Snow White doesn't have wings.. and... I'm not going home to get your wings." So, she ponders that for a few.. and says... 'WhaT EveR" as she walks away. ARGH&*()_+
ah... I get to leave.. Fast forward to 3pm.. it's now time to pick her up for our Halloween Festivites on our Block. We get home and she HAS to change her costume.. Guess what she picks.. PFP with out wings!!! I love my daughter.
Ok, so we had dinner with our neighbors and then hit the houses about 6:30pm. It all worked out just fine. We started with Elise, then she left as we picked up Isabella, Then she left a short while after we picked up Fiona and Kiera.
RGJ was so excited she was running to each house. She did misjudge the curb and totally biffed it. Two scraped knees and candy all over the street.. She cried for a few mins. But she didn't want to walk for a bit. Good thing we brought the Wagon.
Once we finally reached our 'Camper'.. RGJ really wanted Fiona and Kiera to knock on the door so she could give them candy. TOO CUTE!!
We were hanging out in the camper, lying on the bed, all three of us. Suddenly, the whole place started shaking a bit. It wasn't too bad, and it didn't feel like it was someone pushing on the outside of the trailer, trying to be funny.
I kept a watch out for things over my head that could fall down (like that clock that's hanging precariously over the bed), but everything stood its ground. After about 12 or 15 seconds it was over.
We went out to the door to look outside and of course, there was nothing to see. Went down to the street, and here come our next door neighbors walking home from their son's house a few houses away. They felt it too and were coming home to check on things.
This may have been Rebecca's first real earthquake!
Finally was able to get a run in this morning. No, not the usual excuse of being too busy (though that's always there, for real). This past week, I had a bit of a cold or some such bug that caused a lot of bronchial irritation, a bit of a headache in the morning, and other weirdnesses.
Since it was about the first time in a week or so I got out on the trail (the LGCT, or Los Gatos Creek Trail), I took it easy and only ran for about 4 miles, from my usual starting point to the top of the dam at Vasona.
The other reason I really felt I needed to go was some accidental overeating (is there such a thing? ) the last two days. Between Rita making comfort food for dinner and pumpkin pie back in season, it's easy to do.
There was a lot of chatter today, and especially tonight, on the TAC mail list about comet Holmes. Word has it that this object suddenly brightened by a factor of several thousand times within a 24 hour period. At magnitude 2.5, it's bright enough now so that it's visible to the naked eye.
I pulled out my scope since everyone on TAC was getting pretty excited, and I already had it identified without any equipment. It was certainly something to behold. It contained a very bright nucleus with a glow all around it, not really a halo, but more of like a circular cloud. There was no tail to it to speak of, but after spending a few minutes at the eyepiece, at both 48 and 120 power, I could detect that the central nucleus was a bit off center, with a hint there may be a tail lurking in that cloud of brightness. My eye sees it as a pale yellow color, confirmed by all the other reports streaming in.
Neat surprise, especially after yesterday's sighting of the ISS with the shuttle following it, catching up to it, about 10 minutes later. Glad I put in the (minimal) effort to drag out the scope.
I've had a deal with the next door neighbors. They worked it out with some neighbors behind us to take down a large, imposing tree that affected all three of our properties. In return, I would find and secure a chipper shredder for both of us to use; in fact, we'd co-own it.
Why do we need a chipper, you ask? The answer to that goes back earlier this year, when we learned that the new contract with the waste company called for our yard waste to be moved into provided waste containers for pickup, rather than just dumping it on the street, as has been for the decade-plus time we've been at this house.
This neighborhood has large lots, which really means we all have large yards. Large yards translates into lots of yard waste that accumulates as a result of yard maintenance. It was really convenient to dump our waste right on the street in front of our house, as much as we wanted. Now, we feel a restricted now that we have only one 96 gallon (363 liter) container to use for a weekend's worth of yard work.
The idea now is to use the chipper to break down the trimmings and such, then use them either as much around our garden beds, or to better utilize the space in the container. With lots of redwood trees on our properties, we should get lots of good redwood mulch out of it, lessening the need to buy it.
I know, the 4-stroke gasoline engine that powers the chipper probably isn't all that environmentally friendly, but putting our biomass back into our ground is a good thing. And, it's a power tool. And we're guys. What can I say, it won't be running nowhere near as much as the lawn mower. I think.