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My back-to-school crud turned one month old earlier this week. It is less annoying now, the cough is much less frequent (and finally productive) and the perpetual sore throat has left.

The flight museum's P-51 flew in yesterday while we were walking home from school, but I was not fast enough at grabbing my camera to capture it. Suffice it to say that it was awesome and loud. REALLY loud. Awesome nonetheless.

Laurel has settled into fourth grade and likes it all right, although her teacher is currently on maternity leave. I think it's something in the water as her teacher was the second of four teachers at our school due this semester.

I am unofficially an assistant den leader to help get the Tigers get underway this year. Their den leader is already familiar with the program, it's just her first year as a den leader, so I think she'll do well. Once they're off and running I might see if the Webelos (fourth and fifth graders) could use help since I've been a Webelos den leader before.

One month to my long-awaited meds appointment. I feel like a contestant on Press Your Luck repeating "no whammies", only I'm repeating "40 mg". I'm pretty sure my doctor will agree to return to that dose but the anxiety voice in the back of my head isn't so sure. (For those of you newer here, I have severe recurrent major depressive disorder. On the lower meds dose I've been at since May I've been struggling.)

It's been raining intermittently this week and got chilly today, so to stave off turning on the heat, I'm wearing a wool sweater over a long-sleeve tee and Laurel is wearing my Where the Wild Things Are hoodie over the clothes she wore to school today. Kevin, who is more sensitive to cold than we are, is hanging out in the study since it's always warmer in there from the server and other electronics. (The shelves holding the modem and routers put off palpable heat despite ample ventilation. It's a pain in the summer but welcome today.)

Here are a few photos of what we've seen lately:

Turning leaves
The first couple of turning leaves I found for Miss May.

A ding in the sidewalk that looked just like a heart
A ding in the sidewalk that looked like a heart.

My fabulous glittered Halloween welcome sign
The only Halloween decoration I've felt up to putting up so far. (Yes, it's beglittered.)


Oct. 10th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
Man, fourth grade already. It's funny, because I know it's been a while, but I remember when she was born. I was watching _Head_ for the first time!
Oct. 11th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Ah, 4th grade. My son's new teacher let us know that 4th grade means growth spurts, lots of lost teeth and that they start to STINK (pre-puberty?)

OH BOY! Then I sniffed him the night after P.E. class and AAAIYEEE NOT MY BABY BOY!
Oct. 12th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
In the "welcome to fourth grade" packet that came home the first day of school, there was a paragraph about how the kids would be either going to PE or doing structured exercise every day so it would be a good time to introduce deodorant.

I was pretty sure that was coming after years of off-the-record chatting at adult-only PTA and Scout meetings where I got to hear all about second and third grade boys being ready to improve their hygiene skills.
Oct. 12th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you're still sick! Hope it goes away soon and good luck at the appointment!

Oct. 12th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Love the sidewalk heart, and all things beglittered.
Oct. 14th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
lookit, leaves! :D that that we don't have!

may i post the pic and art of laurel's?
Oct. 14th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
I keep looking for leaves, but so far it's still just here and there. It'll be good by Halloween, I think.

You are welcome to post the pics! If you'd like to link to the photo of Laurel on Flickr (where it can give you the HTML code to copy and paste for the photo in a variety of sizes), it's at http://www.flickr.com/photos/oddharmonic/3546478291/


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