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April 20, 2010

• Yesterday I finally did what I’ve been threatening to do: I rode my bike to my gig at School of Rock. It’s not that far, but it is extremely hilly, as I live on the rise on one side of the river and School of Rock is on the rise on the other side. Moreover, since I need to cross the river, there is no way of avoiding the busy street. It’s what used to be known as a highway before the onset of what we now call highways. But I had to escort AJ by bike to his Cub Scout meeting, which was on my way, so I rode by AJ’s school with my fiddle on my back, rode down the hill, showed AJ where to walk his bike across Main Street on the way home, dropped him off, and kept going down the sidewalk, across the railroad tracks, and onto the sidewalk on the highway. It was easy because there is a sidewalk/bike path the entire way along the highway. And the hills were not as steep as they look from a car. I was there in 10 minutes, which is about what it takes me to drive – as a bicyclist on the sidewalk, I can avoid the endless stoplight where Main Street merges with the highway, which saves me significant time. True, it’s almost all uphill on the way home, but I was pumped when I arrived. I can totally do this. Now maybe next time my students will show up — I had a no show and a cancellation, so all I did was practice and come home.

• Today makes the second day in a row that I will not set foot in a car. Tomorrow is likely to be a third, as I walk to yoga and will bike to AJ’s baseball game. Can I make it through the week without driving anywhere? Probably not, but it will be nice to try.

• I signed AJ and I up for a Cub Scout campout at the end of May. I fear it may be mostly fathers and sons. I am hoping I will not be the only female in camp. But I love camping and Mr. Spy hates it, so it would be stupid to do it any other way. I may have to practice building fires in my back yard, though. Or maybe I can find someone from whom to borrow a camp stove.

• I took advantage of having the house to myself and used a sage smudge stick to clear the air. It seemed like a great idea at the time, except now my husband’s going to come home while I’m working chess club and will be trying to figure out where I hid the sacrificial lamb. And also, my right index finger smells like I’ve been smoking, which may be seriously suspicious.

• AJ has been having nightmares. Or, rather, I think he’s having the same nightmare over and over again. I remember having the same problem at around his age. He can’t tell me what it’s about, except that there are explosions. If you’d seen the pictures he draws, you would not be surprised. He has a routine at bedtime where he rubs a dream catcher he keeps on his bulletin board. Until last night, whenever he did that, he didn’t have a nightmare. But last night it didn’t work for him. This boy needs some sleep.

• Speaking of the pictures he draws, on Thursday we’re invited to the opening of the school district’s art show. It’s the first time AJ’s been chosen for the show, which is held at the public library, and we’re all looking forward to going. It will, however, be a bit tragic also, because there won’t be any more art next year, at least not this kind of art. And our fantastically talented art teacher is probably leaving the profession, and that is a travesty.

As you can see, it’s been an exciting day at Spy Headquarters. What’s going on in your neck of the woods?

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  1. April 20, 2010 4:53 pm

    Wow. A day without cars. It’s hard for me to imagine. I just paid a strange man a hundred and eleven dollars in the high school parking lot…he put a new battery in the 1995 Saturn. This was after my hour there and back commute, but before I had to take Walker across town to the soccer field and then back to the high school for play rehearsal. And all of this was after the weekend, when I drove an hour and fifteen minutes each way on Friday and Sunday to take Walker to a chess tournament (Ron drove on Saturday).

  2. April 20, 2010 4:56 pm

    Spent my day cooking- kale chips, strawberry shortcakes, and a spring veggie pasta. Now I’m trying to get Bug to practice SOMETHING for his upcoming piano recital. He hasn’t put in the effort that he gave the first recital and he doesn’t have anything memorized yet. He’ll need 3-6 short pieces by May 23. Wondering if I should just let him do one little piece and see how much the other kids in his age group have done in comparison. Or, push him so he can be proud of himself.

  3. freshhell permalink
    April 20, 2010 5:20 pm

    I kind of wrote about it. Or, yesterday. Today I spent hundreds of dollars getting my car fixed. Which seems to be a weekly thing now. Then, tonight will be the last yoga class with my current teacher. She’s tired after nine years of teaching and has called it quits. Her sons are teenagers and are needing her chauffering skills more and more. Sigh. I’ll be sad but the new teacher is a “yoga therapist” which sounds intriguing.

    Dusty had a dream catcher for awhile until she decided it didn’t work and got rid of it.

  4. April 20, 2010 7:52 pm

    No Car Wednesday has become No Car Tuesday? I’m totally impressed that you made it to and from the School of Rock.

    I’ve never saged. Do you think it does anything other than make the house smell like sage?

  5. April 20, 2010 8:50 pm

    I realized after I wrote this that it’s actually been three days without cars — I haven’t been in one since Saturday. I’m hoping to make it one more day — I am still trying to do No Car Wednesdays. I’ll be starting by sending AJ walking to school and then walking down the road to yoga class. In the city, this would have been no big deal. But in the suburbs, it’s far from easy. Jeanne, that sounds a little sketchy, but it’s also a heck of a deal — I’m pricing battery replacement in the 19-year-old car that’s been out of commission for months. If we had Zipcars out here, I’d just get rid of it. I still wonder whether it might be better to ditch it and rent the occasional car. I can’t believe it would cost much more than insurance and maintenance. Jill, I am having similar issues with practicing. I like that his teacher does the yearly recital in April, before all the end-of-year craziness hits here (we get out of school several weeks after you). Kale chips? Recipe, please! Freshhell, I am most sympathetic about the car and am glad I can just go without when the bills get to high. And losing a good yoga teacher is always a sad thing. As for the effectiveness of sage, I am on the fence. I know people who swear by it. But mainly, I needed a small ceremony to get rid of the things that are holding us back. We are still recovering from the damage our house has caused us and I am trying to learn to love it again. And for that, it fit the bill.

  6. April 21, 2010 7:17 am

    wash and tear kale into chip sized pieces, removing most stem
    toss in olive oil and salt (seasoning salt, garlic salt…)
    bake on parchment paper at 350 for about 10 minutes
    let edges get brown but watch carefully to prevent burning
    cool on paper towels

    Fortunately Bug is still so into pretend and so distractable that I was able to sit at the piano with him and make a game out of it with him. I need to blog about piano….

  7. readersguide permalink
    April 21, 2010 2:56 pm

    I love not taking the car. I usually end up driving M, because it’s a mile and she’s always late and life is stressful. But then I park the car and walk to work or sometimes catch the bus, and she walks back and I walk back. It feels very free. But it’s easy from where I live, which is pretty close to everything, including the train.

  8. April 22, 2010 9:32 am

    April 20th? Weeding in the front garden, check BS dot com, planting in the back, check BA dot com, put first coat of timber treatment on the new shed panels, check BA dot com. Lunch, check BA dot com, plant more shrubs and summer bulbs, check BA dot com. More weeding. Check BA dot com.

    Plan A was to go to London on the 21st so the IMOM would not have to wake up alone on his birthday (today). His work flight had already been cancelled the day before when a company wide directive issued Monday told everyone not to travel this week. I would have been able to change my ticket for a fee but cancellation of my flight was my first choice as I’d get a full refund. Flight cancelled at about 6PM on the 20th and I had my refund confirmed in no more than a half hour after applying for it online.

    UK airspace opened a few hours later….

  9. April 23, 2010 9:59 pm

    There must be something in the air…Older Charge has been having trouble sleeping for the past two weeks and his mom called me this morning to warn me that he would be especially cranky today because he woke up screaming from some un-named, dreamed horror last night.

    I hope AJ’s bad dreams pass soon.

    Also, your bike riding impresses me.

    That is all.

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