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Last week, I had dinner with the Schwartz family.  These people are amazing.  For realz… During dinner, Janine told me that President Obama would be at a fundraiser at the house two doors down from her place this week.  I told her that August and I would DEF come back that night, to try and catch a glimpse of the President. We spent most of our time hanging out outside watching the fancy pants guests arrive and the Secret Service agents walking around looking important (and cute!).  August was his usual monkey self and climbed around the Schwartz’s front porch…

…or went up and down the steep hill in the neighbor’s front yard.  The brick building in the background is where Obama was set to arrive.

It’s getting dark earlier and earlier here in New England.  But it was unseasonably warm, so it was the PERFECT night to stalk the President…

…or hide in the bushes.

We had to be wanded by a metal detector since we were hanging out.  I asked if August could be wanded just for kicks.  He didn’t dig it so much.

He just wanted to stare at the helicopter that circled the block for half and hour.

Finally, we saw signs that he was coming.

After his limo pulled into the driveway, Harry, Janine, Emet, August, the two neighbors and I RAN into the neighbor’s house (did you hear someone say “Come on guys!” at the end of the first video?) and out onto their back porch so we could see this:

[Sorry it’s so dark.  But the VOICE is undeniable!]

HOLY CROW!!!! After that thrill, we went back to Janine’s to eat dinner and gloat to friends and family.  A little while later, the neighbor called to say that Obama was leaving soon.  We dashed out the door, and waited a short while to see him leave the fundraiser.  I totally chickened out on asking the President to congratulate my little school for earning the highest scores on Massachusetts’s standardized test in the STATE!!!  Dammit.

What a night!!!  Gobama!!!


This weekend, I am moving back into my beloved house in Providence.  I have mixed feelings about it, but mostly, I’m looking forward to getting settled and building positive, productive routines for August and me.  I’ll be making lots of changes to the house to make it more my own, and I look forward to sharing them with you here.  But, as I’m sure you’re already aware, my posting frequency will be much different than when I was a stay-at-home-with-no-old-friends-and-living-in-a-foreign-country mom.  Things have been atypical for the past month since I’ve been staying with friends and adjusting to being a single working mom.  I’m definitely figuring it out, so just be patient.

One blog that I AM updating on the reg is my class website.  You can keep tabs on my third graders and me there if you’re desperate!

But since there are no pics of August there, here’s a dose of my two year old.

Sincere apologies for the lack of posts of late.  But I have some REALLY convincing reasons.

First.  My son (you know–the TWO year old?) started climbing out of his crib last week.  I’d put him down, and I wouldn’t even be out of the room before he’d climbed over the rail and was chasing me out of the room while giggling hysterically.  Thought he was so clever.  So I’d put him back in.  He’d climb out, chase and giggle.  Repeat.  About a hundred times.  Eventually, he’d get out of his crib and just play in the room.  Fine with me.  But he’d eventually crash in MY bed.  I took this photo on the first night that he actually crashed in HIS big boy bed (sorry it’s so dark, but I didn’t dare use the flash).  Hallelujah!

But.  This transition to the big boy bed has been more tumultuous lately.  I have no idea why.  He hates going to bed now.  AND.  He’s waking up early.  Like 5:30.  I don’t like this.  I thought it was bad when he would sometimes wake up slightly before 7:00.  But 5:30 (and what about that 5:15 yesterday, August?!?!)?  He’s killing me…

…because I’m a working girl now.  That’s right.  I got a job!  A real job!  In MY field!  Teaching 4th, 5th and 6th grade combination class at a Montessori school.  AMEN!!!  The one and only drawback to this job: it’s in Brooklyn.  Nothing against Brooklyn.  But Brooklyn is big, and this school is far from my home (even though the Lower East Side is about as close as one can get to Brooklyn from Manhattan).  The commute is one hour door to door.  First, a ten minute walk to the B line, then a 40 minute subway ride (it goes over the Manhattan Bridge, and then after a couple underground stops, goes above ground for the rest of the way), then another 10 minute walk to my school.  Otherwise, though, the job is perfect.  A small, multicultural school with great staff.  For the past two weeks, I’ve been subbing for the assistant teacher for the class that I will have next year, so I’m getting to know the students pretty well.  They’re great!  They remind me a lot of my students in Massachusetts.  Who knew Brooklyn would be so similar to Somerset?!

But wait.  I haven’t told you the best part.  Because even though I hoped that I would find a job, that wasn’t my greatest worry.  I was really scared that I would find a job but not a place to send August during the day.  The daycare scene in NYC is intimidating to say the least (Nursery University, anyone?).  How I would find an affordable, quality daycare that had an OPEN SPOT was beyond me.  But.  My school (you know–the one I work at now?) has a 2-3 year old class.  And August can go.  FOR FREE!!!!

How cute is my two year old (!!!!) with a backpack?!  His teachers love him, and he’s adjusted so well!  He didn’t lose it on the first day or any day since.  On the first day, when it was naptime, the teacher just said, “August, it’s time to go to sleep,” and he walked over to his little mat and fell asleep.  Rock star!!!  I was so proud of him!  Sniff, sniff.

So August and I have been commuting back and forth to Brooklyn everyday for the past week or so.  I’m not gonna lie–the commute can be rough with a toddler.  But we’ll figure it out.  This school is going to be a FANTASTIC experience for BOTH of us.  I’ve had the chance to observe the 3-6 year old class, and it’s so unbelievably awesome (and I have some HIGH standards)–I can’t wait for August to join it!  In the meantime, I’m plain beat.  Good night…I hope my son doesn’t wake me up tomorrow morning at 5:30.

I’m very excited about this film:

Here’s the trailer:

And I usually LOATHE Julia Roberts.  But it seems like she really works in this role.  Plus the rest of the cast: Billy Crudup, Viola Davis, Richard Jenkins?!  Some of the best talent out there.

I’m reading the book right now, after my maid of honor, Jerilyn, recommended it to me–I do whatever she says.  To say that I identify with a lot of the themes in this memoir would be an understatement.  I’ve scribbled so many quotes from it in the little notebook I carry with me everywhere I go.  This nugget is one of my favs (the author is speaking about Rome):

“I am inspired by the regal self-assurance of this town, so grounded and rounded, so amused and monumental, knowing that she is held securely in the palm of history.  I would like to be like Rome when I am an old lady.”

~ Elizabeth Gilbert

We’ve done it again.

Due to the snowy weather we’ve had recently, I decided to get some wellies to trudge through the slush (the puddles surrounding the curbs are deceptively DEEP).  This picture was taken on the roof of my building during our little winter storm last Wednesday.

I got my boots from–where else–Craigslist.  Did you think I paid retail for them?  No way!  Not even close.  And I LOVE them!  August has had his wellies for a while; they are from a thrift shop in Cam.  I think I paid 75p for them.  Sigh…I miss the charity shops of Cambridge.  Big time.

…was really code for this:

Eric flew to NYC for about 10 days.  He just left.  Back to the UK to work, work, work.  But he’ll be back in a few weeks.  And so will we.  Let the email bombardment begin.  🙂

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