Too many ups and downs lately. Funerals. Weddings. Back to school. Too great a concentration of BIG LIFE STUFF. Let’s pace ourselves, shall we?
Five good things (from last week, I’m way behind):
- “Awww. Dad makes his goth girl feel at home in this charming home improvement ad. This makes me happy.
- Over Labor Day weekend I binge-read The Girl With All the Gifts and greatly enjoyed it.
- We’ve been enjoying - but trying not to binge watch - the Netflix original series Bojack Horseman. Figures I would like it though. Lisa Hanawalt is working on it, and I love her weird stuff.
- Last week the kid and I went to the Cat VidFest Recap at the Walker Art Center. Totally worth it. Speaking of, David Yow of The Jesus Lizard interviews Lil Bub.
- Recently I got hooked on the 99% Invisible podcast. But I wish it had happened a few months sooner! I randomly listened to the Holdout episode, only to realize it takes place in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle and was about a mall containing a Trader Joe’s…that I shopped at while staying within walking distance in July. But somehow I missed seeing the tiny house of Edith Macefield, who refused to sell to developers. She’s gone now but I do hope her house is preserved.
With the start of school comes the question, what to do for MEA break in October? A question many other parents have, apparently, already answered because just about every danged cabin in Minnesota has already been booked! I’ve spent too many evenings googling and sending inquiring emails and scouring AirBnB only to be rejected time and time again. One contender was not meant to be. After some initial confusion, caused by duplicate entries on AirBnB (one run by a college kid, the other by his parents) it turned out the amazing looking cabin on a chain of lakes was unavailable after all. And that very day in the nearby town of Dorset - jokingly called “the restaurant capital of the world” - half of their restaurants were struck by lightning and burned down. That means they went from four to two. Sad. Finally we found two places that were actually available. One in Northern, WI and the other in Southern, WI. I guess Wisconsin kids don’t get the same school break. Anyhow, one reason we opted to go South is to catch better colors with the leaves changing and all. Plus it’s only an hour and a half drive. Sold!