Thank you to everybody who sent up prayers for my mother-in-law Mommy during her cataract surgery. She came through with flying colors. She has to go back in a couple of months to do the other eye, but now she's not as nervous because she's been through it once. I must say, I earned some major daughter-in-law points this week. As a special treat for Mommy, I baked her favorite Chocolate Pecan Pie, wrapped it in plastic, froze it, then overnight mailed it to her in New York. It was a huge hit. Apparently, the USPS did a good job of keeping it in one piece. "It was perfect, perfect, perfect!" said Mommy. I'm hoping this hasn't set a dangerous precident - I'm afraid it wasn't exactly inexpensive. But Mommy was so thrilled that it was absolutely worth it.
Over the weekend, Jude's teacher assigned them an extra credit science project - building your own volcano. Man, did we build one hell of a volcano! Thanks to a brilliant book called...
...Jude's volcano was a big hit. I was really proud of how much work he put into this thing. I mean, I helped a lot, but he really did most of the work himself. We paper mached, we painted. We did about 12 experiments, mixing various proportions of vinegar, dish detergent, water, red food coloring and baking soda to make sure the eruption was really impressive. In the end, we went for overkill - 1 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup water, a good squirt of dish soap, about half a bottle of food dye and THREE tablespoons of baking soda. Apparently, it was the biggest and messiest eruption in the class!
The other day, a homeless man, who was begging outside the post office, told me I looked pretty. And it made my day. How sad is that?
I'm afraid I have created a...Whovian. I have been a loooooongtime fan of the British sci-fi series Doctor Who, I used to watch it back in the '80s when PBS aired the old shows on Saturday mornings. Well, I've been letting Jude watch the new Who episodes, and he's totally obsessed. I've been DVRing them, and it's all he wants to watch. We've even been watching old episodes from the '60's and '70's, and he can now recognize all of the old Doctors. If you've never watched the show, I realize that you will have no idea what I'm talking about, but, in short, this tv series has been running off and on since 1962, and so far 11 different actors have played "The Doctor". This is explained on the show because "The Doctor" is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, and every time his body is about to die, he "regenerates" into a new body. Thus the new actor. Very clever, actually. So all Whovians have a favorite Doctor - much contention in this area. I'm afraid that this is real, true, diehard GEEK stuff, and I am doing this to my poor, unsuspecting child. But what can I say. My fear is that he'll want to go as Doctor Who for Halloween, and NOBODY will know who the hell Doctor Who is.
That's it for today. Go visit Stacy!