I'm closing up shop around here. In the next few hours, I have to write the menu for tomorrow night, put in orders for mussels and scallops, clean out the playroom, and set up the inflatable mattress for the in-laws.
I hope everyone has a splendid Christmas, if you celebrate it. Eat lots and laugh lots. If you don't celebrate Christmas, enjoy the time off.
I'll be back in half capacity next Monday. See you then.
Happy Thanksgiving! I'm signing off until Monday. I hope everyone has a day filled with food and laughter.
Next week, I'll be doing a series of gift guides posts, including Steve's history books pix for 2010. I'll only highlight gifts that I love, but if I can figure out a way to link the products through Amazon, I will. If you make a purchase on Amazon through a link on this blog -- it doesn't even have to be the product that I mentioned -- Amazon sends me a small kickback. This will be my own version of a pledge drive.
In fact, if you plan to start your holiday shopping early (Hanukkah is early this year), use the Amazon icon below. Thanks!
I had planned on writing extra blog posts this week and setting the timer to have them publish next week. Sort of like those women of my mom's generation who cooked a week's worth of meatloaf and put it all in the freezer for their husbands, when they had to go out town for a while.
I wanted to write about California and Kagan and TV and kid stuff and porch rehabs and... well... it just didn't happen. No time to my own right now. Just a bunch of half baked sentences and ideas swirling around in my head.
You know, if you only vacuum out your car right before you go on a long car trip, which happens on average once every year, then the lollipop sticks really pile up under the seat.
I'm heading into vacation only armed with an iPhone, which sucks for blogging. I might check in, if something earth-shaking happens. Back in a week.
I missed two days in the blogosphere. We had a spontaneous getaway one day. And yesterday was packed with school meetings at Ian's school and business and quotes for a new front porch.
Ian's doing great academically. He could probably jump ahead a year in math. His speech is much better. It's becoming more clear that Ian's problem is audio processing. At this point, it's really his only problem. He doesn't understand everything he hears, but he's been compensating for years and hiding this problem from us. He's very good at guessing when people ask him questions. His speech therapist and teachers are working on it. When we mainstream him, we'll hold him back a year to give him a chance to catch up with the other kids.
I need to catch up right now, too. My inbox is stuffed, and the newspapers are still folded on the coffee table.
Hey, Apt. 11D has a new design. So, all you people who just read through an RSS feed come here and check it out.
I put the Apt. back in the title, because even though I dropped it five years ago, people still google "apt. 11d." It's easier for people to remember, and I'm slowly getting used to having more of a public face in the blogosphere.
I'm in the process of rejiggering my archives and simplifying the tags. I had separated the personal posts from the political posts, but that distinction never worked well for me. There is too much overlap. At some point, I will finish that task and explain everything in the "About Me" page.
I'm using more photographs and breaking up the text into separate posts, because it works best on the Internet. A hundred words and a picture is the formula that brings in the most readers. Sad, but true.
I needed a new banner. Being too cheap to invest hundreds of dollars in PhotoShop, I tried teaching myself to use banner freeware, but it was a pain. Instead, I found that Typepad has some new templates that sort of achieved the look I was going for. I can easily rotate photographs. Learning CSS is not the best use of my time, so a Typepad template will have to suffice.
So, here we are. I finally have both of my children in school, and I'm looking forward to getting caught up again on the blog and other work on my desk. Before I sort out the papers on my desk, I'm going to punch out a series of posts on the new campaign against obesity.
There's complete devastation in Northern New Jersey. Last night's storm ripped out trees and brought down power lines. We lost cable, Internet and phone service, but we were the lucky ones. My parents and my sister's family have no power, water, or heat. They came by thus afternoon with the contents of their freezers. We made a random meal of formerly frozen shells, shrimp, and pigs in a blanket.
We have to boil all the water, because it's contaminated. There's water in the basement. Schools are closed.
Two poor guys were killed in Teaneck as they walked home from services at their Temple. A tree fell on them.
I'm plugging this in on my iPhone, which isn't terribly easy. But I'm super happy to have it now. Not sure when we'll be back in business.
Thanks so much to my kind and clever guest bloggers, Macaroni and Jeremy, who kept the home fires burning at Apt. 11D, while I was away on vacation. Blogging during the semester is never easy and I appreciate their hard work. Thanks, guys!