Last weekend when we were up in Pismo we stopped in a pet store so that Peewee could try on some winter wear.
I happily, happily spent the day with designed pages spread out all over the bed, looking for typos and hanging out with Peewee. The book is looking so good. There’s stuff I still want to rewrite but I have to let it go. There are design problems but we’ll get them sorted out. I’m just so happy and proud and stoked, and I hope the book does well but even if it tanks? I’m still so happy with what we did. Can I say happy one more time? I’m happy.
I don’t know what to make of holidays that can’t seem to be appended to a Sunday, but here we are, Veterans Day. I honestly did think of my dad this morning and to honor him I put on some Warner Bros. cartoons (he loved Daffy Duck). On the way to the mall to celebrate our nation’s sacrifices with a 40% discount on all name brands, Jackson started grousing about what a stupid holiday it was. After a brief discussion on the origins of the word holiday (“Holy day” “You’re making things up again, aren’t you, Mom?”), I felt obliged to give him an overview of World War Two, which went a little like this:
On the back it identifies them as (top row, l to r) Keith, 11 yrs; Scott, 8 soon; Billy, 9 yrs 9 mos; (front row, l to r) Lowell, 18 mos + getting over the flu; Lyle, 4 yrs 9 mos. It was taken in 1961 and Lyle’s had just about enough of this nonsense. This has got to be one of my favorite family photos of all time and, again, I have no idea which side of the family these boys belong to.
Halloween this year was unexpectedly awesome. Jackson has officially transitioned from cute and/or superhero costumes to spooky ones, and though we thought he’d achieved this milestone last year, we too-late discovered that 2009′s skeleton zombie costume actually frightened him so much that he gave himself nightmares by wearing it. However, 2010′s pulsating, bloody Scream mask was by all accounts a spectacular success, both socially and psychologically. (more…)