Monday, October 24, 2005

[random] Now I need a weekend to recover from my weekend

Oy. Let's see: Thursday was chaperoning The Boy's field trip to see spawning salmon in the Cedar River in Renton - fun, but tiring. Each kindergarten student is paired with a 5th grade 'buddy', and man, are 5th-grade boys and girls different species, or what? But it was pretty cool, kind of like watching a National Geographic special come to life. (Yes, it's a small pic - I cropped it from the original which is on a password-protected Yahoo!Groups site... If it was just me and The Boy, I'd probably post it, but since it isn't...) Me, herding cats in Renton Next, on to Friday: Bauhaus at the Paramount! Mini-non-review posted here - shorter version == great show, don't miss it if you can help it, I think I'm getting too old for this nonsense. Saturday was a Forced Outdoor Recreation day: took The Boy to Meridian Playground for some mandatory steam release time. It's a decent walk there from our house, so he was pretty pooped by the time we got back. Beautiful day, saw some bald eagles, including one that flew pretty low right over the park. And Sunday? Sunday was the Great Pumpkin Massacre of Ought-Five, at this point practically enshrined as an annual ritual... This year, as last, we went to Remlinger Farms in Carnation, WA, along with the same family we vacationed with. Remlinger's a little more expensive than some pumpkin places, but they have professional-grade carnival rides for the kids at no addn'l charge, and their pumpkin prices are pretty reasonable. IIRC, some of the 'cheaper' sites wind up being about as expensive (if not more) once you add up their additional charges for rides or attractions, and their per-pound price of pumpkins. While it was on the cold and raw side, the rain held off until just before we were ready to leave. And now I wonder why my brain is frozen in neutral... [Updated 24-Oct-05 10:40 AM PDT to add JPEG from field trip]

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