I did some "redecorating" at Chez Green Girl this weekend--I took out the boys' old Little Tykes art easel and replaced it with this old shelving unit from our basement. They do their projects at the kitchen table and really only needed a spot for their supplies. Much cleaner, much more organized, takes up less space and cost me nothing. My pre-holiday purge was so successful that I even have an extra empty shelf and an empty Rubbermaid tub.
I also deep-sixed a bulky wreath that used to hang by our front door. I like the look of this tin thing and will fill it with things I pick in the prairie and fields later. The little paintings are from Mr. D's grandma--they hung in her house and no one wanted them when they moved her to a nursing home. I took them--very cute little drawings of scenes in Paris. When I removed the glass that covered them, they were bright and cheery. Years of cigarette and candle smoke hid their true colors, I'm sure if anyone else had looked closer, they'd have snapped them up. A little white paint covered the faux gold frames and now my front hall looks fresh and interesting. I keep walking over to admire the effect.
Our entire town is glazed with ice and it took 3 tries to get up my driveway. It's also frickin' cold outside, so I've no desire to head up the hill and deal with it. Taking Mr. T to school was typically awful--I'm convinced that over half of the Happyland Elementary Minivan Moms have had lobotomies. Or they're drunk. They drive and drop off their kids like idiots. I don't relish leaving the house again to retrieve kids later. I slid across the parking lot dropping off Mr. G and I'm a little worried because there's no end to this sub-zero weather in sight so when will this melt? Yikes!
Mr. D and I finally watched The Dark Knight (Yes, I know I'm like the second to last person in America to watch it now). I think Bob Kane would've been very pleased. It's nice to see the Batman's storylines back to their original gloom and darkness--I was disappointed that Two-Face lived such a short time, though. Does anyone know why Rachel Dawes was recast? We also watched Dan in Real Life which was the most pleasant use of 2 hours. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation seen in small doses is even funnier when you know what's going to happen. Our bed shook with my giggling. So damn hilarious.
The death of John Travolta's son makes me very sad. Typically, a lot of people are judging their son's illness and treatment, but I hope this raises awareness of how dangerous seizure disorders are--and that they're not "cured" with medication. We're nearly done weaning Mr. T off his meds to see if he's outgrown his seizures. Some seziure meds are effective, some come with terrible side effects (as I've previously described with Mr. T--depression, liver damage, mood swings), some meds counteract other types of medicine (for example, a kid taking seizure control meds cannot use ADHD meds) and sometimes you take a kid off meds hoping to find they're all better--but what if they're not?
Pam over at Nature, Nurture and Nudgings is having a contest--she's giving away 10 of her handmade cards. Go check it out!
Mr. T and I just finished reading Swindle by Gordon Korman--if you have a reader aged 9-13, I highly recommend it. Funny, fast-paced, and imaginative. And a wonderful break from the fantasty fiction dominating the market.