Photo Fun: Ali and Grace at BU in their Halloween cat costumes.
READING: Communards in Paris and generally 1871 in France.
SWIMMING NEWS: Emails from readers wanting to know where the old group of guys are swimming now, so here's the list: Mike at U of Iowa, Kiernan at Xavier, Nik at Boston University, Daniel and Harrison at Princeton, John at Navy, JJ is swimming in the Grand Prix meets via the US Air Force, Charles and Tyler at Wabash; girls: Lauren at IU with Matt, Devon at IU on B team, Carly and Rhiannon at Purdue, Sam at University of Kentucky. Ali and Reyn aren't swimming in college.
COOKING BYTES: As you can see...I found persimmons by the cartload...at the Asian market. Aren't they pretty? Katie and I also journeyed to Penzy's Spices and I stocked up on small bottles of odd spices I was missing and needing. Left the store without their cookbook, too close to Christmas to be buying something for myself.
FAV NEW FIND: New doggie hotel for The Dog when we travel to swim meets as The Dog is not that great of a traveling companion as he is a little more needy than I envision anyone ought to be for a few days away. Click here, and yes, he gets one of the little arched gated daybed, tv suites.
FAV THIS PAST WEEK: Weather here this past week was absolutely beautiful and wonderful. The trees are at their peak colors and it has been just such a treat to be out and about in it all each day. One of the days I was subbing was WWII history and the assignment for the students was to look through old Life magazines during war period for various types of articles, advertising, etc. relating to the war. That was the best sub day EVER...so much fun to spend a whole day with those little history capsules, I can't believe they paid me for doing that...the history nerd in me was loving every minute of it.
More photo fun: Reyn and Ashley dressed in their Thing 1 and Thing 2 Halloween costumes at IU.
WEEK IN REVIEW: The week went really fast with work, enjoying various days out (thanks Katie for being my roaming companion), Mark had a three day weekend with his dad while his mom and three siblings went to St. Louis for a family wedding, apparently they read a lot, watched tv (the beloved Cardinals winning the World Series a big deal for them), and going out to eat...a great guys' weekend. IU lost their homecoming game to Northwestern and the Hawks lost to the Gophers in a game that was frustrating to watch but I did it anyway because I thought somehow my attendance would pull out a win. Guess not. There was a wonderful tribute to Xavier Murphy during the Notre Dame game, it would have been Xav's 23rd birthday that day, players all had an X in the shamrock on their helmets for him.
LOOKING FORWARD TO: Checking out Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure at the Eiteljorg opens this week, check this out: 8 G Scale trains, etc. This is what's happening at the ISO this coming week: Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies (show tunes).
PRAYING FOR: Safe travel for all those on the roads, in the air, and going by sea, please join me.