January 1, 2007

Happy new year!

May your 2007 be peaceful, productive, personally fulfilling, and [adjective of choice here]. For us thus far in Tampa, the adjective of choice is "wet," since it's raining. And in our household, the air is filled with zebra finch song (on Friday, we acquired two companions of our older finch). The adults are up with vegetarian hoppin' John on the stove, but the children are still in bed.

Since I had spent much of the last week frantically finishing the book manuscript revisions, I caught up with my to-do list yesterday, did one side of household finances (paying bills!), and wrote a few thank-you notes to my mother-in-law, who took us to a local bookstore when we visited her recently, and to my mother, who sent the household a DVD of pictures from her and my father's trip to the Galapagos Islands in 1998 and pictures from her and my daughter's trip to Newfoundland in 2005. She also sent us Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld (2003), which is one step above The Wit and Wisdom of Spiro T. Agnew (1969): The Rumsfeld book has some words in it.

Today brings some organizational tasks at home and some relaxation. Tomorrow, Elizabeth has her teacher workday, and then the students (including our 11- and 14-year-old) return Wednesday.

Embarrassing quotation of 2006: "this very ingenious way." But I probably did say it to a reporter working on a Jeb Bush education legacy article.

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