Another busy Tuesday today, this one punctuated by the return of the Book Fair at school. Again, no Bookmobile, but rather a converted library. We got there just in time about fifteen minutes before they closed. But they stayed open a little later for the larger crowd that was just arriving at the same time as us - apparently a bunch of folks were also just getting off of work, or whatever.
In our case, the "whatever" was ballet class, where Madison was having her picture taken. Class went on a longer time to get all the girls individually for photographs. Mommy and Madison then raced over to the school about fifteen minutes before the Book Fair closed.
We didn't see much, so it was okay. There were a lot of books, of course, but we were looking for some books that Madison could enjoy reading herself. The "early reader" books are ideal right now for her, and we found a Barbie book with five stories inside that Madison can read herself. They're simple and fun to read, so when we got home, we went out on the front porch. The weather was so nice, so we sat there together on the rocking chair there and together read a story with Barbie.
Of course, also in the day there was piano - there are only two weeks left until the recital. We've been learning to play in d minor lately, which is a fun key to play in. Everything is melancholy, or at least creepy. It's especially so when you use the old time organ sound. Madison was laughing as we played a song "Silly Old Clown" in d minor, making it become "Scary Old Clown." Daddy remembers a time in high school when we played "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" in d minor - it too sounded macabre. It's the perfect key for October!
When we got home, Nana and Ba-Ba had a pizza waiting for us - it was from a new pizza place that we've just determined to start getting pizza from. It's a New York style pizza, which people in the South only vaguely know about. We have pizza down here, but not real pizza. So far, our quest for that pizza has limited us to a place called Capozi's in Atlanta, and our traditional stop at a place nearby Nana and Ba-Ba's house in Florida. But this restaurant in Oakwood seems to get it. We'll post in the future about our return expedition to this undiscovered country!
Tonight after Madison's bedtime stories and the evening ritual there, Mommy and Daddy watched the original "Ocean's 11" movie with the Rat Pack. It is somewhat like a historical document, with all those crooners and entertainers planning a heist in Las Vegas of all places. There is such a glorious retro feel to the lounges, hotel rooms and lobbies - it was fun to watch just for a trip back in time, and only a few short years!
One funny thing that stood out: a son of one of the characters got $10,000 for his education growing up, and then college too. Imagine all that paid for with just $10,000! We'd better start saving some more...