November 13, 2006

Saturday...In The Park

...psst! check out the flickr set...

I know the kinds of political opinions I've expressed in the past but honestly I think I'm willing to support any presidential candidate who'd amend the Constitution to mandate three-day weekends. Because, you know, the ratio of time at work to time with my girls is way out of whack.

Given that we had to work within the confines of the short weekend we were given, we ended up having two very different sorts of days. One was beautiful, warm with blue skies. The other was cold, gray and rainy. But both were fun.

We spent a good chunk of Saturday at a local park. Like I said, the weather was perfect, warm and very much atypical for November. The wind and rain and generally wacky weather conspired to strip most of the trees of their fall color but it was still a great day. Mia enjoyed walking through fields of leaves, checking out the other kids and watching the massive catfish turn over in the lake.

Aside: And I'd like to say here and now, if the lights ever go dark on Washington DC for an unexplained reason, it's just as likely the be the responsibility of these catfish as terrorists. Fuckers are huge. Like - without exaggeration - bigger than my daughter. You can always tell first time visitors because they freak out when the see the fish. One lady on Saturday was convinced they were sharks. She didn't seem to understand the freshwater/saltwater argument her friends were trying to sell her on. So, yeah, she's stupid but the fish are huge. Like I said, if something bad happens around here, well, it's only a matter of time before the fish wig out on a major case of roid-rage.

Sunday, as I mentioned, was a very different kind of day. The rain moved in on Saturday night and fall - cold weather and blustery wind - quickly followed. We spent most of the day indoors. But we had fun. We listened to music, played some tunes (Mia does a bitchin' Jerry Lee Lewis impression), worked on some pictures, took some naps, and read some books. A full day indeed.

You know, everyday I stumble upon more reasons that I love my daughter. I don't really know how that's possible since I love her a heck of a lot already.

So, how'd you guys spend your weekends?

Posted by Chris at November 13, 2006 07:08 AM

So glad y'all had a wonderful weekend. It wasn't too bad down this way either. Now if only we could find a few politicians to bribe. On the cheap.

Posted by: Contrary at November 13, 2006 07:24 AM

Didn't have a 3 day weekend but made the most if it. Saturday spent entirely on the deck relaxing, reading, listening to music, snoozing. Sunday not suprisingly being bummed out by the Skins.

Great pics!

Now back tot he grind...

Posted by: Wicked H at November 13, 2006 07:25 AM

Great pics, really looks like a lovely late-fall day.

We had a good 3 day, here, with a nice mix of going out and staying in. Lots of rain, of course, but we did get a little sun, too.

Posted by: Kate the Shrew at November 13, 2006 07:53 AM

Well, our nice weather was a day ahead of yours, so it was nice here Friday but cold, rainy, and windy on Saturday. And cold yesterday, although it was sunny.

Regular Saturday errands, laundry, the boys and I baked a cake. We watched TV, went for a quick walk, took some photos.


Posted by: Alissa at November 13, 2006 07:58 AM

I spent my weekend riding my bike and doing not much at all, which was nice. Except I have all the work I needed to do on the weekend plus my regular weekday work as well. Ugh.

What a beautiful weekend it looked like in DC. Sigh.

Posted by: E :) at November 13, 2006 08:05 AM

No 3-day weekend here, but Friday night watched a movie with the boyfriend, went to bed waaaay too late, then woke up at 8:30AM, went to breakfast and visited grandmom that afternoon which was nice :) Sunday was a full fledged bum-around-the-house day. I slept until noon, did laundry, then napped on and off the rest of the day. It was crappy Sunday here too in PA.

And where is your picture of the HUGE catfish??

Posted by: Michelle at November 13, 2006 08:15 AM

Little girls always love a tea party!

I worked at an alumni event on Saturday, shopped for a new computer chair on Sunday. Not really all that exciting, but I spent it with my husband so all was not lost.

Posted by: daisy at November 13, 2006 08:30 AM

Looks like a lovely weekend.

Posted by: William at November 13, 2006 08:33 AM

Well, we had a shitload of snow on Friday, so we camped down instead of going out for supper.

Saturday was a do-nothing day and it was marvy. We played Yahtzee and Sorry with the kids and drank coffee and laundry and meals were my only chores. I loved it.

Sunday we had an Open House and so we disappeared with our dog to a friend's house. We came back to a letter from the realtor that only one couple came thru. Bummer. We simply consoled ourselves with leftover pumpkin pie.

Posted by: angela marie at November 13, 2006 08:43 AM

My weekend weather was similar to yours - gorgeous on Saturday - cold and rainy on Sunday.

Saturday we went to Chapel Hill to do a little bit of shopping before dinner with friends. In between shopping and dinner, my guy poppped the question, and I said yes!

Sunday we spent pouring over cruise line websites and talking about what kind of wedding we wanted - calling all of the appropriate family members, and doing a little bit of early Christmas shopping.

All in all, a great weekend! Thanks for sharing the pictures of you, Beth and Mia in the park - such beautiful colors :) (And girls!)

Posted by: Kellie at November 13, 2006 09:06 AM

I spent my weekend eating cheese, drinking wine, napping, and playing board games with my husband and my parents. It was incredibly wonderful. Also? We really did eat a lot of cheese. I'm kind of regretting that.

Love the pictures. It really does look like a beautiful day.

Posted by: Jessie at November 13, 2006 09:12 AM

Two of the girls and I marched in the Veteran's Day parade under the rainbow banner of PFLAG. Great fun except for the exhaust and noise of the Christian motorcycle group right in front of us and the horse poop we kept dodging.

Posted by: ann adams at November 13, 2006 09:19 AM

Two day weekend here as well.

Spent the rainy Saturday shopping for the perfect xmas outfit for the princess (blogged about it).

Spent late Saturday night and Sunday morning catching up on video rendering for xmas gifts I'm working on (a melange of 8mm to DVD transfers, some slide scans to DVD slideshows, and authoring the October pics and vids).

And I concur: a side by side with Mia and catfish is in order.

Posted by: Jeff at November 13, 2006 09:19 AM

Great pics to go with what sounded like a great weekend.

I will sum up my weekend with this:

36 weeks preggo - moved into a new house.

'Nuff said.

Posted by: Jen, South Florida at November 13, 2006 09:29 AM

We were supposed to go hiking in VT, but my BF was sick. So, we hung out around the house instead. I canned fifteen jars of applesauce and finished cooking our sugar pumpkins.

I'm sad that I didn't get to go hiking because the weather was apparently gorgeous up there all weekend (and it's raining and windy and miserable here now). But, I did get to eat fresh pumpkin bread for breakfast today, so that's not so bad.

Posted by: Hope at November 13, 2006 09:44 AM

I had to work on Saturday... but it did look gorgeous through the window. :)

Which park did you visit? I love the oversized tea set.

Posted by: Liz at November 13, 2006 09:51 AM

We got three walls of my soon-to-be two-car garage framed up on Saturday before the rain and cold arrived. Not even close to being done, but it was great to see some progress and know that this winter I won't have to de-ice and de-snow my car before work. Yay!

Posted by: Traci at November 13, 2006 10:01 AM

hey, we had very similar weekends. Although there were no catfish at the park we went to on Saturday. At least, none that we saw...but perhaps they were lurking about, waiting for their chance to strike.

Posted by: bad penguin at November 13, 2006 10:08 AM

aw...time with your girls...that's too sweet. :)

i'm so envious of your laid-back weekends...mine are all frazzled and full of lots of running around and no relaxing...

Posted by: ali at November 13, 2006 10:18 AM

All my guys were gone on a wilderness survival campout so I went on a six-mile walk along the river with a friend and worked at a garage sale that benefits my oldest's senior class. I ordered Chinese and watched my alma mater lose (BY ONE POINT!!) to Nebraska. I read and tried to make "to do" lists for everyone upon their return. They came back filthy and usual...and now the chaos level is back where it was before. Playing in the leaves with Mia sounds heavenly.

Posted by: wordgirl at November 13, 2006 10:25 AM

Hung out with friends, worked on a painting, went to the movies twice (twice! it was crazy!), went grocery shopping, sold a painting, did some online Christmas shopping, watched it snow. I did absolutely no cleaning or laundry.

I'm glad you had a nice weekend.

Posted by: kara marie at November 13, 2006 10:46 AM

I had to work on Saturday and spent most of yesterday watching sports, drinking coffee and building forts with the boys.

Nice pictures. I miss Fall.

Posted by: whit at November 13, 2006 11:51 AM

Let's see. Flu shot Saturday at 1ish, trip to Target to begin stocking Thanksgiving pantry and to buy things like towels and pillows for the company that is invading our apartment (all one person) for the holiday. Afternoon spent wandering around (big) Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery looking for Betty Smith's grave (author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) and taking pictures and weeping over the surprising number of babies (morbid, I know). Dinner at the fine establishment, Taco Bell, and then home to spend the rest of the weekend on my ass watching episodes of Veronica Mars and all the shows I missed last week.

This morning, I woke up and thought it was Sunday morning. Monday is cruel.

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at November 13, 2006 12:26 PM

Sounds like a whale of a tale. Maybe you should unleash some dogfish to tame those catfish. Arrrh!

Your daughter is getting bigger. Whatever you're feeding her seems to be working.

Posted by: Johnny Smoke at November 13, 2006 01:21 PM

LOVE, Love, love the enchanted tea party! What a clever girl to try the teacup on her head. Imagination is a wonderful thing! Seriously, those park pics look as though you plopped Beth and Mia into a painting. Pretty!

I spent Friday with the always-charming Miss Madison. If you think parenthood rocks, just wait until you're a grandparent (and it has nothing to do with that stupid cliche' of being able to spoil them and then send them home...sending them home sucks). I slept Saturday away...literally, over 12 hours' worth. Sunday was spent cleaning house ahead of a re-fi inspection for my best guy friend. I need to find him a woman! Odd mix, huh?

P.S. Congrats to Kellie up there in the comments!

Posted by: Jaycie at November 13, 2006 02:52 PM

I'm always up for a three day weekend. I can't wait for Thanksgiving just because I will have 4 days off in a row. We had sort of a lazy weekend. A tiny bit of errands, but nothing big. Hit a few parks, played with some bubbles...a pretty good time.

Love the pics.

Posted by: Melissa at November 13, 2006 02:59 PM

We spent the weekend nursing a stomach flu. Jealous much?

Posted by: Rengirl at November 13, 2006 03:11 PM

Love that park. Wow.

We did much of the same. We go for walks when it's nice enough, swing on our swingset, and spend a good amount of time wrastlin' on the floor and pretending we are royalty at a ball.

I also put in about 15 hours at work this weekend, but they were mostly when everyone was sleeping.

I'll get plenty of sleep when I'm dead.

Posted by: Brad at November 13, 2006 03:18 PM

Flying home sweet home. And then of course, enjoying my delayed birthday present (tickets to see WICKED. Loved it!)....

Posted by: Bethany at November 13, 2006 03:28 PM

Gorgeous pictures!

We went for a loooong walk in the park and soaked up one of the last days of sun.

Posted by: Jenny at November 13, 2006 04:19 PM

I'm freaking out even thinking about the catfish. That's seriously disturbing, man.

Posted by: Heather at November 13, 2006 04:27 PM

Looks like you all had a wonderful weekend! I can't believe how big Mia has gotten. My weekend was filled with studying and doing clinicals at a nursing home! :)

Posted by: Dana at November 13, 2006 04:38 PM

Catfish are kind of creepy. One jumped out of a tank at my dad once. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if one day we find out they're responsible for some sort of terrorist activity.
I'd have to agree with you about the 3-day weekends. I would vote anyone into office that would amend that law.

Posted by: Sijbrich at November 13, 2006 04:40 PM

That's a beeeeeeautiful fall day.

I love that song by the way. (Saturday in the park) I've used it on a video FreezeM & I made of our holiday to NYC a couple of years ago. Good memories :))

Posted by: Nadine at November 13, 2006 04:43 PM

Gorgeous pictures, as always. Although I'm a little upset there are none of the giant Catfish terrorists. I mean, shouldn't we know what they look like so we know what to look out for?

Posted by: Tink at November 13, 2006 05:04 PM

I'm sorry....there was a weekend recently?

Posted by: Queen of Ass at November 13, 2006 05:10 PM

This weekend was so dull I think I've permanently blocked it from my memory.

Posted by: angela at November 13, 2006 09:15 PM

That large tea set was freaking cool, and it looks like Mia enjoyed it as well! Glad you had a good weekend - unfortunately mine was spent working.

Posted by: Beth in StL at November 13, 2006 09:25 PM

What a nice weekend! I can't believe that catfish can grow so big they look like sharks! Cool!

The pictures are positively gorj, as usual....

This weekend was filled with parties and other activities that exhausted the monkey. Sat: 2 birthday parties.... Sun: We went to the Royal Winter Fair and watched a very long dog show; the monkey was exhaustingly active on my lap the entire time....

By the way, I fasted from the computer all weekend, too.... Beth suggested I let you know that, so that maybe you'd even just consider doing it without going totally insane at the thought of it! ;)

Posted by: Haley-O at November 13, 2006 11:09 PM

I think it was the 4th of July...I guess Nadine and I were the only ones singing that song while gazing at your beautiful weekend :)

We went to a movie without the kids, The Departed! Good times!

Posted by: Nanette at November 14, 2006 07:02 AM

What gorgeous pictures! We don't have things that change colors here... everything is pretty much brown all year 'round. Wow... the colors...!

My weekend was okay, not great, but not bad. Made it out and spend the whole thing wandering from friend to friend's house as I still don't have a car- really really hating the insurance now.

Posted by: Debra at November 14, 2006 08:54 AM

There was quite a bit of difference in the weather this weekend, wasn't there? I'm so glad that I took advantage of the nice day on Saturday, because the only thing I felt like doing on Sunday was hibernating. Ahhhh, winter approaches... :(

Posted by: Zandria at November 14, 2006 09:43 AM

I must see these gigantic catfish you speak of!!!

Posted by: coolchick at November 14, 2006 01:16 PM

jerry lee lewis interpretation... good start!

whose next?

Posted by: melanie at November 16, 2006 07:10 PM