This fall has been (and will continue to be) really busy for us, so we kept things pretty low key over the weekend. El Esposo worked every day, so for most of the weekend it was the kids, the dogs, and me.
1. On Friday night, the dogs had a minor skirmish, and one ended up with an injured ear. Of course, we didn't find this out until he fell asleep on my daughter's bed and bled all over. I managed to stop the bleeding and he let me put Neosporin on the cut. Then I got to wash all of my daughter's bedding, including the mattress pad, plus wash all the blood spatter off the walls in the hallway. I left the blood on the hallway carpet to El Esposo.
On Saturday, I decided to get the little guy out of the house. He was feeling a little wary about the other dogs, so when I took the princess to ballet, I brought him with me and took him for a walk downtown while I ran errands. He is the most introverted Labrador Retriever ever, so he didn't really want to meet anyone, but he had a good time. Our local independent bookstore allows dogs, so he made himself right at home in the window seat:
On Monday, we went to see the vet, who praised my excellent skills in caring for the ear and gave us a prescription for antibiotics to help with the healing process.
2. I went to a football game. My daughter is a freshman at my dad's alma mater, so the three of us went together. My dad knew lots of people there - there were quite a few guys there who went to high school with him. And there was a guy there whose father coached my dad in junior league baseball, and a guy who played football at my dad's school's number one rival. . . you get the idea. . . it was lots of fun for my dad. It was also bittersweet, as my parents are moving to Florida at the end of the week, so this was pretty much the first and last time we had this three generations at a game thing. Oh, and we won, and we're in first place in our division. (We're the away team, in white.)
3. I went to another football game, same day. This one was my alma mater. They have a fantastic new field, but they kind of sucked. They lost big. On the plus side, we got to bring the chocolate dog with us and he had a good time.
4. I fell asleep at 8:15 pm on Saturday night. I'd already been awake for 14 hours, so it was wonderful to get a nice night's sleep. This happens occasionally on Saturday night, and the only drawback is that it pretty much guarantees I won't wake up in time for knitting on Sunday morning. Another super nice thing, the kids had all the dogs with them, so I got to snuggle with El Esposo without any dogs between us.
5. I discovered podcasts. Well, I knew about them, and I'd listened before, but I got hooked on them this weekend. I listened to a few knitting podcasts, and then I mainlined Serial, back to back. Fantastic!
I have a question for all of you - what podcasts do you enjoy? They don't have to be about knitting.
6. I did some knitting, of course. I was supposed to take the little man out on Sunday but he decided he wanted to have a lazy day at home, so he did. On Sunday afternoon, he and I sat at the kitchen table, enjoying the sun streaming in the kitchen windows. . . and we KNIT. We KNIT! He picked up his knitting again.
7. I made sugar cookies using the traditional sugar cookie recipe that my mom used when I was a kid. It uses confectioner's sugar instead of granulated, and it tastes a bit like shortbread. I used the bison cookie cutter that we got on vacation. Some of the bison got a little distorted, but most looked pretty good:
The original plan was bake the cookies Sunday night, decorate them on Monday, but people wanted to eat them right away without decoration, so that's what we did.
8. We went to a THIRD football game (and that doesn't even count time watching the Patriots on TV with El Esposo). The JV team at my dad and daughter's school played a home game on Monday, so we brought my youngest stepson and went to see the first half of that game, then went out to lunch.
All this football - you'd never know it is not my favorite sport and I barely understand it.
9. We lit some candles in memory of all the indigenous people who suffered at the hands of Christopher Columbus and his ilk.
10. We had dinner with my parents, my uncle, and one of my cousins. I wasn't sure what to expect on this one. My mom is the driving force behind my parents' move to Florida, and I think my dad is really sad to leave us all behind. Realistically, it may be the last time he sees his one and only brother, as my uncle is very, very ill. And, of course, his only grandchildren (my kids) are here, too. It's going to be very hard when they leave. But dinner was awesome. I expected it to be a bit difficult, but it really wasn't.