Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Oh dear - no posts for 10 days. Since I last posted, the Patrick McDermott Plastering Orioles (let's call them the PMP Orioles from now on) worked another tie, this time with hitting, against the Keswick Tavern Indians. Gus Born caught 2/3rds of the game.

He's got that Varitek-esque saltiness going on, even at 9.

I've been chugging away at my February Lady Sweater, but it's not very exciting, photographically. I also finished this:

which IS exciting photographically (or more exciting, anyway). This is a little shrug for my friend Lucia's granddaughter, due in a few weeks. Blue Sky Dyed Cotton in orange and pink, because it's a girl, and knitters with sons need to knit crazy-girly stuff for baby girls.

Popular culture-wise, Gus and I have been watching "American Idol" religiously for a couple of months now. I've never watched it before (and was admittedly a little scornful of it), but I see why people get hooked. It's great to watch with a kid - we have very serious debates about the contestants and Gus also fields the phone calls from his Aunt Laura during commercial breaks. It's all good!

I hit another gap at Barnes & Noble in my Patrick O'Brian series, so I was poking around the house for something to read in the meantime. I came upon a copy of The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman that I must have bought for Gus but of course had never been cracked. I finished it in like AN HOUR because it was so exciting and interesting and then read The Subtle Knife and am in the middle of Book 3, The Amber Spyglass. As I recall, the Catholic Church had some difficulties with this series, and boy can I see why!! I'm not religious at all, and I have to admit that these books raised some very serious questions for me, especially this last one. I guess kids will gloss over the meaty stuff and enjoy the fantasy and the amazingly imaginative worlds. It's never occurred to me to censor anything Gus would read (other than the obvious stuff), but I think this is a book for a much older child - like a teen. Even then I'm not sure - the questions it raised have made me uneasy - and I'm an old lady!! But my parents never censored what I read, and I read some inappropriate stuff, and it didn't affect me......

Oy vey - parenting...

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