Sunday, February 24, 2008

List of Things to Do: Visit Maine

If you move to Maine, then your friends who do not live in Maine, and who keep lists of things they want to do during their lives (lists which include visit Maine), can come and visit you and check that one off.
Apparently, Karen has always wanted to visit Maine, and now that we are here, she had the perfect opportunity. [Other things on her list include crazy ideas like “go for a helicopter ride”, “go for a glider ride”. Wish I could remember a few more (maybe they’re not all as crazy as those two – both of which, I might add, she has done. Crazy brave woman.)…]

Others (not in Maine) questioned her decision to come in February; and, I know that even though February is the shortest month, people in Maine also think it is pretty damn long and brutal and really want it to be over as soon as possible.

Not me. I am enjoying February tremendously.

For one thing, I got a one week vacation during this short little month. This following only four weeks of being back at work after the Christmas break. How cool is that? I didn’t even have any major sets of papers to grade (sadly, I will when the April vacation rolls around…). So, I have gotten to have a lovely little week off, full of leisurely mornings at home, before packing Milo off to d-care (hey, I have to pay for it anyway, plus he is at the stage where he doesn’t want to leave when we go to pick him up and talks about the place even when he is at home), baking sweet treats, reading out loud to Alden and Ray in the middle of the day (we are reading the Swallows and Amazons series – we’re on the second one, Swallowdale, right now. Highly recommended.), playing Settlers of Catan, and skiing.

And, for another thing, we had really cool friends come to visit in February. Karen said it didn’t matter that it was February, you could still drink wine and eat cake. And so we did.

Other highlights included skiing.

[Samantha: we are really proud of you for being such a brave and good skier and T-bar rider. You were awesome!]

Walking on frozen water.

Reading and snuggling.

And, introducing Milo to the delights of licking the frosting spatula (This is the wacky cake frosting. He already knew he really liked wacky cake, but, he didn’t realize that it could actually get even better than that.)

[further documentation of the eating cake part of the visit to appear soon at make more cakes.

And, more pictures and the ability to see them in a slightly larger format over at flickr.]

Thank you so much for coming to visit us, David and Karen and Samantha. It was wonderful!!

1 comment:

qcanoe said...

I adore the photo of Alden and Samantha on the T-bar. (Although to avoid confusion on the part of readers, next time Alden needs to choose a friend with a different name from his aunt's.) Your explanatory comment on the Flickr site about how riding the T-bar is "not totally easy" is an apt understatement. There is a dwindling generation of us now who smile knowingly as though recognizing other members of a secret club when we discover someone who understands about T-bars. Very cool that Alden and Tristan are - by virtue of being Maine kids, I guess - going to be members of the same club. When we were in Utah last week we were talking with a chairlift companion and mentioned T-bars in passing. He looked at us like we were from the moon or something. By way of explanation we said "We're from Maine," upon which he nodded with slowly dawning comprehension and said "Oh" in a way that seemed to indicate that he was realizing that he had a lot to learn about strange anachronisms that might persist in forgotten corners of the country.