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Back to School

I’d like to take a moment to salute all the teachers of the world who work so hard for our children. You rock!

Today is the first day of classes at Xy’s new school.

Back to School

I took her traditional “first day” photo as she left the house. Not easy holding a toddler in one arm.

As I noted last year,

There’s no longer a single big “back to school” day in our fractured system. All the schools are on different schedules now.

Xy’s new school is starting a week early because they plan to move to a new and improved location mid-year.

Oh yes, it’s going to be a hellacious year.

Speaking of moving, I called my favorite Realtor yesterday to set the wheels in motion for making a move ourselves. Further ruminations forthcoming.

As for Persephone, she’s turned into a hat-loving freak.

She Loves Her Hat

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

As for me, I am taking the day off to enact the remediation I mentioned a couple days ago.


I had a few brief flashes of panic — “oh no I’ve bit off more than I can chew” — but it’s pretty much gone according to plan so far. I used duct tape to get the biggest flakes off. I wet-scraped and wet-sanded and now I’m letting it dry. I have been scrupulously, obsessively careful about containing the mess, and I think I have succeeded.

I also think that I may be coming down with a cold.

Meanwhile, they’re doing something with the beehive in the house next door, but damned if I can figure out what.


Apparently it involves burning big sticks of incense.

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  1. haole wolf haole wolf

    Smoke calms bees, so they can go in and move them. Probably trying to just move them rather than kill them, since nationwide bees are on a population decline. Makes me wanna write a song about incense-loving hippy bees, though, so thanks for the inspiration.

    Also thanks for the comments about teachers. I started back on Monday in year-round-schooled Hawaii.

  2. Lee Lee

    P looks adorable in her hat! Good luck with the lead remediation, you’re a bigger man than I for trying it. I can’t wait to hear about the move news, is it a big move? The suspense is killing me.

  3. Andrea Andrea

    I love the “back to school” photos of XY. And how about that clean pink house next door….? When did that happen?

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