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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 01:00 pm
[ghosts, death; parody of "Streets of London" by Ralph McTell]

Have you seen the old girl
Who walks the Tower of London
Face full of grace with a queenly charm?
She's no breath for talking,
she just keeps right on walking
Carrying her head
Right underneath her arm.

So how can you tell me you're ghostly
And say your life has run out of time?
Let me take you by the hand
And lead you round the Tower of London
I'll show you something
That'll make you change your mind.

And in the topmost turret
You'll meet Sir Walter Raleigh
Cursing at his fall like an angry tar
Looking at the world
With a chip on his shoulder,
Each and every midnight
He smokes a mild cigar.

So how can you tell me you're ghostly
And say your life has run out of time?
Let me take you by the hand
And lead you round the Tower of London
I'll show you something
That'll make you change your mind.

And have you seen the playroom
Of a pair of ghostly princes?
Such endless games in a place like theirs!
Careful where you sit if you
Accept their invitation:
They don't have ghostly cushions
On all their ghostly chairs

So how can you tell me you're ghostly
And say your life has run out of time?
Let me take you by the hand
And lead you round the Tower of London
I'll show you something
That'll make you change your mind.
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 04:48 pm
Will's team took second place in the tournament (out of seven teams). Yay!

Will got the best score on his team! Yay!

Will got the second best score in the whole tournament! WHAAAT?

Trophies to be awarded on Thursday!
Saturday, March 18th, 2017 10:33 am
I have unpopular opinions about daylight savings time: at least where I live, the time changes happen in just the right way to keep the kids in my neighborhood from having to walk to the bus stop in the dark more than a few days a year. If we stayed on DST year-round, they'd be out before dawn during the coldest months, and I think avoiding that is more important than inconveniencing adults. That's my two cents, not that anyone asked.

In other news, the county math tournament happened yesterday, so that was exciting! Each grade's team had 10 members, and 4 of those were chosen to compete in the ciphering rounds. Guess who was the best cipherer on their team? That's right, my precious firstborn son. Doing well on the team has given him so much confidence! He was laughing and relaxed in between events, and I was even more excited to see that than I was his performance. Unfortunately there was some kind of glitch with the scoring system and they weren't able to announce the awards at the end of the tournament, so we'll have to wait and see who won what.

Last night was movie night at H&P's house. First we watched the original Ghost in the Shell, which I hadn't seen since it was shown at MIT in 1996 or so; it was a good refresher for the upcoming Hollywood adaptation. Then we followed that with the first two episodes of Iron Fist, which I enjoyed, even though I haven't seen any of the other Netflix Marvel series yet. I've been instructed to go back and watch Daredevil, so I might do that soon. I also found Moana at the library and will finally watch that this weekend sometime.

I've been thinking a lot lately about what I want to do this summer. Like I mentioned recently, we skipped doing any family vacation last year, so I want to do something with the kids. But I also want to attend my 20th year reunion at MIT if I can, and I'm not sure I want to do that in the context of bringing the whole family. That's what I did the last time I visited Boston six years ago, and while that trip was a ton of fun, our time was spent very differently than what I would have done if I'd left the kids at home. As for what the kids want, they've spoken several times about wanting to visit the Harry Potter world at Universal Studios, and now that we've all finished reading the books, I think that would be a more enjoyable experience for them. I just don't know how to make both ideas work, or if I can only do one, how to choose.