Monday, November 24, 2014

Lots of Good Stuff

Fun day... My pumpkin pies were a nice hit at work.  I took about a dozen to the office and they went over well.  It's always surprising to me, though, how many people just don't care for pumpkin pie.  I hate coconut, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.  Everyone has their own tastes.

Left work at noon due to my daughter's half-day of school.  We came home for about 30 minutes, then went right back out to the school for a very good parent-teacher conference.  The fifth grade teachers have the students play a major role in the conferences, and Melody presented where she thought she was in her learning, along with some examples of her recent classwork.  Then her teacher (and student-teacher) followed up with some good feedback.  I'm so proud of my little girl.  She's doing so well this year.  She had one B, which seems to be bothering her, but all of the rest of her grades were A's.  Awesome!

I found myself feeling very tired this afternoon, and I took a rare nap.  It has been a while since I felt like I needed one, and it felt great.  Following my nap, we cleaned up and met up with my in-laws in Olney, where we grabbed dinner at the Greene Turtle.  My mother-in-law always amuses me with her observations (which I don't notice).  She said that they always seem to get better service from the wait staff when I'm with them.  She was referring to the attractive young lady who served us.  I laugh because the girl was at least half my age.  I'm no spring chicken anymore.  I really don't see it.

We talked about the next several days.  My Mom-in-law's eldest brother passed away the other day, and she said they may have to go to Raleigh, NC, for the funeral.  They're really concerned about the possible snowy weather being forecasted for Wednesday, as well as missing out on Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday at my parent's place.  We'll have to see how this plays out over the next few days.

I went to get a much-needed haircut after dinner.  After my faux pas last month, I decided to go somewhere else to get it cut, and I was pleased with the results.  "Irma" may be my new barber.

On the way home, I had a pleasant conversation with Melody where we talked about Moms.  She's never had one in her life, with Teresa's passing occurring when Melody was 5 months old.  So I asked her who is her favorite TV mother.  She told me she really didn't know, so I told her my favorite mom was Marion Ross from HAPPY DAYS, though I realize that she was playing a 50s mother, which is very different and comes nowhere close to how great my mother is.  I also told her that she may have a completely different definition of what a mother is, given her perspective and the current generation.  Her response was unexpected.  She said she liked Topanga Lawrence, played by Danielle Fishel, from the Disney show GIRL MEETS WORLD (and the same character from BOY MEETS WORLD).  It's an inspired choice, though I don't feel as if her character has been fleshed out very well, at least as of yet (yes, I do watch the show with Melody...I like to know what she's watching).  But, wow, if this is the type of mom Melody is looking for, I can't help but applaud her choice.  I know Melody is probably looking for different qualities in a mom versus what I might be looking for in a wife, but I'd go for her, too (keeping in mind that she's much too young for me).

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And back to reality.... The Terps had a pretty nice win tonight versus Arizona State, 78-73, in what was a tight game throughout.  It's good to see the Men's Basketball team play a solid team and pull out a solid win.  This will be a rather interesting season for the Terps, now playing in the Big Ten versus the Atlantic Coast Conference.  The Terps may very well have a decent season.  I'm excited.

And that's all the news for the night.  Have a great evening, everyone!

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