Well, 36 hours net free, and I have already read three books.Â The first one wasÂ too easy — a children’s novel, You’re a Brave Man, Julius Zimmerman, by Claudia Mills.Â I like to check out books before I add them to my classroom library.Â This one has a good story.Â It should.Â It is the sequel to one of my students’ favorite books, Losers, Inc.
The next two books I read were a bit more emotionally taxing.Â A Child Called “It”, by Dave Pilzer, reminded me too much of my ownÂ childhood abuse — which was much shorter lived then what Dave suffered, and thankfully, my father did not watch passively while it happened.Â The Lost Boy, also by Dave Pilzer, described his life as a ward of the state inÂ the foster care system.Â Dave shows the system for what it is, good and bad.Â And currently I am reading the final book in the series, A Man Named Dave.Â When I finish these I might try a little fiction.
OC has tried to imply that I am over-feeding him because I am net free (see the comments here).Â The truth is, I started over-feeding him before my hard drive vaporized.Â My last couple of years in Vegas I did not have a kitchen that encouraged much cooking.Â The counter space was teaspoon sized, the oven didn’t work, and I never really felt like I could get anything clean enough to suit me.Â All food was prepared on cutting boards and cooked inÂ my crockpot or the stove top.Â Aside from that, I was seldom ever home!
Here, the oven runs a bit hot, but it works.Â There is plenty of counter space, and I have all the time in the world.Â I have made baking powder biscuits, homemade chicken noodle (with homemade noodles) soup, beef stroganoff (also with homemade noodles), and chili.Â I have cooked a few other, less spectacular meals.Â OC made his chicken wing Cacciatore.Â We have been eating well.Â
Today it is raining.Â The sky is gray, and the sea is grayer.Â A cottony fog is sandwiched between them and after years of desert dwelling, I love this.Â Outside the world smells crisp, clear, clean and green.Â I think I will toddle home from the computer lab and put together OC’s lunchÂ – left over chili rolled into corn tortilla shells and baked.Â I will sprinkle cheese to melt over the top and serve it with diced onions, cilantro and sour cream.Â He will eat seconds and thirds and claim it is my falut he is gaining weight.