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Well, she’s off to grade 5.
With a backpack that weighs just about as much as she does.

Now to get a couple hours of work done & then a lunch date.

Well, she’s off to grade 5.
With a backpack that weighs just about as much as she does.

Now to get a couple hours of work done & then a lunch date.

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Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) Director: George Armitage

Ah, Grosse Pointe Blank just started playing on AMC.
After Say Anything, this was where Cusack solidified my life long crush on him.
Also, it introduced me to the Violent Femmes & The Clash

Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) Director: George Armitage

Ah, Grosse Pointe Blank just started playing on AMC.

After Say Anything, this was where Cusack solidified my life long crush on him.

Also, it introduced me to the Violent Femmes & The Clash

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Anonymous asked: I'll waltz with you

Well, hey, thanks anon.

I’ve been well trained, you won’t regret it. 

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Today was the last day of Anna’s summer vacation. Onward to grade 5 tomorrow. 

After her shower tonight we sat outside in the fading evening and I brushed her hair as we do after every shower she takes. I asked her if she was nervous about tomorrow but she assured me she was not. She’s excited to see all of her friends that don’t live nearby that she hasn’t seen in a couple of months. She’s excited to meet her new teacher. She’s got a man this year, for the first time, and she’s looking forward to that too in the way that something different is always exciting. Word on the street is that he’s one of the best teachers in the school which makes me happy.

When I went upstairs tonight to tuck her in to bed (at 9pm! A new, later bedtime for an older, more mature little girl) I saw that she had her clothes for tomorrow laid out on the rocking chair that sits in the corner of her room.  This is the very same rocking chair where I used to sooth her and rock her to sleep when she was a little baby. The very same rocking chair where I’d pull her onto my lap when she was a little older and she had fallen and scraped a knee or she’d had her feelings hurt.
Now it’s the chair where I sit and listen to her talk about her day and where she tells me stories and makes me laugh and, sometimes - sometimes,  it’s where I still pull her onto my lap and hold her after she’s gotten hurt because she’s still young enough that a kiss and a snuggle from her mom can change everything; can make everything right.

And now here I am, ready for a quite night. I’ve packed her lunch for the morning and I’m listening to the crazy rain storm that’s just started up outside the window.
We had a wonderful summer, she and I. 
And as much as I loved the adventures; the times at the beach, and out at the farm I’m happy to be getting back to routine. And not just for her, It does a lot for me too. Tomorrow I’ll be back to a quick swing by the coffee shop after I drop her off at school and then home to dive into work.
And I sure do love those quiet mornings.

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And the Waltz Goes On - Anthony Hopkins 

Sir Anthony Hopkins Hears The Waltz He Wrote 50 Years Ago For The First Time

Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins was a musician before he got into acting. 50 years ago he wrote a waltz but was too afraid to ever hear it play. Dutch violinist André Rieu performs it for the very first time. Watch Hopkins’ reaction.

That was beautiful

I cried a few tears and felt better about humanity’s endeavors.

Outstanding.
Can’t stop listening and wanting to play along and wanting to waltz.