Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I thought more time had passed between this and my previous entry, but it really hasn't been so long. We're watching the "live" Neighborhood Ball on television. The television has been blasting parades and inauguration reruns since I got home from work. I never watched so much inaugural yahoo before, but I think I'm exceeding capacity...

Speaking of television, while flipping through channels last night, Vito caught a glimpse of Obama and let me know by saying our new president's name. I wasn't surprised that Vito could recognize Obama, but that he could recognize him so quickly. He can't quite get the name out perfectly, though, and it sounds a little like Mmm-mama. I'm guessing that's a combination of Obama and his other favorite word: mamma. I use the Italian spelling for obvious reasons...

This morning, I brought my second period class to the library to watch the Inauguration and we arrived just in time! Aside from the star attraction, I was happy to see Elizabeth Alexander read the poem she wrote for the occasion.

Everyone seems to be discovering Facebook these days, and I'm realizing that there're only six degrees of separation from me and my high school acquaintances...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The New Year Moves On

After a restful couple of weeks away from teaching, I'm back at it. All of our holiday decorations are packed up and stored away, and it's business as usual around here with papers to grade and lessons to plan. For once, the vacation didn't seem to pass too quickly! I'm not saying I was ready for it to end, but it felt just right...

And I thought we had a great holiday, too. A couple days before Christmas, I surprised Angela with tickets to see The Nutcracker in San Francisco, and, having never seen it before, both of us were impressed. She thought I was taking her to see a movie, so the surprise came off beautifully.

I knew Angela would be thrilled. We thought we would be late, actually, but arrived just as the music was starting! Neither of us had ever been to the ballet, and I can't say that it is my first choice in entertainment, but it was great and I would definitely see it again! In fact, we can't wait until Vito is a little older so we can take him and his cousins to see it! Now, I guess I know why there are performances every holiday season. It's a classic!

We rang in 2009 in Reno this year, and stayed with my parents for a few days in their new house there! The weather was perfect. We enjoyed blue sky and sunshine every day. A big storm rolled through right before Christmas, and then disappeared afterward, leaving great skiing conditions behind, which was great.

We took Vito sledding and had a blast playing in the snow. On New Year's Eve, after Vito went to sleep, Angela and me went down town and walked around for a few hours before midnight. The casinos were crowded and smokey, so we really couldn't stand to stay inside. It wasn't terribly cold, and we stood around in the street with a bunch of other revellers, even though there wasn't anything out of the ordinary scheduled. In years past, I read, there had been a fireworks display, but the biggest little city in the world didn't want to pay for it this year. The economic crisis is affecting everything.

Now, our next big plan is to catch the Chinese New Year's parade in San Francisco at the end of the month. We wanted to go last year, but the weather was horrible. Hopefully, it will be more accommodating this year!