THURSDAY: 8:30--Attempt #2 to take the cat I did not succeed in taking to the vet on Tuesday to vet. Success! Put away Child's laundry. Shower. Drive to Towson. 12--Double Nik lesson. Topics include: -Samba bounce when stepping on straight leg (e.g., promenade runs). -Creating tension/stopping points internally even when you aren't maxing things out. -Making more use of "ands." -Creating more interesting timing--and more light and shade--in rumba. 2:30--Grocery store. 6 miles on treadmill. Shower. We make cookies for Child's literary tea on Friday. Read. +++ FRIDAY: 8:20--Drop Child, her cookies, and her viola at school. Finish reading Tan Twan Eng's The Garden of Evening Mists. Terrific book. Started Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves. One of my senior seminar students this spring plans to write on this book and I want to get up to speed. Did some straightening up and dealt with dog. We are having our basement finished, and the dog is generally okay with the workmen as long as they stay in the basement. But one came up to use the bathroom and there was crazy barking. Ugh. We need to work on his manners. 1:30-2:45--Literary tea. Our chocolate chip and M&M cookies are a hit. We made them with the Valentine's Day colored M&Ms. -->Can I laugh that my kid was super happy to get to set up for literary tea and volunteered to wash dishes afterwards? Why doesn't this translate to the home setting??? 4:30--30 min lie down. 6:30--Movie night at Child's school. "Ice Age." Child and I went without Husband because--even though he is doing somewhat better of late--he still isn't feeling 100% and says he doesn't feel up to it. (82 days after he first got sick.) [He did, however, manage to take my car to Jiffy Lube for me around lunchtime, which is one of the few major household errands he has run in months. I'm not a huge fan of the Jiffy Lube experience...because I suspect they upsell me and (if I'm honest) I'm too uninformed and uninterested to know what services I really need and what I don't need.] Put Child to bed. Looked for some old college photos for Husband to send in for his 25th reunion and we sorted through them.