We had an ice storm last weekend, and I didn’t get a chance to clear my car off until today (took that long to dig out to it). As I was brushing off the dry powdery stuff from last night, I hit a layer of ice. Hard ice. Thick, white ice. “Aw, crap,” I think, “This is going to take FOREVER to get off!” So I continue brushing off the snow, and discover something.
That ice? Was 4″ above the car. In between was another layer of snow. My car had an ice COAT. I took these UNDER the layer of ice.
Ice caves! The light is so pretty in these! The car is now mostly clean. It still has a bit of a car-hawk (a Korean punk rocker look or something).
Alpha child vacillated on how to celebrate her birthday. (Giving her a choice was mistake.) Four days before, we finally settled on a simple party at the local, recently-opened mini-golf course.
It might be worth mentioning that Alpha has been officially diagnosed with Asperger’s (that’s worth a whole bunch of posts on it’s own), so a party with a “script” to follow is a very, very good idea.
So mini-golf has a implicit script – everyone knows what to do, there’s something to keep busy with at every turn, and it’s easy to avoid uncomfortable moments. The party worked. We met a couple of Alpha’s friends from school, everyone had a good time, and we ended the day on a high note. Plus, it turns out that Alpha loves laser tag – also offered at the place. Beta and her friend kept busy too.
And a shout out to our friends Sam and Joanne, who came in from out of state with their son and were most helpful. I suck with unfamiliar kids, but Sam is actually quite effective with them.
Pics to come later. Maybe M has a few, I never remember to take snapshots.