Uh, Right... @ 11:38 am
I feel like I've woken up after a long nap. A little disoriented and trying to figure out where all the time went.
Since getting married, Shawn and I have actually done a lot of stuff. We took a 'honeymoon' down to LaCrosse and spent Labor Day weekend with my folks. Labor Day in LaCrosse is actually pretty awesome because there's a parade of all the unions. The parade takes place on the north side of town--read: wrong side of the tracks, literally. Actually, LaCrosse is not only divided by the rail, but also a marsh/wetlands/swamp. Historically (and currently), the rich lumber barons lived on the south side of LaCrosse, while the workers lived in my neighborhood. The difference is still quite stark if you drive around. The South side has all these Victorian mansion type houses with large lawns, and our houses are decent but not fancy. The sort working class people built for themselves in the 1890s-1900s.
So, it's very appropriate that the parade happens only on the north side. Usually, it is first led off by the police, then the Teamsters, through all the locals (electric workers, bus drivers, ASCFME, etc.,) until the fire fighters end the show.
Mason always thinks of this parade as "the candy parade," because it's been traditional for all the local unions to toss Toosie Rolls and other such goodies:
We also did some rummage saling and I managed to find some awesome books on Japanese gardening and Japanese architecture which will be fun to read through.
I had to take this shot. As you can see, we helped the hoarders out by buying their chess set:
When we got back on Tuesday, it was Mason's first day of school. Believe it or not, Mason is in 5th grade now. That just seems crazy old to me.
Then, this weekend, spontaneously, we bought gerbils. We've had gerbils for years, but, being rodents, well, they die... quickly (a gerbil's average lifespan is 2 years.) So, our last set died some time ago, but we had all the things and had been diligently saving paper tubes for 'some day.' Turns out that some day was Saturday! Meet Magneto (the albino) and Templeton (who was going to be named Gambit for his reddish hair, but he's a no-good thief and a glutton, like the rat in Charlotte's Web.)