11 July 2008

Waders and Crab Parts

As part of my strategy to regain my equilibrium and lose some of my crabbiness, I'm taking some time off in dribs and drabs this summer. By early September, it'll amount to nearly 30 days off work, in a bunch of three day weeks, and a couple of whole weeks off. It's all accrued vacation time, though it feels like mental health days.


Yesterday, on one of those days off, I went on a field trip with Miss M.'s class. It was a glorious day spent mucking around in the Hudson River. The kids got to put on waders (tiny little kid-sized waders) and seine for critters. They pulled up shrimp and crabs, anchovies and jellyfish, rocks and mud, and one tiny striped bass.


When they weren't in the river handling the net, the kids were ostensibly conducting a scavenger hunt. Mostly this took the form of "look Mommy, I found (another) feather" or "is this old glass?" (I'd made the mistake of telling them that well worn beach glass was okay to pick up - instead they just picked it all up and then asked.) The scavenger list provides good evidence that we aren't all that far from a major urban area: two of the items to "find" are the George Washington Bridge and garbage. I also quite like that crab parts is another item to find, but then I guess I'm a little perverse.

Best of all? I got to take a nap when I got home.

18 comments:

flutter said...

THAT is a great day.

Stimey said...

This sounds great!!

slouching mom said...

GW Bridge and garbage!

Hahahahahahahahah!

RuthWells said...

Naps are the best. Sounds like a lovely day!

Julia said...

Now, see, that sounds like a pretty perfect mental health day to me, especially with that nap in there. Although the cute little kid-size waders are pretty restorative of mental health in my book.

Melanie said...

Bliss.

Aunt Becky said...

I want a nap.

ALM said...

Anchovies?!? In the Hudson?! Who knew.

phd in yogurtry said...

born & raised in south jersey, I'm ashamed to say I know very little of the Hudson. Never touched it, I don't think, let alone waded around in it. But what an excellent day you all had!

the mama bird diaries said...

Sounds like a perfect mental health day.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I think the waders must have been a huge hit.

MotherPie said...

Such a sweet story about your grandfather, his house and life in it and your transplanted piece of it. Your pics on this post are just lovely. Field trips are some of the best memories I have of my children and their school years.

Glad you have your own domain name. That's steppin' up!

MadMad said...

What a great way to do it! And I hadn't seen the new header yet - it's awesome! Just perfect.

Nap Warden said...

Oh a nap...I tried to get one in today, and it just didn't happen. I'm jealous:)

wheelsonthebus said...

I love how school trips reflect the place you live. Zach's school has a beach trip planned -- of course.

womaninawindow said...

That picture of your daughter (?) is BEAUTIFUL. We have 2 stinky buckets of crab parts at home from our last week's excursions. Sometimes nasty things are irresistible!

noble pig said...

How fun and lovely! Again beautiful pics.

Furrow said...

That's fabulous. What a fun day. I'd love to take some time off, as it accrues very quickly here, but alas, I'm back to building maternity leave.