A House Divided (This title post won't make sense unless you are from North Carolina)

NCAA and March Madness used to be fuzzy concepts - now in the heart of the Tobacco Road rivalry, they are a matter of life and death. It is best to pretend you care in polite company. On UNC's campus I nod politely when people trash-talk Duke and at Duke, I indulge the K-Ville crowd. Truth be told, it is a little more interesting when there are brackets and Sweet 16's, Elite 8's, Final 4's and reasons to drink beer in crowds. But I was at a kids consignment clothing sale the other night and one Mother in her Tarheels hat shouted at another Mom, total stranger, in a dark blue sweater, "Why aren't you wearing Carolina Blue?" And she meant it. Yipes. I've had enough of the Red and Blue bickering, more than enough, I don't need the Two Shades of Blue bickering too. Especially over something like college basketball. But then I substitute the words "college basketball" for "Canadian hockey" and I kinda get it.

In today's videos, you will not see much blue. Pink and red are the theme of the day, a little late for Valentines but always in style at our house. Here's Simone running around in said outfit (apologies for the angle but it wouldn't let me rotate it:)

Simone on the porch from Kyla Sweet on Vimeo.

There's another of her play sweeping over on Vimeo-land too.

I have night classes on Thursdays which makes my Thursday break down thusly:
9-12:15 - Cataloging Class
12:15-5:15 - Work
5:30-8:00 - Night class
8:00-9:30 - Travel home, as the bus only goes once an hour.
This means I miss Simone's whole day and I really don't like that. She's particularly giggly and happy right now so Sergio filmed some of her dinnertime so I could watch her when I got home.

Simone goes bananas from Kyla Sweet on Vimeo.

This modern world. You gotta catch up with your child in the digital way. I'm looking forward to classes ending so we can spend more analog face-to-face time together.

Spring break!

Spring Break starts this week! In reality, I'll be using this week to catch up on work hours and homework and attending a conference - but in theory, it's a week off. School is zooming by this semester and I feel alternatively glad and queasy that I have another year to go in Library school - glad because jobs are so thin on the ground while libraries hold their breath and see what will happen with the economy. Queasy because who knows if it'll be better in a year, and in the meantime, competition for the few remaining student jobs seem just as fierce. This recession is circling closer to home and I'm hoping all our loved ones stay untouched.
This week in weather has been similarly up and down.
Monday - we woke up to this:Daycare was cancelled, schools were closed - 5 inches of snow in North Carolina is a big deal, especially in March.

If I had a picture to post of yesterday, just 5 days later, you'd see us walking down Fayetteville Street and the Tobacco Trail - about 7 miles in all - looking at all the street food and the barbecue stands that had popped up because of the 80 degree weather. I got a sunburn because in the last four months I kinda forgot about sunscreen. Simone loved the walk because if there is one thing that kid needs, it is constant motion. Walking, touching, picking up - always always always the one thing that I thought was out of reach and is of course incredibly dangerous. She is a whirlwind - an opinionated whirlwind.

Here's a video of her playing with her blanket (oh how she loves her blanket - any blanket, actually. She is happiest rolling on the floor with fabric , it seems) and using one of her favourite words, Bobby. Uncle Bob, perhaps she is channeling you?

Who's Bobby? from Kyla Sweet on Vimeo.
I've put up a couple of other new videos - Simone in sartorial splendor (a diaper and specially squeaky shoes) too, for the hardcore Simone fan.

Some new photos too:
Here she is in her new "big girl" car seat.

And here she is "helping" with the dishwasher -I love the "caught in the act" look on her face and she's getting so tall! Plenty more in the ol' family album, of course.
We've got lots to look forward to this Spring - a trip to the ocean next weekend, friends from the West Coast in town next month and of course, the trip to Spain is becoming a reality. Hoorah!

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