The shake up of Mr W's evening routine, wherein I had him start to help prepare his dinner, and join me at the table to eat, has gone well. As I expected (kids are really so darn adaptable) he fought it hard for three days, complained about it for another three, and then accepted his fate from that point on. We are talking more, although we've also had a couple of nights where what he really wants to do is to play on the computer, and he has to do all this stuff first, like help fix dinner, eat with me, and do his homework. I have to say this effects the mood at dinner, and making dinner its own valid thing is something I'll have to continue to work on. But it feels good to be doing it.
The mouse wars continue. I have snap-trapped five so far, and found one dead inside an open bag of tootsie rolls. There's some metaphor in there about excess, but I'm not going there; it was probably an icky way to die. I cleaned out three drawers in the kitchen. They must be able to get in behind the cupboards and into these drawers, because the mice obviously felt pretty comfortable in there, especially in the bottom one, which I don't go into very often. I set a trap in that one, and on the stairs, as there is still at least one around. It/they are good at licking the peanut butter off the trap without tripping it, so I've added a piece of dog food to entice them. I'd just like to be done with this task, though. It's gross.
I mailed off my applications for the teaching positions that I posted about here. In a stroke of brilliance, I asked some teachers I know to give me feedback on my teaching philosophy, and I'm so glad I asked. So very glad, because they had good things to say that could only come from people who are currently in the field. I felt really good about the cover letters especially. They were only slightly different, as one of the positions was for teaching General Biology, and the other one was for teaching Botany, Genetics and other subjects I'm excited about teaching. Not that cellular respiration doesn't grab me right there, but plants are so cool, and the world should know, you know? But I went through and kind of gave a point-by-point as to how I met the qualifications and how I would fulfill the specific responsibilities of the position. The deadline to submit is Friday, so it's going to be a couple/few weeks yet before I hear anything. It'd be so cool to have an interview for either position, really.
And the weather! I know it's been a pretty wintery winter for a lot of the country, and it actually hasn't been so much of one here. Fall was mild and prolonged, and last weekend it was in the 50's. But we've got this "Arctic Mass" of cold air sitting on CO right now, and it's, let me check, -6 and projected to go down to an eye-popping -18 tonight. I didn't used to worry about this kind of thing, but now that I'm a home owner, I do. The ductwork for my furnace is such that the unused basement room gets heat like any other room in the house. The vent is in the ceiling, isn't easily closeable, that kind of thing. And when it's cold like this, I suspect that having that warm air in the basement probably keeps the pipes from freezing on nights like tonight. The kids have scored another day off from school tomorrow, so I'll be home a half day with Mr W. His dad had him today, so I didn't have to miss work. Brrr.