drwex: (Troll)
So much has happened since last update it's not even vaguely possible to try journaling it.

I'm just going to talk about the kids here for a bit )
So that's my kids - how about yours?
drwex: (pogo)
Last night, Thing 2 was in his final concert for his school. It was a musical of sorts, with a little story and several songs and all the kids on stage.

At the end of the last song all the kids raised their hands up. Most had an open hand, waving good-bye. A few had their hands up as fists.

My kid?
Did the Spock "Live Long and Prosper" hand.

Apple... tree... plop.
drwex: (DMs)

Please take a moment to experience Keith Richards and Tom Waits doing their rendition of "Shenandoah" - the traditional sea shanty. This track came to me context-free so I had to look it up. Turns out there's an entire album called Son of Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys that came out a couple months ago. The creative forces behind this are Johnny Depp, Gore Verbinski and Hal Willner – the creative forces behind the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Go figure.

Anyway, I'm playing this thing and my elder wants to know what it is. "It sounds like orcs singing," he opines. And, y'know, if orcs had a spiritual it would probably sound a lot like that.
drwex: (WWFD)
This AM my younger informed me that he has named a pet stuffed cephalopod "Octo-Pi".

He carefully explained that this means "pi to the eighth" but confessed he's having trouble calculating it. I offered to help him with that tonight; I hope he's in a mood to accept approximations.
drwex: (VNV)
Today I was outside replacing the mailbox with my elder. The mailman happened to arrive and K got the mail from him, in which was a nicely addressed envelope for

K pointed this out to me. What, I wondered, was the problem? He said it made his head hurt.

Why was that? Well, it took some fumbling around but he got to the point of recognizing that he wouldn't like it if he was called by someone else's name.

What, I urged him to think about, did it mean if mail was addressed to a couple by the man's name? He pretty quickly grokked that this had something to do with "men having all the power" and that wasn't a good thing.

The mail item was sent by a lovely couple whom we know well and who I'm sure intended this to be a politeness - a more formal method of address. I'm not sure I can yet convince him that these people meant well, but we take our teachable moments where we find them.
drwex: (pogo)
Other people say things better.

First up, Bruce Schneier has a great piece in The Atlantic about "stay calm and carry on" - what it means, why it's important, why we have the reactions we do.

My mantra for today is, "I am not less safe than I was yesterday, or the day before."

"Refuse to be terrorized" is another good one, for those who can do it. I do realize some people are triggered by events like this and I'm sorry if you're affected. I hope people who are triggered can find help.

Parents like me also have to think about talking to our children - mine are turning into regular news junkies (and the younger one loves "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" which I regard as a highly positive sign). For parents like us, PBS has a set of three good links: http://pbsparents.tumblr.com/post/48058966053/our-thoughts-go-out-to-the-victims-and-those

Two of those links provide strategies and ideas for talking to kids about scary news in general. It's nice to know my tax dollars helped pay for this.
drwex: (WWFD)
Today while watching Vi Hart's singing Pi Day video my younger son not only gives the video two enthusiastic thumbs up but points out that we have to wait two years for "real" Pi Day.

No, say I, Pi Day is 3/14 that happens every year, to which he responds that in two years it will be 3/14/15.

Right, yes. So it will.
drwex: (pogo)
Kids are awesome. There is nothing about the "having kids" situation that doesn't continue to amaze, frighten, delight, and astound me. My kidlets have reached the age where they don't much want to hug me in public and my affections result in eyerolls and tolerant sighs much of the time. This amuses me, as one of my life-goals is to live long enough to be an embarrassment to my grandkids. I figure I'm practicing for it now.

The kids themselves... well, they're human beings. Ups and downs, stresses and trials and tribulations mixed in with the celebrations and fantasticness. I love that my kids think up puns and jokes on their own and despair that they think up new ways to avoid doing homework. I am terrified of their teenager-hood as it barrels down on us, and sad that I can't easily pick them up and carry them to bed anymore. I want simultaneously to shield them from all the things of the world that cause them fear and pain and anxiety and want them to be able to take care of themselves. Sometimes I nearly vibrate from all the energy it takes to hold still.

I'm trying hard to give them the tips that I didn't get until much later in life, like "make new mistakes next time" and "don't start with 'I can't...'; start with 'what can I do that...'" I wonder if any of it will sink in. Probably not - I had to live a certain amount of life before I was ready to learn those things. I still check on them every night before I go to bed.

If you have someone awesome in your life I hope you'll find the time to write about it, too.
drwex: (pogo)
(or, as Pygment said, "If you give a monkey a cookie...")

This morning Thing 2 comes downstairs and discerns that his mother has bought hamentashen (Purim cookies with jelly).

Thing 2: "Can I have a hamentaschen?"
Me: "No. You can't have a cookie first thing in the morning. Have breakfast!"
Thing 2: "I have!"
Me: "No you haven't; you just came downstairs. You haven't eaten anything yet."
Thing 2: "Oh"

And off he goes to the kitchen where he gets a bell pepper, which he eats whole and raw. So very not my child. Anyway, two minutes later:
Thing 2: "Can I have a hamentaschen?"
Me: "No. Have breakfast."
Thing 2: "But I had a pepper! Mommy lets us count that as a vegetable."
Me: "I'm not debating whether it's a vegetable. But you still need to have a real breakfast."
Thing 2: "Fine!"

And off he goes to the kitchen where there is negotiation with his brother about whether he can finish the tortellini left over from the previous night. About five minutes later:
Thing 2: "Can I have a hamentaschen?"
Me: "You just ate an entire big serving of pasta and now you want a cookie?"
Thing 2: "But it had spinach! Lots of spinach!"
Me (laughing): "Alright, you can have a hamentaschen."
drwex: (pogo)
Pygment: ...and remember to change your clothes.

Thing 2: *GROAN*

Pygment: I'm being groaned at. That must mean we have a zombie in the house.

Me: Complaaaains!

Pygment: That means it's a teenage zombie!

My child

Dec. 17th, 2012 08:31 am
drwex: (pogo)
Thing 2 is busy baffling his mother, who gives up and goes out to clean off the car.

Thing 2: Ankyou-thay, Ima-may
Me: OK, Pig-Hebrew is just bizarre.
Thing 2: Thank you. As I tell the kids at school, "I'm weird, with a capital Q"
*parental laughter*
Thing 2: Some people call me strange because they know I like to be called weird. And I say, "If I was Strange then you wouldn't want to cross me."

He then goes on to explain that only one of his friends ever got it and only because that friend has the Complete Handbook of Marvel Characters and thus knows who Dr. Strange is.

Thing 2 wanders into the room as I'm typing this up.
Thing 2: Is that on LJ?
Me: Yes, I'm posting your cuteness
Thing 2, in his most serious voice: Thank you, Daddy.
drwex: (Python)
...but somehow I doubt it. The rest of you parents can laugh along.

ETA: by request, the back-story link: http://partiallyclips.com/2012/05/09/sitting-on-bench/
It's worth reading, too.
drwex: (Default)
I am certain that my kid is cute; you might think otherwise )
drwex: (VNV)
Thing 2 bounds into the computer room this morning, gleefully declaring, "Mom! There's a typo on one of my Pokemon cards!"

On examination it's true - it has printed "draw a car" where the meaning is clearly "draw a card." I agree that yes, he's correct, and furthermore it's undoubtedly my child who is proud that he has found an error while proofreading Pokemon cards.

"Oh, no," he says. "I didn't find this - [Thing 1] did."

Apple, tree... plop.
drwex: (Default)
The children are cleaning up from their tea-party-cum-fantasy-adventure-fighting-game when they spontaneously break out with:

"WASHdishes! Do-do-dee-do-do!"

"WashDISHES! Do-do-do-do!"

This goes on for a bit. After I stop laughing I say "You know, you are strange and wonderful creatures."
To which they respond...

"THANKyou! Do-do-dee-do-do!"
"ThankYOU! Do-do-do-do!"

It makes up for a great deal, I must say.
drwex: (Default)
We have "First Meals" by Annabel Karmel and "Baby Let's Eat" by Rena Coyle and would like to pass them on.

These books are geared toward families with children (6 mo - 3 years) who are transitioning to solid foods and who want to feed the kids non-processed stuff that's relatively easy to prepare and nutritionally balanced.

Our experience was that they gave good basic guidelines though neither Pygment nor I are a big one for following recipes all that exactly. Both have good introductions to early nutrition, guides for things you might want to avoid, suggestions on fussy eaters, and so on.

If someone nerby wants to pick them up that'd be great but I'm also willing to mail them if you're not local to me.
drwex: (VNV)
A couple minutes ago my kids just came down and Thing 2 asked "Daddy can we have a spare lock and a paper clip?"

"A what?"

"A lock! Like, you know, you use to close things up."

"And why do you want this?"

"We want to practice."

Whereupon Thing 1 demonstrated that he has figured out how to use a paperclip to pop the tiny lock that came with his diary/journal book. Now they want to practice on something bigger.

They do not understand why I'm laughing so much. I did not start them on this, quite exactly precisely. They've been watching me play Skyrim, which does show old-style lockpicking, but I didn't think they'd take to it.

Also, I don't have any spare spring steel - anyone got a set they're not using?
drwex: (Default)
Pygment, on logging onto one of her WoW characters: That's odd.
Me: Oh?
Pygment: $character is on a griffon. I wonder where she's going.
Me: Oh, you let Thing 1 play her - no telling where she's going. Or where she's been. You might want to wash her...

(OK, it amused us.)


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