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Random neat stuff from RSS feeds – Fri Sep 30, 2011
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Random neat stuff from RSS feeds – Fri Sep 23, 2011
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Random neat stuff from RSS feeds – Thu Sep 15, 2011
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Honest, if not quiet

M: I have a new book for school — Anne of Green Gables.

Me: Oh, that’s a good one. I like that book.

M: That girl talks way too much. She’s like [friend’s name] when she’s tired, all talk talk talk talk talk talk blah blah blah.

Me: Well, hon, you have been known to talk rather a lot yourself, you know.

M: Well, when I’m complaining, yes.

Random neat stuff from RSS feeds – Thu Sep 08, 2011
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Random neat stuff from RSS feeds – Wed Aug 31, 2011
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Random neat stuff from RSS feeds – Wed Aug 24, 2011
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Tomatoes, at long last



Tomatoes, at long last

Originally uploaded by morecoffeeplease.

They’ve been sitting there greenly for several weeks now and I was starting to lose hope that they’d ever turn red. Of course, they’re finally doing so at a very inopportune time.

They’re so pretty! I wish I liked them. I’ll enjoy feeding them to the rest of the family, though.

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Random neat stuff from RSS feeds – Wed Aug 17, 2011
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Random neat stuff from RSS feeds – Wed Aug 10, 2011
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The news, it burns

(Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)

Quotation of the Day for August 7, 2011

“A study of history shows that civilizations that abandon the quest for knowledge are doomed to disintegration.”

– Bernard Lovell

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Random neat stuff from RSS feeds – Wed Aug 03, 2011
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Random neat stuff from RSS feeds – Wed Jul 27, 2011
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Camp!

Once upon a time I was staffing a camp bus and there was this one little boy of about eight who DID NOT want to go to camp. He clung and clung to his mother who, in a moment of extreme madness, had actually got on the bus* to say goodbye to him.

Two of us pried the kid off the mom, one finger at a time. Finally Mom was detached (and firmly directed off the bus) but then the kid latched firmly on to the handrail on the bus stairs and couldn’t be budged. The bus couldn’t legally leave with him there in front of the white line, of course, and the mom stood three feet away from the open door, continuing to feed the drama.

Five minutes of soothing conversation with the shrieking kid got us absolutely nowhere and was making my head pound — I was, shall we say, not at my best after a long night out — and the mom was looking like she was about to lose her wits entirely and come back on the bus so finally I looked at a friend of mine and kind of hopelessly said “Help. DO SOMETHING.” He reached over and very quickly and neatly flipped the kid up over the rail into the front seat of the bus before the kid even knew what was happening. The bus driver slammed the doors closed and we were off.

The kid didn’t stop shrieking for a good long time — Barrie, IIRC.**

That kid? That kid has nothing in common with my kid.

Off to camp!

A mere 60 hours after her arriving home from her usual summer adventures in Western Canada, today was Camp Day for M. We got to the bus departure zone today and she found her friends, ran around with them doing some excited shrill squeaking, then got on the bus for three weeks of camp without a backwards glance.

“Do you think she’ll come off again and say goodbye?” D asked, and we each gave it about 50% odds. She did, in the end. Then she got on the bus and we smiled and waved as it left, and I remembered That Kid and felt glad that my own kid chooses other forms of drama.

Maybe we’ll get a letter from her this year. I’d give that about 50% odds, too.


* Rule for parents at camp buses: no matter how upset your kid is (or you are) it’s best to deploy the Madagascar penguin solution: smile and wave, boys; smile and wave.

** Once he was at camp he was fine. They all are.
I did make sure to send his cabin on their canoe trip with someone other than me, though, because it was really loud shrieking.

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Random neat stuff from RSS feeds – Wed Jul 20, 2011
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Random neat stuff from RSS feeds – Wed Jul 13, 2011
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It’s Spiderman! It’s a pirate! It’s both!

My nephew was apparently in need of some of his own dress-up clothes so for his 3rd birthday recently, I made him a cape using these fabrics and this tutorial:


It’s totally reversible and the neck closure is done with a little bit of velcro so it’s pretty safe (the velcro comes undone easily so it would be hard to strangle yourself).


Because of the length and the way the seams are tacked down it has a pretty good swing to it, even when one is wearing a bathrobe:

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Random neat stuff from RSS feeds – Wed Jul 06, 2011
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Random neat stuff from RSS feeds – Mon Jun 20, 2011
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An Ode to Popcorn

Among the detritus that came home at the end of the school year, I found M’s poetry notebook. They covered cinquains, rhyming couplets and odes.

It is a brave teacher, I think, who is willing to venture into Ode territory with a class of grade 2/3/4’s.

“I like M’s poetry,” said her teacher at one interview. “It always makes sense“. So it does… mostly:

An Ode to Popcorn (By M.K., grade 4)

O popcorn how wonderful you are
Your crunch and saltiness make a delcicious snack
I love to eat you riding in the car.
I even like you when your burnt and black.

I can put flavours on you.
I love the watermelon flavour
And sometimes, in mysterys, you’re a clue.
The popcorn, yellow and crisp, I savor.

(I left the original spellings intact. I wouldn’t want to mess with anyone’s artistic decisions. 😉 )

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