Archives for May 2012

A different sort of homework problem.

Yesterday, the Oldest Kidlet came bounding out of his classroom. “Mom! Mom! You’ll never guess what we’re going to write about this week.” His kindergarten class gets a homework packet. There’s a page to keep track of the district mandated 20 minutes of daily reading, the weekly quiz that I’ve mentioned here before, and usually an average of 3-4 pages per day that cover spelling, phonetics and math. His favorite part is where he gets to write three sentences about an assigned subject. “FISH.” To say that my son is obsessed with the Ocean is an understatement. He came back…

Lost in translation.

We’re sitting around on the long weekend, and TheBoy cleaned up most of the mess that the Little Kidlet has been making. (I should point out that LK has been cleaning up some of his mess, just not a lot) Me: Tell your dad he’s awesome for doing the cleaning. LK: Daddy, I’m awesome for doing the cleaning. Me: No, he’s awesome. LK: No, I’m awesome. Well, I suppose I should be proud that he understands that you switch around pronouns when you’re the one doing the talking. …he did finally tell TheBoy thank you, at least.

We watch a lot of NCIS.

Thanks to everyone who’s responded to yesterday’s post both publicly and privately. The whole point I shared this is because it’s a problem that a lot of women face. And some men, too (it is true that some women will objectify men – see: this Tumblr thread in response to a GQ post about D’Angelo being objectified). Just glad that this subject seems to be getting a lot of discussion. Anyhow, we watch a lot of NCIS. I am acutely aware of this since I have not just one, but two, NCIS related stories to share. Story the First began…

Everyday Harrassment, it’s not okay.

Kate Beaton shared a post on Twitter today (this post, in fact) filled with young women sharing a conversation about street harassment. Mostly how common it is, and how much women in general put up with. In response, she made this comic. Go, read both. Then come back. It happens to everyone, even me. For any guys out there, this isn’t an attempt to say look at all the attention I’ve gotten, I must be hot. This isn’t that at all. I’m trying to point out that there is something hugely wrong about this being something that girls & women…

What do you want to be?

The Little Kidlet is a boy of few words. He didn’t say much at all until about 8 months ago- just a few words at a time (though I wasn’t worried- he knew a lot of words). Nowadays you can’t get him to stop talking when he’s excited. But if he isn’t in the mood, he’ll boil everything down to one word. Which doesn’t always work. This morning, as we were getting in the car to go to school, the Oldest Kidlet was excited. “When I grow up, I’m going to be a doctor.” He leaned over towards his brother.…

He’s free!

Yesterday was the big day. After a total of 6 1/2 weeks, the Oldest Kidlet got his cast off. Of course, this development comes with a few new challenges. He can’t fully bend his arm yet (totally normal), has a giant bruise on his arm (also totally normal), and doesn’t understand why he can’t do everything on his “my arm is better list.” Yesterday, he played for hours and was rewarded with a swollen arm that we had to ice down. We weren’t warned about that, but the internet tells me it’s a normal reaction for over-exertion. But it does…

What a weekend!

This Mother’s Day, I was treated to a trip to visit my grandmother in Arizona. No kids, just me and my mom. It was intended to be a pretty relaxed weekend, since all of us are the kind who would sit and just watch NCIS all weekend if given the chance (taking breaks for meals, of course). We arrived at her house after running some errands (a trip to a fabric store for my mom, and a trip to eegee’s for me). That’s when we discovered that half the outlets in the house weren’t working, the evaporative cooler wasn’t turned…

A little logic, please?

It’s been a slow week here. I’ve had a lot to do, but there hasn’t been much that’s fun to talk about. But Monday… oh Monday was different. I don’t like driving to the Little Kidlet’s school. It’s in a very nice neighborhood, and for all the nice homes, there are some of the worst drivers there I’ve ever seen. Half the people who live there don’t seem to understand how four-way stops work. I’ve seen people blow through a four-way stop after the car ahead of them had their turn. I’ve seen people stop for a beat and go…

WHITNEY SMASH: Bad Satire Edition

Today Moviefone published their Girl’s Guide to the Avengers (which they’ve subsequently retitled). A piece which embraces every single stereotype there is about women to explain the movie. They claim it’s satire, but there is legitimately no reason to create a satirical guide to the Avengers. I say this as a card carrying geek. I know who the Avengers are, even though I admit that my real comic book knowledge is with the DC Universe. I’m the one who had to explain who the Avengers were to friends and family members. But back to the piece. As your boyfriend probably…