Archives: December 2012

Lesson Learned: The Christmas Parade

Here in town, there’s an annual Christmas Parade. People show up, school bands march… Last year we went, bringing our trusty all-weather picnic blanket. The only problem there was that most people brought the fold-up chairs, and so the kids had to stand the entire time to see anything. So we planned on bringing our

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Friday Wrap-up: 12/7/12

Usually I write my blog posts a day ahead, but yesterday I didn’t quite feel like putting a post together. So you get a collection of links, broken up in the categories of this blog! (Pirate, btw, is anything I’m really passionate about. Not necessarily actual pirates) {Geek} The Hawkeye Initiative – What happens when

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Missing the Nickelking.

As I mentioned yesterday, it’s been 2 years (exactly) since Jerad passed away. For those new here, Jerad was my best friend. He was the person I would talk to about everything, endlessly- usually online. He used to give nickels to special people in his lives (myself included)- and online, he went by Nickelking. I’d

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It’s been a year?

This week it’s the Santa Shop at the Oldest Kidlet’s school- where the kids can bring in money and pick out gifts for their loved ones, and bring them home wrapped. When the Oldest Kidlet started begging me for money, I was reminded of what happened during last year’s Santa Shop. It’s been one year

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In the Car: Pastafarians and Bacon.

I’m sure most everyone can agree that the most interesting conversations between parents and kids (since even if you don’t have kids, you were one once) happen in cars. There’s something about a confined space that seems to bring out the odd conversations. The Oldest Kidlet’s school has a yearly Winter Program, where they kids

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The Penguin Umbrella.

Back when I was a kid, I watched a lot of the Adam West Batman series. I waited and hoped that Bruce would wise up and realize that he was in love with Catwoman. And I loved Batgirl. A librarian who fights crime? COME ON. If you weren’t aware, this was where I got my

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