Archives for Year: 2013

Fear.

So last night I answered a bunch of questions on Tumblr. (5 or 6 counts as a bunch, right?) And when I logged in today, there was one question waiting for me. “What is your greatest fear?” Kevin asked, and gave me an out. You see, last night I’d declared it to be a zero filter night and I asked people to ask me questions and I’d answer them all. But if someone gives me an out, it makes me more determined to answer. I could have said something expected, like spiders. I really do hate spiders, but I don’t…

Cartoon Network: no girls allowed?

It isn’t very often that I find a blog topic that manages to ping all three parts of my blog title, but when it does happen, it gets me all riled up. Or maybe it’s just the subject at hand that has me in a mood. Recently, Paul Dini spoke with Kevin Smith about why Cartoon Network canceled his show, Tower Prep. The long and the short of it was that too much of its audience were girls. No, really. Cartoon Network wanted an audience of boys. And because the show couldn’t deliver, they cancelled it to replace it with…

Like a girl.

I try my hardest to teach my boys that toys aren’t gendered, neither are TV shows or other interests. But I’m still battling their peers, so there are a lot of follow-up conversations. Yesterday, I was working with the Little Kidlet on his homework and the Oldest Kidlet was going on about something. I honestly don’t remember what, but it was probably movie related- they’d been watching promos on a new DVD. I do remember is that he’d been pouring himself orange juice when he shook his head, and seriously said. “But that’s a girl thing.” The Little Kidlet gasped.…

Winter Memories.

Full admission – I live in Southern California, where only occasionally we get something close to Winter. As a matter of fact, my coldest winters have all been in Tucson. Where sometimes you’d wake up to frost on the cars, and slushy snow falling. My only White Christmas was in Tucson. I was 9, I think – and we had snowball fights and made a teeny snowman in my grandparents’ backyard. But it does get chilly here. Sometimes dipping down into the 30s at night, with highs in the 50s. Today, it was 44 degrees when I went to take…

In which I know it all.

Once upon a time, three years ago, to be precise. The Oldest Kidlet was in preschool and was obsessed with pirates. He dressed like a pirate for Halloween (in a costume sewn by yours truly). When asked how he knew as much as he did, he told his friends that I’d taught him. Because I know everything about pirates. That was the year I bought my thigh high boots. I also have a piece of cursed Aztec gold from POTC as a keychain on my key ring. Within a week, the kids at the preschool were convinced that I was…

Back to the grind.

The first day back after a vacation is always interesting. The Kidlets were excited to go back to school. It didn’t take much convincing to get them going this morning. But most every adult in the house was dragging their heels. And me? I know that I wanted to shove them all out the door so that I could get my few hours of silence in the house. I admit, I’m still exhausted from flying Saturday night. But it’s nice to get back into a routine. In unrelated news, I bought some stuff for the front yard and put it…

Happy Thanksgiving!

And a Happy Birthday to the Oldest Kidlet, who has amused us all with the ways he’s responded to Happy Birthday. When I said it to him, he was still in bed, playing the new Legend of Zelda game on his 3DS. He looked at me, somewhat sleepily. “Happy Birthday to you,” he said. “Babe, that’s not how that works. It’s just your birthday.” “Oh, right.” Then when my mom said it about 15 minutes later, he said, “Oh yeah.” And 10 minutes after that when my dad said it, Oldest Kidlet looked up and said, “Why did you kiss…

Should there be tie-ins for The Hunger Games?

Tomorrow morning, I’ll be watching Day of the Doctor. I’m going to try to clear my schedule and watch it in my room, with plenty of water and tissues. Just so I’m prepared. I think that when The Hunger Games came out, I wrote a post about how weird it was to hear questions from the media that completely ignored the message of the movie. Most of the questions were about trying to suggest there was an actual love triangle, when let’s face it, any of the romantic sub-plot stuff is minimal at best. While I applaud the social media…

Does anyone RSVP anymore?

Last weekend was the Kidlets’ joint Birthday Party. Being that their birthdays are a month and a half apart, and the Oldest Kidlet’s birthday is so close to Thanksgiving, it just makes sense to throw them together. Invitations went out to about 4 friends of the Little Kidlet (he was very specific) and about 12 of the Oldest Kidlet’s closest friends. And nobody RSVP’d. We wound up with a good turnout, but it was sort of mind-wracking. I had to guess how many people would actually show up (adults and children) and order food to accommodate that. We wound up…

Faulty Logic or is it Racist?

Before I get into anything else, I hope that you heard about Typhoon Haiyan’s damage to the Philippines. If you could, please find an organization to donate to. TIME has a compilation of organizations and ways you can help. If you’re going to donate to the Red Cross, click through the above link and donate to the Philippine Red Cross. Now, having spent a lot of time on Tumblr, I’ve seen a lot of overreactions to media. As much as I’ve learned – about living with mental illnesses, different perspectives on stories in the media… often you see a lot…