Blowing & Drifting

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Nitwit Blubber Oddment Tweak

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Julia made me this excellent piece of art for my birthday. She included both one of the funniest lines in the first Harry Potter book (the "few words" that Dumbledore offers to the new class at Hogwarts [#spoiler]) and various illustrations of themes and scenes from the books. She’s a pretty great Muggle.

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Shooting Around

April 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Sometime this winter, Vivi got hooked on shooting baskets at the Carleton gym. With spring slowly on the way, Shannon and I decided we would get a hoop that we could roll in and out of the garage. (Our townhouse association’s rules prohibit putting up a permanent hoop, either on the townhouse itself or in […]

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The girl plays music

March 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Kids surprise parents all the time, in some bad and many good ways. I beamed with surprised delight tonight when Julia’s guitar practicing included a halting but recognizable version of the opening riff to "Smoke on the Water" tonight. Incredible. (Next up: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"?)

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Why “Uranus” Is Funny

March 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Genevieve is deep into astronomy – "space" – right now. She’s devouring book after book on topics astronomical, and will walk up to me at random times to disgorge some new fact, like how Saturn’s moon Titan is the likeliest spot in the solar system to host life), or how one asteroid has its own […]

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X plus Y equals Z

March 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Vivi enjoys the challenge of doing math, and even more, enjoys finding mathematical patterns in everyday life. She counts syllables in poems, arranges items in ascending rows to form triangles, and above all loves calling out equations hidden in the time on our clocks. If it’s 5:23, she says, "2+3=5!" 3:39 is "3×3=9!" She especially […]

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Mars-Curious

February 24th, 2014 · No Comments

I’ve kept my Lego lust in check for decades now, but I could not resist the lure of the amazing Curiosity rover model. In rationalizing my order, I figured that I could keep it in my office as a nice conversation piece slash distraction and that the girls would enjoy assembling the kit with me. […]

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The Next Bike Adventure – Idaho!

February 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Arrowhead experience is just going on and on, in the most amazing ways. At the race, I got to talk briefly with the two winners, Jay and Tracey Petervary, who were inviting everyone to come out for a new race they’re staging in Idaho – Jay P’s Fat Pursuit. I immediately wrote it off […]

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Vividiom

February 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Vivi started learning about idioms in school the other day. Being Vivi, she decided not only to use every idiom she learned, but to coin a few of her own. The best one, by far, was "a sloth doing a good job," which she used when literally crawling to her bed. Not bad.

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Three Chords and the Truth

February 18th, 2014 · No Comments

A couple weeks ago, the girls starting taking guitar lessons. I can’t believe how pleasing it is to sit and listen to them.

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Ain’t No Party Like an Arrowhead Party

February 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Thanks to amazing friends and family, Saturday night was as good a Saturday night as I’ve ever had: I spent most of the evening at a party thrown for me and the Beast to celebrate our ride at the Arrowhead 135. The organizers – Myrna and Trish – went all out. I mean, lookit! I […]

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My Three Valentines

February 14th, 2014 · No Comments

My three valentines from my three valentines. (Yes, both girls inexplicably wrote "135" – as in "Arrowhead 135" – on their cards.) I love the cards and the card makers!

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Foodbike

February 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Last weekend, the girls and I played that drawing game where we draw X out of totally unrelated Y. Here’s Vivi’s rendition of a bicycle made out of food:

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Vivi’s Urgent Poem

February 9th, 2014 · No Comments

Today, Shannon was doing early-morning stuff in the kitchen when she was surprised by Vivi, who came rushing downstairs, exclaiming, “I have a poem!” This is what she wrote down even before giving S a kiss and a hug, much less eating breakfast. Winter by Genevieve Tassava All bundled up all snug and furry everything […]

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“Mr. Muffin” (A Short Story by Vivi)

January 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments

MR. MUFFIN Mr. Muffin was waiting for customers at his bakery. It had been a long day yesterday and the day before that and the day before that. He hoped he could relax more today. A bald man with only a beard walked up to Mr. Muffin and asked, "Do you have any muffins here?" […]

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Dinner!

January 10th, 2014 · No Comments

I’m pretty lucky in that Shannon makes a from-scratch dinner almost every day – even on pizza nights. Today, I came home ravenous to find a veritable feast: almond-crusted salmon, a barley-feta dish she improvised, a spinach salad (on which I put one of her great salad dressings), and roasted potatoes (left over from last […]

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