Category Archives: Kids in all their glory

Watching the crazies.

The Not-So-Little Drummer Boy was a cool kid who grew up into a neat adult. He has moved out of New York and now teaches English to kindergartners, which he enjoys, and he has a girlfriend who I have not … Continue reading

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You know you’re getting old when 1) your coworkers have to explain what a “Jager bomb”*  is and 2) when you get home your children lecture you about how dangerous it is mix alcohol and stimulants. *Red Bull and Jagermeister. … Continue reading

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Poor Parenting.

This morning the family and I went to Starbucks.  I was not looking my best: the events of the past few days had caught up with me. My hair was not neat, and at the best of times I am … Continue reading

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Writing. And the college admissions process (actually unrelated)

I am doing a lot of my writing offline.  There is a problem in using Starbucks Wi-Fi, and not just with security: depending upon the Starbucks and the time of day, the network can be horribly slow.  I was in … Continue reading

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Hello, Kitty is not historically accurate. Who knew.

I love driving my kids crazy, sometimes. For those of you are unfamiliar with the concept, LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) involves running around the woods (or the local park, depending upon your access to a car), usually waving fake … Continue reading

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That’s my boy.

I talked to The Red-Headed Menace’s English teacher this evening. She showed me the first paper he turned in this fall, based on Nate Silver’s The Signal and the Noise.  The paper’s title? “Dilemma Me from Evil.” Ah, yes. We … Continue reading

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I’m a good mother.

[I wrote this yesterday, but had no Internet.] I am sitting in Woodward Park in Fresno, California.  At this point, I have been here a little under an hour and a half.  I got up at 3:45, and left the … Continue reading

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On my youngest son’s Facebook: On today’s SAT: my blood. Guess who had a nosebleed during the fifth section? Guess who had to say to their proctor “NO I’M FINISHING THIS SECTION, YES I CAN CONTINUE” with three minutes left … Continue reading

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What am I going to do with the boy?

I am working my way through the works H.P. Lovecraft.  (As I said in a comment to the previous post, I don’t deny my soul might need saving. : ) ) This led to me discovering this afternoon that when … Continue reading

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I went to a Straight No Chaser concert last Saturday.  A trip on to iTunes to pick up some of their music (no, I didn’t buy all their CDs at the concert — just Under the Influence, the latest) also … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, kid.

Today is Railfan’s nineteenth birthday.  It has been a long pull, a strong pull, and a pull altogether for him to get to where he is today. He has weathered struggles in school, teachers who didn’t understand — or care … Continue reading

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The best gift I’ve ever given.

The Red-Headed Menace listed “dihydrogen monoxide” on his wish list for Christmas. So I gave him a full liter of the stuff. He loved it.

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Here’s looking at you, kid.

Today is the Not-So-Little Drummer Boy’s birthday. For the first time I will not be able to celebrate in person with him. I so wish this were different. The NSLDB was born at seven minutes past midnight, November 20, 1990.  … Continue reading

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*rimshot*

Yesterday, The Red-Headed Menace said that in his AP American History class they were watching “The Civil War.”  He has recently watched “Jazz,” and I just got through watching “The National Parks.” When I suggested that this evening we watch … Continue reading

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That’s what I get for signing him up for that philosophy class at the community college last summer.

According to The Red-Headed Menace, “hipsterism is the bastard child of transcendentalism and existentialism.”* *He made sort of a cogent argument for this position, but I was too bemused by the fact that he was trying to determine the philosophical … Continue reading

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I struggle with my kids getting older.  Partly it is a sense of my own aging, and my changing and uncertain role both in their lives and in the world at large.  It can be hard coming to terms with … Continue reading

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Railfan graduated this evening. Both of us are in shock. I just want to take this opportunity to say how very proud I am of him. Love you, kid.

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More Conversation…

Echidna Boy:  So, Mom, what do you think the weaknesses of the Census databases are? Me:  a) I don’t know, and b) if I did, I certainly would not tell you. In the subsequent conversation, I learned, among other enlightening … Continue reading

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Perspective

Tonight, Echidna Boy and I were playing (what else?) MarioKart.   “I’ll tell you what, I’ll choose the exact same Kart as you, so we’ll be identical.” “Oh, so you can say ‘we were exactly alike and I still pwned you?’,” … Continue reading

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Note to kid

Dear Echidna Boy: You learned a valuable lesson tonight, to wit:  it is extremely inadvisable to take a picture of a young woman playing Twister when she has her butt up in the air.  She is likely to react badly.  … Continue reading

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