Tag Archives: The Red-Headed Menace strikes again

Life is what happens when you’re not expecting it.

Starbug has bit the dust. Starbug was a 1996 Mazda Protege that my family bought for $600 in 2010. It was the kids’ car — and when they weren’t using it, I did. It easily paid for itself in gas … Continue reading

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But of course.

Most years, several members of our family ask for impossible things on their Christmas list. One year, Railfan asked for a girlfriend and some C4. (We told him no, we weren’t going to get him the C4 since we were … Continue reading

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The perils of living with students during exam week.

Sitting at the dining room table and perusing Facebook, I saw a shirt which read “You are the result of 4 billion years of evolutionary success. Act like it.” I did the most appropriate thing in the circumstances, I snickered. … Continue reading

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I stand corrected.

As the Red-Headed Menace and I drove along this afternoon, I began musing on language. “I was looking at the xkcd cartoon about The Martian.  The rollover text said ‘I have never seen a piece of fiction so perfectly capture the … Continue reading

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Because we’re us

My younger two sons are having what can only be described as moderately heated discussion about the historical timing of the rise of secularism in Renaissance and Baroque art. They are both right about some things but I refuse to … Continue reading

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End of the month tally.

I did not make the fifty thousand words. It’s a shame really — but I resisted the temptation to go back and edit former posts to make them longer.  I suppose that if I had chosen to do so last … 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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Chinchillas.

In 1991, The Rocket Scientist and I were tooling around Australian backroads, hurrying to make up lost time between Sydney and Parkes, where the Australian radio telescopes were.  In the middle of one stretch running through towering eucalyptus trees was … 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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Bits and pieces.

There is no day so bad a pint of Lagunitas Brewery Imperial Stout won’t make at least a little better. School starts tomorrow (okay, later this morning). The Red-Headed Menace is pulling his first all-nighter, writing a six-page paper on … Continue reading

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Cookies.

From The Red-Headed Menace:  “Tim-Tams are Australian crack cocaine.”* Then there are the Girl Scouts.  At least in my area, they always put the Brownies on cookie duty.  Brownies are natural salesman; the GS equivalent of kittens, they look at … Continue reading

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Today’s quotes from the peanut gallery

Both by the Red-Headed Menace (of course?  who else?) “Does it mean that I have too much time on my hands if I have made my own individual icons on my computer for all of my classes?” and Regarding the … Continue reading

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I had this exact conversation with the Red-Headed Menace, once. http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/bridge.png

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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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The Red-Headed Menace just suggested that there needs to be Godspell 2: The Islam Edition.

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Today’s words of wisdom from the Red-Headed Menace: “I looked at the Intro to Calculus section at the back of my Trig book.  It was so cool!  Calculus is the Fantasy Football of mathematics!”* “Santa is really creepy.  He’s like … Continue reading

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