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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kicking off 30 Days of Random - Day 0

The Rulez for my 30 Days of Random Topic Blogging were in the Bloggy Doodle Dandy post a few days, ago, but they were:
  • Nothing X/R-rated
  • I'll only write a couple paragraphs
  • I won't use any resources to research the'll just be whatever I think or have heard or experienced regarding the topic.  (I think that'll make it funnier if I research it after the fact to see just how ignorant I was/am about a topic...maybe I'll post that as a post script on the following day's blog post (if I'm that motivated (I doubt I will be))).
  • I'll solicit feedback on facebook (and here) and post the topics in a Day 0 post.  
  • If I get more than 30, I'll pick the ones I like best.
  • One topic idea per person (I added that one later and then pretended it was there all along)
My crowd sourced inspiration has provided me with the following amazing topic ideas (in no particular order)

1) Matthew Modine
2) Where my time is spent
3) Oreos
4) Cake
5) Candy corn vs. candy pumpkins
6) Halloween costumes
7) A day in the life of a honey badger (with illustrations)
8) Top 5 favorite bands/solo musicians
9) Apples (all about 'em)
10)  Thanksgiving dinner
11)  Shakespearean sonnets or Bruce Springsteen
12)  you can pick your friends. You can pick your nose. But you can't pick your friend's nose
13)  Fire: Is it a "good" thing or "bad" thing?  
14) things in my junk drawer
15) The five things (not people) you'd want if you were stranded on an island with no way off. And why.
16)  Yoga pants
17)  Dealing with the depression that fits along with having a special needs child
18)  the effects having a special needs kid has on a marriage
19)  Lemmings and Bananagrams. 
20)  Special needs kids and confidence
21)  Siblings of special needs kids
22)  How hard it is to have 2 daughters that are prettier and smarter than you.
23)  Cats
24)  Chia pets
25)  Book Review (my choice)
26)  Is it better to freeze to death or burn to death
27)  Balancing siblings
28)  Playlists
29)  the parental autism wire; the intricate fascinating woven web of networking the autism parents enter into and create to find and absorb information when their child is diagnosed.
30)  Blueberries

Some people picked serious topics, autism/special needs stuff, some people picked...not as serious topics.  I'll confine the posts to something that doesn't get out of hand length-wise (since the whole point was to write more frequently, but to keep the post length down).  I can tell you that a couple of these topics I'm completely clueless about.

Lots of food related topics.  I considered doing them in groupings, but that's no fun, cause all the serious ones would be together.  Anyway...I broke my own rule and "researched" the first topic, because I decided it would be illustrated, and I didn't know how to draw a honey badger.  So in order to draw it completely life-like...I looked it up.

Apart from that, I kept myself just as ignorant on the subject matter as you've grown accustomed to over the past few years following my blog!  Please tune in tomorrow for "A Day in the Life of the Honey Badger."

Wiggly Slap Party

The Wiggles are coming to Pittsburgh.  Today.  We're going to see them tonight.  I have been watching the Wiggles with my kids for no less than eight years.  I'm...*cough* excited...

It's like a guilty sort of excitement.  I would be happy never to watch another Wiggles DVD again as long as I live...but these people (the various ones filling out the colorful "skivvies (yeah...I guess that's a long sleeve crew neck shirt in Australia) have been a steady part of my entertainment diet for as long as Lily's been alive.

So Lily is going to see Emma (new yellow wiggle) and her bow tonight.

Last week we were sitting at the breakfast table.  The Wiggles were in the background.  Lily was imploring Leslie to watch "'nother one!" and I was telling her that it was Emma's turn.  She slapped Leslie across the face. 


We were instantly mad.  She hasn't done that in a while, but she typically gets things her way television-wise, so I guess there hasn't been a reason for her.  She said sorry and we more or less let it slide, plus she doesn't slap super hard. 

"No Adventure Time," she said.  (That was Emma's pick)
"Yes, Lily, it's Emma's turn.  First Adventure Time, then Wiggles," I replied.

She slapped Leslie again. 

Like...what the fuck?  But at the same time, it inexplicably made me laugh.  I'm the one telling her no.  Leslie's taking my beating.

Okay, behavior aside I couldn't help but immediately envision a sort of comedic interrogation room scene where every time I said no, Lily would slap Leslie.  And it...(and I'm not proud of this)...made me want to say...

"We can play this game allllll day long!  No Wiggles!"
"Is that all you've got?  NO WIGGLES!"

Pan over to see Leslie looking at me incredulously.

It just made me laugh.  And Emma laugh.  And Leslie stare at us both in disgust.  And truthfully, laughing at Lily when she beats the shit out of her mother is probably NOT spectacular parenting.  I had a weak moment.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Curriculum Night

I went to Emma's school's "Curriculum Night" on Thursday.  It was a chance to see the "new" school and to meet her teachers and get a better handle on their expectations for her.  A couple impressions...

1)  the school is monstrous, and they have two minutes to get from class A to class B.  That's super simple if the class is across the hall, but Emma's classes alternate...Third Floor to First opposite ends of the building.  If she gets even one note home from the school about "tardiness" I'll have a bird on the floor of the district's administration building.

2)  I introduced myself as "Jim Walter.  I'm Emma Walter's mom." There was a long (in my mind) pause followed by, "  You know...whichever."  Laughter followed.  And blushing.  I don't know why the hell I introduced myself as her mom.  It's not like I'm fearful of speaking up and nervous jitters got the best of me...I just blurted out mom.  Anyway. 

3)  There's some really cool stuff going on there, not the least of which is the greater responsibility and more interesting material she's being exposed to. 

4)  I still can't believe I introduced myself as Emma's mom.