Archive for March, 2011
In brief, and in no particular order, because I am pressed for time but don’t want to forget what was happening in late March, 2011:
• Playing a lot of Munchkin and laughing our fool heads off. I will long savor that sweet, sweet moment when I demolished my dear daughters by whipping out a Doppelganger card I’d been secretly holding—and thereby destroying the Level 20 Dragon (+5 Intelligence) they teamed up to sic on me. Because nothing says “gentle motherhood” like wielding a Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment against the team effort of one’s children.
• Reading and rereading a batch of Elephant and Piggie books. But then you knew that already.
• Watching M*A*S*H. This one is Scott & the big girls. It’s what they do last thing in the evening while I’m in here finishing up my work time.
• Watching Firefly—one of my top five all-time favorite shows. It’s Jane’s first time; Scott and I are treating ourselves to a few episodes a week with Jane after the other kids are in bed. This is a VERY good way to end the day.
• Thinking about getting ready for Wondercon, but not actually managing much of the actual GETTING READY. Which is unfortunate, since Scott and I leave Friday morning. My parents arrive tomorrow—they are staying here with the kids while we head up to San Fran—and maybe THEN I’ll move past the thinking stage. Maybe.
Rilla: Mommy, Rose says I have headacheitis.
Me: Yikes, that sounds serious! What is it?
Rilla: It’s when you color for too long and you get bored.
Me: Oh, I see.
Rilla: But it’s okay because there’s a cure. Rose said so.
Me: Well, that’s a relief. What’s the cure?
Rilla, crossly: “Beanie made Mr. Duck be all wet!”
Me: “Are you sure it was Beanie? That sounds more like your baby brother.”
Rilla: “No, I KNOW it was Beanie because I was pretending she was my dog and I kept putting Mr. Duck in her mouth.”
On Saturday I took the three oldest girls to the San Diego Science Expo at Petco Park. Throngs of people, dozens of nifty hands-on exhibits and activities, a mental overload of Very Cool Stuff. My favorite part was when we’d made it about halfway around the circuit inside the stadium and came to a large ring of booths in a park just outside, and Beanie and Jane were practically cheering with enthusiasm: Look at the guy making smoke rings with that gizmo! Look at the motorized robot-car built out of Legos!
And Rose and I were like: OOH, LOOK AT THAT BUILDING OVER THERE THAT SAYS CANDY FACTORY.
Hey, candymaking is a science, right?
Sadly, the Showley Bros. Candy Factory is no longer operational, and the plans for our next field trip died a-borning.
I took my camera to the Expo but neglected to take it out of my bag. I did snap one quick pic of the smoke-rings guy on my cellphone (which happened to be in my hand because I was googling the Showley Bros. Candy Factory).
The smoke rings didn’t show up in the photo, but I do believe that’s a bit of Beanie’s hair in the lower left.
Here today’s roundup of new and ongoing Kidlit4Japan auctions.
And the lovely Jenn of As Cozy as Spring is holding a raffle for Japan. She has exquisite taste in prizes! 😉
Scott just baffled me with this curious demonstration, about which he asks: “Does the magic come included or do you have to purchase that separately?”
ETA: Doh! Didn’t know I’d posted these links! Meant to save to drafts.
HT: Phoebe G.
“I modified the classic mug cake recipe, added Nutella, and a little more milk and oil than I had been using before. The results were beyond amazing. Finally, chocolate mug cake perfection, with a hint of Nutella flavor. “