Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

WW - Any guesses what's on our attic ceiling?

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Baking with Daddy

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Scene: Dining room table. Mr. Kluges is perusing recipe book while Pumpkin is drawing nearby. After some debate he finally says...

Mr. Kluges: Ok, how about Chocolate-Laced Pudding with Cinnamon?

Pumpkin: (absent-mindedly) Um-hmm.

K: You're not listening. What did I say we were going to make?

P: (glancing quickly at the page as Mr. K almost as quickly tries to cover the title of the recipe) Puhdd-ing.


Scene: Dining room table. Mr. Kluges & Pumpkin have chosen a recipe & are now working as a team to assemble the ingredients.

Mr. Kluges: Ok, we're going to need a pinch of salt. Can you reach the salt?

Pumpkin: (striding purposefully toward kitchen) Yes! I can! I'll go pinch it!


Pumpkin: (retrieving the eggs in their carton) I didn't even drop it once. Or even a teeny bit!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

WW - Pumpkin the Baker

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Some clever title with belly dancing, tv, and swords in it. *grin*

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Last Saturday, my belly dance troupe was invited to perform at a local arts festival. We were also supposed to do a tv spot at 8ish that morning, but it was canceled thanks to some chemical spill up in Michigan.

(It reminded us a lot of when we'd been performing at a similar (but outdoors) arts festival last summer when our 6am tv spot had been usurped by a big union to-do with a major local manufacturer. I found out at 5:30am when my phone rang as I walked up to the dark, vacant stage area where it was supposed to be.)

As consolation we were offered the next morning's 6:30am spot with a different channel. Fortunately for us, this one actually happened.

(Ok, if that embedding doesn't work, here's a link to their page... about halfway down is a player & you'll want "Belly dancers shake at Arti Gras.")

Friday, February 05, 2010


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In economics, there's a concept called "cost-benefit analysis." Basically, it compares how much something's going to cost, with the potential benefits/return from said cost.

In parenting, I think sometimes it's more of a "joy-hassle analysis*." How much joy/pleasure are your offspring going to get out of something vs. how much of a hassle is it for you. Getting to use a crazy straw? High joy/low hassle. Painting? Might be high joy, but it's also high hassle. Bringing your non-napped, overtired, teething small fry to a fancy restaurant? Yeah, that's just a lose-lose, low joy/high hassle situation, most likely.

And all this is just a fancy way of saying we're letting the girls wear their swimsuits in the bathtub tonight.

*My idea, all mine, so poopyheads, hands-off. Nice friends, go ahead and use. :)

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Wordless (and Evil-less) Wednesday

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