well played, my son


Well played, my son. Well played.

Maybe next time Mommy won’t buy you the toy spider you really wanted with the tickets she won for you using tokens she bought with the money she earned working long hours at a stressful job just so you can “accidentally” “forget” it in her car in a place that will cause her anxiety to look at for months (maybe even years) without thinking about this humongous spider that almost leaped out onto her face and ate her alive.

Thank you, my son. Thank you.



Ask Xfire

5/1/14: Real words from the mouths of my three kids –

  • Baby A, 5 years old (sorting through her school folder): “This paper can go in scrap.” (Interpretation: This paper can go in the scratch paper container (we reuse paper if it has a clean side)).
  • Baby B, 5 years old (looking at the calendar): “Today is May Fool’s Day! April 1 was April Fool’s Day so May 1 is May Fool’s Day.”
  • C, 8 years old (reviewing his status sheet from school – weekly report re: behavior where checkmarks are preferable to “OK’s” – commenting on 2 OK’s he got): “At least OK is a thousand times better than better.”

a to z: b is for boogers

Today’s A to Z post is brought to you by one of my five-year-old twin daughters (Baby A) and the celebratory way she started her day…

After blowing her nose all morning, Baby A *loudly* celebrated, “Woohoo, Mommy, I FINALLY got that booger out!”

Then proceeded to do the happy dance, chanting, “I got it! I got it! I got it!”

As a visual, recall Marlin and Dory’s celebratory chant/dance from Finding Nemo

Marlin: We did it, we did it oh, yeah, yeah, yeah! No eating here tonight, Woo!
Marlin, Dory: Eating here tonight!
Dory: No, no, no eating here tonight, you’re on a diet!


Moral of the day: Celebrate the small things in life.


how the grinch stole grammar!

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, self-proclaimed word nerd, and Dr. Seuss-aholic, I absolutely LOVE this post!

Stroppy Editor

(With apologies to Dr Seuss)

Every Who down in Who-ville liked English a lot
But the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!
Whenever he thought of the language, he’d languish
In horrified anger and furious anguish!
But the funny thing was that beneath all this hate
He somehow believed, well, that English was great.
But it wasn’t the English the Whos wrote and spoke –
No! THAT made him scowl! Made him fume! Made him choke!
Made him choke!
Made him choke!

So what on earth was it the innocent Whos
Were doing so wrong with the language they’d use?
If you were to walk into Who-ville one day
You’d see lots of people with fine things to say.
They’d joke and exclaim and they’d promise and sing,
They’d chat and debate – yes, they’d do anything
That this wonderfully versatile…

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say something

Realized something profound yesterday morning while shopping at Walmart (of all places). The song “Say Something” is actually a song by a group called Big-something-or-another and Christina don’t-know-how-to-spell-her-last name. Big huge news to me!

The story: a few weeks ago, my cousin posted a link on her Facebook page to her girlfriend’s YouTube video. I loved it! Fast forward to yesterday at Walmart (of all places). “Say Something” comes on. I perk up and it stops me dead in my tracks. Walmart all the way in Hawaii is playing Sarah’s song!!! As I’m standing there looking through girlie hair accessories (Valentine’s gifts for my girls), a shopper passes by… singing Sarah’s song! I’m like, “Wow, you know Sarah?!?” (in my head, of course). So I finish up my shopping and as soon as I get into my van (yes, I drive a van), I pull up YouTube and search for “Say Something”. Kapow! That’s when it hit me and I learned that this is not Sarah’s song but Big-something-or-another and Christina don’t-know-how-to-spell-her-last-name’s song. I’ll be the first to admit I’m never up to date with this kind of stuff. I hardly watch TV and almost never listen to traditional radio stations. You know it’s bad when my elementary-aged kids know almost all the words to popular songs by the time I hear it for the very first time. Yet, I was still super surprised/shocked/amazed (as I always am) that I had never heard this beautiful song before.

Conclusion: I still like Sarah’s version the best as it made me cry the first time I heard it. And, to me, it’ll always be Sarah’s song. Plus, Big and Christina’s video made me feel like the world just ended. Not a feeling you wanna carry around with you while you’re trying to study for a big exam.

Sidenote: Look! I figured out how to insert a hyperlink! I knew it wasn’t that hard as I’ve done it before, but on WordPress, the little shortcut button wasn’t active for some reason, so I had to insert it the old-fashioned HTML way.