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Have you seen Patrick Madrid’s new site? It’s beautiful! I’ve been offering some of my web nerd skillz behind the scenes, so it’s exciting to see it all up and running. Go stop by and say hello!
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My mother-in-law, the famous Yaya, is all settled in to her new house, which is only 10 blocks away from ours. It is everything I dreamed it could be. And more. If you look up “win-win situation” in an English phrase dictionary, you will see a picture of me and Yaya, with the kids swinging from the rafters of her living room in the background. I mean, it could hardly be more perfect: I like to sit alone in a quiet house; she likes to have lots of people and noise and activity around her. I have my hands full; she has free time. She loves children; we’re bad at NFP.
Aside from all that, it’s just fun to be around her. She’s a blast. I’m telling you, this situation is like something out of a fairy tale.
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One of the more amusing parts of Yaya’s move-in process has been watching her get her cats acclimated to the new environment. I get daily calls with updates about her latest feline adventures. Last week she thought she might take one of her cats for a walk, so she slipped a harness on him and headed out. The cat hated it, ditched the harness, and Yaya ended up chasing him all up and down her new block.
Then she heard that a good way to keep cats from running away is to put butter on the bottom of their paws. (I’m not sure about the science behind that one, which is undoubtedly rigorous. Something about what happens when they lick it off making them lose the scent back to their old home.) Anyway, she took one of her cats out to the back porch, slathered his paws with butter, and sat back to wait for him to calmly lick it off before exploring his new back yard. The cat immediately bolted back inside, covering her new carpet in buttery footprints.
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We recently switched to Vonage, and its automated voice transcription service is an endless source of amusement for us. When someone leaves a voicemail, it attempts to capture the words and email them to us. This afternoon I got an email with this effort at transcribing a message from Elizabeth Esther:
Hey Jen, it’s Elizabeth. I was weird. I called and like it picked up and stomach is dialing and then it hung up. I don’t know what’s going on.
And another one from a friend whose first language is not English, who calls me Jenny (transcribed as “Jaime”):
Hey Jamie, April Howell yeah my no Jamie I was to get my not allowed i.e. going but indeed they they said they gonna come you know study and then doses for call again my no square go over this isn’t a kind of little baby gas is Danny. Bye.
They should charge extra for this free entertainment.
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I’ve had my first homeschooling fail. A few weeks ago my son got it in his head that his life was incomplete because he didn’t have a BugZooka. It’s all he talked about. It’s all he thought about. Whenever he had free time, he simply wanted to sit in front of the TV and watch the infomercial clip over and over again. So I told him that he could have it as a treat to celebrate the end of the school year: when he finished all his reading lessons, I’d get him a BugZooka.
He ended up covering two month’s worth of material in two weeks. He powered through reading lessons at a rate that I could hardly keep up with. At first I thought this was fabulous, but I became concerned when he started referring to reading as “BugZooka practice.” He finished the entire curriculum on Monday, got his BugZooka, and promptly announced that he was happy to be done with reading. His impression was that all that book stuff was merely a bitter means to the end of having an unbelievably awesome bug catcher, the written word irrelevant to his new life of chasing scorpions around the yard.
Looks like I may need to re-evaluate my homeschooling motivation techniques.
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I’m almost finished reading Abby Johnson’s book, Unplanned. Wow! It’s so good! I mean, I’d heard it was good, but I didn’t know if people meant that it was a good read, or that it simply did a good job of explaining why Abby left her Director role at Planned Parenthood. I’m glad to report that it’s both. I stayed up way too late reading it last night because I just couldn’t put it down. A very well done book.
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We finally have some warm weather back over here, and it’s wonderful. High’s in the 70’s, lows in the 50’s all week. I feel like I’ve been let out of a Siberian prison.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
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