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Sunday, 02 February 2014 12:31

In anticipation of today's Super Bowl:

 
How things really work
Thursday, 23 January 2014 14:51

The next time someone asks me what I do - I must remember to direct them to this cartoon. I've never come across anything that better explains what I do for a living. Thanks xkcd.

xkcd

 

 
Unlimited milk
Sunday, 25 August 2013 08:49

We were out of milk this morning so the kids had water instead and Sam asks us how come we always have water. So we have a little discussion about there being pipes connected to the house that bring us water.

Hazel: How come they don't have milk in them?

Me: Good idea! But I don't think we have enough cows to supply everyone that much milk.

Sam: Yes there are.

Hazel: And there are goats too!

 
Dinosaur speak
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:24

Now that Hazel is learning to read it's fun to see her struggle with words sometimes. We were at a hockey game on the weekend and there were big labels for Home and Visitors above the benches in our view which she noticed and tried to read aloud:

Hazel: H-O-M-E Home! and the other one is Velociraptor?

 
Sam speaks? French
Monday, 18 March 2013 13:58

Somehow a car discussion yesterday turned to the topic of how Hazel will have to speak French all day when she hits second grade next year. Sam piped in that he could say No in French and then began turning his head side to side . . .

 
Vacation Blues
Friday, 08 March 2013 10:32

Yesterday night I was cutting out a carribean vacation contest entry form and Hazel asked me what I was doing so I told her. Then she asked if I would take her. Sadly the contest was for two so I told her I would probably take Grandpa Joe.

Thirty seconds later - muffled sobs followed by tears.

Me: (Genuinely baffled) What's wrong Hazel?

Hazel: I'll miss you.

 

Crazy Kids

Hazel has shown interest in trying out the beaten-up tricycle the neighbors gave us now that the weather has turned warmer. At first she could only go downhill and needed help with a good push coming back up the street. She got frustrated very easily and would stamp her feet and say "I do not like this!" whenever she couldn't figure out whether to push forward or back with her feet on an incline. But over the past couple of weeks she's gotten much better and she really only needs a nudge now when she hits a big curb. She's even ridden her tricycle all the way to the library where she exclaimed to Aline "My feet are tired!"  

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

-- William Jennings Bryan  

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ABBA Lives

ImageAs a lifelong ABBA fan, the news that there are preparations to take ABBA the Museum – the living story of Sweden's most celebrated, iconic musicians – on the road in 2009 fills me with glee.

Will the exhibition come to Ottawa? I wait with bated breath.  

Bedtime Reading

Z is for ZamboniOur friend Sheridan gave us the book Z is for Zamboni as a Christmas present. Hazel is now a big fan of the Zamboni, Bobby Hull and Orr, the referee and especially the penalty box when we reach the letter T and point out that breaking the rules results in someone sitting in the timeout box . . .