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Mar. 15th, 2014

10:55 am - Roy just discovered the goddess for me!

Sylvia lost 2 boxes of jell-o last week and couldn't find them.  He was sitting on the couch today and suddenly thought "I wonder if anyone looked UNDER the couch" and lo - there was the jell-o.  He said it was like a god, speaking to him.  We decided it was Athena.   Just like she gave lots of crazy advice to Odysseus:

"Odysseus!  Odysseus!  Look under the couch!"

"Hey!  There's my bow."

This is the type of divine help I could really use.

Apr. 13th, 2013

09:48 am - A quote that I wanted to remember

"I did that," says my memory.
"I could not have done that," says my pride, and remains inexorable.
Eventually - the memory yields.

-Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil


Jan. 5th, 2013

10:20 am - Conversation with my son

Me: "Ian, why did you feed an entire bag of carrots to the dog."
Ian: "I didn't feed them to him. He STOLE them from me."
Unspoken Addition: "While I was rolling around on the living room floor, giggling, with a bag of carrots."


Oct. 25th, 2012

10:25 am - Princesses

Sylvia:  "I want to be Sleeping Beauty when I grow up."
Me:  "Really?  What does Sleeping Beauty do?"
Sylvia:  "She builds things and experiments.  And she teaches people."
Me:  "That sounds cool."
Sylvia:  "Also she builds robots and turns bad ones into good ones."


Jul. 29th, 2012

08:45 pm - Best Amazon review ever!

From this product:  http://www.amazon.com/AudioQuest-K2-terminated-speaker-cable/dp/B000J36XR2

Quoted in full:

We live underground. We speak with our hands. We wear the earplugs all our lives.

PLEASE! You must listen! We cannot maintain the link for long... I will type as fast as I can.


We were fools, fools to develop such a thing! Sound was never meant to be this clear, this pure, this... accurate. For a few short days, we marveled. Then the... whispers... began.

Were they Aramaic? Hyperborean? Some even more ancient tongue, first spoken by elder races under the red light of dying suns far from here? We do not know, but somehow, slowly... we began to UNDERSTAND.

No, no, please! I don't want to remember! YOU WILL NOT MAKE ME REMEMBER! I saw brave men claw their own eyes out... oh, god, the screaming... the mobs of feral children feasting on corpses, the shadows MOVING, the fires burning in the air! The CHANTING!


We live underground. We speak with our hands. We wear the earplugs all our lives.

Do not use the cables!

Jan. 23rd, 2012

06:29 am - Hobbit-fest 2012

I've been talking about doing this but we finally got it together and made it happen: we had a party to watch all three extended versions of Lord of the Rings, back-to-back, while serving ALL of the proper hobbit meals (breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, tea, supper). It took more than 12 hours but we did it! And we consumed a vast quantity of food.

Breakfast: fruit and yogurt
Second breakfast: bacon & sausage, pastries
Elevenses: quiche
Lunch: shepherd's pie (cottage pie technically, since it was made with beef)
Tea: cucumber sandwiches, tea, any remaining pastries
Supper: rabbit in white wine sauce, mushroom-barley soup, spinach salad

Served throughout: fresh-baked bread with butter, mulled cider, more pastries

Nov. 29th, 2011

09:19 pm - One Week Before Sylvia's 5th Birthday

Roy: "Sylvia, you're going to be five!"
Sylvia: "I'm going to be five?"
Roy: "Yes, five."
Sylvia: "I won't be Sylvia anymore?"

Nov. 7th, 2011

07:20 pm - The Allen Key

Don't ask about this part but a million years ago when Roy and I were married we rode our bicycles to the courthouse. When I passed through security I dropped an allen-wrench (to adjust the bike) into the bucket.

The guard stopped me and asked what it was.
Me: "it's an allen key"
Guard: "what's that?"
Me: "an allen wrench?"
Guard: ... "what is it for?"
Me: (confused) "it's an allen wrench?" (how can he not know what an allen wrench is?)
Guard: "is it a weapon?"
Me: "No, it's an allen wrench."
Guard: "Can you hurt someone with it"

My mind races ....well it's a solid object so probably if I tried really hard? I bet if I jammed a pen up your nose I could kill you.

Out loud I said, "it's a wrench. I could take something apart with it."

Guard: grudgingly allows me to pass.

Nov. 26th, 2010

12:13 pm - RPG People - I have a question

What system should I use to create an Avatar: The Last Airbender game for my kids? I think it will fit best into a superhero genre game, but one that allows for a lot of customization. Back in the day I really liked the Hero system but it may be too complicated to use with the kids. The new GURPs 4th edition looks interesting but may have the same problem. What do you think?

Nov. 23rd, 2010

09:56 am - What's Frozen?

I have new game. I left some groceries in the car last night and brought them in this morning so I can play "What's Frozen?" It was in the teens last night and might be above 20 right now so I'm more surprised by the items that are not frozen solid.

olive oil
sugar water (for hummingbirds - not in the car)

Not Frozen:

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