30 April 2008

Developments at our house, Vol. 6

Here are some more developments at our house in the past few days:

1. M- found a way to confuse and frustrate Daddy-- wake up at 7:30 after a long couple of days of unexplained illness (probably exacerbated by a long night/morning out with the uncles before the wedding), and then crawl in his arms and say, "Nigh'-nigh'" HALF AN HOUR LATER. Then, after a few minutes of silence in the crib, change your mind.

2. D- learned that no, there is no medicine that can make you stop hiccuping. If there was, whoever invented it would be a trillionaire (unless they were under contract with a corporation, of course). And those riches would come just from my payments alone, for when I want to stave off a horrible headache from an hour of violent hiccups. J- finds it amusing, but as my friend Adam would say, it makes me want to kill people.

3. I re-decided that U2 is incredibly awesome, and that this is one of the best albums you will ever buy. Why pay $18 for some random CD with two decent songs on it when you can pay $14 (and that much only if you're shopping at absolutely the wrong store) for one jam-packed with this kind of greatness?

4. M- discovered that our laptop screen makes all sorts of pretty colors when you press on it really hard with your finger.

5. I learned that M- could redeem herself for a few choice acts of naughtiness by spontaneously calling out, "cue me" from behind the couch after burping. (Note that the following 450 self-congratulatory "cue me"s she issued afterwards did not each have an equal effect.) Apparently she really is a sponge, because as far as I know, no one has tried to teach her this yet.

6. D- decided that with the cape stuck onto his Superman pajamas (we usually leave it off so it's not a hazard or hassle during sleep), he has no need to ever change into real clothes.

7. I now understand that we need to branch out in our activities, because when we are between storytime sessions at the library, we don't have much reason to leave the house, we don't shower or get dressed until noon, and my step-count plummets.

8. We all learned that windshield wiper motors have transmissions, and that they can break pretty easily since they are often made of plastic. Later today, we'll find out just how expensive they are to replace.

Read our previous lists of developments.


Anonymous said...

Whew! I got my heartrate up just reading all that! Busy, busy! I love the part about how you don't get around to showering until noon--now I don't feel so lame. I always wonder, do I get up & shower immediately upon awakening, or do I wait until after I've done all of my 'chores' b/c I'll probably need another one after that.
There you go, more than you EVER wanted to know about my lack of decision making skills.

TerriRainer said...

LOL...I remember those days...

That being said, IT ONLY GETS WORSE, but I will say it is a different kind of worse.

When kids get older, they can dress themselves, spend most of the day at school, and don't try and crawl in bed with you at night..

HOWEVER...they want and want and want.

My youngest (6&7) are happy with a new coloring book and crayons, or cheep toy...NOT the older ones...

It's laptops, digital cameras, cell phones, playstation 2, nintendo ds, games for those, dance classes, softball uniforms bats & gloves, Karate classes, braces, formal dresses for dances, etc, etc, etc.

Enjoy the simple things in life while ya can!!!

:) Terri

LiteralDan said...

Christy: For me, it's usually more of a scheduling issue, along with motivation. I have the same decision-making skills, though, I think.

TerriRainer: Perspective is definitely needed sometimes, that I'll say. I'm enjoying D-'s self-sufficiency, especially compared to M-'s dependency.

She's getting a lot more independent, though, in just the right way, and soon we'll be a pretty finely-tuned machine, just in time for a new monkey wrench!

Momo Fali said...

Ugh! The laptop screen thing. I feel your pain.

LiteralDan said...

You and Mr. Compaq both. I can't deny it's an impressive effect, though. It would probably make her feel kinda like Neo from The Matrix, if she knew who that was.

adamrobertson said...

Dude, you don't have any friends. What are you talking about, Brownbread?

LiteralDan said...

You're right, you're not cool enough to qualify, Hayseed.

Anonymous said...

"Cue me" is my favorite line (my son used to say it, and we still use it now and then, just to be cute.)

As for the hiccups, this ALWAYS works: Stand on your head and drink small sips of water. OR, if you're not up for that, bend over far enough to do it standing on your feet (drink from the opposite side of the cup). Seriously; this works.

LiteralDan said...

I think I'll try the ol' stand on your head and drink bit next time, just to amuse everyone around me.