Polar bears

Are becoming an issue in our house.

“I can’t stay asleep in case a polar bear gets in the house.”


“Polar bears have no natural enemies, except us. Lily, if you see a polar bear it’s gonna eat you” (screams from Lily)

Working to end the string of polar bear hullabaloo with: “listen. A polar bear will not get in our house. You will most likely never see a polar bear in the wild because the polar ice caps are melting & they’re starving to death.”

Outrage-“why would you let the polar bears starve?”

I just can’t.

I’m down

With flu, and it is like Lord of the flies out there. I’ve watched my MC walk back and forth in varying degrees of undress, carrying random pieces of furniture. I think she’s building something magnificent, & most likely dangerous.

I just heard a shelf empty it’s contents in the pantry. No screams, so I think we’re okay. Unless they got into the sharpies I hid in there after our last episode. I can’t get up anyways, so I suppose all is fair game. Luckily, the baby is safe in here with me. She’s occupying herself by crushing a roll of Ritz crackers at the foot of the bed. Daddy? He’s only been gone like ten minutes, & should be back in 5 more. I hope we all survive. Life happens fast around here.

Teaching Fail

I thought I’d do some baby enrichment today and go over body parts. Everytime I’d do say one, “mira, say fingers! Fingers, Fingers, Fingers.” She’d look at me and say, ” NOSE” and point to her nose. Every time. Then midsentence she walked away from me at a run to go blow raspberries on the rocking chair, because Mira never suffers a fool. NEVER.

The little competitor in me…

wanted to start Words With Friends again. Okay, not little, I’m a GIANT competitor.  I thought, instead of mindless entertainment when I need to unwind while the kids scream at me through the door of the bathroom, why not stretch your mind?  Did you know the regular Words With Friends no longer exists as an app outside facebook?? Maybe it never did, it’s been that long that I previously did not have apps on my phone  It’s now an ad-filled app that shoots up an app every time you make a move, which doesn’t bother me as much as trying to figure out where the x is to close them out.

So I started playing the quick matches against the computer so I didn’t have to wait to feel like a winner again.  However, a computer is really different than playing with a group of friends before a night on the town when your mind is young and flexible.  Unencumbered by the weight of the daily grind.  I couldn’t think of words.  Me. I couldn’t think of the word IRON.  So, I cheated.  Just to get a start.  A study before I went up against real people.  The computer has a dictionary at it’s disposal right?

Now that I’m playing against real people, I’m still struggling to win.  It’s a lesson in humility, and a reminder that learning has to be forever.  I’m uber competitive, so the winner in me is suffering a bit, but that’s okay.   You don’t get breaks from the need to know more.  Something I hope I can pass on to my kids in this busy world of multi-tasking and surface information.  There is no substitution for the work you have to put in to have a well-rounded education and world view.