Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Oldie but a goodie! 

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Busy biz busy! 

I've been doing lots of stuff, but little of it interesting, hence the lack of postings from moi.

Mike had a bit of a bad patch behavior-wise Sunday, but by Monday he was redeeming himself with good works and at the moment all is calm and reasonably bright. Yesterday he caught himself and did NOT throw a temper tantrum because Caro declined to stop in the middle of her breakfast preparations and switch to making pancakes. No, he decided to be mature. And when she was out of the kitchen, he got out the flour...you know where I'm going with this, right? Right.

Actually, he made an excellent imitation batter, just the right consistency. But half a bag of flour and water and one egg does not pancake batter make. It makes paste to help hold the compost together, is what it makes.

So yesterday amongst my many errands we bought flour. Mike and I also got haircuts, I got new nose thingies put on my glasses (for free! Merry Christmas!), and Mike did his Christmas shopping for everybody except (obviously) me.

And it snowed in the night! And it will be -3F tomorrow night! Woo!

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Movie night! 

Yay! Today was the first day of Christmas break. It actually went very very well, in no small part because we had a GIANT bribe to tempt Mike's good behavior with. Yes, we went to see the year's Best Picture, as far as Train Boy is concerned...Polar Express!

This is definitely one to enjoy on a big screen. As far as plot and drama, eh, it's a Christmas movie. No surprises. It's how it gets to the predictable end that keeps you revved up, because it is one stylish ride. Mike was utterly in heaven. He gasped when the train first slowly appeared out of the steam, and only Caro, sitting beside him, heard him reverently say, "It's so BEAUTIFUL."

And there you have it. Making a kid that happy--true meaning of Christmas. :)

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

The quote of Mike, and yet more Mikeage 

As you may recall, Damaris and fam are out of town because of the death of Nigel's mom.

Mike has been helping me take care of their dogs, and the other night while we were driving over, I was trying to explain why they had had to go so suddenly. I had gotten through the part about her being very sick and in the hospital, and Mike suddenly added, "So she had to stick out her tongue, and she was dead."

Thank you, cartoons, for providing this simple--wrong, but simple--method by which to determine the official end of viability.

Yesterday we were not having a very good day even BEFORE the lights blew out in the bathroom. Mike was having one of his hideous and ghastly day-long snit fits--actually, it was a rerun of the one from the day before. I finally decided that nothing would do but to go for my very own Holiday Special, so I declared that if THINGS DIDN'T SHAPE UP AROUND HERE PRONTO I WAS CANCELING CHRISTMAS!!!!

Not all at once. By bits and pieces. My plan has been to make up for a slightly underfunded present-purchasing-plan by DOING things, especially decorative things. So the new rule is that if we are having a Bad Day, we will REMOVE some decorations. The only way to ADD decorations on any given day is to have a Good Day.

I'm pleased to report today was an EXCELLENT day. I am open to a casting call as to who should play me in the Holiday Special.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Our early Christmas present 

Caro and I found light-up palm trees on sale from Penney's online! So this is our present to each other:



By the way, it's a cool tree but it makes a very silly wig:



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