Mildly Amusing, Parenting Gone Awry

Mr. Monkey, A Retrospective

When Sean expressed an interest in my camera the other day, I briefly showed him how to use it and then I handed it to him and told him to take off, go crazy, go take some pictures and then come back and we’d take a look at them.  When I looked at his pictures, I noticed Mr. Monkey wore a disapproving expression, much like the Disapproving Rabbits, thus inspiring Sean’s first photography show: “Mr. Monkey Disapproves – A Retrospective” Photo Temporarily Unavailable Mr. Monkey disapproves of other toys. Photo Temporarily Unavailable Mr. Moneky disapproves of…

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Always Real, Mildly Amusing

Economics 101

‘Mommy, can I get a bicycle for my birthday?” Sean asked from the backseat as we were driving home from school yesterday. “I think that it is a very strong possibility that you will get a bicycle,” I said. “Oh.” Several moments of complicated thought-processing silence followed. Then he asked: “How do we get a bicycle?” Oh goody! A chance to talk about money. “Well, you know daddy works all day, he talks on the phone and helps his company make money.  At the end of every month they give us money for daddy’s work and…

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Mildly Amusing

A Little Known Biblical Fact

Sean is really into Melissa & Doug floor puzzles these days.  We have a growing library of puzzles of increasing complexity and it’s fascinating to sit on the floor and watch the mind of a three-year-old work through the reasoning that is required to complete a puzzle.  Our current favorite puzzle is a 100-piece depiction of Noah and the animals exiting the ark.  Sean can work it without too much assistance which impresses his mother mightily.  Of course his mother is also impressed with how he inhales and exhales and blinks.  So then, that is to say, I’m…

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Antique Junk Drawer, Mildly Amusing

Uncleand Bob Is Inappropriately Funny

As I waited for Sean to finish his Party Burrito at Taco Bueno the other day, I picked up a newspaper that someone had left behind in our booth.  I never read the newspaper anymore, so it was kind of a treat.  The first page I came to was the obituaries and I scanned them out of morbid curiosity. There was a picture of a handsome man that caught my eye and so I read his obituary hoping to discover what had happened to him.  So I could then feel better about my own mortality. Somehow.…

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Mildly Amusing, Parenting Gone Awry

Easily Amused Old People + Baby + Camera =

Photo Temporarily Unavailable My computer died suddenly Friday night after a long and protracted illness.  She had been sick for some time with the vapors but late Friday, she gave one long loud gasp and she was gone.  So Saturday we took the money we should have spent on tires for my car and got me a new ‘puter! At any rate, I now have room for all of my pictures on my computer and as I was downloading them (uploading? whatever) I came across a few pictures that reminded me just how far we’ve come as parents which…

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Hospitality & Manners, Mildly Amusing

Emily Post Never Wrote About This

As we were standing in line waiting for the train at the zoo this morning, I looked down to see Sean poking his index finger deeply into the fluffy behind of the grandmotherly lady who was standing in front of us, which was unfortunately, at his eye level and apparently just too much to resist. My eyes grew as big as saucers. Just then, she turned to see what was going on. Caught red handed, Sean immediately put his hands behind his back and put on his practiced expression of remorse. “Sean!” I admonished. “That is…

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Faith, Mildly Amusing

Faith And Desperation Look Remarkably Similar

Today was one of those days when I just couldn’t seem to create any forward motion. I had plans to get things done, to get dressed, to brush my teeth, to move about in a productive manner.  But alas, it was nearly time for lunch and I had accomplished nothing more than a brisk 30-minute walk on the treadmill.  And I only got that done because I parked my child in front of the television. And that is about the time the doorbell rang. So, I jumped off the treadmill and hastily pulled on a tank top…

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Antique Crazy, Mildly Amusing, Sometimes Tart

Wherein I Answer The Question: So, You’re A SAHM? What Do You Do All Day?

This morning I thought I would go to the grocery store and buy milk. We were out of milk. So I thought I would go to the store and get milk and that would be that. We would come home with our milk, eat cereal and then get on with our lives and find the cure for age spots or build a fort in the den out of blankets. Either one. So I mentioned to the little boy that we should get in the car and go buy some milk and if – IF! – he…

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