Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Random Thoughts

The circus is coming to town. They frighten and depress me.
But should we take the kids? Is it something everyone should do once?

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One of the bummers about going all digital
is that you miss out on getting to know someone's personality
by browsing their books and CDs on shelves

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While watching some coverage of The Hunger Games hype,
Thing 1 volunteered, "I like female characters like Katniss
who do great things themselves and don't need anyone to help them."
Love this kid!

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At a bookstore the other day,
the new SI swimsuit issue was front and center
as we paid for our purchases.
Thing 2 pointed and said, "That's gross."
Love this kid!

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Was looking at visitor tips for visiting an aquarium
and it said this:
"All guests must go through security checkpoints before entering the Aquarium. No guns, knives, lighters, matches, chewing gum, or fishing poles are permitted inside."

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Thing 1 has been entering writing contests
and submitting her work to magazines left and right.
She got her first rejection letter (we celebrated)
and she also won honorable mention in a prestigious contest!
We're so proud of her.

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Thing 2 is playing baseball.
He loves it. He had his first game this week.
His favorite position is shortstop.
He looks SO DANG CUTE in his uniform!

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The kids crack each other up and it's a glorious sound.
(Overheard on 3/15, while out running errands):
After MUCH laughing . . .
M: "Stop! I've got to catch my breath! STOP!"
K: "I'm tired from laughing so hard."
M: "Wanna know something? My muscles hurt from belly laughing."
LOVE THESE KIDS!!!!!

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The other day at the kitchen table,
we were talking about how the kids are getting older
and how Thing 1 is coming up on teenager-hood.
Thing 2 got sad and said,
"That means she's almost in college!"
I asked, "What's wrong with that?"
"I'll miss her."

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Constant creations in our house:
Thing 1 - stories
Thing 2 - games and music
I love it.

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Ever tell someone you're having a rough time
and then have them respond that they are, too,
without even a hint of their even pretending to care how you are?
Sucky, huh.

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April is Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month.

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The kids did not get into any of the 4 finalist spots
for the Uncle Ben's Rice Contest,
but thank you so much to all who voted.

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Being old doesn't demand respect.
Being important doesn't demand respect.
Being demanding certainly doesn't deserve respect.

Men are respectable only as they respect.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every human being, of whatever origin,
of whatever station, deserves respect.
We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.
-U. Thant

I speak to everyone in the same way,
whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.
- Albert Einstein

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Mutual respect.
Big fan.

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Off to watch Idol with the family!


5 comments:

Dr. Mark said...

Such good quotes. Can't say enough about respect. We've got some great kids. Thanks for sharing the stories.

Dave Johnson said...

Your kids are awesome (and smart/wise beyond their years).

I can tell a lot about a person from their CD collection. When I learned that Mark was a Sting fan, I knew you guys were my people.

Congrats to Kate on her first rejection! This means she's not just goofing around - she is officially a real writer. Frame that sucker for posterity.

Is that Aquarium in Georgia?

Respect (just a little bit). Respect (just a little bit). R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Find out what it means to me...
I'm with Al on this one -treat everyone with equal respect. But if you want my deference, submission, or benefit of the doubt, that has to be earned.

Jimmy said...

A live circus should be seen at least once in a lifetime. Not for the animals but for the trapeze artists.

Just in case it was the Albuquerque aquarium that you were looking into visiting--there are sharks. So a fishing pole wouldn't have been a good idea anyway.

Yes, I'm one of those people that has a tendency to make everything about me. I really want to change that. I think it's the curse of the only child.

Someday maybe Kate will write a book about being a great parent and having a great childhood, because obviously she's experienced both!

Emily Foley said...

Have you read The Night Circus? I'm much more intrigued by circuses now. I think you should go.

Dave didn't even bring his swimsuit issue into the house. It came out of the mailbox and straight into the dumpster. Awesome.

Boquinha said...

Mark, we're a good team. :)

Dave, yes - Georgia. Let me guess. It doesn't surprise you? :P

Love the comments, though Jimmy is persuasive and I have to remember that it is a blog comment from you that made me truly consider getting a dog (so 99% of the time, I feel grateful toward you and 1% of the time, I think, "Jimmy!!!!!!!"). Just teasing. ;)

Haven't read the Night Circus, but have read Water for Elephants (which I almost didn't read because of the circus thing -- glad I did, though!). Did you like it?