Bleg.

Laura's a downer. I'm not reading her anymore.

I better not talk about the new unemployment figures. Suze suggests a post on online coupons. I'm taking suggestions for happy post topics.

19 thoughts on “Bleg.

  1. Gardening? Seeds haven’t hit the grocery store yet, but we’ve been having lots of days in the high 70s, so it ought to be time to plant soon.
    Spring break plans?
    Home improvement?
    Summer camp ideas?
    Recipes?

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  2. Comic songs. Oh, no, I think I’ll do that myself.
    I know. When I have time I’ll point you to three TV/Radio shows from the 50s that my kids love, and you can force your kids to watch/listen and report their responses.

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  3. We’ve been cleaning out our basement, trying to make a better play space. Does that count as home improvement? It’s amazing how many cool things we had stashed down there. I’m still working on what I can get in swap for our 150-piece (barely used) Brio train set.

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  4. Gardening. I vote for gardening.
    “Now the gardener is the one who has seen everything ruined so many times that (even as his pain increases with each loss) he comprehends – truly knows – that where there was a garden once, it can be again or where there never was, there yet can be a garden so that all who see it say, ‘Well, you have favorable conditions here. Everything grows for you’. Everything grows for everybody. Everything dies for everybody, too.”
    (Henry Mitchell in the Essential Earthman)
    Or, if you’re like me, perhaps we could do inspirational quotes. I know, that won’t work, too much snark out there. But words do help me.

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  5. PS: My daughter is learning about metaphors in schools, so, get that the “Garden” is a metaphor? (get it? Get It? GET IT?, as my daughter would say).
    The sun is shining right now outside my window, and things are growing (an errant pansy that was planted by my four year old and has survived the winter, buds almost popping on the rhodies, and some big bright blooms on early an early rhododendron.)

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  6. After those last two posts, Laura, I don’t blame you. Man, the fallen world is an ugly place sometimes.
    Gardening is always good. We may start putting ours in next week.
    How about day-trip ideas/memories? Throw the kids in the car in the morning, head off somewhere, back by bedtime…what are some good ones?
    And then, there’s always my Friday Morning Videos. Try here, here, here or here.

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  7. Here’s some good news: a 22 year old friend of mine (from online tv fandom) just signed a 2-book deal with a respectable young adult publisher. I’ll be sharing more when the first book is published. 🙂 I am so proud of her. She has had great personal difficulties but she is so smart and, obviously, talented.
    Does anyone read the Allie Finkle books? The third book is out next week. A book about a 4th grade girl who loves cats and animals and has a younger brother (2 actually) is just made for my daughter and me to read together.

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  8. Recipes.
    Spring flowers.
    Children’s books by new writers, or interesting children’s books from your parents’ childhoods.
    Alternatively, really bad books you’ve read. So bad they’re interesting.
    Cat pictures have a following, but they’re not one of my personal foibles.

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  9. This movie looks pretty awesome, even if it’s not about comic book superheroes (some day they will run out of comic books to turn into movies, RIGHT?).
    Looks like it deals with academics parenting a quirky/unique/special kid – up the alley of many here.

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  10. “…(some day they will run out of comic books to turn into movies, RIGHT?).”
    Nope. They just reboot the series and start over, just like with James Bond and Batman.

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  11. Our whole house, except one bedroom and the 1/2 bath was pink when we moved in. It took three people six very long days to cover the pink with off-white. Granted none of the three were professionals, but it isn’t a very big house. The only pink remnant is the bathroom floor tile.

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  12. If it weren’t for the fact that I’m still trying to repress my memory of the first time I had anything do to with tile (acid, stainless steel sink), I’d have done in the tile already. Probably put in a new toilet also. The early low-flow models lacked a certain uumph.

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