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heartbeat

22 May, 2017

I loved Sharon Creech’s heartbeat.

Not sure if it’s a novelized poem, or a poem-ized novel. I was hesitant to read it, but it looked short. I am glad I did.

The parts I want to share with my childrens:

  • Art teacher assigns “draw this apple a hundred times”
  • sounds of ultrasound heartbeat
  • argument with track coach
  • the race

 

Bring it On Aliens

21 May, 2017

Saturday night, we took the childrens to see a local high school perform the musical “Bring It On”.  I was impressed by what high school kids can do.

Sunday night, I went solo to see the latest Aliens franchise movie. Meh.

If this was a normal movie review, I would say “Spoilers Ahead”…but if you’ve seen Alien and Aliens then there’s no surprises. IF you haven’t, STOP, right now, and go watch Alien, and then tomorrow night watch Aliens. Two different movies. Two wonderful movies.

Alien:WhicheverMovieNumberWeAreOn…the big fight scene, not really believable, so I wasn’t really invested in it. There was one scary idea… Alien spread by fungal type spores. (Seriously, if you don’t want to sleep, google the zombie ants of the Amazon. Ant gets a spore, grows a mushroom out of its head, still walking around, doing normal ant stuff, until it’s time, then goes up, and mushroom explodes, spreading spores all over. Fungi are weird. And we have no idea how weird, because we don’t really study them.) But we didn’t spend much time on the implications of death by spore. It was drawn out, to get to the classic Alien stuff,…no surprises for us in the audience, we’ve seen the face-huggers, the chest-bursts, the acid-blood. Nothing new here.

I wonder, if you are gonna colonize a planet….why send men? Men are bigger, and so need to eat more, plus have all that extra testosterone which might not exactly make a situation better. Send women. And maybe a -80 freezer with large variety of sperm. I thought about this, while they were looking at the embryos on the space ship in Alien movie.

Yup… Lin-Manuel Miranda -vs- Alien… surprise, surprise… Miranda won.

And the tickets were cheaper, too!

 

 

soundgarden

18 May, 2017

I love that Soundgarden took noise, and made something beautiful. Feedback, rumbling bass, out of tune guitar, dissonant guitar riffs, screaming & screeching vocals… all those ugly pieces, into wonderful music. I heard they used a lot of non-standard time signatures, but I never noticed it, and I appreciate that, if the audience notices something complicated your doing, you’re doing it wrong.  (Aaron Copeland is like this, very easy to listen to, very difficult to play.)

I tried to take the childrens to the Soundgarden at NOAA recently. It was closed. That place was cool. If you were lucky enuff to be there when the winds were blowing just right, you would be surrounded by haunting beautiful noise.

Rest in Peace Mr Cornell.

Walk Two Moons

14 May, 2017

finished up the family book club book, Sharon Creech’s “Walk Two Moons”

I had to pause reading it, because I didn’t feel like crying at a restaurant, just saying.

There was a sentence that I liked, I shared with MrG and he liked it too: “We walked through the tiny living room into the miniature kitchen and upstairs into my father’s pint-sized bedroom and on into my pocket-sized bedroom and into the wee bathroom.”

A good book.

recently

13 April, 2017

the evening of Wednesday, April 5th

  • MrCuddles demonstrated his kung-fu and broke a board with a kick for me
  • MrGrunty and I played catch while talking about if Mr Westbrook would get the tripple-double record for the season  (he did!!!)
  • MsSqueaky and I went shopping for her very own pocket knife. The BoyScouts issue all third graders a knife, GirlScouts…knives aren’t priority. Took her to sporting goods store. The big and scary looking / military style / hunting style she didn’t want. She ended up with a small SwissArmy knife. The guy at the store was very kind, “take your time, not every knife is for every person, get one that is right for you.”

the evening of Thursday, April 6th… me and the childrens spent a bit of time drawing together at the dinner table.

the morning of Tuesday, April 11th

  •  MsSqueaky first words in the morning “Papa are you feeling better? Is your headache gone?”  (Previous night I fell asleep way early with a bad headache.)
  • MrGrunty was first one awake, and was reading. He seems to have found a good book, and is doing more reading without us asking him to. Then when he saw me, his first words were “can I give Sophie a treat?”  Awww…he’s getting more familiar and liking our pets more.  Why I remember, when he was a toddler, and Sophie was AFRAID of kids (MsS would grab for her) Sophie-kitty and MrG surprised each other in the hallway, and had a little stand off, neither sure how to react. Sophie then got brave and advanced. MrG fell on his butt. Sophie sauntered past, sashaying her big fluffy tail.
  • MrCuddles was asking what college he would need to go to to be a “fire fighter, police officer and construction worker.”  I encouraged him to start with an EMT training.

Morning of Wednesday, April 12th, on ride to school MrG asked who was going to be in the family book club. We all said “yes” and he was happy that we would participate. I pointed out that we had already read a book as a family, “Ivan” and “HarryPotter” the fourth graders said.  “And ‘Goodnight Moon’, I added. They laughed.

<sadness warning>

Wednesday evening, fears from a ominous & vague post on TheFacebook confirmed, an ex-co-worker had committed suicide. We worked together in the kitchen for a few years, he was surly, and loyal to his friends, loved to shock people with his jokes, loved the SuperSonics and heavy metal. I hope and pray, that after “Guido” insulted St. Peter for an hour, then told St. Peter a bunch of offensive jokes for an hour, that Guido was allowed into heaven, so he could finally play with his daughter who was born asleep less than a year ago. I still don’t know what to say. We weren’t close, even back when we worked together. I’m more sad than I would have thought. Sometimes demons win and humans lose. Sometimes it’s not fair. And it’s scary, I have had a pretty good life, how would I react to depression, death of a child, war, debilitating disease, death of a loved one… I dunno.  Sometimes people do stupid things. Rest in peace, Guido.

 

today

9 April, 2017

MyBetterHalf had a race.

MsS had a soccer game.

I forced the children to do chores with much weeping and gnashing of teeth.

MrG had a soccer game. MsS went to girl scouts, and MrC went to visit his BFF.

That doesn’t seem like much, but we are tired.

I did find time to play basketball with MrC and MrG.

MsS is working on a super-powers for our family collection of cards/game. I will have water power. MrC will have fire power. (Is MsS saying we fight!?!) MsS has heal powers. MrG has grass powers…uh…I hope the bad guys have hay fever. MyBetterHalf has sun powers.

Russell Westbrook MVP

8 April, 2017

Hey Sports Fans,

all I gotta say is Mr. Russell “Triple Double” Westbrook is this year’s NBA Most Valuable Player.

 

three day weekend

5 April, 2017

MyBetterHalf and MsSqueaky went off camping with the GirlScouts. They had a great time, exploring the beach, playing, ukulele around the campfire, holding a chicken and feeding a llama.

Saturday, MrCuddles and his BFF went to a workshop. (I gotta brag, I think I’m doing it right, because I don’t do any of the hammering. Unlike some of the parents there. OK, some of the parents there had a toddler.) We also bought him his very own 27.5″ basketball, which he was very excited to practice with out on the deck.

Saturday MrGrunty had his first flag football game, and Sunday he had a soccer game.

Monday, no school…trip to the dentist. After, we planted seeds in the garden boxes, each child has two vegetables and one flower. (Lesson learned, only garden with one kid at a time, because interruptions.)  Then we went to Carkeek Park to hike and play with friends. MrG was playing “flyers” …one kid throws football to a pack, if you catch it, you get to throw.  MsS  & MrC were very cute, they were playing they were baby cubs, there was a tiny island they used for their canoe, sticks they used for salmon, clearings they used for their home.

TarHeels v Gonzaga…well, that was some poor shooting. Spokane is sad/angry.

Robin Hood

29 March, 2017

when I was a child, one of my favorite movies was Disney’s 1973 cartoon Robin Hood.

Later, when I went to England with the youth symphony, we visited Nottingham, and saw “the tree that Robin Hood hid in from the Sherriff…OK, probably not really, because we think this tree is only about 600 years old.”  Right then, a little kid went running across the field, singing loudly, “Robin Hood and Little John, running through the forest…”

MsSqueaky was just in a play, an after school club production…it was Robin Hood. It included the awesome “Oo De Lally” song.

It was great and so much fun to watch her.

 

today

25 March, 2017

We attempted to quickly do chores, so that MyBetterHalf could take the childrens to go see Boss Baby. She said it was cute. They liked it. (MrCuddles kept saying “poop duty” today.)

Got home, me & MrG did a bit of basketball on the deck. Then he and MyBetterHalf traveled south to go see the Portland Trailblazers.

Me, MrCuddles & MsSqueaky planted strawberries. He was more energetic about it than me.

Then we went roller skating. I had to bribe MrC with “we can get ice cream if you do four laps.” I told him later that sometimes you got to learn stuff before it gets to be fun.

Then Thai food for dinner, and then icecream.

Right now, MrC and MsS are sleeping in a tent-fort they made in the living room.