|Some sort of sailing vessel, whatever.|
Friday, March 29, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
|A cartoon from the book "How to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you"|
My daughter received the above book and the whole family has benefited. In one segment cats are portrayed as highly malicious (and adorable) office workers.
"Goddamn right Bob" has become our new catchphrase for any affirmative. Works for me.
Friday, March 22, 2013
|The kid is in his office.|
The above diagram shows the most contested spot in the house -- the Couch Corner.
I myself have sat there years ago. It is indeed cozy and comfortable. Next time I get really furious a good tactic might be to plant myself there and refuse to budge unless contrition is immediately forthcoming.
Too many arguments to count have occurred over this patch of couch real estate. The eternal point of contention is how long one may vacate the spot for a bathroom or snack break before all rights become null and void.
I accept my journey into insanity when I contemplate that when the family sits down we're like the Simpsons, or the players in "All in the Family," with our assigned spots in front of the television. Everything changes, everything stays the same -- but at least I get to blog about it!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
|So far the girl child appears to take more interest in clothes and appearance. I understand that this could change at any moment.|
More to the point, I'm glad LSS deals with this issue. I suspect if it were up to me hardy coveralls would make a comeback in all colors except orange. She, too, is an ex-child and celebrates the thrill of putting an excellent outfit together.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
|The 8-year-old has better handwriting than me.|
Our policy on waffles and bacon is that these foods are rarely in the house. They're not banned per se, but when we buy them and in what quantity are questions no one, not even me, can articulate clearly.
On the bright side, he will get a fresh mango.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
|The transition out of the cute and cuddly phase has started.|
The daughter breaks crisp staccato moves, some martial arts, some oral hygiene, while saying this word with all the intensity and martial arts wisdom an 11-year-old can muster. This is pure excellence writ large.
Other things flowed my way from the kid:
Thursday, March 14, 2013
|Perhaps this new interest will inspire development of wilderness survival skills.|
Below is a video of her showing off her new zombie affectations:
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
|"Don't mock me": Sloth appreciation is taken seriously in these parts.|
The kid was not pacified by learning the graphic was photoshoped in the name of sloth art and stoke proclamation.
I suggested he start his own blog for his collection of sloth pictures. He liked that idea, but ultimately felt it better to be a blog lobbyist rather than a blogger himself.
I'll meditate on his suggestion and try and develop a non-sloth graphic. Now that I've started ruminating on those cute little buggers I can't get them out of my head!
|No actual sloths were harmed or consulted in the production of this image.|
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
|A beautiful room -- but was it ever used?|
A pleasant walk from our home is the Pittock Mansion, a 22-room estate built in 1909 that is now owned by the Portland City Parks and Recreation Bureau. I have toured the restored interior several times with my family and am always impressed with the regal manner of decoration.
As with any large house, there are walk in pantries and closets, multi-sectioned bathrooms, a Turkish smoking alcove, and, of course, the actual place where the household of twelve ate breakfast each morning. This room, however, is miniscule, which makes me feel that the family was much like my own (unfortunately I didn't take a picture, owing to extreme ordinariness).
We, too, eat most of our meals around a modest table, and the family rarely spreads out to take advantage of all the space. We have a larger table which we only use several times a year for dining or complicated craft projects.
I might tell a child to get out of my bed, or yell encouragement to go play in the "playroom," but ultimately we exist in our own beds and in the family room, which includes the kitchen, couch-TV setup, and the daily dining table.
I like it this way, and feel supported by history that this is how one should live. Now just need to have full-time staff to pick up all the crap in these high-use areas.
Monday, March 11, 2013
|Breakfast of Champions: Sunday morning I felt the fun from Saturday. I took this snap as my usual fare is Jimmy Dean blueberry pancake-wrapped sausages. I want the casual reader to know I occasionally eat food without trans fat.|
Nothing says party like setting the clocks forward an hour. We didn't exactly follow through with that dictum, but we did enjoy ourselves in a relaxing way this weekend.
I went skiing with my son Saturday which explains the above photo. On the slopes we joined some friends and I had the privilege to share a chairlift ride with three 8-year-olds. The panel earnestly discussed where each had seen graffiti resembling a penis and testicles on the ski hill. All seemed appropriate for a day out with the boys.
Sunday we took it slow and I was given a glimpse of what my daughter was getting up to on her iPad.
I suppose none of these details bear repeating, but that's the point. Sometimes the absolute normalcy of life is that which must be celebrated.
Friday, March 8, 2013
|Child fleeing obsessive parent with camera.|
So what do people look for when they visit Portdaddia? Below are the top five posts.
Thanks for reading!
Thursday, March 7, 2013
|A small sampling of the many images.|
My phone is the boring one with no games and a fussy owner who will spaz out if the settings are changed. So what does an 8-year-old do with such a device?
Answer: Load it up with 115 screenshots of sloths and a few seals.
I really can't fault the kid as the sloths are cute. I'm also thrilled when a school lesson makes an impact -- the class recently completed a unit on the rainforest.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
|Expect the unexpected.|
Recently a small camcorder came to us, the type with a LCD screen that pops out from the camera body at a 90-degree angle. This more traditional configuration piqued their interest in video production. The following is the result.