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May 29, 2006

Pink and Yellow makes Teal

Did you know that if you combine pink and yellow you get teal.

No, really.

It must be true.

Both boys insist on it.

Let me explain. The boys get 2% milk. J. and I drink skim milk, except when we sneak a little 2% into the coffee where it impersonates heavy cream. Different weights of milk come in different colored containers, to make it wasy for shoppers. And, different companies use different color schemes.

The milk we usually buy uses red for the 4%, dark blue for the 2%, light blue for the skim. So when the boys were on whole milk and they mixed it with skim, we called the result purple milk. They liked it.

A while back we had someone's green-label milk jug in the house. And when the boys asked for purple milk, J. combined blue and green and then pointed out that blue and green make teal, not purple.

So, all blended milk became teal milk.

You see where this is going - the current jugs are yellow skim milk and pink 2%. And, sure enough, today at bedtime snack the boys asked for mixed milk, and insisted that pink and yellow combined to make teal milk.

It could be worse, as I recall Richard Pryor was caught in a wicked explosion when he tried to mix whole milk and skim milk together.

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May 18, 2006

The American Siesta?

I have been working an odd schedule recently, and apparantly I am not alone in doing so.

We go through our morning, eat breakfast, and then drop the boys at daycare before J. and I head off to work.

I am then usually the first one out of the office, leaving before 5:00 so that I can get home to pick up the boys, have dinner, and do the other fun family things. (They are fun, even when elder son shows signs of turning into a pre-school psycopath.) Then, after the boys go to bed, we work for another couple of hours before we go to sleep.

The way I describe it to my single co-workers is that they will work 10 hours, then go out and play. I will work 8 hours, then play, then work 2 more hours. It is like taking a siesta, only at dinnertime so I get family time.

It appears to be a more and more common pattern these days, as people try to juggle two careers, family time at home, and the long American work week.

Is there a better name than "American Siesta?"

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May 17, 2006

Running Behind

I am not writing down my random thoughts enough.

But now that it is political season, I might start again.

For example, I saw that Santorum will be facing Bob Casey. It should be an interesting November election.

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May 05, 2006

Toddler Envy

I was dropping off elder son at day care this morning, and for the first time in a while I envied a toddler's clothing.

One of his classmates was wearing a tourist shirt from the Baltimore waterfront. On the back it had an array of pirate flags, each labeled by the pirate who had supposedly used that flag.

I like flags, and so I thought it was a mighty cool shirt.

I wonder if it would look as good on me as it did on the pre-schooler?

It would probably be a little tight.

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Change of focus

I think I need to change the focus on my blog again.

When I first started, it was a dreadfully boring exercise blog that I kept for my own reference.

It then turned into a work blog from someone who works alone, and into a set of musings on teaching as I hashed out how best to teach.

Around the buildup to the Iraq war and then the 2004 election, I did a lot of politics.

Right now I am working with other people, which limits my ability to do workplace blogging.

Most of the things that I find myself wanting to blog involve kids, house, and family.

So, I shall simply shift focus and do more daddy blogging.

Oh, I might eat a cheese sandwhich while I am at it.

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