Wednesday, January 06, 2010


A peek into my head:
  • On Monday it was so cold I got frozen eye. I've only had that happen a handful of times in my life. You know, when the wet part of your eye freezes for a sec so your eyelid sticks for a minute when you try to blink. It's awesome, and a little freaky.
  • It is really, really cold. This isn't so bad considering I don't have to really go anywhere. We're talking the type of cold where if you get in the car and see a positive number on the thermometer you give thanks. Even if it's 1 or 0. AS IN IT IS ZERO DEGREES.
  • I realized today how bizarre it is that we use plural with zero. As in "I have zero hats on." Why not singular? "It is zero degree." Oh, English, you magnificent bastard tongue.
  • I got husband the book by that name (Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue) last Christmas and I enjoy saying the title whenever possible.
  • The other day I interacted with a hilarious mom who, instead of saying a good old-fashioned "no," kept telling her two-year-old to "Make a better choice, please!" in a sing-song voice.
  • It didn't work.
  • I also overheard her say "to-mah-to." I love people.
  • I'm at the point in pregnancy where you start thinking it's a permanent condition. I know I will not be pregnant forever, that eventually a child will emerge and I will no longer be this pregnant, but I don't feel like that will actually happen. Know what I mean?
  • Here are some acceptable things to say to really pregnant women: "You look great!" "How are you feeling? You look like you're feeling fantastic!" "Wow! I can't believe you are [whatever length of time] along!" "I'm rooting for you and can't wait to hear how well everything goes."
  • Here are some unacceptable things to say: really anything about how they must be miserable or due any day, or how your sister or cousin had the world's scariest near-death experience when she gave birth. Even if you have never made a truer statement, don't say it. Deal?
  • In my recent nesting, I found an old homemade CD that includes "No Woman No Cry" AND "I'll See You When You Get There" AND the Pina Colada song. Isn't that a weird assortment?
  • Man, I love ginger ale.
  • Families with naming themes fascinate and confuse me. All M-names, for example, or all B-names or what have you. Why does this happen? Do you think they ever want to call it quits after a couple of kids but can't? Do they commit right out of the gate, with the first kid, or after three or four do they decide it's time to stick with it?
  • At first I hated it, but now I miss Mad Men.


The Boob Nazi said...

HOW DID YOU LEARN TO LIKE IT???? I would like an essay on that, please. I haven't been able to fully enjoy it.

Just SO said...

I wish I met the people you meet. I need to get out more.

We have three kids that start with a J sound (even though one actually starts with a G) and then the odd one out begins with an M. But what's really cool? Is that I can yell for them all at once by saying

"Let's go MO-JO-GO-JO!" It's pretty much awesome.

Jared and Laurel said...

First of all, let's not forget that you're Canadian and frozen eye is just as mundane as dark winters there. Right?
Next, "Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue" sounds like a book YOU would have's a good thing you show proof it wasn't you. But it is fun to say.
Also, my mom says tomato like that. She also says "boo-fay" (buffet), "mahr-in-ahra sauce," and "on-chill-ada" (enchilada). And my husband makes fun of her every time.
Next, "you look great!" Oh wait. I have no idea. Because you never post pictures of yourself! But that's okay, because I can imagine. And I know you. You do look great!

KT said...

Oh, families with naming themes. That's one of my most favorite church games--Guess The Theme in THAT Family!

And BINGO, of course.

Nikki said...

I took Gabbers to afternoon kindergarten and almost turned on the AC in the car. It was 73 degrees! And to think, last year this time, we lived in a place that was 120 degrees COLDER.

Nikki said...

I don't know what Madmen is. hmm. are?

Nikki said...

I love ginger ale too. Especially when I'm pregnant.

And your comment about being in a permanent pregnant condition, I remember that TOO WELL. I was so mad at Danny that he wouldn't make it STOP ALREADY with the twin pregnancy.

The comments about pregnancy, OH the comments. Sheesh people! The ones that bothered me the most were probably by people that had been pregnant before. Don't they remember? Someone even told me it looked like more than twins. nice.

Mrs. Clark said...

I have never had Frozen Eye. And I'm glad.

As far as the names go--well, I'm sure you know my opinion on the subject. People who do that need to find some other way of creating family identity and togetherness.

Lena said...

I love Mad Men and will rejoice when it comes back.

All of my sisters-in-law do that "make a better choice" thing and it drives me crazy. I really just want to pull the stupid kid out of the situation and tell him why what he is doing is wrong. But that is also probably why I don't have kids yet.

Sara said...

I love your blog. It reminds me of Kansas, and makes me happy I'm in Southern California.

I laughed at the "Make better choices please." Sounds like a special education teacher. I'm pretty sure I've said that phrase, possibly followed by "You can choose to cry and be a baby, and I'll leave you here, or you can act like a big boy and we'll go to the park."