Sunday Share: Y2 W7

We’re almost 8 weeks into 2018. Have I learned anything yet this year? I have learned a few new Keto recipes for DW. I learned Crash doesn’t like spaghetti squash substituted for spaghetti. I learned to spell spaghetti so I don’t have to type “sketti” even though that’s what everyone calls it. I learned that if we don’t have chocolate chips, Bang would rather starve than have a chocolate chipless pancake. I also learned that just because you’re in 10th place that doesn’t mean you can’t still win it all!

I also learned that these are some good reads from this week…

Dorky Mom Doodles
How you know you’re raising a “Mean Girl”

Damn, Girl!
Girl power! and gaining economic power…

Rosie Culture
Stop kicking yourself over the small stuff…

Dreaming the World
The complexity of a bird network isn’t just for the birds after all…

A Momma’s View
What’s something good that’s happened to you? Let her know, please. Good news is great news!

Lastly, let me share with you a few other places around the internets that you can find and follow me…

Twitter
Instagram
Facebook
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Go Ask Your Father: Battery Life, Erosion, Frostbite, and Lotion on Dogs

Has anyone had a Fitbit challenge with a friend where the winner is the one with fewest steps? Lounging on the couch all morning watching the Olympics I had just 744 steps by lunchtime. I would have had less had I not had to make breakfast for and play games with Bang. Now that I’ve put some laundry away and put some in the wash, I’m up to 2,789. That’s okay, though. I had 16,000 yesterday. I’ll be teaching gym all next week so I should have no trouble making up for this one slack day. We all deserve a slack day now then, right? I’ll justify my slackness by telling everyone I deserve it. I think there is a lot I deserve, but I’ll set for a slack day.

Why do batteries die in the cold?

It sucks to be a battery. They’re either working or they’re dead. There’s more to life than just working all the time. We need to play. Sometimes we need batteries to play the things we want to play. They come in a multitude of shapes and sizes. I just learned that there is actually a thing as AAAA batteries. There are also button batteries, lithium-ion batteries. There are 9 volt and 6 volt and car batteries. There’s even that battery Elon Musk had built in South Australia that can power 30,000 homes for an hour. I can’t even imagine how many A’s come after that one. Anyway, I had my GoPro out doing a timelapse in -10C. The battery was fully charged when I left home, but soon after recording started it started telling me the battery was low. Soon after that it died. This happens because when battery terminals are connect there is a chemical reaction that gets the electrons flowing (science 101: electricity is the flow of electrons). Cold temperatures cause the chemical reactions to happen more slowly. The battery will then run down until it can’t keep up with the demand and it dies a slow, quiet death. When you warm it back up it will resume working normally.

What is erosion?

It’s what the kids do to my nerves every day. They erode them until there’s a landslide and I start motivationally speaking to the selective listener. Erosion is the slow, wearing away of a landform. Water has been eroding land and rock since it got it. Rivers wear away at its banks. You may be familiar with a meandering river. When a river cuts into its bank, the water nearest the bank moves faster and thereby takes more material with it. The bend in the river gets bigger and bigger until the water is able break through and meet itself on the opposite side. The grand canyon was the ultimate meanderer. Rain has been eroding more than farmers patience for millennia. Glaciers of millions of years ago (about the time my parents were in college) eroded lands across the world. Wind has eroded sand dunes and buttes. I like big buttes, I can not lie.

What do you do if you get frostbite?

The boys go out in the Canadian winter and 10 minutes later they’re complaining of frostbite. Dudes, toughen up, walk it off, then go play some more! Kids these days aren’t as tough as we were. Just like I’m not as tough as my parents were. They had to walk to school in 3 feet of snow, up hill both ways! Seriously, though, should you find yourself a survivor of a plane crash high in the Alps and feel the effects of frostbite set in, here are a few tips. Protect the area from further damage. Tuck your frostbitten area into your armpits. Good luck doing that if it’s your feet. DO NOT rub the frostbitten area or put snow on it. When you finally get out of the cold, immediately remove wet clothes. Gently warm the frostbite spot. The key word being gently. Don’t hold it up to a fire, heat lamp or heat pads. These can cause burns. Instead use warm water (not hot). If there’s any chance that the effected area will freeze again, DON’T THAW IT! When you get rescued, get your ass to doctor. You’ll probably need some pain medicine. If you had to eat a friend to survive, go see a therapist.

Do dogs need lotion?

DW laughed and laughed when Bang asked this one. He had been acting like a puppy while she slathered him with post bath Johnson & Johnson. Long story short, yes, dogs could get lotion. They can get dry skin, too. They can also get poison ivy and get Calamine lotion to relieve the itch. However, if the dry skin isn’t bothering the pooch, it shouldn’t bother you, either. If dry skin is bothering your 6 year old son pretending to be a puppy, put lotion on him.

Questions I Asked My Kids

Episode 62. 620 questions. That’s how many questions I answered before breakfast. They ask more questions than Numeris (they’re that survey group). This is my chance to exact a bit of revenge. It’s only 10 questions, though. The difference is, my questions don’t have wrong answers. Theirs do. Imagine all the ways to answer, “Why is windy?”

Feel free to borrow these questions to ask your own kids or spouse or parents or neighbor or next random person who passes you in Wal-Mart. Remember to tag me in it so I can read and share!

So without further ado, my questions…

1. How would you describe a perfect day for you?

Crash: Sitting down playing Roblox with my friends and then we all have a soda, chat and talk and have fun on Roblox
Bang: Electronics all day playing Geometry Dash. Also, I’d live by myself.

2. If you could change anything in the world, what would you change?

Crash: Most important probably would be that no one gets angry, hungry, have to be homeless, and everyone had lots of money
Bang: It would be summer all the time so I could go biking.

3. What is your biggest dream?

Crash: To collect every Pokemon card there is.
Bang: To be a dragon so I can destroy my bother!

4. Where is your favorite place to be?

Crash: Home
Bang: England because they speak “British” (he’s never been to England)

5. What makes you happy?

Crash: Pokemon and video games
Bang: When I get to play Geometry Dash

6. If you become a superhero what would you name yourself and what’s your power?

Crash: Wonder Woman! (NO! JUST KIDDING!) I’d call myself Bald Eagle and I’d could every eagle on Earth and they would help us fight
Bang: Captain C and I could butt kick and fly and super boost.

7. If your stuffie could talk, what would they say?

Crash: Monkey would say “Can we snuggle”. “I peed in your bed last night.” “Keep me away from your little brother because he likes to throw me around.”
Bang: Penguin would say “Hello. My name is Penguin. I’m the cutest stuffie ever.”

8. What is something that made you laugh today?

Crash: Me and my friend were buddy reading and my friend kept making ridiculous faces.
Bang: When you cooked my toes with the green beans in the frying pan!

9. What do you think you’ll dream about tonight?

Crash: Magic flying unicorns that poop on faces. That or I’ll dream about playing video games.
Bang: I’ll dream about nothing or I’ll just stay awake all night until morning.

10. What are some great things about nature?

Crash: It can be really cool, like the noise of water running over rocks
Bang: Robins are great because they’re birds and they’re peaceful. Waterfall noises, too.

There, now I’m going to go climb some walls.

Becoming Dad

I always knew I was going to be a dad some day. I don’t know when exactly I determined that, though. It probably wasn’t until my university days that I entertained that thought. Before that I was just a free spirit. A happy wanderer. A lone wolf looking for a pack.

Because of the parents I had, I thought I knew what kind of dad I would be. I would be the dad who played, the dad who disciplined, the dad who got shit done. It probably wouldn’t get done in a timely manner, mind you, but it would get done.

I was going to parent like my parents did. I would allow my kids to think they were acting on their own when in reality I would be watching from a distance. I wasn’t going to be a helicopter or snow plow, or tiger mom dad. I wasn’t going to be free-range, mind you, but somewhere in the middle. I was going to be involved, too. I wanted to be there to watch them succeed, fail, or just plain try.

I was glad I was a teacher before I became a dad. I learned to discipline other people’s kids before I had to discipline my own. Not that it mattered because discipline comes in as many flavors as there are kids. There is much debate between which consequences work best. Seriously, there is no one size fits all. But that’s for another post, entirely.

Of all the things I was going to be as a dad, the one I nailed is being involved. Not in a helicopter way. I’m just there. When they’re getting ready for school in the morning or ready for bed in the evening I’m there prodding them along. When they’re playing a sport, I’m there to watch. When they have a school performance, I’m there to see them. When there are parent/teacher nights, I go. DW is with me all the way. Or I’m with her all way.

We’re in this gig called parenting together.

However, when I imagined myself being a dad before I was dad, back when I was a clueless twenty something, I didn’t imagine myself being quite as involved as I actually am today. My kids would love school because their parents are teachers. My kids would love helping out around the house because we would include them in such chores from an early age. My kids would be polite, respectful, hard working, smart, and a plethora of spectacular superlatives. Whenever I imagined what my kids would be like, I think God giggled a little bit.

I didn’t imagine I’d have a kid having ADD and needing constant supervision because he’d be a task avoider. He knows what he needs to do, he just doesn’t do it. I didn’t imagine my kid throwing a temper tantrum the size of a Philadelphia Superbowl riot. How dare I make a pancake without chocolate chips? We never imagine that stuff before we become parents. They don’t teach you that stuff in school. They don’t write about that stuff in books, or at least not in the books I read.

What To Expect When You Don’t Expect Your Kid To Be Different From What You Expect.

I learned to be a dad from my Dad. I learned to be a parent from my parents. They set a pretty good example, too. They had awesome kids though, so they had it “easy”. I wish I had it as easy as my parents did. Perhaps I do because I really don’t know their struggles as parents back then because I was just a kid. You can’t imagine #ParentingStruggles when you are a Terrible Two or a Threenager or even a Teenager, for that matter.

The Fresh Prince knew what he was saying when he said “Parents just don’t understand”. Well, neither do kids.

So, to my parents, I want to say thank you for teaching me to parent by example. To my kids, thank you for testing my parenting ability. One day, you two will understand why your mother and I do what we do.

Kids

Lucy At Home

Changing the World

Can you change the world? Can I? It’s not an easy undertaking. The world is a pretty big place, after all. What could you do to change it? Something so big, so important, that the whole world takes notice and thereby becomes a better place.

Nah. That’ll never happen. I’m too small. Too insignificant. I’m just one person, what can I do?

What I can do is change how I define the world.

What is the world? For me, for you, for all us, it is our house. It is our neighbors and neighborhood. Simply put, the world is the part we have a direct influence over. It is the part we interact with.

It begins with our family, the people we live with, the ones we interact with every day. We can easily change their world. Kindness. Patience. Compassion. It’s often hardest to show such traits to those who share our dwelling. They have the greatest opportunity drive us batty. But we can change their world with a few positive character traits. We can make their day, set their day off on the right track, or end their day with a smile.

I may not be able to change your world. However, I can certainly change mine and those around me.

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Sunday Share: Y2 W6

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One year ago today DW received “the call” that her father was being taken to the hospital by ambulance. From there he was transported to another, larger, hospital. On the way, DW asked him to send her eagles as a sign that he was with her.

When Bang learned to swim without a life jacket, an eagle flew overhead.
When DW was on her way to the hospital for CAT scan, she spotted an eagle.
When DW was feeling down and out, there was an eagle soaring.
When DW was missing him, Bang drew, colored, cut out, and taped an eagle to the wall.

As I’m sitting here watching the Superbowl, my brother-in-law’s favorite team, the Patriots are in it again. I know from past Superbowls that being down by 12 means nothing. I’d love to root for his team.

But I can’t get past that perhaps He is sending DW yet another eagle. I’m rooting for Philadelphia.

The Long Run Back
A peak into her running schedule… It’s enough to inspire me to lace up again.

Fatty McCupcakes
When you’ve got the rhythem of a flag pole and you attend a Zumba for the Gods class…

Snoozing on the Sofa
The joys of cooking for your offspring…

Where Are Your Pants
This is one diary worth reading…

Humor Columnist Blog
Wait for a business to do their business..

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Go Ask Your Father: Iron, Hemoglobin, Quarks, and Far Out Man

Happy Ground Hog Day! Our groundhog saw his shadow so it’s 6 more weeks of winter for us.

I love the snow. I love the cold. For now, anyway. When winter is over I’ll be done with it, but for now, I’m enjoying it. However, Mother Nature is playing roulette with the weather. Tuesday we had 6 inches of snow that cancelled school. Wednesday we had a half inch of ice that cancelled school. Today it’s raining and 4 C. Tonight the temperature will drop to -15. Sunday it goes back up to 3. Maybe she’s not playing roulette. Maybe she’s on a trampoline. Up. Down. Up. Down….

Bang was read a book about rockets and he came to the word sub-orbital. He sounded it out perfectly. Sub. Orbital. However, when he put it all together it because suh borbital. No matter how much I tried to correct him, he just couldn’t get it right. We ended up in fits of laughter and I gave up the battle.

1. Why is your hemoglobin low?

I went to give blood back in January. It’s something I love doing it because provides me a chance to save someone’s life and it costs my nothing but little prick in my arm. Plus, I get juice and cookies afterwards, too. My university had blood drives twice a year. Once in the spring and once in the fall and I would give both times. Here, there is a drive 5 times a year and I try to give 4 of those times. The boys have been coming with me for a year now. Of course, they both fear needles like normal people fear falling out of airplanes, but they come for the cookies. Bang loves to watch them put the needle in and is full of questions for the nurses. However, this time, when they tested my hemoglobin, it was too low. For the first time ever, I was unable to give blood. My only guess as to why it was low is because I gave blood three times last year, two of which were in August and November. Having done that and being over 40 (aka not as young as I used to be) my iron hadn’t had time to replenish. Though, Google tells me it could be dehydration, lead poisoning, or kidney failure. Tip: don’t use Google to diagnose your body.

2. Why do we have iron in our blood?

It would take the iron from 450 people to make a sword. In our bodies, only 1 part in 10,000 is iron. Iron is a major component of hemoglobin. If my hemoglobin count is low, so is my iron. Hemoglobin and iron are important component in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. It also maintains healthy cells, skin, hair (just not my hair), and nails. Males have about 4 grams of iron while females have 3.5 grams. So never mind the gym, your blood is pumping iron 24/7.

3. What’s a quark?

It’s what a subatomic duck says! If you get it, welcome to nerd club. The name was chosen in 1964 from the novel “Finnigan’s Wake”.

Three quarks for Muster Mark.

If you think atoms are the smallest things on Earth, you’re wrong. Atoms’ nuclei are consist of protons and neutrons. Those protons and neutrons are made of quarks. There are 6 kinds of quarks (and antiquarks): up, down, top, bottom, strange, and charm. Particles made of quarks are called hadrons. You may have heard that really big hadron smasher aptly named The Large Hadron Collider. It is the facility that is large (26.7 km circumference) and not the hadrons (about the size of a certain president’s common sense). Fun fact: When two quarks are pulled apart, their bond gets stronger until they are separated. Once separated they form two sets of quarks. I could go into more detail and explain their baryon and lepton numbers but I’d just be copying and pasting because the rest of it is so far over my head it’s suh borbital.

4. What’s the farthest people have been from Earth?

I, myself, have a tendency to drift away from Earth from time to time often enough. Lalaland is most definitely not a place on Earth. DW radios me back in; “Hello, Earth to Eric”. However, some people seem to be so far Earth they can’t return. Those people withstanding, the farthest humans have been from Earth were in orbit around the moon. That put them 248,655 miles away. This was accomplished by the Apollo 13 crew; Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert while passing over the far side of the moon 158 miles from the lunar surface. However, the farthest spacecraft from Earth is 119 times farther. Launched September 5, 1977 Voyager 1 is now 13,158,907,100 miles away. It was officially outside our solar system an in interstellar space in 2013. To see the 115 images and hear the music, sounds, and greetings on it’s Golden Disk, visit this NASA site.

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Questions I Asked My Kids: Ep61

January was a slow month. It only had 9 posts. February will be different. I’ll kick it into high gear. Or at least a couple gears higher. Preferably not reverse or neutral. But I’ll save those stats for Monday’s State of Blog Address.

As for tonight, I’m going to enjoy the silence that is as sweet as the birthday cake flavored ice cream I’m eating. The kids are finally in bed. Putting them to bed is akin to wrestling gators. The gators don’t like it and by the time you’re done you’re both lucky to have survived.

But for now, here are a few laughs…

1. How old is the Earth?

1200px-nasa_blue_marbleCrash: Over a million years old, that’s for sure. Probably over 10 million years old.
Bang: 6 million 10 hundred years old

 

2. What’s the worst thing about being sick?

Crash: That I have to have a box of tissues by my side as a friend
Bang: Barfing a lot and it doesn’t feel good on your throat

3. What’s the best thing about being sick?

Crash: That Dad lets you go on his computer for 3 or 4 hours.
Bang: You get to stay home and not go to school

4. What should we do this weekend?

Crash: Go to Belize like a girl in my class
Bang: Get pieces of metal and wood and dig in the basement to make a Beyblade Burst arena

5. What two animals would you like to combine together?

Crash: An elephant and a pig
Bang: A cat and a sheep

6. What was your favorite part of the book “Wonder”?

Crash: When he was going to dress up as Boba Fett or when went on the field trip.
Bang: When Amos knocked over Eddie because Eddie was being mean to Auggie

7. What would you do with a million dollars?

Crash: Take a trip on a Disney Cruise
Bang: I’d buy a lot of puppies and a lot of cats

8. How many M&M’s can you fit in your mouth at one time?

Crash: Lots.
Bang: Probably 2 million 3 hundred but I wouldn’t because I want them to last

9. How do you know you’ve met the one you want to marry?

Crash: When the he likes the she and the she likes the he
Bang: Because they’re pretty and she thinks you’re pretty and your boyfriend and girlfriend

 

10.What does it mean to be married?

Crash: To start a family
Bang: When you kiss and stay together forever

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Or you find a Coke that says so…