Our neighbor's three-year-old was outside the other morning as Max and I were getting set to leave. He wandered over with a stick in his hand and we had the following conversation:
Sunday, January 31, 2010
The Belmont Public Library had a Chinese New Year's event yesterday that I was lucky enough to spot while picking up some books Friday evening. Folks from Calvin Chin's Martial Arts Academy were there to put on a show that involved:
- A lion dance
- Various martial arts demonstrations
- Some fan dances
- A lantern dance
Max was terrified by the lion dance, but mesmerized by the rest of the show, and Kira loved the whole thing. After the lion dance, they put the lion's head off to the side, and Kira spent the rest of the show pointing at it and saying, "more! more!". Kira was also really getting into the dancing and martial arts and tried a few of her own moves. When the lantern dancers came out at the end, Kira was just about overcome with desire for the costumes -- she kept reaching out and trying to get them.
This was really the first time either of ours kids has sat through any sort of performance (this show was about an hour long). They did a great job (Kira got a bit wiggly toward the end). We should do this more often!
I've put a few pictures of the show up on Flickr.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
That was some storm tonight! I got home around 5:45 or so; it wasn't terribly cold outside, it wasn't snowing, and the streets were clear. I came inside to say hello to the kids, and Max said he wanted to go outside and ride his bike and pretend to be a bus driver...
...so, we got on jackets and hats and boots, opened the door and found white-out conditions! Both kids thought that was pretty exciting. Max would open the door, make "woooooooo" surprised noises and close it quickly again; we went out and stood on the front stoop for a few minutes letting the snow blow around us and everyone thought that was great fun.
After the snow let up we did make it outside. Both kids tried using the little scooters in the snow, but it was just the wrong sort of weather...the wet snow would collect on the wheels and then freeze. Max's bike, with substantially larger wheels, worked much better, but the real fun was when we brought out the sleds. First I pulled Kira at speed around the yard, which she enjoyed tremendously, and then Max pulled Kira at substantially slower speeds around the yard.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Max is now approaching the same age, and that's both amazing and scary -- I can remember being his age, and things we do now he might remember forever!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Merriam Webster's 10th edition, which has been used for the past few years in fourth and fifth grade classrooms (for children aged nine to 10) in Menifee Union school district, has been pulled from shelves over fears that the "sexually graphic" entry [on oral sex] is "just not age appropriate", according to the area's local paper.
Oh, America. Sometimes you are a puzzling beast.
In an effort to avoid going completely stir crazy yesterday afternoon, we wandered over to the Grove St. playground. Kira, who in the past has been terrified of swings, decided to give it another go...and loved it! After some gentle swinging it was obvious she was having a lot of fun, so we played a game I used to play with Max when he was younger: I hold the swing in both hands and walk forward until it's just about as high as I can hold it, and then we would have the following conversation:
- Me: Are you ready?
- Kira: Yeah!
- Me: Are you sure?
- Kira: Yeah!
- Me: Give me a kiss!
- Kira: Yeah!
- Me: Are you ready?
- Kira: Yeah!
Max helps out
We had a complicated morning. We had folks from our oil company coming out this morning to look at our furnace, which had been misbehaving throughout the day yesterday (until a well placed thwack from my magic hand resolved the issue, apparently). Because things never happen one at a time, we also realized that one of the downspouts on the front of the house had fallen off (and was partially buried in the snow). Given today's weather forecast (flash flood watch and high wind advisory), it seemed like a rotten day to be missing a downspout. All this meant that we weren't able to following our normal morning routine.
Max did a super job of getting himself dressed and brushing his own teeth. When it was finally time for us to go, Max (and Kira) were playing out in the driveway with bicycles and scooters. Despite protests from Max a few minutes earlier, as soon as he saw me come out and start getting the bike ready he parked his own bicycle and came over to get into the trailer.
All this made a complicated morning so much simpler than it could have been! Thanks, Max!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
It was quiet when we got there, but by the time we left things had really picked up -- there was a good turnout this year. We stayed a little extra long, since Max and Kira were having tremendous fun playing. They started in the preschool room (where Kira was fascinated by Shelly the turtle) and ended up in the toddler room, wearing firefighter and construction outfits and climbing on the climbing structure.
Kira managed to disappear once or twice...the kids had pretty much free run of the center, and she was feeling pretty comfortable, so she would wander off into another room before we noticed she was gone.
Minor fusses as we were leaving, since it was such an exciting morning, but a surprisingly quiet ride home together in the trailer despite that.
A good morning!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
This accomplishes my original goal of combining my posts about Max and Kira from Facebook with earlier posts on my blog so that the entire chronology is all in one place.
It also means that I have everything squirreled away for safekeeping so that in ten years I can show the kids what I was saying about them, even if Facebook is no longer around.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Go here and authorize the application:
Code is here:
It's hosted on Google App Engine, which occasionally generates a DownloadError exception for unknown reasons; if you get this a reload usually fixes the problem.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
...so, I wrote something myself. It exports all of your Facebook notes as an Atom feed. You can find the code at http://ping.fm/uq954 It's not pretty, it will probably fail in strange and inexplicable ways, and it's largely unsuitable for anyone not already a Python developer. But it works for me, and I figured it might be useful for someone else, too.
Finally out of beta test, Netalyzr is useful for debugging weird connectivity issues and finding out what things your ISP might be doing to your connection intentionally that you don't know about.