June Writing Update

June 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

I want to talk to you about motivation. I’m having issues. I’m not sure if I should be blaming e-Lou for these issues but there’s no denying that something is different.

I’m usually the kind of girl who gets all over goals. I set them, I achieve them. If I think of it, I pat myself on the back while dreaming up new things to achieve. Except now I don’t give a hoot. I have these goals and my interim benchmarks are slipping by unmet. Which happens sometimes, I know. But this time it’s different. This time I can honestly say, I just don’t care.

I try to worry about this with my friends but they won’t have it. They’re quick to blame e-Lou. They also say I shouldn’t be so hard on myself or else just “it’s summer!” This is when I say, “I agree!”  (I don’t care, remember?) I’m just interested in how different it feels. It’s strange.

At any rate, here are my metrics for June. I’m sort of on track. My words written is suffering like crazy. If this keeps up, I might have to adjust downward. 

Who cares!!

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What Hike Likes: Boats on Cars

June 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ever since we brought Loonacy home from the cabin on top of our family car, Hiram has been pretty obsessed with boats on top of cars. He points them out while we’re out driving and likes to have us draw pictures like this:

He also stacks blocks and other cars on top of his toy cars to reenact the scenario. I know I say this all the time, but I am in love with the “pretend phase”. I hope it lasts forever.

Painting a Day = Yahooo!

June 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

I am so excited! Megan is planning another summer season of paintings a day. The first one was on June 21, Summer Solstice, and it’s beautiful.

You can check in on her here all summer: http://meganmooreart.blogspot.com/

Enjoy!

The Birthday of Bradly

June 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

This weekend we celebrated Brad’s birthday! The weather was rainy but by the end we had resolved to have fun outside anyway. The result: swimming and a picnic in the actual rain last night. Oh well.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the weekend. The worst part about a weekend is the sad-stomach-ache I get on Mondays. I guess I should be glad I love my weekends so much.

Here are B and H eating oatmeal at Nina’s in St. Paul. Yep, Brad picked oatmeal for his birthday morning breakfast. This isn’t something I expect you to understand unless you’ve tried this stuff. Hiram ate all of his and then some of mine and Brad’s.  

Cute picture of Brad but “bad” picture of the horses who were pulling us in this wagon at the St. Paul Farmer’s Market. We could have gotten to our car faster on our own feet, but what fun is that?

H and B in their Birthday…hats! Thanks Giki and Bumpa!

Reading “Brad’s” new book (“My Daddy and Me!”) in Hiram’s igloo tent (which was pitched in desperation after Hike’s 18th request to ride his bike. Outside. In the rain.)

Lemon Poppy-seed Birthday Cake + Candles = An almost insurmountable distraction from dinner time peas.

These are technically “out of scope” for birthday pictures, but still part of the weekend and still cute. The first one is of Hiram looking at a turtle on our canoe trip with Loonacy yesterday. The other two are from Friday Pizza Night with Megan and Patrick.

Oh man. So much fun this weekend.

Cirque du Soleil

June 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

Last weekend, Brad and I went to see Cirque du Soleil’s bug-themed Ovo and it was quite awesome.

We both have such fond memories of the Kooza show we saw in 2009. The circumstances were pretty different then (Hike was a newborn and “fun” free minutes together were few and far between) so I was a little worried it wouldn’t be as awesome no matter how good it was. But I didn’t need to worry. It was as awesome. Even without sleep and fun deprivation.

As always, the show was filed with stuff that just made you sit there and wonder who thinks of this stuff. Here are a few photos I pulled of their site of my favorite acts:

A dancing caterpillar guy.

A bug that balances on one arm (not to mention all kinds of other extra curriculars).

People bouncing up a wall off hidden turbo-trampolines.

This show was a good, good time. As usual, it kind of makes me want to join the circus.

The Snowy Day

June 23, 2011 § 1 Comment

I’m sure all of you are familiar with this awesome book by Ezra Jack Keats. It’s one I remember reading as a little girl. Now, thanks to a gift for Hiram from my good friend, it’s one he will remember reading too.

Hiram loves snow. He’s one of the few people I know (OK, the only person I know) who actually felt our last winter was snatched away from him prematurely. Which is why I think he likes reading this story about a little boy and his big snow adventure. He likes to point out the snow. He likes to listen to the words. He is intrigued by the slightly abstract-looking pictures.

My favorite part of reading this story is getting to the last page. I like the last page more than I ever did as a kid because on the last page, the little boy asks his friend to come along with him for a second day of playing in the snow. Here they are heading out.

The first time we read this story, Hiram and I had this conversation about this page:

Hiram (pointing to the boy on the right): “What’s that?”

Me: “That’s Peter’s friend.”

Hiram: “Josh?” (Josh is Daddy’s friend)

Me: “Yes, a friend like Josh”

Hiram (pointing to the boy on the left): “Daddy?”

Me: “Yes, we can say that’s Daddy.”

Now when we read this story, Hiram never misses identifying Josh and Daddy on the last page. That is dang cute, don’t you agree?

Facts about Hippos

June 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

I’m doing a little research for a new story I’m writing and thought you might find these to be interesting facts about hippos.

  • Hippos can open their mouths up to be 4 feet wide. This is why they look like they are always smiling (and why it is possible for them to swallow a man whole.)  
  • Hippos have an oil in their skin that turns them pink and acts like sunscreen. It also has antibiotic properties which is handy because sometimes Hippos bite each other’s tails off to show dominance.
  • Hippos can listen/communicate above and below water at the same time.
  • Hippos have no natural predators (other than man) and they are endangered.
  • Hippos conceal their nostrils when they go underwater (like a blowhole). This is one of the clues that helped scientists confirm that they are related to whales and not pigs.

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