Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Conversation from 2 minutes ago, after watching a cartoon with a mother-in-law character:

Jessica: Who's my mother-in-law?

Laura: You don't have one. You don't get one till you get married.

Jessica: How old do I have to be to get married?

Laura (not missing a beat): 25.
Editor's note: I actually thought about telling her 30.

Jessica: How many years till I'm 25?

Laura (feeling very satisfied): 17.

Friday, February 3, 2012


Children love pets. Me, I'm a cat person. We currently have 5 cats in the house, 2 permanent, 3 foster. I'm all pet-ted out. When the children started clamoring for more pets, I steered them towards their father.

My recommended approach was this: ask for a dog, beg for a dog, plead for a dog, settle for a mouse. It worked! About a month ago, Hari bought them each a little white mouse.

Their names? Jewel and Firefighter / Pirate Ship (with the "slash" pronounced).

Guess who named which mouse?

For the record, Firefighter "slash" Pirate Ship was subsequently renamed to something which I can't remember but had only one syllable.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Top Secret

Somewhere, Jessica got the idea that she needed a diary. A diary with a lock. Then of course, I had to get one for Xander. These are not easy to find. I ended up ordering them online, a princess diary for Jessica and a pirate diary for Xander. With locks.

While we were looking for one, we saw an ad for invisible pens.  Jessica thought this was a great idea. I got her one of those too. When they arrived, she immediately started writing with her invisible ink in her locked diary. I asked her what she was writing about. She wouldn't tell me.

The diary came with 2 keys. Two small keys. I put Xander's on an elastic string to wear around his wrist but I ran out and couldn't find more so we just had to be careful with Jessica's keys.

This morning Jessica told me: "I don't have to worry about losing my key anymore."

"Why not?" I asked.

She showed me. The key to the lock was attached to the diary with a pipe cleaner. I don't think she's quite clear on the concept .