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Thursday, November 20, 2014

#throwbackthursday


From my Quixotic pre-Selectman days.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Broadcast From The Future

Hecate has an interesting exercise:

One of the most powerful magical acts that I know is to take some time and really envision the life that you’d like to be leading five years from now...Where do you live? What time do you wake up? Who do you see throughout the day? What do you wear? What occupies your time? What things that are currently in your life are banished? Journal or draw or dance all of it.

Now, ask yourself what underlying assumptions you’ve made. For example, do you assume you can turn on the tap and get clean, potable water? That you have access to medical care including birth control? That you can communicate without Big Brother listening?

I would've not even considered the water issue, if we had not lost a controller for our well pump this summer which caused a couple days of more complicated life living as we did in simpler times.  Not to mention the time just before Xmas a couple years back when we were without hot water for weeks because of gas company shenanigans.  

And health care?  I assume we will still have it thanks to being Vermonters, but I'm getting a little worried that our move to single-payer by 2017 might be derailed.

I will have to ponder this further.  I'm not sure 5 years ago I could've imagined the life we have today.

ntodd

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Snowydayblogging


Make way for Mila!


I've decided to join a monastery.


Furio seems unconcerned about my new career path.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

#throwbackthursday


Missing the old girl something fierce today for no particular reason.

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Saturday, November 08, 2014

Photos Don't Lie, People Do

I have a real problem with this essay:

No one’s life is just pumpkin patches and happy outings, but there’s no mention of the mediocrity- the exasperated expression we give our spouse when we’re stressed and tired and he forgot to do the one thing we asked of him, the countless children’s fights broken up, complaints whined, the orders shouted. We don’t post status updates about our kids’ failures or struggles, only trophies and achievements. We don’t post about the times we don’t get to the gym, don’t prepare a Pinterest-worthy dinner, don’t feel up for a family outing.

We fail to mention that we snapped at the kids in the pumpkin patch because all we wanted was one good picture and that shouldn’t be too much to ask for; that we spent most of the time at the aquarium in a desperate search for a bathroom, first for one kid and then the other because she didn’t think she had to go when we were just in there; or that shortly before we went out for ice cream cones our kids asked if we are getting divorced because they overheard us arguing.

I’m not suggesting that we all must either stop posting happy photos or start posting about some of our lesser moments. Of course we want to share the cute apple picking shots and our trip to Disney. But, as we rely more and more on platforms like Facebook to maintain our friendships, and less and less on phone calls and actual get-togethers, we are only seeing a narrow view of our friends’ lives. Without ever seeing the full picture, soon we wonder: everyone else is so happy all the time, why aren’t I? What am I doing wrong?

First of all, I'm not sure that, even if people only posted unicorns and rainbows, we'd only see so narrow a view of our friends' lives.  It's simply one view in the public sphere.  Seeing how they see themselves and/or as they want to be seen, is still a significant component of all lives.

What's more, I'm fairly sure we all know that everyone poops.  And has bad days.  So who the fuck cares if folks share only the good things?  Maybe they just want to celebrate positive stuff and not dwell on the not so fun.  There's always more negative undercurrents, and we don't need to know the details to be friends, online or otherwise.

And I don't know who this person's friends are, but I see all sorts of bad shit posted.  Death.  Frustration about family.  Job losses and rejected resumes.  Photo fails.  Whatever.

Seems to me the whole essay says more about the author's issues than any problem with how people interact on Facebook.  So yeah, she should wonder what she's doing wrong.

ntodd

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Monday, November 03, 2014

Monday Goofballblogging


Sadie carried her bro's backpack home today.


Because Sam's arms have gone missing.

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Parenthood Is A Zero-sum Game

Indeed, trying to do something to support families who have more than one breadwinner by giving them better care and education options for their kids so certain parents don't have to take a pay cut is a slam against stay-at-home-moms.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Only A True Waistline Can Save The Princess

More of this, please:

Buzzfeed's Loryn Brantz decided to digitally edit six famous Disney ladies -- Ariel ("The Little Mermaid"), Pocahontas ("Pocahontas"), Jasmine ("Aladdin"), Belle ("Beauty and the Beast"), Aurora ("Sleeping Beauty") and Elsa ("Frozen") -- to show what the cartoon heroines would look like if they had more realistic physical proportions. After all, since these characters are supposed to represent people in films made for children, they should probably look more like real people, right?
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Last year, artist Meridith Viguet got some press for a tutorial she created on how to draw a Disney-friendly version of a princess. Disney's animated female figures, she noted, typically have long, slender necks; "demure" shoulders; B- or C-cup breasts and "soft but very defined" waists. But don't look for hips, because Disney princesses tend not to have them, Viguet pointed out in her tutorial, using Meg from "Hercules" as an example. "[H]er curves DON'T come from having really round hips, but from connecting the top of her legs (which are at their widest) to a slim waist," Viguet writes of Meg.

A real woman, however, has a thicker neck, wider shoulders and a less defined waist with actual hips.

I hope when this 2yo princess grows up, she'll scold Disney.

ntodd

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursdaysadieblogging


Footrace with Little C on the way to pick up the big kids.


Dancing at the playground after Quiet Time.


Rolling down the hill before heading home.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Learning The Alphabetimus Spell From Harry Potter


I asked Sam who that is and he said, "you!"  Okay, Daniel can play me in the biopic.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

They Don't Seem To Ever Learn

Thin red lines on a
child's small fingers: hard teachers
are the kitty's claws.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Queen Fucking Elsa Agrees

I'm sure one day our children will accidentally use "at-home words" in public.  Hardly a sin compared to the societal obstacles our daughter faces as she grows up (and influences that, despite our best intentions, compelled her to choose a queen costume for Halloween).  Fuck that sexist shit.

ntodd

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday Halloweenblogging


Why so grim? Bumblebee might be worried about losing the Cake Walk. Seriously, there was great angst. Then the boy won a bunch of yummy cupcakes.


Last one to the party doesn't get any sugar!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

#throwbackthursday


Last year's pic (with a little weird perspective from cam phone) for comparison.

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Say 'Cheese!'


School pics came back!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday Woodsblogging


As usual, Furio came with us to pick up Sam at school.


As usual, Sadie didn't keep her jacket on long, nor wanted the low hanging leaves.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Highlights


Excitement builds as the big sibs line up after school yesterday.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Childhood's End


The big bouncy chair is going to a new home.  Amazingly, it survived use by both our children.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Scenes From A Soft Morning


Phones suck at capturing celestial bodies, but the colors around the waning moon were lovely this morning.


We found a hula hoop on the soccer field.


How can you not run home on such a warm day?

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Presbyterianski

A relative sent me a 1922 piece she discovered about "The Jewish Situation in America," which included this picture and caption:

A CHRISTIAN BIBLE CLASS OF RUSSIAN JEWS
The Leader, Mr. Abram Pritsky, has recently returned from Russia.

Dude in the middle is Abram, my great-grandfather who came over in 1913, flanked by his wife on the left (um...his right).  He apparently made the theological publications a couple times at least.  Probably by design to cover his activities getting more Jews out of tsarist and commie Russia over the years.  Or because American Christians found converted Slavic Jews to be a novelty.

Anyway, I never knew this picture existed (let alone the articles), even though a cropped version only showing the Pritskys currently hangs in our hallway.  Neat!

All of this stuff has also corroborated some family lore, while on occassion contradicting certain elements of the timeline that had been passed down.  The things you learn...

ntodd

PS--My grandfather was born in the US, and naturally spoke English, but was forced by his father to learn Russian (which helped him in the Army during WWII).  The lessons involved translating the Bible.  Fun!

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