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The kids were watching the Go Fish music/concert video and “This Little Light of Mine” came on. After listening for a minute, Kaelin suddenly became very concerned.
“No! No, they can’t let it shine! It will run out of batteries!”1 comment.
(Well, best medical quote anyway…)
And you thought Advil was harmless…
(emphasis added by me)
Headache powders, pain killers, opiates, sedatives and hypnotics may paralyze brain and nerves into temporary insensibility; but, if due to constitutional causes, the pain, nervousness and insomnia will always return with redoubled force. If taken habitually, these agents invariably tend to create heart disease and paralysis, and ultimately develop the patient into a dope fiend.
…Each drug breeds new disease symptoms which are in their turn “cured” by other poisons, until the insane asylum or merciful death rings down the curtain on the tragedy of a ruined life.
This and other nuggets of medical wisdom are available in Dr. Henry Lindlahr’s book, Natural Therapies.
Other highlights include:
- How white blood cells are actually evil pathogens and only look like cells because they are squeezed into that shape as they pass through the spleen.
- How masturbation is the fault of parents for engaging in sexual activity while the woman was pregnant
- How every ailment you suffer is a result of your own violation of the laws of nature
“Daddo, can this puppy be my supponsibility?”2 Comments
Kaelin’s birthday was a roaring success, even though there was no actual “party.”
We started the day off at Two Sisters bakery, where she got to have a brownie for breakfast.
The highlight of MY day was the old guy at the table next to us, who honestly mistook me for Kaelin’s sister and got all confused when I thought he was joking.
Next, Kaelin and Jens headed off to church while I stayed home to tackle a little surprise project. See, one of the things Kaelin has mentioned that she really misses about Texas is her room. And I can’t blame her, she had a cool room. Her room in this house looks like your grandmother’s guest room. The walls are a drab grey-green, and the furniture is a mismatched assortment of IKEA and stuff you’d find on Craigslist. The bedding is green and flowery with golden-yellow sheets.
So while I didn’t have the means to completely make over her room, I did what I could with a new bedding set and window valance. On a side note, do you know that it’s surprisingly DIFFICULT to find little kid bedding to fit a queen size bed?
I did realize a little too late that I was short a curtain rod, so I couldn’t put any window treatments on the big window. Also, I wish I had gotten some wall decorations.
I wanted to film her reaction when she walked in (we didn’t tell her about it beforehand) but I’m stoopid and had the camera ON when I was walking into the room and then turned it OFF when I was supposed to be filming. That turned out to be ok though, because it was the most anti-climatic reaction to a surprise she’s ever given in her life. YAY, Look at me making a SUCCEED out of two MOM FAILS!*
After they came back from church, we headed off to a great lunch at Fat Olives, where Kaelin stuffed herself with pasta.
Then it was time to come home for cake…
And then, of course, presents…
One of the things I love about my daughter is that she is so much fun to give to. Her excitement over receiving a toy or a gift is often, to me anyway, disproportional to the actual level warranted by said gift. It’s awesome.
She starts expressing her “Thank you’s” before she has any idea what’s even in the package, and by the time she has it unwrapped, she’s practically jumping out of her seat.
The previously mentioned earthworm farm was also popular, but apparently you have to send off for your worms via mail. So we’ll have to wait a while before delving into the joys of worm raising.
Koren, meanwhile, started his descent into the depths of toddler DOOM because he skipped his nap. Suddenly in late afternoon, he went from:
Kaelin remained in good spirits throughout the evening and ended her Birthday sugar-and-carbs high by consuming a bowl of ice cream. Blame her father, I had nothing to do with that one.
*as it turns out, she really does like the new room, she was just preoccupied with her puppy. The new room got more kudos when it was time to go to bed.Leave a Comment
Good: Doing a bunch of sit-ups
Bad: Contracting some kind of head-congesty coughing syndrome
Ugly: Having sore stomach muscles from too many sit-ups so that each time I descend into another coughing fit, it feels like someone is kicking me in the gut.
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Fred Keller and Judy Foster worked on the vehicle for 11 months, using the base of a 1976 Mazda B1600 pickup truck.
Ever miss your childhood days riding around in a red wagon?
I suppose there are worse ways to relive your childhood.
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You know that mom thing where you use the kid’s first AND middle name to signify that they are ABOUT TO CROSS THE LINE INTO SERIOUS POOPY?
I am totally guilty of that.
In fact, my son actually thinks his name is Korenjames.
Which is either a testament to how often I am THIS CLOSE to stringing him up by his feet, or a testament to how often he deserves it.
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One of the noticeable pieces of Eskimo culture is that there’s a strong history of storytelling. When folks get together, they tell stories of funny things that happened last year, 10 years ago, or when their parents were young. And no matter how many times a story has been told and retold, it gets the same uproarious laughter when the punchline is reached.
When Jens’ family gets together, approximately 50% of the conversation consists of stories or updates about people from Unalakleet. Having no visual or experiential point of reference whatsoever, when the conversation veers that way my eyes typically glaze over and I start thinking about whatever project I’m currently trying to muddle my way through, while half-listening with one ear.
So I was really pumped about finally MEETING some of these people and being able to put faces and places to the names. Here are just a few…
Like most small villages, there are a few prevalent family lines, and everybody seems to be related in one way or another. Also, everybody knows everything about each other. A person’s last name says as much about them as a resume. And people seem to have very long memories. Many of them even remembered Jens’ grandparents, who were teachers in the village for a few years back when Jens’ dad was kid.
(to be continued … )Leave a Comment