Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Fixing Things

I have been happily married to my husband for 11 years now. Over the years, we've each taken on our own jobs that make our marriage function. I am sure that goes for any relationship out there. One of Nick's job is to fix the "things". However, he was out of town and my printer was having some issues. So I set about tackling the problem because I really wanted the stuff to print. So I open the front cover assuming I'll find a paper jammedo. Nope, nothing there besides the four toner cartridges. I go to shut the down and it won't close. The levers are getting in the way. I see this innocent looking box on the side and think it could be causing the problem. So I pull it out, turn it over, and catastrophe strikes. Apparently that innocent box held dry toner powder which was now covering me, my chair, and had dusted the floor and the few toys Jack had played with earlier. Luckily, our chair has rollers so I wheel myself out to a safer area, stand up while powder cascades to the floor and get myself (clothes and all) into the shower where I have to rub off the ink that had seemed in. My clothes were ruined but I was able to clean everything else to salvageable condition. I've attached a picture of the chair where it poured in between my legs. I'm sure one day I'll laugh about it, but I'm not quite there yet.

Misheard Lyrics

Music is such a powerful force in my life. I love to always have the tunes on and be bopping around and singing along. This has, of course, made for plenty of times that I have sang or heard others sing the wrong thing. The moment that prompted writing this blog post happened with Jack. We stopped and listened to a live show at Worlds of Fun. This is the first time that he has ever sat through because the music is usually too loud. I agree with him too, they could knock it down by half and it'd still be fine for the hard of hearing. Nonetheless, they opened with the new hit song "Moves like Jagger". Now granted, it could be called something else because I don't listen to pop music, but if you've heard the song, you know the one I'm talking about. Of course, Jack's never hear of
Jagger, so he inserted the word that made sense to him. So he looks me and sings "He's got the moves like Joker". I laughed and thought of all the times I'd heard wrong lyrics:
--Talk to me like mothers do. Mother's should have been lovers. But hey, the kid was only 8 or so
--Shake it like a Polaroid camera. Clearly it should have said picture, but it just came out wrong
--Doop, Doop, dowa, Doop. Should have been. Duke, Duke, Duke of Earl. Don't ask. I don't know. However, I didn't realize that and the next mistake until my early 20's.
--Maxwell, Jump. I guess I thought I was an ode to someone, like Roxanne. Might as well jump just doesn't have the same ring.
--Oh give the big boys, instead of give me the beat boys.

I also love the classic when you are singing along to the song and you hit a string of lyrics you don't understand do you just mumble through.

I am sure there more for me to remember, but I'm drawing a blank at the moment.

What's some of your misheard lyric stories?

Tuesday, 14 August 2012


Jack has always loved this game. I remember him being a toddler standing there, trying with all his might to get that ball up the runway. He'd spend a good 10 minutes before asking me to help. Fast forward 2 1/2 yrs and I've got quite the little baller on my hands. He was scoring better than most of the older kids playing. I guess all his persistence finally paid off. Below are pics from his latest adventure.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Making up Games

Some things about parenting are better than others. Watching your child acquire new skills and master old ones. While some of Jack's behavior is currently driving me bonkers, I love that he is making up games. I snapped a couple of pictures while we were in the middle of some of his newest creations. Since, I'm doing this on the iPhone, I can't add pics in the middle, but the first picture is of Adding Dice Neighbor and the second is Tron Tag.

How to play Adding Dice Neighbor: Necessary Supplies: 2 or 3 players, 4 dice, 4 poker chips a person. Two players start by each rolling a pair of dice. Add them up to see who has the higher number. In case of a tie, reroll. Lower number must put a poker chip in the pot. If playing with three players, the loser must give his dice to the remaining player. Play continues until only one player has chips remaining.

How to play Tron Tag:
Necessary Supplies: Putting Frisbees for each player, something for base (we used hula hoops). Each player must come off their base during the round. They become out by being hit by another players disc. Each round last until only one player has not been hit. We played that each player got four hearts before being eliminated from the round. Go until only one player remains.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

My Little Super Hero

Jack has hit a phase where he is in love with all super heroes. He is conflicted as to his favorite his. His current talk is that he wants to be Iron Man for Halloween, but I think that's just because he wants the fancy helmet, he's been eyeing at Walmary. Here he is in the Batman costume that we've pieced together. He can rescue me any time!