Archive for September, 2009

you think this will work? music inspiration

September 28th, 2009

I’ve posted before about my music lesson dilemma. Both of my children are really singy, but I’d like to get them interested in an external instrument like, say, guitar. Maybe this video will inspire them (or you?).

am I raising a foodie?

September 28th, 2009

The thought crosses my mind when I scan the sushi bill and my 5-year-old son’s salmon sashimi is more than half the cost of our dinner for four, “Am I raising a foodie?” Is it normal for a child to request carrots and hummus as a snack. To snub tootsie rolls in favor of a […]

silly shoe experiment day 3: walking funny

September 28th, 2009

Though our run was short, it apparently left an effect on me. At 1 AM I hobbled down the steps from my room and felt calf pain. Today, my feet are a little (muscular) sore. Doug is limping around like he put in some serious mileage.

silly shoe exp. day 2: giant gecko

September 27th, 2009

These shoes look silly. Really silly. I’ll spare us all the embarrassment of photos. The Vibram Five Finger shoes consist of a shock resistant rubber sole contoured in the shape of a standard footbed with 5 distinct toes. There are a number of different shoe models varying mainly in the amount of lycra in the […]

looking for gold

September 27th, 2009

We are planning to take the kids to the Gold Country to pan for gold in mid October. My internet research has been much like panning for gold. Many cities in California share the 49’r history, and most of them are proud to mention that in their chamber of commerce page, but very few still […]

the experiment: new shoes

September 26th, 2009

There have been a few articles recently extolling the miracle of barefoot running, claiming that our padded high-tech shoes have been doing us a disservice, that all the engineering is making us more injury prone. This may be true. This may also be horse pucky. I’m thinking it is the latter. We’re going to find […]

I want you

September 26th, 2009

I’m certainly enjoying what different people my littles are. Where Will is sweet and thoughtful – the child that, knowing I wasn’t well this week, fought the urge to run ahead to the playground on our hike up to his school instead staying back to hold my hand; Sylvie is adventurous and independent – the […]

paint and fixtures

September 16th, 2009

We took advantage of the especially long weekend over Labor Day weekend to get a few things completed around the house. Our garage now matches the house (mostly). And finally we replaced the skeleton of the fake woodgrained 60s light fixture in our kitchen with a more modern and highly tactilely pleasing blow-fish looking pedant […]

the marshmallow test

September 15th, 2009

Amusing video of a re-enactment of the famous marshmallow test originally performed at Stanford. In the study, children were given one marshmallow and promised a second if they could wait, without eating the first marshmallow. See how the kids did: Oh, The Temptation from Steve V on Vimeo.

I think she is the brains

September 1st, 2009

Overheard Sylvie get reprimanded at school for jumping off the loft stairs into the arms of a teacher. When he told her that he wasn’t going to catch her again, she stubbornly responded, “Well, I’ll fall.”