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redfox
Blefuscu
I am a small furry animal, but unfortunately not the sweet and adorable kind.
Interests: food, crosswords, drink, biting, pragmatics, polysyndeton, fat novels, 1906, 1932, looking peevish
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Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2013 on Candygram at Adventures in the Pointless Forest
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Today Jane asked, as we walked toward the park to meet up with her friend from school, "When will all the people go?" "What, our friends who are coming for dinner later?" "No! ALL the people." "All what people?" "ALL the people!! When will they GO?" "Go?" "Yes, like before there were any people at all. When will they go?" Oh. You mean the extermination of the human race. Of course. How silly of me. "Well, no one knows, but probably not for a long time." "Why not?" "Well, there are a lot of people." "They could get eaten by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2013 at Adventures in the Pointless Forest
Hooray! Also, THANK YOU for reading and commenting when I provide such a feeble little trickle of content.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2013 on Now we know. at Adventures in the Pointless Forest
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The other day I was on the bus and found myself in conversation with two little girls, aged about 4 and 9. After a couple of minutes of chat, the littler one held out her finger and said "YOLO." I touched her finger with my finger. This seemed to be the correct countermove, but incomplete. So I looked at them without taking my finger away, and waited. Older one: Now you have to say "true, true." Me: OK! True, true. Littler one, satisfied, withdrew her finger. Older one: You know what YOLO means? Me: You only live once? Older one:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2013 at Adventures in the Pointless Forest
Jane sang a song today about her toy fox, Foxy, prompted by an earlier discussion regarding the difference between a cow and a bull: I am a girl with a penis Girl with a penis E I E I O Also a butt. And how are you? Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2013 at Adventures in the Pointless Forest
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Mar 9, 2013
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Jane turned three! How can that be? It happens even to the best of us, I'm told. Does it always come with these bouts of KEENING SOUNDS and shoe throwing? I hope that is supposed to be usual, because it certainly is at our house. But aside from these small lapses, we are all pretty pleased with life overall, I would say. Just now Jane informed me that she was going to read Goodnight Moon to me. It went like this: I read it to you. Yes. Yes. Hmmmm... and, and... A whole lot of things happen. Hinga hinga hinga... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at Adventures in the Pointless Forest
I am very glad I am not the only one going around saying "ICE BURN" all too often!
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It is so very vexing, L. I should line up all my stupid disintegrating shirts and photograph them for posterity. Except that it would just fill me with impotent rage. Elsa, this is a highly gratifying response! I hope you toppled onto something soft and yielding.
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The most depressing day of the year! Allegedly. It was not too bad, here, though we've all had better ones. We slept extremely poorly last night. Poor Jane spend most of the night wailing and sobbing in our bed, and could not explain why. I kept asking her if something hurt, but she just seemed confused and inconsolable. Then whenever she would drop off for a moment, Steve would have a coughing fit. It was quite something. In the morning, she was tired and feeble (as were we) and generally a little inclined to dissolve into tears (we managed to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2013 at Adventures in the Pointless Forest
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Me: Those little bowls are for condiments. Jane: Of the house? Quite. Christmas was pleasant, as it canonically is supposed to be. I was I think only once compelled to refer to it as "Fuckwad" (merry fuckwad). Sweets were made, presents were exchanged, carols and murder ballads were sung, friends and family joined in pleasing harmony, et cetera. Now the semester is about to begin, the really-truly winter has arrived and with it its associated Stockholm Syndrome reactions (today it is THIRTY-SEVEN DEGREES FARENHEIT, break out the sundresses), and I have a nice lingering racking cough to go with it.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at Adventures in the Pointless Forest
What kind of linguistic sense does it fail to make?
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2012 on Deo Volente at Julia
My wonder drug for migraines turned out to be beta blockers. Then I stopped taking them to get pregnant (fortunately for me pregnancy also was a wonder drug for my migraines) and haven't had to get serious about them again since then but if I do I am running back into the loving arms of beta blockers as fast as I can scurry. Everyone is different, of course, but I mention it because I think many doctors aren't up on that option yet and also it is not every headache remedy that has the convenient side effects of reducing anxiety and irritableness. So handy.
Toggle Commented Dec 18, 2012 on What Barbie Said at Julia
STEVE and I are chatting away about something in the front seats of the car. In the back seat, JANE is looking out the window or something, keeping her own counsel. ABRUPTLY: JANE: eysbrn ME: What? JANE: EYSBRN ME: What? JANE: Ice. Burn. ME: Ohhh, ice burn.* STEVE: "Ice burn!" is what you say when someone says something mean but funny about you. ME: Mean and funny and true! JANE: Yes. Ice burn. When you have ice sometimes they burn. US: Uh huhhh? JANE: And then you can't see. Ice burn! STEVE (light dawns): Oh! Like when you cut up... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2012 at Adventures in the Pointless Forest
Frances in fact figures so large in our household that we are required to carry on extensive imaginary telephone conversations with Frances multiple times per week! That lunch is marvelous. The doily is a nice touch. I am also quite taken with the hamper lunch in Best Friends for Frances.
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2012 on Of the house at Adventures in the Pointless Forest
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Thank you! It is a great (in the sense of large and in the sense of splendid) surprise to me that anyone cares.
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2012 on Oh good. at Adventures in the Pointless Forest
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It's cold outside. Worse, it's cold in that sneaky December way that makes me think, "Well, maybe winter's not so totally dreadful," when ha ha ha the joke is on me because December really is just late fall or maybe prewinter, and I should just wait until January and then oh fuck February, and oh dear also March. Then even April is not spring but merely prespring. Dammit. At least the part where it is dark all the time is nearing its apogee, or nadir, depending on how you look at it. Afternoons and evenings can be a bit of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2012 at Adventures in the Pointless Forest
Phytohaemagglutinin may allegedly be the name of a poisonous compound found in undercooked kidney beans, but I think it is obvious to everyone that it is actually either: a. The sound you make when you have just eaten an undercooked kidney bean, or b. A fancy word for 'hairballs'. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at Adventures in the Pointless Forest
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Traditionally I am a big hater of the return to Standard Time, because it is depressing when the sun sets in what becomes more and more the middle of the afternoon, but traditionally I have not had to get up in time to have a relaxing breakfast while also wrestling a small child into her clothing and getting her out the door to preschool, and... actually it is kind of magnificent how much easier it has been to wake up in the mornings this week, so I may be revising my opinion on this matter. Also, Halloween was delayed around... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2012 at Adventures in the Pointless Forest
(a) I am so happy about the daily posts! (b) Annette, you flatter and delight me, maybe even to the point that I might in fact post something. (c) Erica, fall is totally great and actually I have to confess that getting up in the morning has been SO MUCH nicer this week that maybe I don't mind losing the light evenings too much after all.
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2012 on Land Under Cultivation at Julia
Actually, it's the end of Daylight Saving Time, and you got an extra hour of life! The unfortunate truth is that Daylight Saving is in fact the good time (long evenings etc.), and Standard Time is the bad one.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2012 on Land Under Cultivation at Julia
They're good right away!
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2012 on Belgian pears, not from Belgium at The Hungry Tiger
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I feel it's very important to leave one's child at home and go to the office so that one can spend one's time there drawing silly pictures about one's child. And Batman. Don't you? It goes like this: "Nooooo, I no want that!" "What do you want?" "Bread and JAM." "But that is bread and jam." "Waaaaghghghgh!" Then Batman comes over and says something snide, and that totally takes care of it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2012 at Adventures in the Pointless Forest
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I'm sorry, have we met? Since I last wrote anything, we bought a house and moved 3/4 of the way across the country and I started a new, tenure-track job. Gee whiz! And as of this weekend, we have actually unpacked every box, down to the last picture frame, which is something we didn't manage to do either of the last two times we moved. I miss Santa Barbara, our old place, our friends there, and our routines. I also miss the avocados and my lime tree. But... the new house is large and lovely and belongs to us (!)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2012 at Adventures in the Pointless Forest
It turns out that it is because one now lives with a two-foot-tall mad genius set designer and wardrobe director. Our remote control is currently lovingly wrapped in two thirds of a sheet of crumpled white paper, secured with a rubber band. The handkerchiefs are mostly in use as bulky diapers (folded and tucked by me, on demand -- "Diaper please") wrapped around the hind ends of toy cars. There is now always a full laundry basket at the foot of our bed, excellently positioned for tripping on and swearing at, because Jane is short and our bed is tall,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2012 at Adventures in the Pointless Forest