Monthly Archives: June 2010

Not parasites. More like symbionts.

I think it’s a fairly widely-accepted truth that part of a parent’s job is making sure the little monsters eat properly. Maybe your kids are more virtuous, but mine would never eat anything but M&Ms and french fries without my shrill gentle guidance. Okay, maybe the occasional Dorito. For fiber.

But I noticed something interesting when the kids were in Germany for ten days last month. Generally, when they’re home, I fill the dishwasher every day, and there’s a pretty reasonable assortment of dishes in there. While the kids were gone, I only ran the dishwasher every three days. Not because it was full, oh no.

Because that’s how long it took us to run out of coffee cups and ramen bowls.

Huh. So it looks like the little monsters are returning the favor. Egad, what will happen when they grow up and move out? Before we had kids, we ate like college students because we were, and we had the metabolism to match. A college-student diet with middle-aged bodies? The mind boggles…

Song du jour of the day: could only be Eat It, by Weird Al Yankovic.


How do job interviews in the Netherlands work?

… asks Chris V, and answering that gives me a Theme to address, rather than a list of random happenings like the last entry. I think it’s best to write about one thing, it gives a post a sort of cohesiveness, which is good for someone who is usually Queen of the Non Sequitur (thanks, DrBob, for that – it’s my second-favorite description of me). Continue reading


and what a month it was…n’t

Whoops, there went May. Um, it was warm and sunny in April but May was mostly cool and rainy.

There was a garbage strike.

The kids went to Germany for a week and stayed an extra day because ash from Eyafjallajökull delayed their flight, that was a nuisance.

I had a job interview, still don’t know if I got the job.

DrBob went to Salzburg for a couple days and lost his new cel phone.

Lilu keeps catching frogs and bringing them inside. Alive. Ick.

In other news, there are no hardware stores open past midnight in the Village.

Srsly, y’all. I’m sorry I haven’t written, but you haven’t missed much.