I saw this on a friends’ blog, and I liked it. Andrea will kill me, but the contrast of her well organized, but busy nightstand and mine is, like other correspondents’, a clear view into the differences in our lives.
We were up North at the cabin last weekend, “sledding” on the lake (which really meant me pulling Eli around on a sled while Cooper whined that I didn’t ever do anything for him). Even though he had about a pound of snow down his boots and he had his mittens on backwards, E. was happy all morning.
This is Coop and Eli pretending to play “Teenage FBI” by Guided by Voices. Or, it could be “Monkey Wrench” by Foo Fighters. Coop got all Ray Davies on poor Eli and started bossing him around, telling Eli he wasn’t playing something right (I never did figure it out). But, Eli kept banging away happily.
I hope they keep doing this kind of stuff, but I also hope they learn how to play their intstruments better.
I’ve been offloading some photos from my camera, so there’ll be a couple more posts like this one coming up.
This is from about 8:30 on New Years Eve. We decided to have a family celebration this year. That meant Andrea and I picking up some really good champagne and getting the boys some fun toys to play with. Mayhem ensued. A & I got through the first bottle and to about the half-way point of the second. The boys got all the way through the bag of face paint, as you can see.
It was really interesting to see the boys’ reaction to the glasses and mustaches we drew on them. Eli loved it and cried when we tried to wash it off. Coop cried when he looked in the mirror and when Eli was laughing at his little fake facial hair and Elvis sideburns.
A friend has a beautiful home on 5 acres of land in central minnesota, a dream setting for a home, with plenty of room to make some noise. That includes an ATV. Prior to this night in August, I never rode one of these. But, of course, now I want one for me and one for each boy. And yes, I was as uncomfortable as I appear here.
And the countdown to the divorce begins! I give it about 2 years, maximum. I wish I had something funny to write, but when its this awful, you just sort of want to sit back and watch and let the bizarre speak for itself.
You might want to check this out in your free time. It’s an article from the Poynter Institute (which studies online news media) about how users “see” news websites. They worked with a vendor of eye-tracking tools to do an analysis of patters. Interesting, but not conclusive. Good introduction to eye tracking tools, though.