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11 April 2009 @ 10:15 pm

Today in the car home from the Caffe Lena Poetry Festival, Nadia suddenly took exception to being in her car seat and began demanding to be out of it. After we reiterated all the reasons why she knows full well that won't happen in a moving car, she resorted to "eh eh eh" whining.

In an attempt at distraction, Robin said "Is there a monkey in the car?"

She replied, with full-tilt melodrama, "No, it's your Nani, struggling and struggling to get out of her seat."

It doesn't translate to print so well, but Robin and I laughed for a full five minutes.


Also, the most hysterically cute thing I've seen for months was Nadia and Zack sharing one of the chairs outside of the Ultraviolet Cafe, looking deep into each other's eyes while Zack murmured at her, "Playground. Plaaayground."

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06 March 2009 @ 02:50 pm
Seeking funny stories of the most bizarre/trivial reasons for a toddler tantrum...
03 March 2009 @ 10:20 pm
Nadia: "Milk!"

Robin: "I think you just want milk because you're bored."

Nadia (wails): "Noooooooooo!"

Robin: "OK. It was a theory."

Nadia (cheerfully): "No, it was a yell."
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27 February 2009 @ 03:36 pm

For all of lunchtime, through nap, Nadia declared that she was pretend Zack, Becca was Zack's mama, and I was Zack's mommy.

Becca asked what that would make Daddy when he came home.

With no pause, Nadia said cheerily, "A cow!!!"

(Um, kombu, yip95  is there something we should know?)

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Someday your friends will find this: Toddlers in Love

(It should be noted that I originally pitched this for their "bad parent" column and thought I was writing it for that, so my concerns are probably a bit overstated. Also, I wrote it several months ago and Babble decided to hold it for V-day. Those of you know know them will be able to tell it's a bit out of date.)

13 February 2009 @ 09:08 pm

Nadia (as a non-sequitor to the ongoing conversation): Maybe it's because you didn't want to read the dinosaur book!

Becca: I didn't know the dinosaur book was on the table.

Nadia: It's not! It's on the couch.

Becca: (attempts to explain phrase "on the table," which probably goes over Nadia's head)

a minute or two later...

Nadia (muttering under her breath to herself). I'm hungry. Maybe a real table would help.

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09 February 2009 @ 08:39 pm

Nadia, waking up in bed: "I'm chilly!"

Me: "OK, come here under the comforter."

Nadia: "No, I want raisins!"

Me: "That's not going to help with being chilly."

Nadia: "It will if you put them in the microwave!"

(We tried it. It didn't help. We moved on to slippers and had more success.)

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05 February 2009 @ 09:44 am
Nadia, stirring after we'd thought she'd fallen asleep: "I want you to carry me somewhere!"

Me: "Where?"

Nadia: "Somewhere out of this room!"

Me: "Well, it's sleeping time, so we're going to stay in the bed. But you can go somewhere in your dreams. How about you pick a place, and close your eyes and think about what it looks like and what you'll do there?"

Nadia: (brief pause in which I foolishly think she's taking my advice)

Nadia: (Howl of protest)

Me: What's wrong?

Nadia: I want to dream about CATERPILLARS!!
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27 January 2009 @ 10:43 am
Simon Eccles, then chairman of the junior doctors’ committee of the
British Medical Association, voiced the concerns of NHS professionals
in 2005. “People are in hospital to get better, but a lot of the food the
NHS serves up simply isn’t nutritious,” he said. “Patients aren’t getting
enough fruit and vegetables and what they do get is often over boiled,
soggy and nasty
.” (emphasis mine)

I thought that's how the Brits liked their veggies?

Anyhow, I'm just bitter because we don't have national health care, let alone a frickin' awesome program like this.

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26 January 2009 @ 09:26 am

At least that's my guess given the other errors in the piece. But I found this one funny:

The authors recognize that this survey is not a representative sample . . . Combined with the low response rate, the findings should be interpreted with caution. Still, this is a reasonable approach to gorge the current use of preference programs