Last week was school vacation week, and we flew to Virginia, through La Guardia.  Luckily for me, [ profile] saxikath pointed out 3 days before we left that _The Potato Chip Puzzles_ was out.  (I failed to order it from Amazon the day it came out, but that was OK, because my Local Independent Bookseller had some copies on the shelf when we went by on Saturday.) 

Overall, I'd have to say that _The Potato Chip Puzzles_ compares favorably to the borrowed gameboy we used for the last plane flights--similar depth of absorption of 8-year-old, without the worries about battery life, finding a charger, or, this time, a jealous younger sibling.  )

Next time, could someone please remind me to print out the puzzle pdfs BEFORE we hop the plane?  

And it was a great vacation.  Good timing, too....


Apr. 15th, 2009 04:02 pm
An envelope.
To: Tooth-fairyland
Return Address: Under J Lastname's pillow-
[home address]

In the upper-right corner, a hand-drawn stamp of a tooth.

There's a note in there, with the tooth.  I haven't opened the envelope because all of this is written on the sealed-flap side, rather than the plain side.

(This follows a couple months of protests "I know it's you!  Stop talking about the tooth fairy!"  I deduce that my elder child is playing along.  It's still cute.)
Last week, Bruce Schneier's Friday Squid Blogging pointed to a New Zealand (government) site where you can create a virtual squid.  My older child kind of liked it; my younger one is obsessed ("make a squid before preschool?" "yes, after you're dressed, if there's time").  It's sort of cute, though I wish the environment after you "release" the squid were more interesting and/or better done. 

This is the first squid that S created; he seems to have moved on to all-pale-orange squid lately.  I thought this one was cute, and have blatently stolen it for a userpic. 

scarf story

Jun. 3rd, 2008 03:28 pm
I've been wanting to tell this story for a while, but it's taken a while to get a good picture.  Many of you already know it.

This winter, I made a scarf (below) for [profile] catalpa92.  When it was done, he took it into work, hung it near his desk, and eventually suggested that people figure it out.  Many of his coworkers did, taking from a few seconds to minutes (or even longer) to get the answer.    It apparently took over an entire afternoon.  When I came to lunch there for the first time, a week later, I got a sense of it all.  My officemate impressed everyone nearby by getting it within a minute.  And someone I met in the lunchroom said, after a bit, "Are you the one who made the scarf?  You know that stock dip last week?  That was you."

Now, my elder child had fairly recently finished reading (and very much enjoying) a certain book (thanks again, [personal profile] saxikath!).  Upon hearing about all this, J was very excited and amused, and then became thoughtful.  He looked at us, and asked an excellent question,  
Listening in as GG taught J to knit.  He's doing very well for a not-yet-7-year-old and a first time!  She's doing a row, then he does one, which helps keeps things a little more straight.  And he thinks it's very cool.  (So do I.)
So J is going to be spending a few days by himself with his grandparents.  I think his grandmother is feeling a little stressed about this and/or the timing.  So we want to send him with as many things as possible to help keep him self-sufficient.  One thought is the (oldish Windows XP) laptop and some new computer games.  Any suggestions?  I'd like to avoid violence completely, but otherwise don't much care. It should be interesting and engaging and NOT on-line/multi-player.  He reads quite well for a 6-year-old, but he's also only 6.

Suggestions very much appreciated.
My younger child informed us, yesterday evening, "Toddlers don't like valentines." He was explaining why his toddler classroom hadn't exchanged valentines.



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