Archive for March, 2007


Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

I have a dilemma. There’s a dad of one of the infants at Toby’s daycare who has a fantastic bag. Not a clunky, dorky laptop bag or a little clutch purse but one of those messenger-type bags. And it’s pretty much ideal, not too big, not too small, leather, smart but without being boring, stylish, and it looks (from furtive glances) like it has useful compartments like an accessible space for an iPod.

That’s not the dilemma, just the background. The problem I’m having is that I don’t know the guy – we tend to drop off and pick up our kids at approximately the same times, but have only kind of acknowledged each other without actually talking. So how do I ask him where he got his bag without sounding like a huge girl (as I did in the preceding paragraph of this post)? I certainly don’t want to be all like “OMG *where* did you get that *fabulous* bag I simply *have* to know??” but it’s going to be difficult to ask without sounding like that.

For the record I do currently have an excellent bag which Emma gave me a few years ago – it’s brown leather, good size and also has convenience (with necessary accessible iPod-sized compartment) and I haven’t seen anything else which comes close. It’s just starting to get a bit battered due to having been used every day for years, and as a laptop bag on many long flights.

Any advice, readers, on how to deal with this?

the wisdom of children

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

From this week’s New Yorker: the Wisdom of Children.

(I know, not much of a post on my behalf but it’s worth linking to, I hope you’ll agree.)

bigotry update

Monday, March 19th, 2007

There’s an article on the BBC today about opposition politicians in the UK accusing the government of “rail-roading” the legislation banning discrimination by businesses or services against gay people. These enlightened rules have caused considerable outrage from the Roman Catholic Church (as noted on this site previously) who say that it will cause them problems:

[T]he Catholic Church says it will have to shut its [adoption] agencies, which handle some of the most difficult-to-place children, after that – rather than go against its beliefs.

Well I for one am glad to see that their beliefs against gays would be more important than their beliefs of looking after children (and why do they say that they handle the most difficult-to-place children?) Nice call, Roman Catholic Church! Hooray for you!

more songs about buildings and food

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

At the zoo today Toby heard the geese making quite a racket. After a discussion about the singular and plural of goose/geese he said “I think they’re just having a big conversation”. I asked what they might be talking about – he said “I think they’re talking about frogs and buildings.”

I asked later why this would be – he said “Because geese like to eat frogs, but not buildings. Not so much.”

(Hope you got the headline by the way – I thought of it as soon as Toby said it, and was thinking about the songs for the rest of the day)


Friday, March 16th, 2007

Just found this great video on pharyngula – UK comedian Robin Ince describes fairly succinctly the history of creationist “thought” – it’s worth watching if you enjoy an exhasperating laugh:


Friday, March 16th, 2007

Tonight at dinner Toby was uncharacteristically eating with his mouth open, and making a rather unpleasant noise (we were eating egg rolls – spring rolls to Brits – so it was a kind of mushy noise). I reminded him that it’s nice to eat with your mouth closed, to which he replied “I don’t understand you”. Pardon? I said. “Dad, I just don’t understand what you’re saying to me.” This was strange, he’s never said that before. I asked him why he didn’t understand. In a very mattter-of-fact way he told me “It’s just because … I’m just so much smaller than you guys. That’s why sometimes I don’t understand.”

a nice stuffing

Friday, March 16th, 2007

OK so it’s a bit rude but this made me laugh this morning, sent by my sister in law with the email subject “Need stuffing?”: a local business in Texas

happy pi day

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Today is Pi Day (because Pi 3.14… looks A BIT like the American for March 14 – 3/14) so go ahead and eat pie to celebrate. And: read this dinosaur comic for more information and an alternative Pi Day.

the world

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Here’s a map of the places I’ve been so far – you can click on the map to do your own:

create your own visited country map

a moving story

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

On the front page of the New York Times today, a very moving article: A Place to Turn When a Newborn Is Fated to Die featuring good friends of ours, Jill and James Kilibarda. They are a great couple and are handling their situation with incredible grace and strength.