Archive for June, 2009


Friday, June 12th, 2009

I forgot to mention in my post about Toby at the YMCA that he has to bring his own lunch this week (next week they’ll be providing free lunches for all the kids under a Minneapolis schools/federal lunch program, so it’ll be a lot more like what he’s used to at school). He has occasionally taken a packed lunch to school, but doesn’t have a great track record in actually eating any of it. Not sure how much of the school lunches he eats either, but it’s easier to see the evidence with a packed lunch when he takes the leftovers home. We’ve worked out that he’ll eat a bagel with cream cheese and carrot sticks and a few other things, so that’s what we go with. He’s told us that he likes apples too, so we sent one in yesterday with him and he ate a single, narrow strip of it all around it’s equator, and that was all he had. Oh well, he’s only six.

Anyway, in the car on the way home last night we asked him if he ate much of his lunch. He said he did, about half. Which half? we asked. “The first half” was his response.

Emma told me, quietly, that I should put it on my blog, but he heard it and asked what she was talking about. We kind of explained that we would write about his day, and he slightly glumly said “You’ll probably also write about things that I say.” So he’s on to me.

summer camp

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

It seems like only six posts ago I was mentioning Toby’s impending summer vacation plans – going to the Downtown YMCA summer camp. Today was his first day and he did very well. It was pretty strange dropping him off – although it’s a well supervised environment and the teachers clearly know what they’re doing, it’s still odd to think of him being in charge of his own things, like knowing when to ask people for stuff and coordinating his packed lunch etc. Just little things which we know that he’s very capable of, but I guess it’s a parenthood thing to have to deal with the anxiety at the same time as dealing with the increased independence.

Of course he did great – he’s really good at making friends and being confident in new places and we’re very impressed with the program so far. He has a few weeks in the downtown location, then he’ll be off for a week in their outdoor camp where he’ll get to do hiking, fishing, kayaking and other wholesome summer activities. Lucky guy!

cooking and evolution

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Obviously I believe that humans were created exactly as they are now, almost exactly 6000 years – 2 days ago, but if hypothetically evolution of the human species was true, this is a fascinating article about human development and its interaction with cooking.

I think there are a small number of things which set humans apart from the rest of the animal kingdom – possibly music (although birds, whales etc make music too), possibly self-awareness (although anyone who has owned a cat or dog will know that they are self-aware, and elephants can identify themselves in mirrors) and possibly language (etc), but I think that preparing and cooking food is a pretty clear difference.