Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween, Robot Style

Oh, hai. Here's Iain as a robot. He and Charles built the costume (same costume he wore for Halloween in July at summer camp) over the summer and then added a new set of electronic components last week.

Oh, and metallic arms. They added those, too. It turned out that carrying the candy basket (or, as Iain preferred to call it, "my handbag") while wearing the arms is...hard.

Folks said, "You're so cute!" and Iain replied, "It's very uncomfortable." Oh.

Better luck next year.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Learning About Math

Iain: "I've been here bajillion seconds. Is that a real thing?"
Me: "No. It's a made-up thing. Million, billion, and trillion are real math words, though."
Iain: "And 165."
Me: "Yes, that's real, too."

The end.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


"Moommmm? What if I was a penguin and you were a rock?"

"Mooommm? What if we grew a 50-foot banana?"

"Mooommm? What if I was a fish and you were a penguin?"

"Mooommm? What if I punched myself intheface!?" [we discourage this]

Netflix playing Handy Manny, conversation about the Tooth Fairy. Program stops for some technical reason. Iain mutters, "Whatever..."

"If I was a farmer, would you worry?"

"What about if I was a sailor?"

"What about if I built rockets?"

"How do you say 'no' in Spanish?"

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Kitchen in Full Swing

There's apple sauce (from apples grown on a tree in the backyard of two former students) in the slow cooker, ginger syrup reducing on the stove, and wild rice absorbing water in the rice cooker.

Tonight's menu:

Drinks: ginger lemon soda (for the preggies), ginger orange bourbon cocktails for the rest

Apps: pistachios, locally-produced bresaola, parmesan crisps

Mains: grilled flank steak, wild rice and kale gratin (from Smitten Awesomeness), roasted tomatoes with garlic, herbs and breadcrumbs, honey-mustard carrots, and asparagus. Nate is bringing bread.

Dessert: ice cream with salted caramel sauce, chocolate fudge, strawberries and almonds (it's like a buffet. I'm tired of cake. Please call a doctor.)

After lunch I'll slice the onions, chop the kale, measure out the bread crumbs and peel the carrots. Then a haircut. Then we start cooking for reals.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Solar System Animation

Iain and I really enjoyed this.