The instructions for the frozen pizza I made last night included: "Due to the unique ingredients, toppings may have shifted." The unique ingredients: pepperoni, cheese, sauce, crust. Well! I can see how those UNIQUE INGREDIENTS result in SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES! Normal pizza toppings don't have to take physics into account! OUR pizza toppings DO!
Henry and I went to the library yesterday. A little girl came into the children's room and said to me, "Hi, I'm Paige, I'm four!" I said, "Really? So's he!" She said to him, "You're FOUR, like ME!!??"---totally astonished. And Henry said accusingly, "If you're FOUR, how come I didn't see you at PRESCHOOL today?" It was very cute, and they had a great time playing together (they had a tea party!), and I had a great time reading the paper instead of having to drink pretend lemonade.
Then she said to me, "I have head lice!"
Inner Swistle: "NOOOOOOOooooooooooooo!!!!!! AIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! *brushing off everyone's head!!* *grabbing Henry's hand and running away!!* *dousing our heads in rubbing alcohol!!*
Outer Swistle: "Really? Does it itch?"
I was complaining to Paul that ONCE AGAIN I have managed to acquire cats who DROOL when petted/happy, and HOW do I manage to keep doing that? If I'd wanted DOGS, I would have CHOSEN dogs. And Paul said our cats DIDN'T drool. That they drool ON ME, but do not otherwise drool. Is this...something that could be possible? Could the cats be drooling ONLY ON ME? (Note: Benchley also drools on Rob. But could there be something about a particular person that inspires a cat to drool?)
It's a little odd to link to a guest post, but I'm going to anyway: Things I've Learned From Reading Women's Blogs.
Did you know that Temerity Jane is having a get-together at her house? I am partway through my usual "fret and agitate about maybe going---and then, if past experience is to be relied on, NOT go" right now.
Paul told me about Written Kitten, and at first I misunderstood and thought you'd get a REAL kitten for every 100 words you wrote---which seemed like a difficult and not entirely practical idea. But it's better than I thought: you get a PICTURE of a kitten with every 100 words you write. It seems perfect for doing NaNoWriMo, though I thought my friend Firegirl might prefer a puppy version.
On Milk and Cookies, one of the many gift-idea posts I'll be writing at this time of year: Gifts for 11-year-olds. (There's also a girlier list for a similar age range: Gift ideas for a 10-year-old girl.)
Review blog: new post about small ways to save energy.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 1 of 2 - I have TWO 8-year-olds to buy for, so I’m going to split it up into two posts. Today will be the things we’re getting for Edward. I dislike saying “Gift id...