Sent: September 27, 2009 9:49 PM
Subject: The Nelsongang: Still Swine-Flu-Free
Despite all best efforts, our family remains bereft of Swine Flu. Only confirming our status as an unassuming, middle-class, average-in-every-way family, we seem incapable of being swept up in any international sensation. On the bright side, the printer-friendly version has had a sniffle and we're hoping it might turn into something quite serious.
While we wait, here are a (very) few bullet points from the last month:
- Helpful tip: If you're planning to eat all those salted peanuts, don't turn your back on the dog.
- I caught Cate on the computer before school. Unrepentant, she explained "I'm trying to get my brain in learning mode with some math problems." Her story successfully withstood closer inspection
- Although he doesn't seem to know the words, I caught Jack in the shower singing "Thriller." I need to resume playing music while they're showering
- The president wants to tell kids to study hard and stay in school?!? How dare you, sir. How dare you!
- Jack commenting on staying at Grandma's: "I only get homesick at night, and then I cry myself to sleep."
- The Name of This Band is Talking Heads -- quirky, raw, undeniably fun & original. Jack: "I don't like this." Cate: "I really don't like this"
- Pro parenting tip: do not put play-doh in an oven. Despite your good intentions, it won't substitute for a drying kiln
- After ten days of rain, the dog suddenly started shaking like a leaf. Apparently, she knew the weather would shortly turn nasty and the power would go out. Animals have a sixth sense about the power grid. Spooky.
- It's true: a foil cutter can slice through the screw cap for a sangria bottle. It's one of the things you learn when the lights go out
- Lucky "the wonder pup" is a great toy, but it tends to freak-out the real dog
- Jack's Sunday School teacher asked if it was okay to have church on God's day of rest. Jack exclaimed: "Yes! Because we can sleep in there!"
That's it for now!
Lisa and Greg