many random things

here we go…

sometimes, thinking of titles for blog posts and subjects for emails makes me think about when i was co-editor of my high school’s newspaper page in the local paper. farah and i would sit with mr. lorentzen and try to come up with headlines for each of that week’s articles. it was sometimes an easy task, but usually it was like pulling teeth.  we’d get punchy, then serious, then punchy again, trying to find the line between cheese, pun and hard-hitting high school reporting.  i think it is the reason i often send emails with the subject line “hey.” i’m just done.

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while we were brushing our teeth this morning, josephine told me her ear felt funny and that it must be because she stuck a jewel sticker in it.  um, what?  she’s been playing for a few days with these little adhesive gems and they’re all over the house.  (one got stuck to the bottom of my slipper and i was giggling to myself about having a diamond on the sole of my shoe. yes, that’s what’s funny to me these days.) i couldn’t tell if she was kidding or not and she kept saying she’d stuck it in her ear. but when i’d ask, “joey, are you telling me the truth?” she’d say, “no.” and then she’d say, “it’s in my ear.”  i feel like she has enough verbal acumen to answer questions in a straight-forward way but she couldn’t. i got out the flashlight and looked inside and saw nothing.  i told her as much and she said, “well, then, it must have been a chunk of blood.”  WHAT must have been a chunk of blood!?  that still isn’t clear to me. i told her that if she had indeed stuck a gem in her ear, we’d have to go to the doctor’s office and that removing said gem probably wouldn’t be very comfortable, as if threats of pain will get her to confess. finally, she changed her story — there was no jewel sticker in her ear — and i had stopped caring if there was or wasn’t and just wanted the little twerp off to school.  remind me of this when i start making comments about how she doesn’t seem to be hearing well out of her right ear…

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speaking of josephine’s verbosity, i was cleaning up my photo files and found this video from last january. it’s josephine telling a totally nonsensical story about ned taking a bath in oatmeal, drinking coffee, and then coming home to discover that she and i weren’t there. there’s a bit about a snowman and pretend snow inside the house…  it is ridiculous.

i watched it and was floored. i don’t think i got it then, just how much she could communicate.  (and how cutely!  do you see that little bit of wrist fat? that’s gone now.)  it shocks me to think that, next year, a video of three-and-a-quarter josephine telling a story will be as heart-achingly sweet.  she’s just josephine right now, not a young version of her future older self.

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some recent grosser-than-gross and funny josephine quotes:

“snot tastes salty. it’s yummy. it’s protein.”

“i’m going to give it a little slime in my mouth; it’s like butter.”  — while eating a gummy bear

“is that sauce made from spicy rooster?” — eyeing our bottle of sriracha

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this article about fear of vomit made me laugh.

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more low-brow, this compilation of auto-corrected text messages made me laugh, too. actually, this made me laugh until i cried.  confession: i just read through them again after finding the link and i’m crying again. so many tears. (it doesn’t take much. see above: diamond on sole of slipper.)  warning: that link contains some non-PG language.

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i’d like to eat this popcorn for dinner tonight. but i won’t.

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ned and i are almost done watching seasons 1-4 of mad men.  i must get my hands on season 5.

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finally, people i love are having birthdays this week.  my friend anna’s birthday was on tuesday and today is erika’s and great-aunt marie-louise’s.  happy new ages, all of you!


One Response to “many random things”

  • Erika Says:

    oh my gosh, i love all of this. every ounce. and not JUST because you blogged on my birthday (and left me the nicest phone message too! i’m so spoiled!). yes, the gross things are awesome. we have lots of talks about those too. i just wish C would find some attributable good to him picking his nose. protein! 🙂