From the monthly archives:

June 2009

It would have been fine if there were NO instruction…

June 28, 2009

in random


I am completely confused by this ant bait by Walgreens. It should have been very simple, until I decided to read what the sticker says:

“This surface is TOP. Bottom should be placed against floor or stuck on wall.”

The problem is, according to the photo on the package, the bottom is supposed to be the top, and the TOP here, flat surface and therefore why the sticker is conveniently placed there, should be the bottom.

I started humming this Mother Goose rhyme after I was sufficiently confused and amused to take pictures of the Ant Bait. (I can’t believe I took pictures of Ant Bait procured from Walgreens!)

Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
he had ten thousand men,
he marched them up to the top of the hill,
and he marched them down again.

When they were up, they were up;
and when they were down, they were down;
and when they were only halfway up,
they were neither up nor down.



Mr. Monk surprised me with a nice, healthy breakfast, much healthier than I prepare for them…

He has been trying to mother me lately:

Are you driving over the speed limit?

Why do you drink so much coffee?

You should have brrrkfast every day you know.

And, this is the best one:

Why are you returning those shirts? I bet they look lovely on you!


“Mommy, is tweeting bad?”

June 24, 2009

in mark my word: twitter will doom us all,no manual for parenting


Nope. Didn’t make this up. This came up in my conversation with my 6 year-old, Mr. Monk, in the car today.

Most of our conversations happen in the car now, it seems. Could Mr. Monk be that smart so as to figure out that when I am driving, I am cornered and hence have to provide some sort of answers to the hard questions he throws at me?

“Mommy, why do you tweet?”

Gee. He got the lingo right. Many adults are still struggling with when to use Twitter and when to use Tweet…

“Hmmm. Why SHOULDN’T I Tweet?”

That’s a complete cop-out. I know.

“Is Tweeting bad?” See? He got that it’s a VERB!

“No. Of course not. Why do you ask?”

“I am just wondering why you do it.”

Hmm. Why did he assume it’s bad just because I am doing it?!

“….. Ok. It’s just like how you and your brother play on Runescape? it’s just something fun that mommy likes to do. Mommy enjoys talking to people on Twitter.”

Suave move, mom. Comparing Twitter to Runescape?! Let me turn the table on him…

“Now, why does it bother you so much that mommy is on Twitter?”

“I don’t know. Because you get to do it all the time, without having to ask. We have to ask you or daddy when we want to play Runescape…”

I wonder if I HAD a regular hobby like sewing or knitting whether he would have been so bothered by it.


Now the Fedora is gone, we are into Berets…

June 22, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet For the longest time my youngest had a Fedora, and he did wear it throughout the last winter despite my initial prediction that it would only last one week. It was adorable when he tipped his hat to greet the ladies, "How'd you do, Ma'am?" You are allowed to do all these things when […]


VeggieTales: Faith + Clean Sense of Humor sells OR Marketing Lesson 101

June 22, 2009 marketing at work

Tweet Ah, VeggieTales. After more than a decade, I am still marveled at their success. I am sure a lot of people watching their explosive success, have banged their heads against the wall, wailing, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Since 2006, the animated veggies (with very expressive eyes and mouths since they have no […]


Others collect snow globes or coins. I collect airline barf bags…

June 19, 2009 random

Tweet Actually, my collection started as a joke from my husband . I had asked him to bring souvenirs back for me from abroad. He decided that a barf bag is just as exotic and representative. "Honey! I have NO space in my carry-on bag!" What's very exciting is that someone reached out to me […]


Mother fail

June 19, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet Mr. Monk (my 6 yo boy) and I got into a fight tonight. The source of it is as always: his need to be close to me whenever we are home. Especially when it is close to bedtime and he’s tired and I am exhausted. I finally lost my marble today and lashed out […]

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In praise of “Fallen Princesses” Photography Project by Dina Goldstein

June 16, 2009 a picture is worth a thousand words

Tweet Courtesy: JPG Magazine: Snowy I am absolutely in amour with this picture and actually, all the pictures by photographer, Dina Goldstein. She is currently working on a project, sort of like an alternative story telling, “Fallen Princesses.” In her own words: “These works place Fairy Tale characters in modern day scenarios. In all of […]


The Ability to be Oblivious OR Is there a manual for the multicutural world we envision?

June 16, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet Warning: The following text contains ruminations on the color of our skins. If you feel uncomfortable discussing skin colors, wish that people would just stop obsessing over skin colors and go on with their lives, or believe that the insistence on talking about the colors of our skin makes the originator of the conversation […]


Nothing cures narcissistic self-pity better than a rabid case of road rage OR how I found reality

June 13, 2009 random

Tweet After Starbucks, which seemed to be closing since even the cops outside were leaving, I continued to wander in the night. Blasting Sarah Betten’s Scream, I mindless drove first on 53 N, which turned out to be a stupid move since it goes nowhere and ended even before the end of the album. I […]


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