ciroccoj: (journey)
Daniel thinks it's silly that the Civilisation games only allow one unique power to each civilisation (eg, Rome has the power of Roman Roads, better than all other roads, Japan has Honour, China has Myriads, or strength in numbers). He thinks there should be one special ability for ancient times and one for modern times. So, for example, ancient Vikings should have awesome power of Raid, doubling what they get from pillaging, and the modern Vikings should have the power of IKEA.

Me: So... cheap catapults that they assemble onsite? They come with their own little pegs and everything?
Daniel: No, catapults that can fling crappy furniture at the enemy!
Justin: No, fling IKEA stores at the enemy!
Daniel: The whole store! You can't dodge it, it's too huge!
Justin: And the last thing the enemy sees coming at them is "SWEDISH FOR COMMON SENSE"!
Daniel: The worst last thing they'll ever see!

Aaw :)

Jun. 19th, 2012 08:16 pm
ciroccoj: (alive at five)
It's funny when your kids let you know you got something right without even realizing they're doing so. Like Daniel, the other day, when we were listening to the Fiddler On the Roof soundtrack and he remarked, "It's funny how this is both the least romantic and the most romantic love song in the whole musical."

It is. I'm glad he can see that :)

  • Tevye: Golde, I have decided to give Perchik permission to become engaged to our daughter, Hodel.
  • Golde: What??? He's poor! He has nothing, absolutely nothing!
  • Tevye: He's a good man, Golde. I like him. He's a little crazy, but I like him. And what's more important, Hodel likes him. Hodel loves him.
    So what can we do?
    It's a new world, Golde... A new world.
    Love. Golde...
    Do you love me?
  • Golde: Do I what?
  • Tevye: Do you love me?
  • Golde: Do I love you?
  • Tevye: Well?
  • Golde: With our daughters getting married
    And this trouble in the town
    You're upset, you're worn out
    Go inside, go lie down!
    Maybe it's indigestion
  • Tevye: Golde I'm asking you a question..
    Do you love me?
  • Golde: You're a fool
  • Tevye: I know...
    But do you love me?
  • Golde: Do I love you?
    For twenty-five years I've washed your clothes
    Cooked your meals, cleaned your house
    Given you children, milked your cow
    After twenty-five years, why talk about love right now?
  • Tevye: Golde,
    The first time I met you
    Was on our wedding day
    I was scared
  • Golde: I was shy
  • Tevye: I was nervous
  • Golde: So was I
  • Tevye: But my father and my mother
    Said we'd learn to love each other
    And now I'm asking, Golde
    Do you love me?
  • Golde: I'm your wife!
  • Tevye: I know...
    But do you love me?
  • Golde: Do I love him?
    For twenty-five years I've lived with him
    Fought with him, starved with him
    Twenty-five years my bed is his
    If that's not love, what is?
  • Tevye: Then you love me?
  • Golde: I suppose I do
  • Tevye: And I suppose I love you too
  • Both: It doesn't change a thing
    But even so
    After twenty-five years
    It's nice to know
ciroccoj: (100 words)
... and then one day someone discovered the collected works of Eminem.
- Daniel, describing the Carmina Burana (Cantiones Profanae)

Other bits from yesterday's choir rehearsal:

  • Soprano 1: (reading translation of the lyrics) Huh. Yielding gratifies me; refusing makes me grieve.
    Soprano 2: Yup. My maidenhood excites me.

  • Director: Sopranos, that was beautiful. The Brahms choir will be bringing in some German speakers, though. So it's going to be important that there be words. Your vowels were wonderful. But you'll want consonants.

  • Soprano: Ouch. Page 41, third system: Soprano Roadkill. (AKA we hit a high C)

  • Director: (summing up the lovely, gentle second song) So this is the 'chanting monks' song--
    (Two of the men immediately bonk their foreheads with their scores, a la Monty Python and the Holy Grail)

(Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, btw, is a cantata based on twenty-four of the poems found in the medieval collection of Carmina Burana. They are in Latin, German, and French, and deal with "the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust," says Wikipedia. More info here)


Oct. 17th, 2011 09:05 pm
ciroccoj: (family)
  • 21:30/3.2K.


  • Few things are as bittersweet as your kid asking your advice on matters of the heart.

  • Justin: ...and yeah, it was a pretty good day. I had fun. And I finished all my homework before I left. And oh my God, Mama, please teach me some science. Do you know what we're studying right now? Gravity!

  • Spent much of the weekend feeling kinda Viking-y, listening to ABBA and putting together IKEA furniture.

  • I went to a book launch!

  • Started watching Roots.

    Daniel: Wow. I wonder how many of the people who watched this series when it came out totally missed the point.

    Me: Well, whoever made the intro announcement, for one. "From primitive Africa, to the Old South..."

    Aside )

  • After a couple of rather stressed-out weeks, I think Daniel is beginning to get used to the workload of IB. ::crossing fingers:: He went to the Chess Club today. And won :D :D
ciroccoj: (Default)
Daniel: ::watching the Emperor gloat about his impending sure victory:: See, just like Voldemort, the Emperor also does not realize the power of that which he does not understand. In this case, teddy bears.
ciroccoj: (mischievous)
  • Played on the computer, chatted with his friends, and completely forgotten three of the four extremely minor tasks I'd left for him to do.

  • Yelled "F*%#!!" at the top of his lungs. ('Sokay, it was a swear-worthy moment.)

  • Given Justin a spontaneous hug and said "Oh my God I am so lucky to have you for a little brother!"

  • Apologized profusely over the task thing and hurried off to do more work than what I originally gave him (our motto is "You coulda done a little, now you'll have to do a lot").

  • Told me his favourite quote from the Prydain Chronicles is "I've heard men complain about doing women's work, and women complain about doing men's work, but I've never heard the work complain about who does it, as long as it gets done."

I love my kid :) :) :)
ciroccoj: (amused)
Me: Daniel, are you getting ready for bed?
Daniel: ...
Me: Should I take it from your silence that you weren't?
Daniel: I am now... and when you asked, I was getting ready. Albeit lethargically, for me, and therefore at a near-glacial pace.
ciroccoj: (family)
It's a very ancient saying,
But a true and honest thought,
That if you become a teacher,
By your pupils you'll be taught.
- The King and I

Thanksgiving 1999, Daniel was two and a half. He had been looking forward to Thanksgiving for weeks. We had told him that there would be turkey, and stuffing, and pie, and Luli and Guy, and various friends and relatives he loved, and it was going to be so much fun, and and and.

Thanksgiving Day dawned and Chris was on call, as per usual. I was around seven months pregnant, and run ragged from working two jobs and essentially being a single parent running a Bed & Breakfast for a medical student. We got up, got breakfast, and I started tidying and preparing and organizing and cleaning and Daniel stop that and putting away toys and Daniel! Stop it! I just put that away! and cooking and DANIEL! Don't touch that! and scrubbing and No I can't read you a story! and wiping and DANIEL! Put that away! and stirring and NO! I can't play with you!!

"Mama," Daniel finally says curiously, "is Thanksgiving a bad day?"

Full stop.

Damn it.

I picked him up and told him it wasn't supposed to be. Then I closed the doors to the rooms that weren't going to be part of Thanksgiving anyway and thus had no reason to be spotless unless I was paranoid about nosy dinner guests going up, opening them and passing judgement on my housekeeping skills, put the mop away because the kitchen floor was clean enough, and sat down to read to him.

It's one of the earliest lessons he taught me. Let's hope I keep it in mind today, and make this about having a good time together, and being grateful for each other and for what we have, rather than trying to impress Martha Stewart with my Perfect Hostessness and making everyone around me miserable.
ciroccoj: (family)
Justin: Arg! My life is so annoying!
Daniel: Justin, everybody's life is annoying. If you focus on only that, you get into depression.
Justin: Ugh. You are too philosophical.
Daniel: Thank you.
ciroccoj: (family)
We're playing a board game in which, at the end of each round, players must discard many unused resources. Daniel looks mildly perturbed, and Chris says, "Hey, if you don't like discarding, just make sure you spend, spend, spend."

"Oh no, don't worry," says Daniel. "I'm going to spend. A lot. I have an Economic Stimulus Package."


Mar. 25th, 2009 09:18 am
ciroccoj: (family)
Justin: And what was his form?
Daniel: ::solemn, eerie voice:: His form in this world was known as an omen of death, in the form of a giant spectral dog... named Frou-Frou.


Feb. 28th, 2009 12:15 pm
ciroccoj: (mischievous)
Daniel: (talking to Justin)...and after that is the Great Chamber Pot of Destruction.
Me: What?
Daniel: But that's not for a while; they're in the small intestine right now.
Me: What are you talking about?
Daniel: This race I made up. They believe the entire universe is in the digestive system of a giant beast.
Me: And the end is called what?
Daniel: The Great Chamber Pot of Destruction. It's not quite as impressive as Judgment Day.


Feb. 17th, 2009 10:38 pm
ciroccoj: (family)
Daniel: ...and I still won, because I used Assault Mechs and Cyborgs and Automatons, oh my.
ciroccoj: (family)
(And recently having watched Troy)

Me: (Justin has pretty much won, but I'm trying to encourage Daniel) It ain't over till the fat lady sings.
Justin: Who's the fat lady? You?
Me: Hey!
Justin: Well it's true.
Daniel: "It's no insult to say that a fat man is fat."
Me & Justin: ::cracking up::
ciroccoj: (Default)
  • So Daniel's having a grumpy day the other day, and when we get to the dojang things aren't going well for him. And he gets miffed at me when I want him to not do his best to get in line in front of Justin. See, we stand in line highest belt first, and if there's two students of the same belt and they care - i.e., they're kids - whoever tested first stands first, and if they both tested at the same time, it's whoever got to the line first. Eventually I had to take him out of the dojang and have a little chat outside, which did not start well.

    Daniel: (angrily) But why?!
    Me: Because I want Justin to be able to stand in front of you while he can-
    Daniel: (really angry) But I'm the same belt as him! And I tested the same time as him! And I'm allowed to stand in front of him if I get there first!
    Me: Daniel, who's better at reading, you or Justin?
    Daniel: (impatient) Me, but-
    Me: And who can do more difficult math?
    Daniel: (really impatient) Me, but-
    Me: And who's better at games?
    Daniel: (sullen) Me.
    Me: And who weighs more?
    Daniel: (A-ha!) Justin!
    Me: That's right, that's one area where he beats you. There we go. Now, who's better at science?
    Daniel: Me.
    Me: Who's better at TaeKwon-Do?
    Daniel: Well...
    Me: OK, who had to come and show the black belt his pattern again at the next class, because he didn't do it quite as well as you did for the actual test?
    Daniel: Justin did.
    Me: Who's better at D & D?
    Daniel: Me.
    Me: Who's better at piano?
    Daniel: Me.
    Me: So there's two things Justin beats you at. He weighs more, and sometimes, if he's fast enough, he can stand in front of you in line at TaeKwon-Do. You beat him in everything else. He's always second to you. And you're better than him at TaeKwon-Do, so Daddy and I figure you'll be ready to test about a month before he is, and then he'll never be able to stand in front of you again. So, while he can, we-
    Daniel: (eyes suddenly fill with tears) I'm a terrible big brother!
    Me: (facepalm) No, sweetie, you're not, come on...
    Daniel: (teary) But he never gets to win, and I was trying to stand in front of him and he-
    Me: (not out loud) Jesus but my kids live the NBC motto, "We know drama."

  • Happy birthday, [ profile] tudorlady!

  • Also happy birthday to my mom, who would've been 64 today.

  • Have had to restart my International Poverty class paper, which is due Monday, due to almost total lack of sources for all four of the loosely-related topics I wanted to write about. And we've been down to two computers (kids and Chris' laptop) for a few months. And now the laptop has crapped out on us again. I hate technology.

  • It's March Break. Doesn't mean much to home schoolers, other than for the love of god don't go out to kid places like the museums or Cosmic Adventures this week. We're used to having them all to ourselves. During March Break it's a zoo out there.

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