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“What Did You Do, Ray?!”

It’s Election Day, folks! Gah…
Remember how at the end of the movie when the Ghostbusters are at the top of the building and Gozer the Gozerian demands they pick the form of the Destructor? Well, let’s just say that I won’t be surprised if I go into the voting booth today and find myself staring at a woman with a flat top haircut and glowing red eyes who shouts, “CHOOSE AND PERISH!” 

Sprout is Here!

Apologies for the long gap in activity, Dear Reader, but we’ve been busy havin’ a baby. Yep, that’s right, Baby Sprout has arrived. He and his momma are doing well, and he was well-received by his siblings. We are well on the way to getting our lives back in some kind of order and our sleep on a regular schedule (keep your fingers crossed). So here’s hoping there will be more posts a bit more often soon.

Pumpkin Science

The official first day of Autumn isn’t for two more weeks yet, despite the fact that Summer is still making sidewalks hot enough to bake on, the next season is already here in the most important way. Yes, I’m talking about those pumpkin-flavored drinks at Starbucks.*

I wasn’t aware that they were already available, myself, until they ended up being a feature of yesterday afternoon’s homeschool session.

The Wife was running errands in town with RU when they called me up and requested that I get a big sheet of paper and prepare it for a chart they wanted to make. They also mentioned that they would be bringing treats.

Arriving home, they spread the chart I had drawn up on the kitchen table and labeled it “Pumpkin Science.” Across the top, they wrote the names of each person in the family: Mom, Dad, RU, MeToo, and Z. Then, they produced the treats.

“We got these at Starbucks and we think we know which one we like best, but wanted more data. Everyone will get a taste, and then we’ll rate them all.”

The treats up for analysis were:

• A pumpkin spice creme frappathingo, which we all thought was okay, but just okay.

  • A chai creme frappasomething with pumpkin added. We all agreed that it was better, and was a favorite for some.
  • Finally, the pumpkin cheesecake bar proved divisive. It was the only thing that some of us didn’t like at all, though I thought it was better than either of the drinks.

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And, yes, this absolutely counts as school.

*I have in no way received any compensation from Starbucks, or anyone else, for this post. But I totally should have.

Pop Quiz, Hotshot

Can you guess what book we were reading for school this week, based on this poster by RU and MeToo?

This was the first week in the school room after I cleaned it up, reorganized everything (with a chain lock on the closet), and put up the cork board and a white board.
Before you think I’m awesome at this homeschooling thing, let me also tell you that on the following day that very board with the art project on it got knocked off the wall. Also, I accidentally pulled the chain lock off the door and stapled my index fingers together (could not get a pic of that, sorry.)