Right now, there's a squash casserole in the oven.
Now that I'm phasing out my extra job, I'm at home more in the evenings. This means that I can take charge of my house again and that includes enforcement of limits on the amount of TV that the kids watch (it never happens when they're at home with Daddy).
So after I announced that television and computer game time were over for the day, JG and BT were suddenly at a loss for something to do. After Mommy's suggested activity, some room cleaning, BT promptly fell asleep.
That left JG alone with his own thoughts. After laying around saying nothing for a while, he asked me, "What's the actual purpose of smoking?". So I got to explain to him what nicotine is and a bit about the physiology of drug addiction.
Next came a discussion of a TV show that he's seen called Total Drama Island, which apparently is a parody of Survivor. We talked about the meaning of parody and satire and also about the way people act in real reality shows and how people in real life can be equally cutthroat.
Next question: What is a guru? This takes us to www.dictionary.com ("Wow! They have EVERYTHING on the internet!!") and an examination of how JG himself is a guru to BT at times.
I doubt that any of this conversation would have happened tonight if the TV had still been on.
Yes, it was 10 years ago today that LAdad and I tied the knot (here's a link to my seventh anniversary post). We are overjoyed to still be the same ordinary people with the same non-dramatic relationship we had back then. He never gets on the computer, but I'll pretend that he does and send him this message anyway: I love you honey, and I'm ready for our next 40-or-whatever years.
Also, happy anniversary to David and Elizabeth Weinlick, who got married the same day that we did. Their arranged marriage at the Mall of America was the subject of stories on the Today show (and other outlets as well). Today they were on the show again, and Matt Lauer officially ate crow, as he had predicted nothing but disaster for them.
There is also controversy about whether BCPs and Depo act as an abortive, preventing implantation of a fertilized egg. I'd have to say that based on my experience working in a gynecologist's office, my opinion is that hormonal contraceptives work much more to prevent ovulation, with the rate of miscarried pregnancies probably much lower than the naturally occurring rate. When women are having very scanty periods or no periods, I don't think they're ovulating.
"One of the worst disasters in our nation's history [Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath] became one of the biggest disasters in Bush's presidency," he writes.
"The perception of this catastrophe was made worse by previous decisions President Bush had made, including, first and foremost, the failure to be open and forthright on Iraq and rushing to war with inadequate planning and preparation for its aftermath."
Mr McClellan stops short of saying Mr Bush lied about the reasons for going to war in Iraq, but says his administration orchestrated the build-up so that force became the only real option.
Quoted by the Washington Post, he writes that "it was all about manipulating sources of public opinion to the president's advantage" and chides the media for failing to ask enough questions.
"No-one, including me, can know with absolute certainty how the war will be viewed decades from now when we can more fully understand its impact," he says.
"What I do know is that war should only be waged when necessary, and the Iraq war was not necessary."When I used to see McClellan on TV, it always seemed to me that he looked very uncomfortable as he did his job. Having to repeat and defend lies that weren't even his own, it looked like it was making him feel ill. Very different from other White House spokescritters (like Tony Snow) who seemed to thoroughly enjoy the task. I actually felt sorry for Scott when I watched him. I'm NOT excusing him for lying to me, but it was clear that he wished he were somewhere else.
Fellow citizens, I want to take a little time to describe to you my vision of the things I will accomplish in four years if you select me to be your leader.
I cannot guarantee that I will achieve these things, but I will recite them anyway because you deserve a leader who understands the power of positive affirmations as a public policy strategy. When I describe these goals, I will use present perfect tense verbs, so that you will feel as if they have already happened.
By the year 2013, America has become an idyllic place. The traffic jams that plague our roads have been vanquished, although we still suffer the lingering effects of the occasional stalled car in the slow lane. Earthquakes have been prevented, and we have daytime temperatures of 72 degrees year 'round.
I should probably reiterate that I cannot guarantee these results, but this is my vision.
Four years from now, there is no longer any place in the world that is a safe haven for talentless pop stars to plan their efforts to target our precious children.
Also, by 2013, our nation's single men have overcome their fear of commitment. They have learned how to recognize a good thing when they see it, and they are proposing to acceptable women by the fifth date or sooner. Russia and China are cooperating with us as well, resulting in the end of the worldwide man shortage. Adultery has also been eliminated (while there may be flare-ups at times, they are spasmodic and much reduced).
As I said before, these things are not guaranteed.
If you believe in these goals, then you want me to lead this country. Really, you do.