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October 29, 2007


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Just a practical suggestion: take her out, but bring the sweater with you. When she gets cold, she can put it on.

You gotta choose your battles...


I say that you get a "Sound of Music" sweater or an "Annie" one... this way there's more chance she would wear it.

Mama Nabi

oh, you're soooo on! Of course, while I tame The Peanut, you get LN. Either way, we get Johnny Walker, right? Black? Good choice, my man... ah, hell, why don't we ditch the pretenses and go straight to advil and JWB while Peanut and LN lick-clean everything in sight... and possibly eat each other's boogers.


Game on! Name your weekend. I'm only a trainride away and this is totally my gig. And if I lose? My father owns a liquor store so I can pay out in minutes.

QSMama / Lea

I sympathize--oh, so completely. Person after well-meaning and annoying person has told me things like, "Well, you just need to let her know you mean business." (Yeah, thanks, f-in Sherlock, I hadn't thought of that.) Or, "You just need to insist that she go to sleep at eight," instead of blabbering for 1.5 hours every night. (Sure. I'll just duct-tape her mouth and bungee-cord her to the bed.) Or that she stop rearranging the furniture and dragging every piece of clothing out to produce her own Cinderella-going-to-the-ball show. (Right. I'll just get her some ADD drugs and quell that nasty creative edge.) And so on.

Our daughters sound a lot alike: three and absolutely unstoppable. If you find your taker, and he or she survives, please post their contact information. I have Challenge II: Return of the Three-Year-Old for him or her.

In the meantime, repeat after me: These will all be admirable attributes and talents one day. The rub is in getting them to that day in one piece, and maintaining sanity until that time.

Oh, and Tanqueray gin helps. (For you.)

Utter sympathy from NC,

- L


I'm misquoting Thom Hartmann, but Cinderella is cultural brainwashing where the "good" girl meekly does what she's told and the two "bad" girls actively pursue their goals. Of course, they're much older than 3, but I think Peanut's strong personality will serve her well later in life. Maybe you can take some small comfort in that.

Tom N.

I'll take that challenge! Next time I make it there from Seattle, that is....

Heck, I'll trade you. You can take my daughter (only a couple months older than the Peanut) and I'll take yours, for a day. See who's still sane at the end. :-)

But of course it won't work, because kids always behave better when they're around others. They hide the bad behavior so other adults think you're crazy.


Hilarious. Bookmarked.


Your kinda condescending for a chink...Whats up with that...PS when is my dry cleaning done?


Best blog ever! The good news is, eating boogers is good for kids' immune systems, apparently, as they contain killed bacteria. So I guess that's a tick to you in a way...

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These pictures are just too wnrfeodul! Of course, you couldn't have two better looking or more precious subjects (or three, including Mr. Hansel). There's not a single bad picture in the whole bunch. I think my favorites are the beach pictures, since that is where the engagement took place and where they will begin their new life together. Cheers to the bride and groom and these beautiful shots! Love.


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