Thursday, August 30, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #62

Thirteen Things That Make My Kids Weird


  1. While my son did spend his first five years in the city, he now prefers the forest and sees that the city is overrun by advertising, excessive consumption, and garbage. He breathes a sigh of relief when we return to Creekistan.
  2. Both my children love expensive cheese, especially brie. Occasionally we'll splurge and buy a wedge or hunk of stinky French, Dutch, or Norwegian cheese, but we have to hide it. My daughter has been known to plunge her hand into a tub of Feta and eat a handful.
  3. Both my kids love the music group They Might Be Giants . It might be because I listed to them while I was in labor. Their funny and singable songs helped take my mind off of the pain.
  4. My daughter is a "princess," with long flowing blond hair, but she really loves superheros. She can correctly identify Batman, Robin, Superman, and Spider-man. Oh, and Austin Powers.
  5. Both my kids have great Evil Laughs and we practice laughing maniacally on a regular basis.
  6. If my daughter thinks things are getting out of hand, she'll yell, "Expelliarmus," really loud. (That's the Harry Potter spell for disarming.)
  7. We recently heard a promo on our XM satellite radio for a funny morning show. It goes like this: [Operator] "City and state please?" [Funny guy] "Blakameekmen" [Operator] "Can you spell that?" [Funny guy] "T-H-A-T" We thought that was so funny that we all just blurt out "Blakameekmen" every so often. Even my 2 1/2 year old daughter. It makes me laugh every time.
  8. We sit down to dinner just about every night. Nowadays, as sad as it might sound, it probably qualifies as weird.
  9. My daughter loves capers. You know, those small pea-sized things you sometimes see on gourmet shows. Last night I put a few capers on top of the pasta I made. Before we could all sit down to eat, she had picked out and eaten most of them. (FYI: Capers are the immature buds plucked from a small bush native to the Middle East and Mediterranean regions of the world. Fresh caper blossoms are not especially flavorful, but their sharpness increases dramatically after sun-drying and brining in vinegar.) I had to call it "The Caper Caper."
  10. Both my kids love sushi. No, sushi does not necessarily mean raw fish. They prefer the vegetarian variety. But my daughter is developing a taste for fish.
  11. My kids understand that music can be any interesting sound, and will experiment to see what sound certain objects make. We've been known to play an entire percussion symphony with only what's on the dinner table.
  12. My kids have hung around semi-famous artists and take it for granted. About four years ago, my son tested objects that were going to be featured in the children's section at the opening of the new Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. We went to the artist's studio and tried them out. He now has a "been there, done that" attitude.
  13. My daughter likes coffee. I have to keep it out of her reach. When I go to Starbucks (thank God there's a Starbucks near Creekistan now!) I have to get them to make a little extra and put it in a small sample cup for her. Don't worry, I don't do this often and it's usually in the morning. I tell her that she can't start drinking coffee until she turns 3. That's when I started drinking coffee.



16 comments:

No Nonsense girl said...

Weird but funny as heck!!!

Great TT!!!

delilah said...

Very funny. I think my kids are weird too...they also like TMBG (you do know they sing the Higgletown Heroes song, right?) and beg to drink coffee. Also...my kids like odd foods like avocados and lobster and beg for them. There is never a dull moment with kids around.

Janet said...

ROFLMAO, love #13 and "Expelliarmus"!

Nicole said...

How funny! Happy Thursday!

colleen said...

This was great fun to read!

So what kind of powers does Austin Powers have? Maybe he's grandfathered in because of his name.

Your kids have expensive good taste. Your daughter could be The Princess and the Pea, only with a caper under the mattress!

Mom not Mum said...

Great list - and ick on capers. I am not a fan. My kids like TMBG as well - what's not to like? lol

Buck Naked Politics said...

Okay, the cheese, capers and sushi are a tad strange, but the rest is just interesting (even cute).

Robin said...

Your kids sound wonderful - full of curiosity and a zest for life :).

The Rock Chick said...

Your kids certainly are willing to try different foods! Mine are a little more on the picky side...they always were. We do family dinners almost every night, too. With four teens, it usually means we are eating at 5:00 sometimes and 8:30 other nights, but we really make every attempt to do this. I think it's so important and I'm surprised at how many people just don't even try it at all.

Happy TT
Jessica The Rock Chick

Starrlight said...

Your kids sound like my kid when she was younger. Capers, sushi - fish kind included - coffee, superheros...it is spooky!!

FRIGGA said...

You're kids sound like a lot of fun to be with - and as for the coffee, when my parents were growing up they used to mix coffee with milk to make the milk stretch farther. ;-0

Happy TT13 :-)

Luka said...

you're kids sound like they're just the most awesome kids evah! Happy TT'ing

MamaLee said...

My daughter likes the taste of coffee if it's sweet. And expensive cheese? THAT's funny!

Happy TT!

julia said...

Love your princess who knows her superheroes!

mom huebert said...

I love that your family has played a percussion symphony at the table. Once we were visiting my grandma when my four children were teens and, somehow, we ended up playing a musical number, sort of, at the breakfast table using the juice glasses. You know, running your fingers around the rim to make the glass ring? We used different levels of water to make different notes, and my oldest son, who is sort of a music geek, was trying to figure out if the chord we were playing was an E augmented something or an A7 something-something. My grandma just looked confused...

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