Top 10

Top 10 parenting questions I’d be lying about if I answered, “No.”

13 October, 2014 (21:11) | Top 10

  1. Have you given your child(ren) the same meal multiple days in a row?
  2. Have you ever pretended to be unaware of the dirty diaper of your child(ren) so your spouse has to deal with it?
  3. Have you ever been 99.9% that your spouse is pretending to be unaware of the dirty diaper of your child(ren)?
  4. Have you let your child(ren) watch more than 3 hours of uninterrupted television?
  5. Were you asleep on the couch during that time?
  6. Have you ever tried to sneak snacks or treats while your child wasn’t looking?
  7. Have you ever eaten food after your children have already eaten part of it?
  8. Have you every accidentally failed to secure your child(ren) properly in a car seat and then drove away?
  9. Have you ever contemplated giving your child(ren) tylenol to put them to sleep easier/quicker/for longer?
  10. Have you ever fallen asleep on the floor while your child(ren) roam free around the house?


Poll the People

Shower me with your love

31 August, 2014 (14:03) | Poll the People

How much does the bathroom door being closed affect the temperature of your shower experience?  This is one of the times where I’m not looking into the science of things, but just your existing impressions and emotions about how you feel about the temperature of your shower if the door the bathroom is open.  Privacy completely separate.  If the door is open by someone when you’re in the shower, is all lost at that point?

how much do doors affect your shower experience?

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Poll the People

You still suck

31 July, 2014 (14:06) | Poll the People

How often does your house get vacuumed?  I’m not talking about pulling it out for spot vacuuming after a mess.  I’m talking about a full house sweep.  I would think kids and visual dirt play a big role in how often it happens.  let me know your scenario!

How often does your entire house get vacuumed?

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Little Things

Words, words, words, have you heard

23 July, 2014 (12:00) | Little Things

A few months back, I drove past a auto body shop called “Pair o’ Dice” and I thought that was a terrible name for a business.  Clever?  Sure.  But you’ll have to explain the name to every customer – let alone direct traffic to your website properly.  As I’m thinking more and more about the situations where the owner must clarify the name, I’m saying “paradise” over and over in my head, until at the same moment, lyrics to a new song on the radio said “paradise” at the same time I thought it.  I wish I could remember the track.  It was something by a newer band, alternative rock.

I had not posted about it, because I wanted to heard that song again so I could include it in the post, but I just had another similar situation, so I figured I’d post it anyway.  I’m out for a run in the neighborhood, and I hear a mom yell to her daughter, “Sierra, it’s time for dinner”.  She definitely yelled and drew out that “Sierra”…just as the words to Cursive’s song “Sierra” did, only a few seconds later.  So strange.


When I think about you I…

9 July, 2014 (12:00) | Dreams

Dreams never cease to amaze me.  How can my mind create this world while keeping my consciousness separate?  How can my brain orchestrate the responses and interactions between imaginary people while keeping it a surprise to me?  The other night, I had a striking example of this.

I went into a grocery store to see a friend who was working there.  I saw her enter the aisle adjacent to me, and I called over the shelves, “Hey, I’m over here, I’ll come right over.”  So I round the corner and she’s there with one of her coworkers.  She’s a short, older lady, with glasses and a curly permed grey head of hair.  I have the sense to hug her, as if my friend had told me all about her, so I do.  After hugging her and stepping back, she just stands there.  After an awkward silence, I say, “Oh, sorry, I didn’t know you didn’t like to be touched.”  She shrugs her frozen glaze and goes back to labeling items on the shelf and says, “Oh, it’s not that.  I was just shocked – usually touching is reserved as an employee perk.”  I laughed at the suggestion of improper employee relations.  She was funny.  Then, an employee resembling Robert Downing Jr. approached me and said, “Quick, it’s time to play “carry stuff.””  This was a game invented by employees where they try to pick up bulky items in increasing quantities while customers tried to ask them questions.  The objective was to pick up the most without the customer stopping with their question.  Robert Downing Jr. picked up 2 2 gallon sized jars of mayonnaise that were sitting on pallets.  While going for the 3rd, the customer walked away.  This was a funny game, and it become apparent that I was on some sort of skit show, like Saturday Night Live.  The next few segments brought in a slapstick character like Chris Farley who was tumbling around a row of bikes, and a tall slender guy, like a Steve Martin, who was just smiling and making boisterous comments.

What I wanted to highlight most here wasn’t so much the humor of the dream, but the fact that I was entertained…by myself.  I mean, the employee perk comment is witty, right?  I wouldn’t have come up with that.  The pick up stuff game?  GENIUS!  That’s hilarious!  I was laughing so hard in my dream, complete unaware that it was all my idea in the first place!  It really makes me wonder about what neural network we tap into when we sleep.  Is it really possible to be communicating with other people in a dream state?  Maybe these other people are having the same dreams as me – together.  It’s almost a more easily believed explanation than considering the mental walls that barricade my existing consciousness from my creative creator.

LEGO© Creations

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood house interior in LEGO – A Beautiful Day in the Block

29 June, 2014 (22:24) | LEGO© Creations

I love Mister Rogers.  I loved his show, but I loved his work and his demeanor.  He cared and he truly had a mysterious way of calming you.  I won’t go on about him, plenty of others already aggregated lists for that.

To show my appreciation, I wanted my next Pittsburgh build to be Mister Rogers related.  I had a few different ideas that I’ve been dragging along for a while, but this one hit me quickly and I knew I could pull it off with the parts I had in a short period of time.  I could only find 1 picture of the full room and it was very small.  I tried using video clips, but the picture was just going to have to work.

There were no major hangups.  There were lots of cut corners, that I could go back and fix, but I’m happy enough with it.  I thought it was funny about how ugly the curtains were in the picture and verified in the videos.  I don’t remember them at all, but man, those are hideous.  No real good way to pull those off simply, so I just made ugly colorful curtains.  You can see in the reference picture, Picture Picture wasn’t in it.  Of course Picture Picture had to me in my build!  I LOVED PICTURE PICTURE!  I almost peed my pants when Daniel Tiger took a tour of the crayon making factory.  THAT WAS MY FAVORITE!  …but I digress.

It is currently on display at S.W. Randall in Squirrel Hill for their annual LEGO competition.  Voting begins July 1st and ends July 13th.  I’ve won the past 2 years, and had intended to “let someone else win it”, but, the more I thought about it, the more I think that’s the wrong way to go about it.  It’s true, I want someone else to win, but I also want to see the adult community grow in the Pittsburgh area!  I took my entry in today, with 1 more day to enter, so I didn’t get store front window placing, which will make it very hard to win.  There are 5 other adult entries, one by my friend and fellow LUG member, Dan Efran.  Tip o’ the hat to my punmaster friend, Brian, for helping me come up with the title “A Beautiful Day in the Block”.


And if you have a moment, please vote for my Cathedral of Learning LEGO Ideas project!  If it reaches 10,000 votes, LEGO will consider producing it as an official set!!!


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