Posted by Duff

I can’t focus on any one topic for too long lately, so here is a smattering of what’s been on my mental post-its:

1. The Dervish has a pair of pajamas with a ‘cups of cocoa’ design. She calls them her ‘neti pot’ pajamas. Clearly, in her short time here, she has seen more than her share of sinus problems, via her parents.

2. The other night, it snowed – enough to cover the ground with grass poking through. Within 12 hours, our neighborhood of many children under six produced an impressive number of snowmen. A cold snap followed. If it weren’t for tomorrow’s weather forecast for a 50-degree day, I suspect those balls of ice would have withstood most of April.

3. I am addicted to my space heater. Despite being an expensive habit to maintain, my skin is officially sharp. That shouldn’t be.

4. While I get nervous about large purchases, I could easily spend $100 a day. Not on lattes or clothing or even lunch – but on practical things we use every day. Likely, a good portion of this is spend on lotion to hide my space heater habit.

5. I fantasize about getting a new camera because I can’t find the instructions to my old one and can’t change the flash setting.

6. How come I can’t tell my child’s face is dirty until she gets into her room at daycare? Yesterday I found a full oat on her face. Why does my home lighting hide oats?

7. There isn’t a 2.5T clothing size, right? There should be.

8. I’d like to propose we cool it on the holiday grab bags, please. There is no way I can choose a gift that is just as appealing to a 12 year old boy as it is to a woman in her 60s. I like to get gifts for people that they’ll like. Not that they’ll have to unload.

9. The only clothing I currently own that fits me properly is my socks.

10. A talking, mechanized Rudolph can be a bit much for a young child. When asked how she enjoyed the experience of meeting Rudolph, The Dervish said, “He was loud,” and changed the subject.