September, 2003

On Sunday night Sophia was sitting on the couch playing with assorted stuffed animals, beanie babies and the favored lego penguin. I was sitting on the couch across from her doing not much of anything at all and very much enjoying it. Out of the blue, she set her animals down and said to me, “Ok, mama, I’m going to be right back.” She then proceeded to clamber down from the couch, walk into the kitchen, wait about two hearbeats, then turn around and come back into the living room, exclaiming “I came back!”

“I see that. You came right back, just like you said you would.”

She smiled, crawled back onto the couch and resumed where she’d left off. I can only assume this is a mimicking of our saying to her, so often, that we’re just going to another room for this or that and we’ll be right back.

Yesterday morning Sophia came into my bedroom as I was dressing. She climbed up on the bed.

“Mama,” she informed me,”Steve found a clue.”

A couple of moments while I register what she’s talking about. Oh yes, Blue’s Clues, I’m right there with you, child.

“Steve did find a clue, didn’t he?”

“Steve found a clue outside.”

“Did Sophia find a clue also?” I ask. I’m curious about her sense of participation in the program. She does talk to the tv some during Blue’s Clues, and I wonder if she feels that she too is actively finding the clues. In the past when I’ve asked her about Steve finding clues and where this happens she’s always told me impatiently that all this happens “on the teebee”.

“Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo,” she drawls with a sly grin, as if I’ve just made the funniest joke, “Sophia didn’t find a clue.”

Then, as if realizing the game potential in this exchange, she looks around the room and asks me, “Did Sergei find a clue?”

He’s sitting over by the window. I look over at him and say, “Noooooooooooooooooooooo, Sergei didn’t find a clue,” as if the idea of it were absurd.

She laughs. Looks over at the cat. “Did Oz-” pause, furrowed brow,”Rorschach,” she corrects herself,”find a clue?”

Completely charmed, I smile and say my part,”Nooooooooooooooooooo, Rorschach didn’t find a clue, silly billy.”

Giggles. Then, bright eyed, one more question, “Did Steve find a clue?”

“Yes!” I reply. “Steve found a clue!”

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11 Sep 2003, by

Yes, it’s been rather a while, hasn’t it? I’ve got about seventy dreams to relate.

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5 Sep 2003, by

Meta News

I kind of wish there was an easy way to aggregate entries. To post on a certain topic and then expand it and have the prior entry sort of be subsumed into the new entry and float back to the top of the pile, because I’d written about it again. Unfortunately, I don’t know of an easy way to do that, and plus I think that’s counter to the sense of what the blog is supposed to be, I think. I like this format, and it has really helped me say and do a lot of things, and that’s probably why I’m trying to push the medium even further. The reason I’d like to do this is I have several entries that I’d just like to keep adding and adding and adding to over time. Projects. They have no real ending in sight, but it seems like I could revisit and update and modify. One of these projects is the entry I’ve been considering doing about my dream house. I love the house I live in now, but I have a hypothetical dream house that has all these very specific criteria, the kind you’d have to build for yourself and when you told the builders what you wanted they’d look at you like you were crazy. For example, my dream house has not only a sunroom, but also a Foucault’s Pendulum in the foyer. See what I mean? This is also where it’d come in handy if I had any skill whatsoever with drawing, because I could show you different rooms of it. For a house that isn’t and will probably never be, it’s really quite detailed. However, I suppose that’s the sort of thing that merits its own page, really, and should just be linked off the blog when I updated it. Perhaps that shall be my approach.

In other news, I am now indexed in Daypop and Blogwise (hence the new buttons for each over on the right under Linktasty) and I requested that my blog be indexed in Blogdex too, though I don’t seem to have filtered into the gaping maw of it yet. The links section (named Linktasty, as I just mentioned) is the next object of my focus, most likely, and it has already seen the addition of my current blog reading list.

Daypop is really cool, btw, if you’ve never looked at it. They run a list of the top linked stories in weblogs and it’s a great way to see what’s going around and being talked about.

I’ve noticed an odd thing about the ping weblogs function of my blog, which is that it won’t ping for anything coming out of drafts. This is problematic because I have started saving my entries midway through to drafts more frequently because of all the losing entries trouble I’ve had in the past. I’m not sure how to handle that, as I very much like the ping weblogs function and want it to work whenever I post entries, whether they come out of drafts or not.

Seems like there was one or two other meta things I was saving up to say, but that’s all I can think of right now, so here goes!

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5 Sep 2003, by

For my friend Esthela, in case she hasn’t already seen it :
A blog entry about where Ikea gets its furniture names
. They have a system!

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4 Sep 2003, by

Ms. Jennifer, Sophia’s daycare teacher related the following story about the day’s events to my husband when he picked Sophia up yesterday afternoon. It was nap time. Ms. Jennifer laid out all the mats on which the kids normally rest and told them to lie down on them. A number of kids did so. Sophia, however, went over to her mat, folded it up quite neatly, brought it to Ms. Jennifer and said “No, thank you.”

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4 Sep 2003, by

I guess I really do wish I lived in another country, or so my dreams tell me.

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