Tuesday, October 18, 2016


"Mom, that one guy in the blue shirt in the scrimmage kept cleating me in the feet on purpose."


"Remember how you were telling me about we have to have a filter between your emotions and your reactions?"

"I do."

"Yeah, that guy had no filter for his cleats."

Monday, October 17, 2016

Howdy, Neighbor

When Mr. Rosenberg pulled into the driveway from work this evening, I opened the door and Teddy slipped out to say hi. A man came around the corner walking his dog. Teddy ran up to the little dog and the little dog started barking. We grabbed Teddy and were taking him inside when the man stood on the sidewalk in front of our house and started yelling obscenities at us. "Stupid, f***ing ugly Americans!" and "F*** you!" he shouted over and over in a German accent. Bob could hear it from inside. The whole neighborhood could hear it.

I get that Teddy startled the guy. I totally get that he didn't know that Teddy was friendly. I take responsibility for my mistake letting Teddy get out of the door. This guy's reaction was unhinged and frightening. (And I'm not sure what us being American had to do with it.)

How did we react to this guy? (He did not seem open to a polite apology. Ahem.) We grabbed our dog and went into the house quickly, leaving him outside yelling. He continued yelling as he finally left and walked down the street. We didn't go at it with him. There's no point in trying to reason with crazy.

I can't remember the last time I had someone screaming at me. Maybe that time I worked for Michael Bay?

The evening can only get more relaxing from here.

Friday, October 14, 2016

He is an Excellent Listener

I read a fascinating interview today with an animal communicator. One of the things he talked about was his belief that our animals understand everything we say to them. He said we should talk to them a lot and explain situations that will affect them. I'm ahead of the game because I talk to Teddy all the time. I mean like all the time. I tell him e v e r y t h i n g. So if I believe what the communicator is saying, it means that perhaps Teddy knows too much. He's not telling any of my secrets though. He's a vault. As far as I know.

Thursday, October 13, 2016


"...And producers are at the start of the food web."

"Ok, Bob. Good. What's a protist?"

"I already know that one, Mom."

"I don't. What is it?"

"You don't know what a protist is?"

"No, I really don't."

"Mom, I think this homework might be more for you than for me."