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( Feb. 18th, 2008 09:52 am)
It was a really good weekend. Gaming on Saturday was a great deal of fun, and no one died. Huzzah.

On Sunday, we took the Bit and Kit to the Zoo in the morning so they could run off their energy before we tested out the symphony. They had a blast at the zoo. The Bit declared that she wanted to see the snakes and the crocodile, so we hit the reptile house for a while. We also saw (and heard) the lion -- "Kit? If you climb over the fence, the lion will eat you." "Don't want him to eat me!" "Then don't climb over the fence." "Oh." -- and just generally had fun.

Afterwards, we took the girls to their first symphony. The ASO does family-friendly concerts every so often, and this round was Peter and the Wolf. The girls did great. Both of them really liked it, and if they were a little rambunctious, they were just as well behaved as the rest of the audience. (We do need to find a quieter way for the Bit to ask questions.) The movie for Peter and the Wolf wasn't the standard Disney version; it was a stop-motion movie set in a somewhat dark modern Russia. The folks who greeted us were very concerned that we understood that it wasn't the Disney version and that the duck gets eaten. They were afraid the kiddos would be traumatized by this.

The children were utterly unconcerned by the eating of the duck. tLD was much more worried about the wolf being put into the cage, and making sure it got out again. Both girls seemed to like the movie, and they both adored the Rimsky-Korsakov piece at the beginning.

We then came home, had thai food, put the Bit to bed early, and collapsed. Good weekend. Huzzah.
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( Aug. 7th, 2007 11:57 am)
Violin + 2 turn tables

Work safe, requires headphones or an office door.
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The Bit can now sing much of Widdershins and the Tree Song.

At some point in my life I want to either put together or attend a concert the consists solely of cell-phone ring-tones. Ideally this should be short.

[livejournal.com profile] touchstone and I have been singing together in the evenings. This makes me deliciously happy because not only is it fun, but we sound damned good.

I suspect that I dislike modern art as much as I do because I don't get the in-joke. I like the surrealist music composers (Cage, for example) because there's a joke there. It's a sideways sort of snicker at music that makes it all good. I hope modern art is the same and that the painters are actually snickers as they paint giant white dots on white canvas.
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( Mar. 3rd, 2007 07:39 am)
tLD is currently singing the Hokey Pokey as she puts her bear in and out of various receptacles. Now it is stuck in my head. Dooom.

"You put the right foot in...you put the right foot out..."
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( Oct. 10th, 2006 02:34 am)
The following of the Elmo is a cult with strict entrance requirements. Applicants must be under 10 and have a pulse. As far as I can tell, children are indoctrinated with the Elmo craze via sonogram and come out of the womb wanting to make friends with the big furry red muppet. My daughter watches almost no television. The only TV that she gets is over the SullenCoon house, and then it's in DVD format.

And yet she is capable of identifying Elmo at 50 paces. Not only that, she WANTS Elmo. She wants anything that has Elmo on it. Elmo DVD? Want it! Elmo doll? Want it! The Elmo chair that the Coon brought home for the Kit? Dear gods, we want it so much that we're willing to pitch a fit over it.

tLD: "ELMO!"
Kit: "No, tLD! My Elmo. Mine."
tLD: "WANNA! ELMO."

Rinse, repeat.

The Sullen Coon house will be getting a second Elmo Chair.

Also: Just watch. Could possibly be considered not work safe if your work frowns on bare belly buttons.
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( Sep. 16th, 2006 05:05 pm)
The Bit likes KMFDM.

We are so doomed.
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