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You can't do it manually.

Posted on 2018.02.25 at 21:50
Me: hey, Hawaii-
Ace, indignant: exCUSE me, I'm ACE!
Me: oops! hey, Ace-
Ace, casually: how dare you. [Walks off]

Her toss-off was so spot on. Not actually offended, just having fun flouncing off. (Age 4, folks.)


The comment policy on this website:

Seems ambitious. It's probably a good idea for you to start asking people if they're channeling their best self, in general, whenever you have to walk that fine line between jackass and plausible deniability.

Let's see how much use I can get out of this phrase over this next week!  I'll report back.

(It reminds me of the time my friend stopped in a McDonald's with her three year old daughter, B, on a road trip, to use the bathroom. B exclaimed loudly, "WHY ARE ALL THESE PEOPLE MAKING BAD CHOICES WITH THEIR BODIES?)(This was years ago. B is a year older than Hawaii.)

This store name:

I guess they're channeling their best selves here. Relax-n-Howl. I wouldn't know, I've never relaxed. What? I mean, I've never waxed.


Jammies had an evening work call. The last ten minutes of it was him patiently saying, "No, you can't just do it manually. It will short out the part," over and over again. Whoever was on the other end was like a dog with a bone: they really just fucking wanted to do it manually, okay? Jammies was epically patient: "No, don't. It won't work. You can't do it manually." What about me, Jammies? Can I do it manually? What about tomorrow? On a boat?  How dare you.


Pokey, in the kitchen:

"Is that yogurt? In a tortilla?" I asked.
Yes, it is!  I became concerned when he reached for a second tube of yogurt to pile in there.

I vaguely thought perhaps it would seem like a canoli, and be edible, at least enough to let the experiment move forwards. But Pokey cringed with his mouth full of yogurt-tortilla and I told him he could throw it out.  Experimentation is part of channeling your best self.

En el dia de navidad, yo primero y going o go con mis sisters y mi brother y mi mama y papa a open regales. Despues, yo going a wach cartoons,  y jugar con mi star wars toys that yo got para navidad. Luego, yo going a go para un walk con mi familia a la parque. When we get back, it's time para diner. Para diner we hafe some terkie y corn. Finalmente, mi mama tells me a get ready para bed so yo brush my teeth and then yo go a bed.

I'm fascinated by his blend of Spanish and English. Clearly he's developing his ear, and the pronouns and prepositions roll off pretty easily. The vocabularly is mostly not there, but that seems appropriate for this stage.

These are by Ace. I believe they are Evie and Mal, from Descendants.

Striking resemblance.


Hawaii was sick and home for three days.  We started leaving her home alone for short intervals - ten minutes here and there between when one parent leaves and the next gets home, that sort of thing. So far so good.

Hawaii has started reading A Little Princess this week, and Pokey started reading Shel Silverstein. Boy, talk about giving me good feels.  Both so very important to Young Heebie.

I ever so casually mentioned A Little Princess to Hawaii, and left the book out for her to browse. She bit.  Whereas Pokey brought home Falling Up from the school library on his own. That volume came out after I was a bit too old for Silverstein, so I don't actually know the poems there. But he was cracking himself up with them.


Fluffy being a flufferson.

Why, it's a perfect heart of hair! I think that means I get a wish.


Rascal, sound asleep one morning, giggling in his sleep. Laughing more and more until he was really cracking himself up. That was about the cutest thing I can imagine


Look who pulled up next to us in Austin:

Yes, a lion head in the passenger seat of that car.  I maintain that, since the dome light was on inside the car, the driver wanted everyone to gawk and snap photos.


Twice now I've met with one of the tattoo artists, since the tattoo convention. Recall, her task was basically to find a conherent style to unify the kitties.

Here's what she came up with:

I love it. I think it's true to the originals and preserves what I like about them. I like the charcoal quality to the lines. This is the rough sketch, but it's enough for me to begin to trust that this is working out. Corresponding originals, if you'll recall:

(Claire Turlay Newberry and Ferdinand Oger.)

So we're moving forward.


I tried to take Pokey to karate last Tuesday night, (Hawaii, recall, struck with 'flu), and there were three cop cars blocking our driveway:

All three car were running, but the cops were nowhere to be found. I certainly didn't want to go hunt them down if they were in the middle of a dangerous situation. Which doesn't leave you with many options.

Eventually, they came out of a house around the corner and everything seemed calm enough for me to stand awkwardly twenty feet away until one of them asked if I needed help. Then they pulled forward. The end. It was just striking to walk casually out of your house and have your driveway blocked by cops! That's all.

(According to the police blotter the next day, it was a domestic dispute involving a juvenile.) 


Kelly Jennings
Kelly Jennings at 2018-02-26 05:31 (UTC) (Link)

I'm impressed too!

I'm also very impressed with the Spanish composition. Is that Pokey's?

(me, delagar)

heebie_geebie at 2018-03-05 04:18 (UTC) (Link)

Re: I'm impressed too!

It is Pokey’s! Me too. His Spanish is far exceeding my expectations. I’m really pleased!
treereenee at 2018-02-27 14:45 (UTC) (Link)

That story!!

Oh my goodness that story in Spanglish was amazing. Great job Pokey!
heebie_geebie at 2018-03-05 04:19 (UTC) (Link)

Re: That story!!

Thank you!! He is really doing well with it - exceeding my expectations, for sure.
(Anonymous) at 2018-03-01 23:48 (UTC) (Link)

-J, Robot

I love the kitty tattoo sketch!
heebie_geebie at 2018-03-05 04:20 (UTC) (Link)

Re: -J, Robot

Yay!! Thanks! It was such a gigantic relief to see - that I could trust her as an artist to understand and preserve what makes the cats so wonderful. I’m so glad about it.
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