Wednesday, May 30, 2012

so the toy grill says to the undependable screwdriver: why so warped?


I'm proud to say I put a toy grill together today after getting four missing screws in the mail from the manufacturer. Felix fell in love with the same grill at a Mother's Day party in a plush Hollywood mansion, so of course we had to get him one.

To see Felix mesmerized by random objects is a joy I wasn't prepared for. To see his eyes light up and focus on the colors, exploring the textures with his tiny fingers, putting things in his mouth to find out if they're edible or disgusting...his curiosity is inspiring.

And there's a big chance I'm projected my own boredom onto his widespread arsenal of entertainment, but that's another story, if it's not already obvious why I would ever be bored. Thank goodness for ice cold air conditioning--one Brooklyn summer in an airless apartment is all one needs to appreciate that for the rest of eternity.

I'm thinking about investing in a sturdy steel or titanium screwdriver so the tip won't get warped whenever I try to put something together in the future. I don't know anything about tools, but I do know the screwdriver I currently own is from an Ikea tool set and it's a total piece of crap.

The hammer's fine, but a rock from the driveway could put the same nails in the wall. I'm, two seconds away from googling "what is the hardest material a Phillips screwdriver can be made from"...high carbon steel it says--which is better than low carbon steel.

Guess that's going on the ol' Amazon wishlist--along with an International Playthings Flash Beat Drum and Elememosqueeze blocks, which according to the description, are great for learning the alphabet, in the tub, or just to hold and chew wherever.

Monday, May 21, 2012

knick knacking in La Mesa


It's Monday night and the weekend was fine. We road tripped it to a cute city beside San Diego called La Mesa which hosted us for Ned's appearance at their book festival.


Aside from sipping a delicious Malbec that we found at a local wine bar tasting, and watching Spiderman 3 while crunching Pop chips in a Holiday Inn like rock stars, and trying tiramisu from an Italian place called Tiramisu, good times were found trolling shops for knick knacks and checking out the happenin' coffee place recommended by our eccentric wine guide, Doug.



We finally found (after needing some for a while) a really great set of coasters at a unique shop that held an abundance of Tiffany style lamps, tasseled wall tapestries and Frank Lloyd Wright night lights.

The festival itself was charming, especially when I got to hold a baby chicken my cupped hands while nuzzling a baby goat. I told the farmer handling the animals that the moment was enough to compel me to go temporarily vegan and he just looked at me like: why?


I like being put in my place by elders who've lived twice as long as me. Even if by the well-honed furrow of the brow. He was in overalls and everything. I bet he's killed his own meals like a million times is the thing. In La Mesa. Fresh milk every day.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

working wizards & unstuck logic at bathtime

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Felix impressed me today. Like EXTRA impressed me. I won't beat around the bush. Ned on a special mission to Target for Drano (thick beard!) grabbed a new bath toy for our tyke. Since his already existing toys were very yesterday. I'll stop talking like a Valley girl now.

Ned bought Felix a set of letters and numbers that stick to the wall of the tub, water being the adhesive. I marveled at that actually. Thought: wizards, it's tough to get work these days, but behold the marvel of these sticky letters -- it must be!

Then I watched Felix play with the letters, saying: guh. Everything this week is guh. Except the cat, who is: keeeee! 11-month-olds; they know how to keep it simple.

So Felix is trying to figure these new toys out. He picks up a green J--floats it. He picks up a red K--tosses it. Then he peels a letter off the wall, looks at it, grabs another letter floating in his bath...AND STICKS IT ON THE WALL. I found this so amazing (obviously).

This LOGIC. Plain and simple. Deduction. This guh was stuck to the wall -- therefore this guh will stick to the wall -- because they're both guh. There are so many people who can't even operate the simplest mechanisms without detailed instructions, without asking a million questions... Where is what? This goes where? How is that. Who took a huge bite out of my sandwich!? (Oops.)

Is it obvious what I'm trying to get at here? Logic. The ability to rationalize a conclusion by investigation. To test a plausible hypothesis. He unstuck one object and subsequently stuck a similar object in its place! Reasoning. Assessment. Validity!

Am I just being a crazy "my kids a genius" dodo-head parent? If so I can deal with that. I can deal with being the dodo-est-ever-of-them-all! But I was still very impressed today. And that what this post's about.
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