Brown bags

In the last two hours, I have …

– Washed, cut-up and Baggied raw vegetables for lunches
– Made fruit salad for lunches
– Bagged lunches in brown paper bags, with name labels
– Laid out clothes for tomorrow
– Given the dog a “time-out” (complete with microwave timer, so she knew when it was over)

How do I not already have kids???

Won’t you be my neighbour?

Was home from work today, and actually watched an entire episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood. Quite enjoyable!

I had forgotten the hypnotizing quality of his voice! And the way you knew he was going to exchange the blazer for the cardigan, the shoes for the sneaks, and still had to watch to see him do it.

The best part is still when he plays the filmstrip thing about how something is made, on his oil-painting-turned-TV-screen “Picture, Picture.” I have never forgotten the clip about how crayons are made, with all the melting wax. It was fascinating. Today’s clip was about how zippers are made — not as interesting, but still decent. Except I suspect zipper-factories have been greatly modernized in the last 20-odd years.

P.S. As a child, I never noticed that he basically opens a drawer and lays the film-canister thing inside it. He is clearly not actually loading anything up — which is fine for kids, I guess, but as a techy-adult, I was a bit disappointed. The magic of “Picture, Picture” was lost.

The thing about Suri Cruise …

… is that she is picture-perfect, all the time. Here are the three most-important things I have learned from this trend-setting toddler …
  • Bangs are adorable. I know Suri has weekly hair appointments, and regular moms can’t do that, but still. God, I would learn to cut bangs, if my daughter’s hair could look that tidy.
  • Pants schmants! I love that she wears dresses all the time — except that one time she wore jeans, like a month ago. I mean, I love dresses. So why shouldn’t my kid love dresses? They are too freaking adorable on kids.
  • No sneaks, here. Suri always wears sweet little Mary-Janes, or sparkly ballet flats. Probably not super-practical for playground-ing (like she does that), but still precious! And did I mention that I have a Mary-Jane obsession? And that I buy one pair every season? Yeah, it’s shameful.

Can you imagine how she is going to take over the fashion world in 14 or 15 years? Maaaaaaajah!