Thursday, January 19, 2012

Boys Germs vs. Girls Germs

So here is the latest Chianaism from Chianna.

She has been wanting to bring her stuffed animal reindeer, Rudolph to school since we have been back from Christmas break. Rudolph is very special because Santa brought him to Chianna even though she didn't specifically ask Santa for him, but saw Rudolph in the store after she saw Santa. She is impressed that Santa and the Elves knew about her wanting Rudolph and delivering! : )

Evidently there is a time when they have recess that they are allowed to bring out a toy and play and share it. Last week we told her she could take Rudolph to school with her on Tuesday and she was counting down the days, because it was a MAJOR event to her. She even didn't want to sleep with him on Monday night for fear of forgetting to put him in her backpack Tuesday morning! This deer comes every where so that was shocking.

So, Tuesday night we pick her up from school and I asked her all about Rudolph's day at school. She was telling me all about it and said that she only let girls touch her deer "because boys have germs". So I giggled with her a little and smiled and said that was ok and she decided to elaborate that girls have germs too, but boys' germs are yucky and she doesn't like boys. She will only like boys when she is older and gets married when she has a boyfriend.

Of course this is all news to Daddy who is perfectly happy with boys being yucky and germy in her eyes!

The Day The Internet Fought Back

I received this email from and figured I share it as a good way to end the blackout on my blog. Not that I post to it everyday anyhow, but it's just the principle.

"Today was nuts, right?

Google launched a petition. Wikipedia voted to shut itself off. Senators' websites went down just from the sheer surge of voters trying to write them. NYC and SF geeks had protests that packed city blocks.

You made history today: nothing like this has ever happened before. Tech companies and users teamed up. Tens of millions of people who make the internet what it is joined together to defend their freedoms. The free network defended itself. Whatever you call it, the bottom line is clear: from today forward, it will be much harder to mess up the internet.

The really crazy part? We might even win.

P.S. Show this video to as many people as you can. It works!

Approaching Monday's crucial Senate vote there are now 35 Senators publicly opposing PIPA. Last week there were 5. And it just takes just 41 solid "no" votes to permanently stall PIPA (and SOPA) in the Senate. What seemed like miles away a few weeks ago is now within reach.

But don't trust predictions. The forces behind SOPA & PIPA (mostly movie companies) can make small changes to these bills until they know they have the votes to pass. Members of Congress know SOPA & PIPA are unpopular, but they don't understand why--so they're easily duped by superficial changes. The Senate returns next week, and the next few days are critical. Here are two things to think about:

1. Plan on calling your Senator every day next week. Pick up the phone each morning and call your Senators' offices, until they vote "no" on cloture. If your site participated today, consider running a "Call the Senate" link all next week.

2. Tomorrow, drop in at your Senators' district offices. We don't have a cool map widget to show you the offices nearest you (we're too exhausted! any takers?). So do it the old fashioned way: use Google, or the phonebook to find the address, and just walk in, say you oppose PIPA, and urge the Senator to vote "no" on cloture. These drop-in visits make our spectacular online protests more tangible and credible.

That's it for now. Be proud and stay on it!"

You can also see my article for South Florida Internet Marketing Association on the SOPA Protest: SFIMA Blog

Monday, January 16, 2012

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

I'm not sure about everything that was covered in Chianna's school about Martin Luther King Jr. but evidently this is what she got out of it: 
1. He'd dead.
2. It's a sad story.
3. He was good.
4. He was shot in the head by a bad man. (YIKES!)
5. There is a statue of him that she wants to see. (likely because she probably thinks it shows what happens when you get shot in the head?)

Anyone else think that "shot in the head" is a bit graphic for 1st grade? I didn't really probe any further to find out who told her that, I just figured I'd stop the conversation there before it got any worse with more questions that I can't or don't want to answer to a 6 year old.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Daddy Is In Big Trouble!

Chianna learned some where that when she is asking something from daddy, she should turn her head to the side, smile, and say "pleeeease" really sweet while blinking her eyes. She tells me tonight: "I have a special eye thing, I do it on daddy, you should try it too, Mommy."

Thursday, January 5, 2012

My Little Anthropologist

So as you may know or have guessed, Chianna loves dinosaurs. It is her favorite thing. She got this awesome set of play dinos from Uncle Jack & Auntie P for Christmas and it had all different little dinos in it and a few cavemen too. She announced to Uncle Jack as soon as she opened it that she would not be playing with the people, she only wanted the dinos. (Hey, at least she is honest, I guess?) So the other day she opened it and was pretty insistent about not wanting the people. So Myke and I convinced her to keep the people and pretend they are riding the dinos or something like that. Evidently she was mostly upset because she didn't want to have to pretend play that the dinos ate the people! So I thought I would remind her (although I knew she already knew) that people didn't live the same time as dinosaurs did. She said "I know Mommy, it is just a toy." In a very "duh" tone. I thought it was pretty hilarious. Soon she will be schooling us all on the history of dinosaurs. I'm pretty sure she will discover what really happened to them.