A recent study by Chris Westbury and Geoff Hollis of the University of Alberta was titled “Wriggly, squiffy, lummox and boobs: What makes some words funny?” Published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, the researchers shared findings that they have created an algorithm that can predict more accurately than ever how funny most people will find any particular word.
Welcome to 2019, everybody. I hope you all had very nice holidays.
We had a very nice time.
And then we moved out to the ‘burbs. Continue reading “Boxing Up on Boxing Day”
December is not the best month to have your birthday.
As someone whose birthday is right on Christmas, I have always felt a little envious of people whose birthdays are on just some random day in April or August.
Sometimes I’m just being above-average selfish in taking the Christmas birthday thing too hard. So I decided to run a little survey to find out how other people feel about having a December birthday. Continue reading “Birthdays in December are kind of a bummer”
When I was little, I remember being so excited about the approach of Christmas that I could barely contain the anticipation. Christmas is also my birthday, so it was like a double helping of expectation. Here is a book review and author interview for a book that helps spread the fun of expectation, “Ten Days Till Christmas.” Continue reading “Book Review: Ten Days Till Christmas”
At my house we’re constantly on the edge of being sucked into the vortex of screen time.
Yes, screen time is bad for little kids.
But if you are going to let them watch, a pretty good option is to pull up storybooks read aloud on YouTube. Continue reading “A Playlist For Your Little Couch Potato”
Are you one of the millions of Americans who goes out and buys all their holiday gifts on the day after Thanksgiving, fighting for gifts on sale for amazing prices? After all, it is practically our national duty to get out and spend, spend, spend!
Instead, why not join me observation of Buy Nothing Day?
This is a guide for making a double-sided printed booklet using a template in Microsoft Word. Use these instructions and the included MS Word template to create custom books with your own content. Continue reading “Make Your Own Printed Booklet With MS Word”
I had my first baby at age 39, and my second at just shy of age 41. That makes me an older mama. As medical professionals put it, I was of “advanced maternal age.”
Do I regret not having my children at an earlier age? Continue reading “Thoughts on Being an Older Mama”
Okay folks, Halloween 2018 is over, let’s discuss what went well this year and what didn’t.
First off: costumes. Our team really outdid itself, not just in quality but also in quantity.
Zaza set the pace early be managing to convince us to buy him not one, but two store-bought costumes at Cosco. Continue reading “Halloween 2018 Retrospective”
Once upon a time there was a little baby star. It was born in a special place called a nebula. There, stardust makes big clouds of hot gases that swirl around and then come together to form stars.