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on the range {week 16}: nothing a little Pooh can’t fix

{On the Range} is my weekly series where I discuss what we’re doing, reading, and eating. It’s a little bit 52 project and other photo projects, and a little bit {Did you Read?} and {In the Ranger Kitchen}

On the RangeApril 16 – 22, 2013

“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.”

Vivi: To make us all feel better, we borrowed Winnie the Pooh from the library, which we can count on to cheer us up. This pic is Vivi laughing heartily when Pooh’s growling belly makes him dance.

Charlie: Watching her big sis for directions on the next part of their game. She doesn’t miss a moment.


  • Charlie is finally getting her molars this week, which in my experience has been the most painful of all the teeth to arrive. Poor little dear. There has been lots of cuddling in my house this week and several banana milkshakes consumed by all.
  • Vivi still calls insect repellant “bug scream.” I consider it one of the last of her early childhood malapropisms, and I am in no hurry to correct her. It never ceases to make me laugh.

My week

  • I am finally reading The Hunger Games trilogy of books this week, and I can’t put them down! No, seriously, someone pry this book from my hands and force me to feed my children. I think I avoided the books for so long because I was somehow convinced they were Twilight-ish in nature. I have no reasoning for this connection other than both series involve teens. But they are so much better than I expected, and I find myself juxtaposed between racing to find out what happens and not wanting it to end.


  • Sad and relieved. I am sad about the bombing, sad that prejudices about foreigners were just buoyed by one more “told-ya-so,” sad that the boy they identified and caught is so young. But I am relieved they brought him in and that they did so alive. These people we’ve put in charge of our lives, they are amazing. I think we can’t tell them this truth enough, so I will likely join the millions of other women who will be making them brownies this week.
  • Humdrum. It is raining and low 40’s again today. Egads! I won’t bore you with my complaints again.
  • Smug. I knew lots of my words of the day this week. Do you get this email service? I enrolled so I could learn some new words, but an unexpected outcome is that I feel smug at words I already know. I mean, who doesn’t know the definition of “decamp”? It seems like a word even Dubya would know, you know?


  • Funny article from Gawker about a Fox & Friends reaction to a law requiring mandatory translation services in Ohio public schools. My favorite commenter, when asked what Gretchen Carlson would be translated to in Spanish, says her Castillian name would be “La Gringa Estupida de Wonderbread con Mayo.”
  • My cousin Alice shared two hilarious clips this week. The first is Stephen Colbert’s “Oopsie-Daisy Homophobe“, which is brilliant. Boy does he ever have his finger on the pulse of political & pop culture humor. The second is a clip of a news team cracking up after interviewing Ryan Lochte. Thanks Alice!