odin made what was supposed to be an elephant as school project. it didn’t exactly turn out like a traditional elephant and looked more like a cross between an elephant and an anteater which is even more fun than regular ol’ elephant anyways.
i don’t think i could make a handmade anything animal. in fact, i know i couldn’t and i thought it was pretty cute. i was secrectly hoping he’d give it to me for christmas, BUT NO, he decided he wanted to give it to his cousin. sigh.
no Elephanteater is complete without a cute tail. i like his attention to detail. and again, i’m seriously impressed because i have absolutely no idea how he made it.
downloaded the new york times crossword puzzle ipad app and “odin” was the answer to a clue in first puzzle.
What are the odds?!
odin and his younger cousin zachary don’t get a chance to see each other very often so it’s fun to see them getting along like no time has passed at all after thanksgiving dinner.
they both love legos and building stuff so that makes it extra easy. getting a non-fake smile out of the two of them at the same time, not so much
odin got a chance to play with other younger cousins this thanksgiving too. hopefully i’ll get a group shot tomorrow. it’s funny because when he visit other family he’s the young cousin but now he’s The Big Cousin. there’s more responsibility when you’re the eldest cousin
a personal best 10K on the hotel treadmill ( sustained 7.5 minute miles which is pretty good considering i’m hauling around a 6’4″ frame ) followed a whole lotta horseplay in the hotel pool with odin.
next up, food and fun with lots of family we don’t get to see very often.
thankful for it all, of course.
i can’t be the only one who hears they might be giants singing about Roy G Biv on here comes the science ( which odin has listened to a gazillion times ) when i look at the arrangement which is best viewed larger?
i ordered some fresh field notes. it’s been awhile since we’ve had any in the house. too long. one of my renewed commitments is to make sure i’m supporting people and brands that i really want to support ( see also supporting thinkup ) and life’s too short to be taking notes in crappy little notebooks.
so we’ve got six new drink local notebooks in the house because, well, i love the field notes brand and the people behind the brand, and i’m not gonna lie i really wanted a couple of the letterpress coasters.
one will go in the galaxie 500 to record mileage and oil changes and the dates of repairs i can never remember, and one will go by the window by the kitchen table so we can record the weather and the birds we see visiting the feeder and one will go by the landline to record voicemails and whatnot ( yes we have a landline ) and a few will go out to work because it seems to me that if you’re the brand manager for a farmer-owned cooperative it just makes sense to record your thoughts in field notes ( appropriately enough one will probably be sitting next to this lunchbox ).
what i didn’t anticipate – but should have – given his love of writing down his thoughts is that odin would be very keen on taking a few ( i.e. all ) of the notebooks for his own use.
odin: “hey, those look great. can i have them?”
me: “uuuuuhhhh. i was really planning on these using these around the house and at work.”
odin: “oooooh, c’mon! i can have at least one, right?”
me: “o.k. one will be fine for now. we’ll order more. pick one.”
i secretly hope he doesn’t pick the red “amber” notebook because i like the color as it slowly dawns on me that i’m giving him the option of choosing a notebook dedicated to a style of beer and wonder if he’s going to take it to school.
gah. he chose amber. now i’m thinking i have to order some winter editions and swap them out on the chance he wants to use it for notes at school
so i’ve got this an even apart lunch box on my desk at organic valley for no other reason than i’m a big fan of two folks on the box, jeffrey zeldman and eric meyer. i personally don’t have have much to with website design in my day job as the organic valley milk and cream brand manager ( though having a long running website i do like keeping track of what’s happening in the industry ) and thusly can’t convince ov to foot the bill to send me to the an even apart conference. but our interactive marketing manager did go to a recent conference, and when she learned i’ve always wanted one – she gave me the lunch box for nothing other than the promise of some purple moon ice cream. 100% completely excellent exchange.
i was going to give it to odin so he could have a cool lunch box but , uuhhhhhh, it’s still sitting on my desk because i’m a bad dad and not so ready to part with the lunchbox.
which is all a rather long explanation for how the goat issue of modern farmer ( excellent new publication by the way ) ended up on my desk next to an event apart lunch box.
maybe i’m a little punchy, but look back and forth quickly at the gazes of zeldman and meyer on the lunch box and gaze of the goat on the cover of the magazine. makes me laugh. every. single. time.
it never not creeps me out and all the more so when there’s a bunch of mounted heads looking back at me.
when i first moved here i remember thinking it was strange that the local hardware store kept a trophy display of fresh kills ( not that i’m against hunting ) but now it just seems mostly normal.
from the you-might-be-in-wisconsin-during-deer-season department.
they don’t say to drink the coors for breakfast but i think it’s just taken as a given.