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State of the Union, THE WORKSHEET

11 Feb

I think it’s pretty well documented that around here, we love a good worksheet.  Debates, Super Bowl Bingo, Lunch Log – we’re not picky.  Give us a crisp worksheet, a clipboard, and a sharp #2 Dixon Ticonderoga, and we’re happy.  At least 66% of our household is happy.

So, tomorrow night, Sophie and I will be sitting in front of the laptop with clipboards in hand while Martin moans with the unfairness of it all, as we watch the State of the Union.

To keep everybody’s attention, we’ve created the Unofficial State of the Union Worksheet.  Using this sheet, we’re going to track the usage of the terms we think are likely to be included in the speech.  We’re going to keep it very simple, leaving tally marks each time we hear a phrase used.  We’re not going to worry about total accuracy and there’s no way to win.  Unless of course, you count a night with clipboards and your children as a win.  WHICH I DO.

State of the Union Worksheet


Want to join us?  Print your own!

Print it: State of the Union Worksheet

Cream Puffs

25 Jul

In my family, desserts are not for always for eating, they are also for smashing. 

Exhibit A: c. 1981.  Having purchased individual pies with whipped topping, dad left them on the counter.  My brother, having spotted them, grabbed one and smashed it in my dad’s face.

Exhibit B: Yesterday.  We bought a half dozen cream puffs at the bakery with the intention of smashing them in our armpits (what?).  Martin tried one, then before my eyes turned into Buddy the Elf.


Few suggestions:
1. Buy some cream puffs; they are super fun.
2. Cream puffs smashing is an outdoor activity.
3. You might want to invite my dad.

Recommended Ages:
Just past the age where kids start to get jokes.  Before then, this kind of activity can easily induce crying.