I have a 6 year old! Five things #20150223

1) As of today, February 23, 2015, my boy is 6 years old. He’s reading everything in sight and he needs TWO hands to show you how old he is, which is positively unheard of. I asked him very kindly to stop growing up, but he would not agree. Sigh.

2) This will be a bit of a rant. I’ve been considering how I speak and write a bit lately. I’ve noticed a number of articles lately about removing the dreaded words “just” and “but” from your vocabulary. Personally, I don’t appreciate every sentence being as short, direct, and authoritative as possible. I like a modifier or two, and happen to think they can make things sound a bit more friendly.

Please let the record also show that I would rather see an exclamation point than an emoticon or “emphatic periods.” Why time.com would recommend those options over exclamation points completely beyond me.

Here’s the moral of my story: Yes, I do want to be more conscious of filler words and excessive punctuation. But no, I don’t like your approach or your results when you demand that we “must” eliminate words or use alternative punctuation. I feel like I should be in a rocking chair, yelling at these folks to get off my yard and waving a hardcover copy of The Elements of Style.

3) Meals! Here’s the plan.

  • Monday Birthday burgers, fries, Caesar salad, and chocolate cake. Partyyyy!
  • Tuesday Red chicken curry with veg & rice. No kids- so extra spicy.
  • Wednesday Shredded beef burritos. With guacamole. Enough said.
  • Thursday Garlicky-chicken skillet, smashed & roasted red potatoes, spinach.
  • Friday Lasagna because it’s already in my freezer. Woop! Side dishes will most likely be broccoli & bread sticks.

4) In January I made three pies, and I haven’t made any yet this month. What does this mean, you may ask? It means that to keep my new year’s resolution, I need to make two pies this week. Two! I want to try my hand at some sort of chocolate pie. Potentially this chocolate satin pie with this cinnamon graham cracker crust OR this vanilla wafer cookie crust. The other pie will be apple, because I need to keep working on my recipe.

5) The end.

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Author: Liz in St. Paul

A good crust, with many tender layers. Marketing, mothering, and butter to name a few.

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