It’s Almost Not The Weekend Anymore….

1) In honor of the weekend almost gone, Miserable Men, which has been making the rounds in both US and UK press this week with varying pictures from the same collection…. Proving (on an almost-Monday) Even When You’re Miserable You Can Make People Smile. Interestingly not a few (fine, nearly all) of these involve men being dragged along to go shopping.

Like so.

Like so.

All big department stores should have them.

All big department stores should have them.

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2) The Prodigal Daughter by Rev Dr William Wan. Terrifying in the Do Everything Right And Still Get Taken On This Heart-Wrenching Parenting Journey sort.

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“…There was absolutely nothing we could do or say to her that would make any difference. We watched helplessly as she slid away from us into a world of teenage drug and sex counter-culture. We knew we had lost her, both emotionally and psychologically….”

Leaving home on her 16th birthday, pregnant at 19, her love for her own son when she tries to raise him, sends her back to school at 21 to be able to give him a better life.

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3) Not really one for Scary Halloween, love Dress-up Halloween, but some of these make up ideas are amazing – because of the 3D view the makeup artist has of their subject.

Basically I mean this. Turning 3D back to 2D

Basically I mean this. 3D to 2D

Basically, I mean this.

And this. Nuff said. (Rockstar says he can see her chin).

 

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4) Hands down the best Halloween costume ever, ever, ever however is this:

71 year old grandmother battling cancer knits herself new hair

71 year old grandmother battling cancer knits herself new hair. I think she tweets, too.

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5) Move over puppies… Here’s Old Faithful - Warm, intimate photos of really old dogs.

Hazel has 5 microchips from being in numerous puppy mills. (She also had her eyes removed due to pain.)

Hazel has 5 microchips from being in numerous puppy mills. (She also had her eyes removed due to pain.)

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6) Chinese being a “notoriously difficult” language to master in adulthood… Why Mark Zuckerberg Studies Chinese Every Day.

It says Zuckerberg stated he's learning Chinese to better connect with his wife Priscilla's family

In article, Zuckerberg says he’s learning Chinese to better connect with his wife Priscilla’s family

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7) Not for everyone, but if you ever think you’ll be in a startup then this one-pager is a good skim… Liquidation preference need-to-know.

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8) For more people maybe… How to dominate at Monopoly using math.

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9) Miss has the skit, with a cameo by Rockstar, in Not To Be Outdone…….

While the Miss steps away Rockstar shall play...

While the Miss steps away Rockstar shall play…

Miss returns and is surprisingly unperturbed (she can get mad when you meddle with her stuff)

Miss returns and is surprisingly unperturbed (she can get mad when you meddle with her stuff)

....And insists and having the last say in blocks.

….And insists and having the last say in blocks.

Good work week ahead, dears…

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I, Miss Safari Kid

Finally, after people have been asking what happened to The Little Miss Rockstar guest posts…… 

Hello Again Everyone,

It’s been Too Long since I last contributed a piece, and that’s because I’ve been busy at my new pre-school.

Guest Blogger In Action On Campus

Guest Blogger In Action On Campus

I am now, and have been since after summer break…… a Turbo Toddler at Safari Kid! <proud>

I pass this picture in our lobby each day, I think they must be alumni. Not-too-recent, obviously. They look ANCIENT.

I pass this picture in our lobby each day, I think they must be alumni.

(Not…. too recent alumni, obviously – when does your hair start to grey like with the man on the left, it’s sometime after you become a fossil, isn’t it?) Anyway maybe these were like, founding Safari Kids back in 2005 in Silicon Valley (they have their own App coming soon too) – i.e. a gadzillion years ago in a galaxy far, far away.)

But, back to business:

Guest Blogger Doing Some Heavy Lifting As Turbo Toddler

Guest Blogger Doing Heavy Lifting As Turbo Toddler

As the name “Turbo Toddler” implies, the social life is just amazing. We hold hands to and from various parts of our magnificent pre-school campus (full of bright, padded furniture you can run into!) while singing deep, philosophical songs like A,B,C.

My recitation of A,B,C especially impresses my Ko-ko, who is almost 7.

This is my ole' Ko-ko

My ole’ Ko-ko. He’s posing willingly for this picture because it turns out he likes being called “old”.

Naturally, I feel obliged to take an interest in my Ko-ko’s education. (Though I shall reserve judgment over why he is impressed by A,B,Cs at his age (what are they teaching at his school?))

(What do they teach old people in school nowadays)

Let’s see what all the fuss is about…

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Just LOOK at this….. THING My Ko-ko’s Friend From School Gave Him.

I worry for my Ko-ko. Look at the things he gets from his friends in school. I’m not sure we should be sending him there. But I’m away a couple hours each day, so I can only hope he stays out of trouble til I get back… And join him. He can be sure I’ll be looking into the state of his education as soon as I can, though.

Anyway. As I was saying, our social life in Turbo Toddlers is so amazing our mummies and daddies get jealous and so they have to come up with things like Wine and Cheese Nights and School Applications Information Sessions and Open Houses just so the ancient grownups don’t feel left out.

Understandable, really:

How fun is THIS?

How much fun is THIS?

Y’know, there is so much fun to be had, <whispers> some senior school staff can’t stay off our slides. I mean, supposedly some of my friends might need extra encouragement to try new activities rather than the same ones all the time, or else I think the other common “excuse” was they stay very hands-on engaged, but come on.

(Like, who needs encouragement to fall off this thing and hit your head, right? Right?)

Who wouldn’t want to have a go on THIS?

Among others, I’ve secretly observed senior school staff readily roll up their sleeves and go on our slides with us – and they do it with such enthusiasm that I’m pretty sure it’s just ‘cos they wish they had one in their office. Bet they wish they had brightly colored padded furniture to run into all day as well. Exactly.

Which brings us to…… safety. Especially if you missed the latest case in the UK I think it was, grownups, write this down: If you send “gwapes” in for your Turbo Toddler’s snack, you need to halve them first. This is because a “gwape” is just about the size of our windpipes and is therefore an Official Choking Hazard. It doesn’t matter how adept we are with the motor skills, gwapes are to be halved. It’s a policy.

It’s also policy to get an “Ouch Report” sent home if you bump your head. Like, even if they check you out and think you’re fine, you’ll still get one. It’s embarrassing. I think I’m going to end up getting a billion of these before I’m through because I’m accident prone (it’s not living if something’s not hurting is almost my motto.)

Things That Make Ya Go "Hmmm" - Guest Blogger In Pensive Self-Reflction

Things That Make Ya Go “Hmmm” – Guest Blogger In Pensive Self-Reflection

Each week, there are emails describing our activities. But that’s not all – in line with the customization toward each unique individual in our program, there are always a few lines specific to each and every one of us, after the more general stuff about our class activities. Fellow toddlers be warned – that’s BAD for you and you will have to stay on guard at all times. I speak with the voice of experience.

When someone just dumped different colored pasta into the WRONG bowls and I spent the session re-sorting everything into their original bowls my Mummy heard about it.

Guest Blogger In Re-enactment Of Incident

Guest Blogger In Re-enactment Of Unfortunate Incident

Guest Blogger Re-enactment II

Guest Blogger Re-enactment II

Now she knows I am capable of tidying up my beads. <all indignant> This all manner of sucks for me. But I’ve got a tip for you, fellow toddlers: If you ever find yourself in this situation, smile winningly and put something silly on your head. The grownup bothering you will laugh and probably forget even if you put their iPhone down the toilet.

Guest Blogger in action

Guest Blogger in action demonstrating a possible smile to get yourself out of trouble

Anyway, that’s all we have time for today. I have to go to <reverent pause> school now.

Signed,

The Little Miss Rockstar (because I know stuff.)

ps: Harvard is so passé

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Rockstarism #341/ Miss-Speak #22 – Taking An Interest In Education

#341

Just hanging in the Rockstar household…

Rockstar: Mum. What is she doing?

Me: Looks like a pirouette. She must’ve picked it up from one of her friends in school.

Aware she has a slightly scandalized audience, the Miss starts mewing and arching her back. Rockstar starts and raises his eyebrows (seriously cracks me up sometimes, the things that get a rise out of him…)

Rockstar: And – and she meows too! <seriously> Mum. What is she learning from these people in this school? Are you sure we should be sending her there? 

Me: You know she’s doing it to get a reaction from you, right?

Rockstar: No. Notti. Count for ko-ko. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Miss: <enthusiastically> 11, 12, 14, 16, Chicken!      

He says touch your nose....

He says touch your nose….

She does that. Of course.

She does that. Of course.

 

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