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February 7th, 2006

Papa Frog says he’s over at Green Frog’s fixing some issues with the server and/or application. Yeah. Sure. Uh, huh. I’m onto him. I know he’s found some secret wormhole that leads from our Southern abode to San Francisco. He thinks he can fool me with that flimsy black jean jacket and bouncy hair over the eyes disguise. HA.

I do find it hard to believe that Papa Frog would partake in such activities without me. I was under the impression that making me laugh using his patented techniques of complete and total embarrassment was part of the appeal for him…

ein wizenheimer

February 5th, 2006

Last week, Shortstack and I were out and about around town, having an amusing discussion in the car between stopping points. I forget what our conversation was about, but at one point I said to him, ‘Don’t be a such a wiseguy!’ As is usually the case, I was quickly put in my place by his response.

‘Why not? Wise means smart. Mrs. B told us that in class that wise is the same thing as smart. That’s a good thing!’

And just like when Papa Frog says this sort of thing to me, every retort or explanation I can possibly offer only deepens the hole I’ve found myself in.

‘give yourself the gift of bacon’

February 4th, 2006

Need I say more?

Shortstack, a breakfast meat connoisseur through and through, is just the sort of child who would put this on his Christmas list. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I found the list of membership perks. As if TWELVE different artisinal bacons a month wasn’t enough…

Twelve different artisan bacon delivered to your door each month*
Informative notes on all bacon selections
Discounts on Grateful Palate bacon products and bacons
Bacon of the Month Club Membership Card
The Bacon Strip—Our monthly bacon comic strip for members only
The Bacon of the Month Club Pig Ballpoint Pen
A Little Rubber Toy Pig
One free Bacon Tee-Shirt

Thanks for the link, Mighty Goods!

W.R.O.N.G. again!

February 3rd, 2006

So it turns out that the ‘tighties‘ Shortstack was referring to weren’t tightey-whiteys after all, rather tights/pantyhose/stockings, etc. It clicked as we were changing from our school/work clothes to our ‘we aren’t doing SQUAT this afternoon’ attire and he saw the fist sized hole I had poked through the support pantyhose I wore today. (Yes, the things I SWORE I’d never wear. But damn if they don’t smooth out and tighten up your thighs and backside…)

I feel somewhat vindicated. Although looking back, it does seem I was being a little sensitive, doesn’t it? Maybe some shopping for undergarments should be on my list of things to do while the boys have Man Night tomorrow…

master of the obvious

February 3rd, 2006

Shortstack was enjoying some ‘private bath time’ Monday night while I was being a terrible mommy and catching up on some blogs across the hall in the office. He had been on the verge of being sick since Friday, but at this point his only symptom was still the extreme whininess (isn’t that the worse symptom of them all?). I wasn’t suprised when I heard him gradually losing his patience in the tub; each outburst a little more severe than the previous. A temper-specific version of Tourette’s, which was not unlike what I suffered during pregnancy, actually. The angry shout of


was enough to make be bolt to the bathroom in a flash, and I nearly wet myself I laughed so hard when I got there. Apparently, he had splashed water in his eyes and completely soaked his head and face. Not wanting him to think I was laughing at his pain and discomfort, I gently reminded him that he was in a tub full of water, and of course he was wet! His response, ‘oh, yeah…’ As if he had forgotten where he was.

and this little piggy went WEEE all the way to the bank

January 29th, 2006

Shortstack has always asked for ‘piggy bank’ rides, as opposed to the usual ‘piggy BACK’ ride. Clever, astute analysis of this particular choice of words escapes me; thus I open the floor to you clever, astute Internet folk!


January 22nd, 2006

This morning Papa Frog took Shortstack out to pick up a few things from the store and have a special breakfast out while I slept in for a bit (I told you where my priorities are…) and had a quiet few minutes to myself. Instead of going to Waffle House, Papa Frog suggested IHOP, scene of Shortstack’s ‘let’s see how much bacon I can shove in my mouth before I choke’ heart-attack inducing brunch show this past Father’s Day; an incident which proved to be a very memorable learning experience for Shortstack. Right before he and Papa Frog arrived, Shortstack randomly said something to the effect of, ‘This time, I’m not going to put a whole piece of bacon in my mouth and choke.’ The Funny Face pancake arrives, and before Papa Frog can blink an eye Shortstack’s got an entire piece of bacon in his mouth. When Papa Frog called him out on it, he replied

‘It’s okay, I didn’t choke at all. I only swallowed a little bit at a time, not all of it at once!’

Lesson learned! Once again, Shortstack wins the battle of semantics. Like father, like son! At least someone around here can win those battles with Papa Frog. I think Shortstack has mastered the element of surprise on his side; it’s been four years, and we still can’t see it coming!

i’ve never liked the word ‘panties’ anyway

January 16th, 2006

The king of random conversation, Shortstack breaks the short silence while we were driving today.

‘Mom, why do you always wear tighties?’

You are correct, tighties as in ‘tightey-whiteys‘.

when the light bulb goes out…

January 15th, 2006

I love the light from those Reveal bulbs. But what good is clean, crisp light if it burns out faster than Shortstack can down a bottle of YooHoo? I’m willing to admit that there’s more than a slight possibility my stockpiling of the burnt out bulbs was rooted in some angry, twisted ‘I’ll show you, stupid GE!’ mentality as much as it was some stroke of crafting genius. I was indeed planning on setting Shortstack loose with some paint and turning the bulbs into abstract Christmas ornaments. A great recycling idea, no? But nowhere near as cool as turning the burnt out bulbs into Santas, snowmen, angels, and penguins. Not exactly our style as is, but what a great place to start from.

Thanks for the link, LJC!

can you see us glowing with pride?

January 15th, 2006

Last Thursday, Shortstack brought home his 2nd Quarter Progress Report. Unfortunately, anyone who’s interested will have to click on “View Full Picture” below each image to be able to read the pages. Guess which page is our favorite?

For those of you who don’t know, Shortstack is already reading. He does the alphabet activities with his classmates, but each child in the class also works from their own ‘planbook’ with activities designed specifically for them. He also has special reading and writing assignments to bring home to work on at his own pace.




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