Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A monolithic update on our hedonistic existence

March has been all about hedonism, it seems. Jacob and I spent one morning before preschool at the ING Direct Café eating some blueberry crumb cake.

In sticking with the coffee shop theme, this last Saturday, I took the boys to Nelson Brothers for "coffee" (ice water in a 12oz coffee cup) and a donut.

The next day, Andrea had to go to the Blaine Becker Furniture World for a one-off job. We erroneously thought it would be a good idea to bring the boys to the Cities: we'd drop Andrea off, the boys and I would run errands, go play, etc., then we could pick her up when she was done. Bad idea. Being away from their natural element was quite difficult for Jacob and Reed.

Jacob has learned that money can be exchanged for goods and services, but he hasn't yet learned that money is a finite resource and should be treated as such. When we went to Cub Foods to get groceries, he asked every two minutes or so if we can buy this or can we buy that. It was hard explaining that no, we can't. Well, no. Actually, it was quite easy for me to explain, but it was very hard for him to accept.

Toward the end of the day, we went to Al Flynn Park in Blaine, and the boys played quite nicely for a half hour or so.

And they enjoyed being first and second mates of the ship.


I was finally able to finish True Love by Thich Naht Hanh. It's a very quick read, but I've been very slow to get around to it. I guess that evens it out. I'm also reading One Minute Mindfulness (Altman), though my approach is to read one chapter (two or three pages) per day, so I'm intentionally not reading it fast.

I was going to post a panorama of some shots I took while laying in my hammock at Lake George, but I can't seem to get the photos stitched together. It seems my Nokia camera phone doesn't have a known focal length multiplier, which may or may not contribute to the fact that Hugin can't align the images well.

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