### Um, where's Owen?

Erin: "Wanna go watch Owen sleep?"
Me: "Heck yes! It's Friday, what else are we gonna do?"

Indeed, what else would we do? Hit the night clubs? Now that we are parents Friday nights are a lot like other nights. Get the boy down and enjoy the quiet. And every night we like to sneak into his room and check up on him. Under any other circumstance, in any other setting, this little activity of ours--sneaking into someone's room and watching them sleep--would seem pretty disturbing. But then again, so would picking someone else's nose and examining what comes out. When thinking about the day-to-day things you do when raising a two-year-old it's often best not to think too critically about them.

Part of it is that we just enjoy seeing him in one place for longer than 30 seconds. It's relaxing and gives us the illusion that he's, well, sane. The other part of our desire to spy on him at night is because of his recent sleeping habits, which are anything but sane. When we moved into our new place, we took the rail off of his crib, converting it into a big-boy bed. He was pretty stoked about this at first. That is until he fell out of his big-boy-bed a couple of nights in one week. Ever since then he's taken to sleeping on the floor.

This decision of his seemed pretty logical to me. While he may stay in one spot for 30 seconds at a time while sleeping, which is about 60 times longer than when he's awake, he moves around pretty frequently during the night. But Erin, being the good, concerned mother that she is, has never really been comfortable with Owen's chosen sleeping location. Especially since this is the scene that recently greeted us when we checked in on him:

Erin: "Um, where's Owen?"
Me: "I'm not sure. I'm pretty sure he's in here somewhere, unless the aliens got him...again."
Erin: "Very funny."

Me: "Found him!"
Erin: "I really wish he wouldn't do that."
Me: "If he's uncomfortable, he could easily move."
Erin: "You're not suggesting we leave him there, are you? What if he gets rug burn?"
Me: "A little rug burn will be good for the boy. It'll toughen him up!"
Erin: (shooting me a please-be-kidding look)

Anonymous said…
just like uncle brian...

what if you put the mattress all the way on the floor? and then if he stays on the mattress by itself long enough, then put it back in the bed? Kinda like training him to sleep in the bed...in stages.

or, let him sleep on the floor. a little rug burn never hurt anyone.
Cindy said…
Stuff like that used to drive me crazy. You convince yourself that they'll never grow out of it, and at the age of 25 they'll still be a floor-sleeper. I'm here to tell you that shirt chewing, armpit popping, tongue clicking, eater of only chicken nuggets and pizza, is a relatively "normal" almost-24-year-old. I"m sure Owen will be, too, but it's a learning process!

Cindy
erinjohn said…
last night we went in and all we could see was one foot sticking out from under the bedskirt. it was truly the scene from the wizard of oz where dorothy's house is on the wicked witch.

cindy, i laughed out loud at your response... it means there's hope :)
Anonymous said…
I'll get you my pretty....and your little dog, too!

### On the Height of J.J. Barea

Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea standing between two very tall people (from: Picassa user photoasisphoto).

Congrats to the Dallas Mavericks, who beat the Miami Heat tonight in game six to win the NBA championship.

Okay, with that out of the way, just how tall is the busy-footed Maverick point guard J.J. Barea? He's listed as 6-foot on NBA.com, but no one, not even the sports casters, believes that he can possibly be that tall. He looks like a super-fast Hobbit out there. But could that just be relative scaling, with him standing next to a bunch of extremely tall people? People on Yahoo! Answers think so---I know because I've been Google searching "J.J. Barea Height" for the past 15 minutes.

So I decided to find a photo and settle the issue once and for all.

I then used the basketball as my metric. Wikipedia states that an NBA basketball is 29.5 inches in circumfe…

### Finding Blissful Clarity by Tuning Out

It's been a minute since I've posted here. My last post was back in April, so it has actually been something like 193,000 minutes, but I like how the kids say "it's been a minute," so I'll stick with that.
As I've said before, I use this space to work out the truths in my life. Writing is a valuable way of taking the non-linear jumble of thoughts in my head and linearizing them by putting them down on the page. In short, writing helps me figure things out. However, logical thinking is not the only way of knowing the world. Another way is to recognize, listen to, and trust one's emotions. Yes, emotions are important for figuring things out.
Back in April, when I last posted here, my emotions were largely characterized by fear, sadness, anger, frustration, confusion and despair. I say largely, because this is what I was feeling on large scales; the world outside of my immediate influence. On smaller scales, where my wife, children and friends reside, I…

### The Force is strong with this one...

Last night we were reviewing multiplication tables with Owen. The family fired off doublets of numbers and Owen confidently multiplied away. In the middle of the review Owen stopped and said, "I noticed something. 2 times 2 is 4. If you subtract 1 it's 3. That's equal to taking 2 and adding 1, and then taking 2 and subtracting 1, and multiplying. So 1 times 3 is 2 times 2 minus 1."

I have to admit, that I didn't quite get it at first. I asked him to repeat with another number and he did with six: "6 times 6 is 36. 36 minus 1 is 35. That's the same as 6-1 times 6+1, which is 35."

Ummmmm....wait. Huh? Lemme see...oh. OH! WOW! Owen figured out

x^2 - 1 = (x - 1) (x +1)

So $6 \times 8 = 7 \times 7 - 1 = (7-1) (7+1) = 48$. That's actually pretty handy!

You can see it in the image above. Look at the elements perpendicular to the diagonal. There's 48 bracketing 49, 35 bracketing 36, etc... After a bit more thought we…