Skip to main content

A day in the life....

Owen (walking in the door from school holding two flowers): "Mom, this one is for you and Dad to share. And this one is for an experiment."

Marcus (from the back of the car while I was driving): "I have a penis, Owen has a penis, Daddy has a penis, but OOOOPS! Mommy does not have a penis. I guess it's a lucky day for us!"

Owen (from the backseat):  "Mom, boys and girls are different.  Boys like things that are scary and fast and sweaty and have balls.  Girls like things that are like princesses and baby seals."
Erin: "Hmmm, why is that?"
Owen: "I don't know, but today at school I was reading a book all about sharks and one page had a shark eating a baby seal.  It was so cool and I showed it to Penelope and she thought it was sad."
Erin: "Why?"
Owen: "She really likes baby seals. But I like sharks."

Marcus woke up at 4AM declaring that he was hungry.  I came downstairs with him and proceeded to put some cheerios in a bowl and collapse onto the couch and into my favorite blanket.  He ate all of 3 bites and joined me.  I convince him that going back to bed is the best idea.

Marcus: "Mom, wake up. I want to go downstairs"
Me:  "OK, go"
Marcus: "I want you to come"
Me: "I'm going to stay asleep"
Marcus: "OK, but I'll leave my monkey with you in case you need to snuggle her"


mama mia said…
Love to hear these funnies :)

Popular posts from this blog

An annual note to all the (NSF) haters

It's that time of year again: students have recently been notified about whether they received the prestigious NSF Graduate Student Research Fellowship. Known in the STEM community as "The NSF," the fellowship provides a student with three years of graduate school tuition and stipend, with the latter typically 5-10% above the standard institutional support for first- and second-year students. It's a sweet deal, and a real accellerant for young students to get their research career humming along smoothly because they don't need to restrict themselves to only advisors who have funding: the students fund themselves!
This is also the time of year that many a white dude executes what I call the "academic soccer flop." It looks kinda like this:

It typically sounds like this: "Congrats! Of course it's easier for you to win the NSF because you're, you know, the right demographic." Or worse: "She only won because she's Hispanic."…

The Long Con

Hiding in Plain Sight

ESPN has a series of sports documentaries called 30 For 30. One of my favorites is called Broke which is about how professional athletes often make tens of millions of dollars in their careers yet retire with nothing. One of the major "leaks" turns out to be con artists, who lure athletes into elaborate real estate schemes or business ventures. This naturally raises the question: In a tightly-knit social structure that is a sports team, how can con artists operate so effectively and extensively? The answer is quite simple: very few people taken in by con artists ever tell anyone what happened. Thus, con artists can operate out in the open with little fear of consequences because they are shielded by the collective silence of their victims.
I can empathize with this. I've lost money in two different con schemes. One was when I was in college, and I received a phone call that I had won an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bahamas. All I needed to do was p…

Culture: Made Fresh Daily

There are two inspirations for this essay worth noting. The first is an impromptu talk I gave to the board of trustees at Thatcher School while I was visiting in October as an Anacapa Fellow. Spending time on this remarkable campus interacting with the students, faculty and staff helped solidify my notions about how culture can be intentionally created. The second source is Beam Times and Lifetimes by Sharon Tarweek, an in-depth exploration of the culture of particle physics told by an anthropologist embedded at SLAC for two decades. It's a fascinating look at the strange practices and norms that scientists take for granted.
One of the stories that scientists tell themselves, whether implicitly or explicitly, is that science exists outside of and independent of society. A corollary of this notion is that if a scientific subfield has a culture, e.g. the culture of astronomy vs. the culture of chemistry, that culture is essential rather than constructed. That is to say, scientific c…