Sing this tonight at midnight, please

Or at whatever time you decide you can’t stay awake any longer.

That would be at 9:30pm for me.

ʃɪd o̜ːld ə.kwɛn.təns bi fəɾ.ɡot,
ən nɪ.vəɾ brɔxt tɪ məin?
ʃɪd o̜ːld ə.kwɛn.təns bi fəɾ.ɡot,
ən o̜ːl lɑŋ səin?

fəɾ o̜ːl lɑŋ səin, mɑ dʒəʊ,
fəɾ o̜ːl lɑŋ səin,
wiːl tɑk ə kʌp ə kəin.nəs jɛt,
fəɾ o̜ːl lɑŋ səin.


Happy New Year!

New Year’s resolutions for children?

It’s your call whether you want your children to make New Year’s resolutions.

I see the pros and cons of either decision.

Me? I’m definitely going to make New Year’s resolutions for children…for myself!

Seriously, those are much more manageable than the stuff I come up with for myself as an adult. What say you?

Pirate Hats in December

Yes, I’m aware that Pirate Day is gone until next year September, and Halloween was some time ago back in October.

All the more reason to make a pirate hat now, especially if you didn’t do anything pirate-y in November.

I’m lousy at sewing but ooh this? I think I can manage this. You, too? Let’s try!

‘Cept I want mine in green. You know what they say about the green ones, don’t you?

E is for Epergne

Go quiz the older people in your family: what’s an epergne and who has one?

No one in my family has one, so I shall sprint to the nearest recycle shop: must have one now!

Well, wait, I shall first sprint to the nearest dictionary for pronunciation help. Epergne probably doesn’t rhyme with asparagus, right?

(If you don’t mind having another addiction, start following Richard Thompson’s Cul de Sac comic strip for often grin-inducing preschool kids musings. Richard’s Poor Almanac is his blog for slightly more grownuppy musings. Great stuff, I say.)

Making plastic from milk

Got milk? Got vinegar? Make plastic!

Every time I’ve added vinegar to milk, I’ve been on my way to making muffins or pancakes.

Only recently did someone suggest I take a different route and make plastic instead.

Here, look at these directions from Grandpa Pencil, then meet me in the science room to test how this might go.

[Thanks, solarseth!]

But…um…isn’t that just making cheese? No? Oh smart science people, you’ll explain it to me? Thank you.


P.S. Stuff that whole Grandpa Pencil website in your pocket: you’ll find loads of helpful resources for your classroom!

Fire up the aebleskiver pan!

My sister called them Danish pancakes and said they were from Trader Joe’s.

I called them most delicious, and I could have happily eaten a bucketful of them.

Danish people call them aebleskiver, which I’ll learn how to properly pronounce if someone can help me.

With a proper aebleskiver pan, your own favorite aebleskiver recipe, and just a bit of patience, I do believe you could be making and munching aebleskiver in about 20-25 minutes from the time the craving kicks in.

Here’s a helpful how-to video. Call me when they’re ready to eat.

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