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Keeping Up with American Ninja Warrior

Keeping Up with American Ninja Warrior

Dear Kid,

Have you been watching American Ninja Warrior? Probably not.

I could give you a play-by-play, but it would probably sound something like this:

What? Seriously? OMG! How do these people DO this? Humans just aren’t supposed to be able to…WHAT WHAT WHAT? GO! You can do it!

(You don’t have to tell me I’m not cut out to be a play-by-lay commentator.)

I’m so impressed with these athletes. And the women are getting stronger and stronger and going further and further each year. The most amazing part to me is that the competitors all have day jobs. They aren’t professional athletes (OK—a few are professional athletes in other sports—and they tend not to be the ones that go all that far in ANW). But the vast majority are teachers and realtors and doctors and whatnot.

The dedication they have is astounding, and their athleticism is beyond astounding (what is beyond astounding?). This year, the obstacles are more ridiculous than ever. The competitors are having to hold on with both arms (no legs) and then jump over to the next arm hold (still no legs). Do you know how difficult that is??? Crazy.

Just thinking about it makes me want to go lie down for a while.

Love, Mom

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Learning About Coffee at La Terza

Dear Kid,

In all the excitement of The Big News yesterday, I didn’t have time to tell you about our experience at La Terza.

La Terza is an Artisan Coffee Roasterie in Cincinnati. Not only do they roast up extraordinary coffee, they believe strongly in educating people about all things coffee. So on Saturday, Dad and I went over to La Terza for a tour. And education. A tour-cation. A tour de force of tasting and learning.

Learning about coffee at La Terza. DearKidLoveMom.com

We tasted three different kinds of coffee (Ethiopian, the second one which I think was Brazilian but I’m not sure, and Sumatran).

We learned that when coffee is first brewed, it is too hot for all our happy taste buds. The only ones that work at super hot temps are the bitter receptors. So wait for your coffee/tea/soup to cool from about 180 degrees down to 145 or so to taste the full flavor.

Learning about coffee at La Terza. DearKidLoveMom.com

We learned about how coffee spread around the world and how it’s now grown on farms. We learned more in an hour and a half than….well, we learned a lot.

Then we got to help in the process! (How cool is that!)

We got to help roast the Sumatran beans. Dad poured the green beans into the roaster. (I moved the lever.)

Dad helped roast the Sumatran beans at La Terza. DearKidLoveMom.com

When the beans were done, David (La Terza’s owner) ground them up and made us coffee. Freshest cup ever.

Dad helped roast the Sumatran beans at La Terza. DearKidLoveMom.com

It was a wonderful morning.

Love, Mom

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The Editorial Board Met and Decisions Have Been Made

Dear Kid,

The Editorial Board met and decisions have been made.

The Editorial Board Met and Decisions Have Been Made DearKidLoveMom.comTo be clear, I am the Editorial Board and I always talk to myself, so having a Meeting wasn’t exactly an event. More of a continuum of thought.

And making a decision of this magnitude was less a single episode and more something I’ve been sneaking up on for a while.

But I have finally decided. And by announcing it, the decision becomes formal.

DearKidLoveMom will no longer publish on weekends. We are reinventing ourselves to a Monday through Thursday communication. (Tiny print: Except in extreme circumstances where I can’t help myself.)

Why? Because.

You are approaching a new phase in your education by heading off to an internship. Which means I am heading off to a new phase of mom-ing. So I’m gifting myself a break.

This is (probably) the last weekend post for DearKidLoveMom.

I love you, Kiddo. Have a good weekend.

Love, Mom

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Yark! Running a Little Late

Yark! Running a Little Late

Dear Kid,

Yark! This morning came a little early.

Actually, this morning came right on time. Our decision to do something with it came a little late. Which means I have 8 minutes to dash off this letter, finish my coffee, and be in the car.

We’re headed for a tour of a coffee roaster. I think that sounds like an excellent way to spend a boiling hot Saturday morning, don’t you? According to Dad, we’ll get to see the roasting operation and taste a couple of different kinds of coffees. I’m in!

Six minutes.

Other exciting things on the docket for the weekend: fill the car with gas, do some house cleaning, do a little cooking, brush the Puppy, sleep. Makes you wish you were here, doesn’t it?

Two minutes.

Gotta fly.

Love, Mom

 

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A Complete Fairy Tale

Dear Kid,

“The wolf said, "You know, my dear, it isn't safe for a little girl to walk through these woods alone." Red Riding Hood said, "I find your sexist remark offensive in the extreme, but I will ignore it because of your traditional status as an outcast from society, the stress of which has caused you to develop your own, entirely valid, worldview. Now, if you'll excuse me, I must be on my way.” ― James Finn Garner, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories DearKidLoveMom.comOnce upon a time there was a Mom who worked full time, always had a home-made dinner on the table (she never served leftovers or instant mac ‘n cheese), and volunteered 16 hours a week. She got her kids to all their activities on time and never forgot to bake cupcakes for school events. Her eyeliner never smudged and her mascara never flaked. Her nailpolish never chipped and her house was spotless. She got her car’s oil changed on time and always flossed her teeth. Whenever she dieted, she immediately lost 5 pounds even though she made brownies from scratch for her family.

Yeah, no.

Love, Mom

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Time to Make the Donuts

Time to Make the Donuts

Dear Kid,

Sometimes we do things because we want to (eat chocolate chip cookies). Sometimes we do things because we have to (write papers for a class). Sometimes we do things because we feel we ought to (vacuum the dorm room) even though no one is actually forcing us.

Sometimes we enjoy doing the things we have to do. Sometimes not so much.

If Mary Poppins had the opportunity to weigh in on the not-so-much she would undoubtedly mention spoonfuls of sugar. The problem is that if sugar were the answer I’d sit down and eat a package of Oreos.

Wouldn’t it be cool if the not-so-much tasks would take care of themselves? Or if the elves would finally (finally!) show up and take care of things? Or if eating Oreos would somehow magically offset the doing of the chores?

Until then, I’ve got things to do (none of which include Oreos–or donuts).

Love, Mom

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