Friday, August 04, 2006

Geeky Girls, Time Compression, and a Nuclear Poodle

It's all a matter of perspective.

* I remember not understanding why Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats were called "Mini," when they were clearly quite large, and in fact were followed by mini-Mini-Wheats, marketed as Bite-Sized. Years later, I was eating breakfast with a friend's family following a sleepover, and her grandfather unwrapped a real shredded wheat biscuit (or whatever you call 'em). It was easily four times the size of a Mini-Wheat, and, knowing that these giant things were once the standard, the Mini made more sense.

* As a child, I'd certainly seen my share of fluffy little poodles, but didn't think much about them One day our new neighbors were out for a walk, and with them was the scariest dog I'd even seen. A Nuclear Poodle! My mother explained that the curly bodied monster was actually a regular poodle. The other ones were bred as "miniatures" or even "toy" poodles.

* Momma to LG, a teacher, said last week that her husband referred to BlogHer as her "geeky conference." In our intrinsically geeky household, it was considered my "girly conference."

Being a parent has certainly changed my perspective as well.

* Tonight, we visited a restaurant downtown, strolled the neighborhood, and enjoyed an outdoor children's production at the Performing Arts Center. Dinner and a bit of theatre certainly comprise a pleasant night in any circumstances, but two years ago, I don't think I would have considered 75 minutes - from the time we left the car to when we stepped back in it - a full and satisfying evening. Tonight it felt relaxed and luxurious.

5 comments:

ElisaC said...

"Momma to LG, a teacher, said last week that her husband referred to BlogHer as her "geeky conference." In our intrinsically geeky household, it was considered my "girly conference.""

Officially have found my favorite BlogHer quote!

Thanks.

mothergoosemouse said...

I consider dinner eaten sans children to be a luxury these days, whether it's at home or out.

Jenny said...

Standard poodles freak me out. Imagine if there were giant chihuahuas or humungous pomeranians. It just doesn't seem natural.

Karianna said...

Darn those shredded wheat biscuits for requiring extra energy to be broken into pieces!

Lady M said...

Elisa - Thank you! It really is all a matter of perspective.

mothergoosemouse - Yes. In fact, just getting to sip a drink without "sharing" is pretty good too.

Jenny - Agreed. I have seen a standard poodle just once, and that's plenty.

Karianna - ha! I think I'm going to start going for bite-sized.