Guide to Wunderland
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I take a sip of coffee, rub my
face and push back my hair, and review some email I'm writing
to Kory: 'All I have to do is figure out how to teach Gnostica
in two minutes, and then Zendo is toast, buddy.'
achilous (ay-kile'-us) adj.
in anatomy and botany, possessing no lips or only rudimentary
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship
of the Ring :)
and stunning deviations
from Tolkien's story.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
I don't understand why people think this movie is so great.
To me it was confusing and absurd. I found a lot more to enjoy
in "Bring It On", a cheesy cheerleader movie I happened
to see later that night. At least in that movie, when girls went
flying through the air, it was because they'd been flung there,
not because they could just fly somehow.
The Stupid Store
- "As long as we have Icehouse the party will never be
over." -- comments accompanying a mailing
||Jenelle's Christmas Bat Mitzvah
a lot of folks have already taken down their colorful lights
and placed their trees out by the curb, but here at Wunderland.Earth
we're still feeling the holiday spirit. The way I figure it,
the season isn't over until after the last of the 12 days of
Xmas (i.e. Jan 6th) has gone by, and since we're still working
on our holiday mailing and other overdue tasks (like this update),
we just aren't ready to declare the holidays over. Our online
store will remain closed for the holiday overhaul until next
Thursday, and we're just gonna keep on enjoying the holiday season
for another few days. So, more eggnog and gifts for everyone!
Our tree this year was decorated with a variety of bugs and
insects. Doesn't it look lovely?
Of course, we emerge from the holidays with a big pile of
cool gifts, and I'm not going to try to describe them all here.
We also gave away whole bunches of neat stuff. As is our tradition,
we created a small new gift item which we gave to everyone; those
of you who got one know what it is, and the rest of you will
just have to wait. I also made cookies and many bars of my famous
Meanwhile, Alison made big fuzzy booties for everyone in her
family (with some help from Leah). Here you see her dumping them
out for everyone to choose from, after a big Christmas breakfast
with her parents at our house (I made sourdough
pancakes). That afternoon we had Christmas dinner at my parent's
house, where we got many other gifts including a giant Golden
Snitch filled with cookies made for us by my nephew Eric.
My niece Sharon loves airplane rides. Her twin brother James
loves the toy chain saw we got him. (He would only put it down
now and again, usually to go for airplane rides).
soon as Christmas was over, we threw some clothes and a few more
gifts into suitcases and flew to Texas for the Bat Mitzvah of
Jenelle Levenstein. Jenelle is Kristin's niece, so Kristin's
parents were there too, and of course there were lots of Levensteins.
Even though, being family members, we were participating in
the service (reading English translations of the Aliyah) this
was the first time either Kristin or I had ever been to a Bat
Mitzvah, so here you see Ruth (Jenelle's mom/Kristin's sister)
briefing us on where we were supposed to stand when our parts
came up during the service, using Icehouse pieces and a Rubik's
cube as props. (Notice also Ruth's giant cardboard Icehouse set
in the background... she brought it to the reception dinner that
night, and we played a few games of IceTowers with it.)
Of course, we played lots of games throughout the trip...
in the photo below on the left, we see Jenelle playing Fluxx
with two of her cousins the night before her Bat Mitzvah; on
the right, Alison is playing Chrononauts at the reception dinner
with Mikey and Meredith, neighbors of the Levenstein's from two
houses down. (They got so into our games they came over to the
house the next day to buy some of the samples we'd brought along.)
Anyway, lots of other stuff happened as well during National
Play Week this year, and while we didn't get to just kick back
and play as much as we might have liked, it was nonetheless a
grand and fun and exciting week. Here's hoping your holidays
were equally fine.
Happy New Year!
||It seems like airport security is growing tighter
before our eyes. Between going and returning to Texas they added
a new restriction: no carrying-on of bottled water unless you
took a swig of it to prove that's all it is.
||My hair's gotten quite long, and since she just
got a rather drastic trim, I suddenly have longer hair than Gina!
||"Be happy, optimistic, calm, because you
are heading for a deed God loves and will accept. It will be
the day, God willing, you spend with the women of paradise." -- Mohamed Atta, hijacker-pilot of the plane that
hit the North Tower (who apparently despised both tall buildings
and the women of earth), in a memo to himself entitled "The