Remember that big tantrum Richard had last week, that I mentioned on Saturday? Well, he smashed a dish or cup or something in the kitchen, which Q swept up… but she apparently missed a piece. I know she missed a piece, because I had predicted that she would, and that I'd be the one to find it. One of my really sucky mutant powers is that I'm always the one who finds stray nails, pieces of glass, et al.; generally by walking around barefoot and stepping on them (but occasionally gouging my thumb instead) – regardless of how thoroughly you or I might think that we cleaned up the mess. It's really not a very good mutant power, foot-glass-magnetism, and I have yet to figure out how to parlay it into a career of superheroic crime fighting. Anyway, I found the piece last night, and called Richard in to show him the glass and my bleeding foot, and explain to him (in a level voice, with no punishment) again why breaking things is bad. I didn't punish him (again; he was already punished for the tantrum), not directly, at least; but since I was limping and didn't feel like walking anywhere, I refused his later requests to go to the park.
On the other hand, I learned a new word today, thanks to Irregular Webcomic. The word is rhoticity (from the Greek letter "rho"), and describes "whether or not you pronounce the letter 'r' when it is not followed by a a vowel sound." Most English-speakers in England, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa are non-rhotic (they drop "r"s at the end of words, or within words but not followed by vowels); most English speakers in North America are rhotic (they pronounce all of their "r"s). But not me – "Chowdah! Chowdah! Chowdah!"
As I said before, I'm way behind in setting up the "Cutest Picture of 2009" polls. For those of you who are new around here, at the end of every year I pick out the cutest (IMO) pictures of Richard and, through LJ polls, allow people to choose the cutest one of the year. It doesn't mean anything much, apart from the winning picture being my computer desktop wallpaper for a while, and me sending the picture to my mother and telling her "the internet" chose that as the best Richard picture of the year. Anyway, I've got the nominees for the first half of 2009 under the cut; if you choose to participate, please pick the one you like best from each category. If you choose not to participate … well, then don't.
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