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Teeny Manolo: Celebrating the Joys of Parenting and Childhood - Part 21

Celebrity Dad Faceoff 2.0

Yes, my dears, it has been a while.  Let’s chalk it up to exhaustion from the holiday season, shall we?

Now it seems that our man Pierce is on some sort of unstoppable run, and indeed, he only has one more win needed to place him in the CDF Hall of Fame.

What brave man would be brave enough to step into the breach?

The lovely and wise Seana suggested a certain actor who unbeknownst to me, has been his very hot self on the small screen for quite the few years.  Although I consider myself a sci-fi fan, this man eluded me whilst acting on Farscape and Stargate SG-1.  But wait, I’ve watched Stargate SG-1 and never noticed him!  Fool!

VERSUS

Oh Kentucky, Why You Gotta Be Like That?

A list of the first baby names of 2012 by state recently came out, and there are definitely a few humdingers.

Apparently there was a trend of a lot of names beginning with the letter K and the letter A. Even though I didn’t give birth in 2012, I’m OK with not being on trend.

A few that leapt out at me:

Kentucky: Kay’lyn

I thought that the whole apostrophe within a name thing was so very over.  I was so very wrong.

New Mexico: Daytona Jaymes

There are, to me, two things wrong with this name.

South Dakota: Kalylah

I have no idea where they came up with this one, or how to pronounce it.  Awkwardly, I guess.

Wyoming: Khloe

The Kardashian influence has gone much too far.

Ohio: Anya

A Project Runway fan, it seems.

Arkansas: Wesley Ren

Ditto Princess Bride.

Nevada: Envy Essence-Faye

I could deal with this if it was rearranged.  Maybe.

 

 

 

Lego, I’m Disappointed

You may have heard by now that Lego has come out with a new line designed specifically for girls.

And you know, I’m good with that. I think that even though the concept of Lego is universal, not every girl wants to build police cars and assault vehicles and whatnot.

But this?

This seems just a bit too genderized for me. I don’t have a problem with having things like the tree house or the pet house, but why oh why does everything have to have pink and purple? Could they have not launched the new sets with regular colors?

This is an old advertisement from the 70’s (I think) in which the girl, admittedly a bit tomboy-ish looking, is holding a creation built out of standard Lego bricks.

What happened between then and now?

I had my own Lego sets in the 70’s, and granted, it was a “house” set with a kitchen and living room, but I loved it. It wasn’t pink or purple or glittery, and yet it was one of my favorite toys.

Imagine that!

Tuesday Teeny Poll

Is it really 2012 already?  Where did the time go?  One second it was a few days before Christmas, and all of a sudden I’m on the flip side of the New Year.  It’s been a rough couple of weeks, you have no idea.  But, onward I must go!   We must move forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!*

Our last poll addressed how you were handling the holidays, and an impressive 33% of you were in Martha Stewart mode.  However, that was eclipsed by the 38% who just didn’t care anymore. 23% were in deep breathing mode, and an unlucky 4% were in a full-on panic.  I think I sort of fell in the 38%.  Heh, my kids don’t need holiday memories!

Today I need to know how you feel about 2011.

*Brownie points for the source of that quote!

Pip, Pip

The evil snowman who will haunt your dreams and I wish you a very happy holiday season!

One of These Things is Not Like the Others

Seriously, I can NEVER get enough of these…

I Got Nothin’

I’ve gone and done it.

For the first time in at least ten years, I didn’t send out Christmas cards.

You see, I waited much too long to take a picture of the kids. I kept telling myself that we could wait one more week. What was one more week? But then things kept happening, and finally the weekend that was to be my final deadline came and went with all of us being sick and barely able to function, much less posing and smiling for a picture.

I can’t think of a worse recipe for a photo than two sick kids, one of them a toddler who has hit the terrible twos with a vengeance.

So I didn’t upload the picture, the card never got printed, I never had to go pick them up, and I didn’t have to spend a bunch of time addressing them.

I feel sort of bad about it, because I know many people look forward to having a picture of the kids.

But then again, I sort of don’t.

Maybe I could send out New Year’s cards?

Monday Teeny Poll

53% of you have the baking gene, while 21% of you do not.  The other 25% give it their best shot.  I would say that I am a fairly good baker, but that I don’t seem to find the time to be able to do it as often as I would like.  Which with my toddler is like, never.  I have sworn, though, that I will bake some cookies for my son this year for the holidays.

Today I’m all about the holidays. Again.