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It's been a lazy hazy (hazy lazy) day. We stayed up quite late last night and I slept in this morning. Isadora is off at a mini camp with my mom so there was no one to wake us up. Rhiannon is all 'grown' and quite capable of turning the tv on or playing computer games by herself. She seems to be reveling in the peace and quite.
Tomas made me pancakes this morning. I watched him to this once. It was scary. Pancakes are one of few things he cooks and he seems to have an attack approach to them. He cranks the heat up high, opens the window, closes the kitchen door, turns on the exhaust and does some sort of screaming devil maneuver where he somehow manages to cook the fuck out of them and yank them just before they burn, almost. It produces a great deal of fury and smoke in the kitchen so I was glad it was all said and done when I woke up and I was merely presented with the finished plate rather than having to witness their creation. Once was enough thank you. I'm content to clean up the mess afterwards.
I've just started Ken Burn's documentary on the Civil War and had to pause it so that I can rifle through my family history and collect all the names of the Civil War vets. I want to know the battles they were in so that I can more enthusiastically participate in the documentary. Whee. There aren't as many vets as I expected to find. Most of my ancestors seem to be straddling the line of too old or too young to have been in it. That or I'm having trouble locating their units. There is a great listing of C.S.A. peeps in Georgia but often you get initials rather than full names and that's too fuzzy to really use. I did get Uriah Taylor pinned down. He was my grandfather's great grandfather and in the Georgia Infantry 5th Regiment Company I, the Muscogee County company known as the 'Georgia Grays'. I'm still not sure of the right way to list all of that.
Anyway, his regiment fought in quite a few battles including Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and the Atlanta Campaign. That's pretty exciting to me as I grew up going to Chattanooga fairly often and have always been pretty familiar with the 'Battle in the Clouds' story. Hopefully I'll get a few more people figured out. On my mom's side all four of the boys in one family went to war. Three of them died. I wish I could figure out which group they were with but there were quite a few people with their surname in the lists and a lot of initials.
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My girls just watched their first shuttle launch. It was exciting for them. Rhiannon asked two questions, the first was shortly after take off, "Are they at the moon yet?" and then, "Do they have air conditioning in there?". Isadora just bounced around squealing a lot.

That new camera they have which showed the fuel tank falling off was amazing. What a view.
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We're looking forward to going to Atlanta's Pride Parade next weekend. Isadora really had a grand time last year. I just wish we had friend type things with which to enjoy it with. Being antisocial makes the rare times when I don't want to be antisocial trickier. Damn my gawthy angst.
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This morning while browsing through the On Demand offerings for children I noticed an episode of Veggie Tales. My own prejudices make me want to ban Christian propaganda much the way my mother banned Santa, but then I read something like [livejournal.com profile] idlewild_'s recent post in which she overheard a couple of heathens revealing their ignorance about basic bible lore and I wince. It's important for understanding our culture here to have at least some knowledge of the bible, however I'm not sure I want that education to come in the form of a dancing head of broccoli singing about a 'Message from the Lord'.
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We took the kids up to the Children's Museum today. It's about a mile walk to the Marta station nearest to us, then a short ride into the Five Points station, around 5 or so blocks to the CNN center from there where we had lunch and then a good solid walk through Centennial Park. The museum is at one end of it. They are building the new aquarium in that area too. It's impressive looking. So anyway, the children should be fairly well worn out between all the walking and playing.
It is always interesting to watch other parents interacting with their kids. This museum is made for the 8 and under crowd so the adults are generally pretty involved helping make 'sand' castles (it's some sort of fake silicon sand), getting tap shoes on and off, fetching fish from the 'stream', pulling kids out of slides... that sort of thing. Today though we saw a toddler who could not have been any older than two, wandering around the building slurping Coke from a can with a straw. It made me sad. I mean I had the occasional taste of Coke from time to time as a wee babe and my kids get Sprite maybe half the time when we eat out at a restaurant, but to just send your toddler off wandering with can and a straw... *sigh*

In less child centric news, The Complete Bushisms is both sad and amusing.


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