Day: November 17, 2004

Tiny Nails Of Fury

When you become a parent, you quickly learn how many things can be harmful to your child. You plug up all your electrical outlets. You hide any decorative pieces that have sharp edges. You gather up all your assorted poisons and store them in one secure location. What none of the parenthood guides tell you, though, is that the most dangerous thing to your child is much more difficult to manage. Unless trimmed often and properly, your child’s fingernails can be a deadly weapon.
About once a week when we go to wake M. up, we’ll find her with a nasty gash someplace on her face. On a really bad day, she’ll have two cuts, which makes us look like the worst parents in the world. What’s maddening is you can trim her little nails, file the edges, and there’s still always one hidden, sharp point that she manages to gouge herself with while sleeping. Since she remains follicle challenged, the bright red lines stand out on her pale skin even more than they normally would. On occasion, she clues us in to where the trouble spots are before she does damage to herself. There’s nothing like holding a baby who’s falling asleep, lovingly looking at her while she squeezes your fingers, then suddenly feeling her little razor blade fingers rip through your skin. While you’re struggling not to scream, she’ll get another 2-3 slashes in before you can remove your hand from hers. Very good times.

I finally found an app that allows Mac users to upload pics to Blogger, as the pic I posted this morning shows. I’ll still be setting up albums at my .Mac homepage, but will be sharing individual pics here from time-to-time. In fact, I’ll post one from her in the high chair later today.


More Stupidity

It’s Kansas-Missouri football week, so I’m sure you can imagine how fired up everyone in my neighborhood is! At least M. and I are. We’re hosting a watch party for the local rivalry, Indiana and Purdue, so the girl and I will have to steal away to my office to check the score on the real game periodically.
I planned on writing something about the game Friday, including some props to the schools/Big 12 for getting the game back to it’s proper date: the Saturday before Thanksgiving. I argued this point a year ago, and pretty much every year the game bounced through the football calendar. This Saturday is the big, traditional rivalry weekend in college football. It makes sense for the Jayhawks and Tigers to be playing this weekend every year. Imagine my outrage when KU released their preliminary 2005 schedule yesterday and I next year’s edition will be played on October 29. To restate another traditional comment, the Big 12 sucks. If they can’t grant my wish of playing the game at its proper time, how about throwing me a bone and fixing the game in a specific weekend? I don’t care if it’s the first weekend of November, the third Saturday in October, whatever. I’d just like to know that if it’s weekend X, my alma mater is playing its biggest rival. Is that too much to ask?


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