Sunday, February 25, 2007

I can feel my mind going...

[ We were listening to classical music on the car radio and I couldn't remember the name of the composer for "The Barber of Seville"...]

Jack: "What is the name of that composer? Why can't I think of it? I'm losing my mind!"
Laura: "Welcome to the club. The dues are steep...but it's fun."

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

A Groggy Morning

[ When the alarm goes off on an early school morning, we both lie in bed wishing we could sleep later... ]

Jack (groaning): "Why can't school start an hour later?"
Laura: "I know. I put in a suggestion in the suggestion box. But they said, 'No curse words.'"

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Female numbers

[The newsletter for Brianna's pre-Kindergarten class said that next week they would be learning about nickels, the letter N, and one-to-one correspondences.]

Laura: "I wonder what 'one-to-one correspondence' means."
Jack: "That's where you match up one set of things with another; one item from this set pairs with one item from that set."
Laura: "That PhD was good for something..."
Jack (getting warmed up): "Did you know that you can make a one-to-one correspondence between the integers and all the fractions?"
Laura (looking for an escape): "I, uh, have to go over there..."
Jack: "What's more interesting is that you cannot make a one-to-one correspondence between the integers and the irrational numbers."
Laura (looking at me suspiciously): "Those would be the female numbers?"

Saturday, February 03, 2007


[Laura was about to leave for a women's breakfast Saturday morning, leaving me to supervise the kids...]

Jack: "Do you suppose it's safe for me to leave them downstairs while I take a shower?"
Laura: "Well, you might want to prioritize..."
Jack: "Prioritize what?"
Laura: "You know, like what body parts really need cleaning."

Thursday, February 01, 2007


Jack: "You're pretty competitive."
Laura: "I'm not competitive. I just want to win at everything."