The Lexicon of NeutronLad

NeutronLad growing up fast, and quickly leaving behind his inventive toddler speech. I decided I better jot down some of his classic terms before we forgot them in the mad rush toward preschool. Fuffy: Sofa Brrff-Brrff: Make a raspberry sound twice in quick succession, and you’ll almost have Neutron’s original name for StarGirl Brrf-ordie: NeutronLad’s new name for StarGirl Tretrow: Grandma … Read more

Geek on the Water

An adult male and a young girl paddle in a canoe on a creek.

StarGirl and I went canoeing on the Bushkill River on Mother’s Day as part of an effort to get StarGirl, NeutronLad and our friends Jess and Dylan’s two-year-old twins used to the idea of being in a boat. We started off putting all four kids in the boat, and then Sue and Jess dragged them up and … Read more

StarGirl at Five

“How many Harry Potter movies are there?” StarGirl asks me from the back seat of the Wrangler as we drive around Easton. The question isn’t surprising; she’s just watched Chronicles of Narnia and has decided she’s ready to watch the first Harry Potter movie. “Well, there are seven books,” I said, “but there are going to … Read more

Impromptu Take Your Daughter to Work Day

My dad was a science teacher, and I spent many a day going to work with him, on Saturdays or summer days, while he set up his classrooms, rebuilt bulletin boards, and generally did teacher stuff. I have pleasant memories of wandering through empty schools, exploring new corridors, and taking the occasional break to draw … Read more

Nuclear Midnight is now 5 p.m.

I’d settled into a good routine. Get off work at 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., go to the gym, and then get home by 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. in time for dinner with the family. Take care of the kids – giving them baths and cleaning up the house – and help herd them into bed … Read more

Operation Zzz

I look like death warmed over. There are deep bags under my eyes, my neck muscles are vise-tight despite a massage on Saturday, and my face has that hang-dog, puffy look that comes from one too many nights spent sleeping far too little. This is actually an improvement. Things were worse in December and January, … Read more

The Day Before the Night Before Christmas

It’s the 23rd of December, which is a date my four-year-old is having a hard time grasping. She’s mentally willing for Christmas to be here tomorrow and the whole “Christmas Eve” thing just isn’t making sense to her. But she can tolerate Christmas Eve … it’s the Day before the Eve that’s really getting to … Read more

Crying Uncle (Again)

I’m an uncle again. My sister Kristen had a baby boy earlier this week — he weighed in at 8 lbs. 8 oz. and measured 22.5″ long. That’s an inch and a half longer and about 5 oz. heavier then NeutronLad when he was born … and about 2 lbs. bigger then his sister. Of course we’d have … Read more

Jazz (and Kids) at the Cosmic Cup

The Cosmic Cup had live jazz tonight (with my boss on drums, so I stopped by with the kids for coffee, hazelnut chocalate gelato, and good music. We didn’t stay long — StarGirl was tired after a big day at preschool — but the kids seemed to enjoy it, and it was a great break from … Read more

The Geek Dad’s Guide to Doing Family Laundry

I do a lot of our household laundry, perhaps even the lion’s share of the laundry. But my approach to doing laundry hasn’t always been the most … enlightened. All of the tips on this list are fairly obvious, and yes, I’ve made each and every one of these mistakes. 1. Do your wife’s laundry … Read more