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Last night I put K. to bed. I saw that she had two sippy cups in her bed so I took the old one out with me, leaving her with her favorite (pink) one with fresh water and ice in it. About half a minute later I hear her wailing hysterically. I go back in and ask what is going on. She sobs, "You took away the green sippy cup, and that one had all my niceness in it!" I bring it back and give it to her and she says, "Oh, thank you! Now I have my niceness back!" And goes to sleep happily.

Wednesday night, I was giving the kids a bath. N. got upset about shampoo getting in his eye but then wouldn't let me wash it out. Then K. got upset about the possibility that shampoo might get in her eye. While she was crying and wiggling around over this, she apparently trespassed on N.'s side of the tub, so he tried to tell her to get off his side. But she couldn't hear him through her tears, so he started screaming because she wasn't listening to him. This all happened in less than 5 minutes. We pulled them out of the tub and sent them straight to bed; didn't seem to be anything else to do.
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My two-year-old daughter informed me the other day that she wants to marry a prince just like Cinderella, and to grow long magical hair like Rapunzel.
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Question for parents, grandparents and caregivers: What do you do these days for Halloween?

A little background: When I was a kid, it was the one night of the year when we could go out at night, in the dark. We didn't care that it was cold or usually raining. It was just so exciting to go outside. We lived in a neighborhood where most residents were too young or too old to have kids, but everyone still turned on the porch light on October 31. Often they were overjoyed to see us because we were the only trick-or-treaters they got all night.

But that was before the days of Bowling Alone. Nowadays, I live in the suburbs and hardly anyone is home on Halloween. My husband takes our son out for trick-or-treating but says it isn't much fun for him to knock on doors where nobody answers. I hate the idea of trick-or-treating at a well-lit mall. To me, it's the opposite of what Halloween should be: it's indoors, well-lit, *safe*, and commercial. But it's not my childhood anymore, and perhaps everyone else has moved on.

So what do you do for Halloween?
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Thank you so very fucking much for making sure there are multiple talking 10-inch Iron Man action figures available, as well as Thor, Hulk, Captain America, and War Machine. But no Black Widow. There's only one goddamn female Avenger in the movie and you guys couldn't be bothered to make a 10-inch action figure of her.

Excuse me while I go give my money to Mattel. They put out a 10-inch Wonder Woman, and there isn't even a multimillion-dollar grossing movie out. There's not even a TV show on the air, since David E. Kelley couldn't get NBC to bite in 2011. Despite this, Mattel scraped together enough plastic to make a few damn toys anyway.

Also, I see there is a 10-inch Xena action figure available, and that show has been OFF THE AIR for years. The last time there was a new episode of Xena, I was in college. As an undergrad.

Hasbro, please remove your head from whatever dim orifice you have it shoved into. Take some notes. If Mattel and an obscure licensed provider of Xena toys can manage this, I'm sure you can find enough extra plastic lying around your factories to make one damn female Avenger figure in the same size as the male Avengers.

August 2016



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