Thursday, January 7, 2010


Sometimes things happen around the house and I have to run and jot them down so I remember to write about them. Earlier tonight was one of those times.

We were eating dinner and my older son asked, "What does miscellaneous mean?"

"It means a lot of different things," I told him.

"How many things?" he asked.

"No, it means a lot of different things," I changed the inflection so he would understand better. He didn't hear my italics, though. He just stared at me with his head cocked like the RCA dog wondering at the magic sound coming from the stereo speakers.

Then I explained it to him thoroughly, but that part's not funny, so I won't go into it. You'll just have to trust me that he gets it now.

Also, since this post is about miscellaneous items, the 100th person signed up to follow this blog today. That makes me feel like I've accomplished something. Thanks everybody for signing up in the first place, even if you only read that one post; thanks everybody who faithfully lurks (and hopefully laughs); and thanks especially to those of you who share your thoughts regularly through the comments and your own blogs, it's been great getting to know you!

(NOTE: Damn, that was sappy. WTF?)


Laurel said...

Aw, Rick. Your blog is a pleasure to read. It's always interesting, frequently funny, and occasionaly poignant without being cloying.

You've got a gift!

Happy New Year to you, the Hot One, and the boys.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Congrats on 100! Enjoyed reading the kid-encounter.
One of your infrequent comment-making lurkers.

Stacy McKitrick said...

You're welcome!

Since lurking on lots of blogs, I've discovered some of the neatest people (and yes, you're one of them).

Keep up the good work!

Iapetus999 said...

I don't get it. What do you tell him?

Congrats on 100!

Kristi said...

Congrats on 100 -- that's awesome!

I love your kid stories. My 5-yo asked me what "antagonize" meant. I explained in a way I thought he'd understand and he says, "Yep, that's what she's doing to me" and points to his 2-yo sister. He uses the word daily now!

Vodka Logic said...

Congrats on 100 followers.. I look forward to your Daley Rants. xx

Rick Daley said...

Aww, Laurel, stop before you make me look stuff up in a dictionary...

Tricia- Lurking and commenting occasionally is like killing two blog birds with one e-stone. Very efficient!

Stacy- Thanks, and even cooler, we're both in Ohio (I mean that cool thing literally, we're going to freeze this weekend!)

Andrew- If you had one lego, one puzzle piece, one stuffed animal, and one matchbox car, you would have a lot of different toys. It would be a miscellaneous set of toys. He got that. I had to put it in the right perspective.

Kristi- I live that my kids write my b est posts for me. I'm just a post-creative typist on those occasions.

VodkaLogic- I look forward to your comments, I'm glad you keep coming back.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Congrats on your 100 - feels like a big number, doesn't it? I got there just near the end of December.

Eric said...

Congrats on hitting 100. Doesn't it feel awesome? I was amazed when I hit that number.

Anyway, I completely understand what you mean when you are talking about explaining words to your kids. I use difficult or complex words all the time in conversation at home (yeah, I was a book worm as a child, oh well), and more often than not I have to explain them to my kids. Sometimes I get the "RCA dog" look too, which cracked me up when you mentioned it.

Lady Glamis said...

Sappy is okay, lol. Laurel is right. Your blog is always a pleasure to read, no matter how sappy that sounds. :)

I must admit I've been lurking lately.

Teri said...

Congrats on 100! I enjoy your blog and hearing those great stories about your sons.
Cheers to you!

Anita said...

Your stories are so funny and so on target with the things going on in my own house, only I don't retell my stories nearly as well. I think you should write a memoir or something.

And now you have 101 followers!

Rick Daley said...

Thanks Anita! I'm checking through the followers to see if any are Dalmatians.

I've thought about a memoir (my life has had several extraordinary moments wedged between decades of mediocrity), or a book on hindsight parenting, where I just tell stories of what I have seen, done, or wished for. Someday I may write that...

Vodka Mom said...

and it is truly a pleasure knowing you.

Susan Quinn said...

I prefer lurking to following. More mysterious.

I love the kid stories. We keep a spiral notebook of "funny kid sayings". Sometimes they take up a whole page, because you had to be there to understand. The boys love going over it and seeing how hilarious they are, or were. They're just not so funny anymore. :) I guess that's why we have kittens now.

Congrats on 100!!

Rick Daley said...


I have a post-it-note on my desk right now with two kid funnies. I have a folder on my PC with several more. Most of the others have either been forgotten or made it to the blog.

In a few instances, the hilarity crosses too close to our personal lives, and I have to apply self-censorship, which is when I tell my wife I want to blog about something and she gives me a look that encourages me not to.

Donna Hole said...

Dude, you're just cool.

When your anthology comes out, I'll buy it.

As for 100 followers; very momentous. When mine hits 100, I'll throw a party that you'll hear in Ohio. I have lots of noisy parties planned, just no valid excuses at the time.


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