Thursday, April 18, 2024

Bronze Lining

 

For those unfamiliar with this game, the goal is to have the least points. Oh, a bonus version below? 


You win some, you lose most? I'm pretty sure that's how that saying goes. 

Explanation: The goal in the game is zero or even negative points. 82 is not a good score. But it's cool that 28 and 82 are reverse of each other! Seeing something good in a situation is "seeing the silver lining" so it makes sense that seeing a cool thing that doesn't actually help the situation improve is "seeing the bronze lining." 

Text:
L: Well, that's cool - I got 28 points and that takes me to 82!
M: You found the bronze lining! I got -12.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Man Myth Legend

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I'd watch that movie. I just recently watched "The Ballad of Nessie" which is a short film on Disney+ and was a nice little animation. There are many movies about Nessie, so why not make another? I watched a fascinating documentary about the Loch Ness many years ago and I don't recall any identifying info about it other than the summary that there could be a whole school of Nessies deep in the Loch which has so many caverns and a totally uneven floor so you can't use sonar to find what's down there. Also, I made the fake movie title to a similar cadence of the main Narnia book

Explanation: "The man, the myth, the legend" is a way of describing a super cool person. If you think of it instead as three separate nouns, then you get a man (the person), a myth (Nessie), and a legend (the thing in the corner of a map that describes what's there). 

Text:
Title: Coming to a theater near you: The man, the Myth, and the Legend
*image of a person, the Loch Ness Monster, and a map with a legend*

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Dad's Shoes

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Happy Birthday to my Mom-in-Law!
So I like to give my toddler options (not show above for brevity but it would have been like "rain boots or black shoes") so I don't just pick one arbitrarily and she has a meltdown because it's the wrong one but if I give her unlimited options she will either (1) pick an impractical one or (2) dither over options for far too long. But sometimes she doesn't like the options I give however that can be fine provided the one she wants is practical. Thankfully in the case above she was just being silly and knew she was being silly so I was able to redirect to a more practical choice. 

Text:
L: Get your shoes on - which pair do you want to wear?
R: Daddy's!

Thursday, April 11, 2024

March Madness Giants

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So my in-laws do a March Madness bracket nearly every year and last year I won! I always pick UConn going all the way and that carried me to victory. This year I stuck with my tradition however many others joined my bandwagon and basically I only had UConn correct after the first two games. So I did not win this year BUT I did not come in last which is where I was until UConn won the big game. I picked my teams alphabetically this year, whichever team was further in the alphabet went further in my bracket, and yeah that was a bad plan. I made an alternate bracket with the opposite strategy, and it did waaaaaay better. I also made an alternate bracket where I picked all underdogs (other than UConn) and that one did about the same as my actual bracket, so that shows how badly I picked. Whoops. One year I picked my teams based on who had a higher scrabble score - I don't remember how well I did then. 

Explanation: There's a phrase "a giant among men" to mean someone really stands out in a good way, and I adapted it for when everyone is over 6' by a good margin but there's one who's sizeable bigger.

Text:
Title: March Madness: Purdue
L: That man is a giant among slightly smaller giants.
M: He's 7'4". 

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Toddler Songs: Lullaby Edition

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This is a true story. I have been singing Edelweiss as a lullaby to my toddler for a while now, and just recently she added her own words (singing over mine). She also has been adapting more of her songs, like singing "No more daddies jumping on the bed" instead of "monkeys" - I am sure she gets this from her parents as we tend to make the song lyrics work for whatever we need (granted, we often know songs with the lyrics we need, no change needed, but she doesn't know that). 

Text:
Title: To the tune "Edelweiss"
L: ♫ Go to sleep, go to sleep, go to sleep my darling 🎝
R: ♫ Wanna stay awake, stay awake 🎝

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Toddler Songs: Church Edition

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So yeah this happened. I aim to keep my kids with me through the hymn section of the service and put them in the nursery before the sermon begins, but my toddler has been wanting to skip the 11am service altogether and just do nursery for the whole time. She really likes the toys and workers. My baby, on the other hand, wants to be with me the whole time and has been crying when I drop him off in nursery. But the workers say he's been warming up to them and he does like the toys so who knows - maybe both will be clamoring for nursery before I know it. 

Text:
Title: At Church
L: ♫ Amazing love - How can it be 🎝
R: ♫ Nursery - wanna go to nursery 🎝

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Foolproof Plan

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Another foolproof idea :) I think many horror movie victims would be saved by a foolproof plan. Or maybe the clowns aren't all evil anymore - I was never into horror movies and still am not interested at all in them so who knows. My main association for clowns is from PBR since my grandparents liked watching that and there the clowns are the good guys, distracting the bulls when a rider falls. 

Explanation: Like the previous comic, clowns are also called fools. When you have something foolproof, that means nobody can mess it up but it also could specifically mean that a fool (clown) can't mess with it. 

Text:
A: And you're certain the clowns cannot foil our plan?
B: Yes, it's foolproof. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Foolproof Brownies

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Happy Birthday to my sister! And a belated Happy April Fool's Day to everybody. It didn't seem right to post this the day before the holiday as that was Easter, so you get it belated. I could have posted it a day early, but that's not my schedule and I rarely deviate from it. As for the comic, I saw an ad about foolproof brownies and thought, oh I guess those aren't for clowns. I'm not sure what the recipe was however I did Google for recipes and found these: 1 2 

Explanation: Clowns are also called fools. When you have something foolproof, that means nobody can mess it up but it also could be taken to mean that a fool can't get it. 

Text:
C: Why can't I eat this?!?
L: They're foolproof brownies. 

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Repost: Robin Eggs

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Way back in 2012 (wow, 12 years ago!), I came up with one of my favorite comics of all time and yes this is it. I also really like Robin Egg candies so I'm a little biased on this. I didn't come up with a new Easter comic this year because it's hard to get specific ideas, and I usually get them after the holiday and have to write them up and save for the next year. 

Happy Easter / Resurrection Day to all! There are many resources to learn more about the reason for this season, but here's one if you'd rather not search around.

Text:
A: Look at this - it's a robin egg!
C1: cool!
C2: that's amazing!
A: CHOMP
C1&C2: G A S P  (for two panels)
A: haha - it's a candy robin egg - a malt ball! You don't think it's funny. OK, then. 

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Present Gifts

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I was trying to word an invite for my kiddo's birthday and say that my kid has enough stuff so we just want to chill together for the party, but instead I thought up this comic. Also now I'm reading the word "present" as "pre-sent" and how do you pre-send something? If you're wondering what to get for a baby: books and snacks are always a win. If you're wondering what to get for a toddler: non-messy crafting supplies and snacks. If you're wondering what to get for an older child: I don't know, we haven't gotten to that stage yet.
Explanation: "the only gift we request is your presence" = "we just want you to chill with us, no gift giving needed" VS "the only gift we request is your presents" = "we just want a gift from you, no fraternizing needed."

Text:
R: "The only gift we request is your presents."
L: Shouldn't that be "presence"? 
R: No, I want stuff, not visitors.
O: *grabby hands for the paper because he likes to grab things to crumple and/or eat*

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Cake Made Wrong

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Happy early Birthday to my Oriole! So this comic was inspired by someone I know saying how they made some changes to a cake due to various reasons and it reminded me of one time when my husband and I were making cookies and did it ALL wrong like stuff added out of order and wrong amounts (but we scooped out what we could to get it close to the right amount) and in the end they were the best cookies and everyone loved them and we can't replicated that experience.

Text:
M: I hope the cake tastes ok.
N: It's really good!
M: It's super easy to make when you do it wrong. 

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Speaking My Language

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So there was an article I read that I will probably never find again but it mentioned that families have a dialect and when someone is angry then they use standard language and not the dialect and that's how you know. This means that your family isn't weird, you just have a really strong dialect! That's my own conclusion. I think my family's dialect involves using forced loan words from a number of European languages. 

Explanation: The translation with the (language) : I need (Spanish) cheese (French). No (German). The insider knowledge is that my husband likes cheese but I am lactose intolerant. 

Text:
M: ¡Necesito fromage!
L: Nein.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

You Snooze, You Win

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I'm not sure what more there is to say - I'm certainly too tired to think up something quippy. 

Text:
A: What phrase makes no sense now that you're a mom?
L: "You snooze, you lose" - every moment of sleep is a victory. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Setting Goals for Spring

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Happy first day of Spring! It has sprung. Set goals for the new season? My pastor used Don Quixote in a sermon example and that got me thinking on a tangent and spawned this comic. I abbreviated Don Quixote's name to DQ and then I was thinking "wiser than Dairy Queen? That doesn't make sense." 

Explanation: Don Quixote is the fictional character that, among other things, charged at windmills while believing they were giants. He is not someone that comes to mind when thinking of a wise person.

Text:
S: We aim to be wiser than Don Quixote.
Y: Let no one accuse you of being an overachiever.

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Driving with Duo

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! The Duolingo owl is green so this counts as a holiday post, right? 
At a previous job, we had the text on the website available in several languages and to check that it was all translating like it should, we would change the language on the browser and move around the site to ensure it was all in whatever language. It was tricky the first few times, to remember where exactly the option was to change it back to English because I was not fluent in any of the languages we were testing. 
Explanation: Duolingo is a language learning app. If you change the settings on your phone to a new language, e v e r y t h i n g will be in the new language not just your driving directions. Tis a bit extreme.

Text:
L: They should make a driving mode for Duolingo - understand the language enough to follow directions!
M: Phone settings → change language.
L: *Gasp!*