• If you didn’t get a chance to surf the comments in the last post, you totally should. I watched every single video and followed every link and I don’t think I can name a favorite because there was so much good stuff. (Cats stealing dog beds, maybe. No! The 911 call from the guy who got bit by a deer then had to fight a dog. No, wait, the video of the cat fail set to AWOLNATION’s “Sail.” NO THE AUTOCORRECT ROUNDUP oh jesus this is like Sophie’s Choice.)

• I went to a neighborhood thrift store yesterday and scored a gorgeously fitted (ie, is somehow warm and sleek without creating that Michelin Man effect) white winter down jacket from Kenneth Cole for $9. NINE DOLLARS! Savin’ my money and I’m hella happy that’s a bargain, bitch.

• Riley, who has never shown any interest in reading for pleasure, is absolutely obsessed with Calvin & Hobbes books. He reads them every night before he falls asleep, sometimes dog-earing a page to ask me about a joke the next day. He wants to write a fan letter to Bill Watterson and ask if any adults were ever able to see Hobbes the way Calvin did. I mean. Can you even.

• I got interested in apple cider vinegar after reading a bunch of (frankly dubious-sounding) health claims — you can google “apple cider vinegar benefits” to see what I’m talking about, it’s basically said to do everything from cure hiccups to battle fatigue — so I decided to try it out. You may or may not know this, but apple cider vinegar tastes HORRENDOUS. Like sour feet, only worse somehow? I’ve tried diluting it, mixing it with other crap, and manfully shooting it straight down my throat, and it all adds up to a fairly unpleasant experience. But … BUT. I’ve been taking a tablespoon or so once or twice a day, and all my digestion issues are gone. Not that I was plagued with anything too major, just some uncomfortable bloating/gas towards the end of the day, particularly after eating stupid healthy FARTY foods. Anyway: all gone. Like, completely. So I’m staying on the brutal ACV train, because not feeling 25 weeks pregnant every evening is kind of awesome.

• Dylan wants to watch the Pacific Rim trailer over and over, and today I caught him fervently whispering the “Today we are canceling the apocalypse!” Idris Elba quote. Only he said it like this: “Today we are canceling the abop … aproca … hippoblotamus!”

• There is a football game tonight and a soccer game tomorrow and after that we are done with kid sports until spring.


30 Responses to “Friday good things: canceling the hippoblotamus”

  1. Christine on October 18th, 2013 1:49 pm

    THE HIPPOBLOTAMUS! Your kids make me pretty excited about the boy child I’m incubating.

    Also, have they watched the Neverending Story yet? me and my giant boy (husband) watched Labyrinth the other day to relive the childhood joy of David Bowie’s wang in tights. It was…not exactly as remembered and hilarious but for entirely different reasons these days.

  2. Jennifer on October 18th, 2013 3:25 pm

    Have you heard of the new documentary called “Dear Mr. Watterson?” I just saw the trailer yesterday – looks pretty fun. Your kids are awesome, in large part bc of you and your husband. rock on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtmV7-f_j7Y

  3. Erin on October 18th, 2013 3:31 pm

    I have a ten-year-old who started a Calvin & Hobbes obsession a couple years ago (which is SO much preferable to the Garfield one — how can one comic strip be so UNfunny??). Anyway, heads up that at some point I’m pretty sure C&H debunks Santa. Depending on how tuned in your kid is, he may or may not notice. My son already knew the truth so it was fine.

  4. GingerB on October 18th, 2013 4:05 pm

    I am suffering through PTSD and depression after my husband’s suicide, and just now beginning to find humor again. The funny-a-thon is the most fun I have had in months and I am grateful to you all.

    And, ACV really can cure a plantar wart on your foot, sad but true.

  5. Jess on October 18th, 2013 4:12 pm

    Whenever I feel myself getting sick (which is like every other day because I have four kids, one of whom is a preschooler which means EW GERMS), I use a weird hippie-tea drink to ward off the cold.

    Works every time. My husband gets everything, and I haven’t had a cold last more than a day in over ten years. Apple cider vinegar is so good for you.

    (sidenote…if interested, the recipe: hot green tea with 1tbsp raw honey, 3tbsp ACV, and 2tbsp fresh lemon juice. Tastes a bit like hot feet, but it’s my go to cure)

  6. Gigi on October 18th, 2013 4:13 pm

    How funny, I’ve just been reading about ACV as well. I’ve read that you can find it in pill form (so far, I’ve been unsuccessful, but I’m still searching-headed to Whole Foods tomorrow – if anyone has it will be them).

    As for Riley – the way to get him to love reading is let him read what he loves (mine LOVED Captain Underpants for a while – drove me insane but I never said a word).

    Faithful reader – very bad commenter.

  7. Penne on October 18th, 2013 5:23 pm

    I am such a nerd that I named my firstborn “Calvin.” He has since thanked me for it.

  8. Nicole on October 18th, 2013 5:33 pm

    Wawa skittletits. That is all.

  9. JudithNYC on October 18th, 2013 5:49 pm

    I get all stammery and confused whenever I even think about Idris Elba. Kind of sweaty too.

  10. Connie on October 18th, 2013 5:49 pm

    I am new to the ACV bandwagon, but I have been told it has to be the unfiiltered uber hippy Dr. Braggs or something similar. My liberal arts college grad friends tell me it only tastes bad if you PH if off. I mix mine in water, with local honey, like a good liberal arts major. (how many eye rolls can I get from sarcasm). Point is– makes me feel better. I try to get in at least one does if not 2 or 3 per day.

  11. Connie on October 18th, 2013 5:50 pm

    And yes– latch on to whatever he likes! Reading is reading and C&H can lead to all sorts of cool things ( I say as I try to remember if I have a really old C&H book I could send to you!)

  12. Maureen on October 18th, 2013 5:52 pm

    If Riley likes C&H, he might also like the Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce. I checked one out this summer, and it had a real C&H vibe. I’m going to try the ACV-I’ve been having a few digestion issues from eating healthier (oh, the irony!)and I would love to be less bloated!

  13. maggie on October 18th, 2013 7:07 pm

    This was the best! That picture…oh, just great! I laughed out loud. And after the shit week I’ve had at work, THANK YOU!!!!

  14. Emily on October 18th, 2013 7:18 pm

    My 8yr old son read blue jay & the pirate by Scott Nash and declared it was the BEST BOOK EVER!!!!! I said, hey, why don’t you write a letter to the author and tell him how much you liked it? So he did, and Scott Nash wrote a wonderouslly gracious note back. So if he wants to write him a letter, go for it. You never know. My son was absolutely thrilled.

  15. Suzanne on October 18th, 2013 7:39 pm

    I’ve been drinking the weird-ass hippie Braggs ACV stuff too – the best thing to mix it with is grapefruit juice, which is already so acidic it practically burns the enamel off your teeth so the vinegar isn’t so bad. I wouldn’t drink it FOR FUN or anything, but it’s about 100% less disgusting. Have you put it on your hair yet? I might have read a lot of stuff about it.

  16. cindy w on October 18th, 2013 8:14 pm

    I’ve been going back & hitting refresh on that funny links page, it is FANTASTIC. My 6 year-old and I have watched the AWOLNATION “Sail” cat video about a hundred times and we both laugh until we cry every time.

    Question about the ACV thing. I also have gassy/bloaty issues at night. (Like, the boyfriend & I both wake up at 3 a.m. and I say, “Oh Jesus, was that me? I’m so sorry!” It’s mortifying.) So I’m curious. Do the pills not work? You have to do the horrible “hot sour feet” liquid form to get the effect?

  17. Linda on October 18th, 2013 8:30 pm

    Cindy: I haven’t tried the pills — I haven’t read anything on whether they work the same or not. I use the hippie Braggs kind, not sure if the same enzyme mojo happens in pill form.

  18. Katie on October 18th, 2013 9:09 pm

    You’ve probably tried this, but I do my ACV with hot water, 1 tsp honey, and lemon juice … it’s a little easier to stomach that way.

  19. Donna on October 19th, 2013 4:46 am

    And a little cayenne pepper mixed with the honey and vinegar is the most awesome cure for colds. Couple tbs a day keeps the dr away!

  20. Jen on October 19th, 2013 7:21 am

    ACV is the miracle cute for everything! I drink it everyday, straight up like a shot. I don’t actually think it tastes bad, but I may be used to it. I use it mixed with water as a toner for my skin (no more breakouts!), put some on my nipples when I first started breastfeeding as a cure for thrush, even rubbed it on my newborns tongue for the same reason. She was not such a big fan. :) you can also skip shampoo and conditioner and just do an ACV rinse once or twice a week. Your hair becomes so soft and manageable.
    As for C&H, I have fond memories of spending Sunday afternoons with my siblings reading the big collections. Love how they encourage imagination.

  21. H on October 19th, 2013 8:29 am

    Earlier this summer, I had dyshidrotic eczema (itchy watery blisters)on my feet and after a little online research, I decided to apply diluted ACV with a cotton ball 3 times a day. I swear to you, it worked. The eczema is gone.

  22. Christine on October 19th, 2013 7:26 pm

    A rare interview with Bill Waterson is coming out in the new Mental Floss magazine. It’s a pretty good read.

  23. Katherine on October 19th, 2013 8:54 pm

    I consider Calvin and Hobbes the gateway drug to reading in my house. It has taken two non-readers and turned them into the kids that won’t put books down.

    And yes, apple cider vinegar is foul. My grandmother suggested that I drink it to cure my morning sickness when I was pregnant with my first baby. Can you imagine having the more severe morning sickness ever and then drinking the awfulness of ACV and then throwing that up? And that’s why I haven’t tried it since…

  24. Kim on October 20th, 2013 7:25 am

    I’ve tried, oh lawd how I’ve tried the apple cider vinegar, and now I can barely use it for anything, as just catching a slight whiff of the stuff makes me gag. You’re even more of a badass than I thought in other words.
    I’ve recently also been back atop the diet/exercise wagon and I’m curious to know what you’e doing these days. It’s enough of a challenge here in the Southeast with the darker/cooler days (and the fact I’m a wimp) to get moving; I’m amazed at what you hardier folk get accomplished in that area.

  25. Anais on October 20th, 2013 9:07 am

    I was obsessed with Calvin and Hobbes as a child as well and had all the books, which I would spend hours reading. My hubby ended up buying me the very heavy hardcover collection from Barnes and Noble a few years ago. It’s so heavy that it broke our bookcase. I think Riley would love it and appreciate it more as he gets older. It has sketches and notes by Bill Watterson that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. They now have the collection available in paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Calvin-Hobbes-Bill-Watterson/dp/1449433251/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1382284997&sr=8-2&keywords=calvin+%26+hobbes

  26. Laurie on October 20th, 2013 5:34 pm

    The ACV works for me, too (bloating) and I swear it helps keep the weight down. I add 2tsp to one small can of Dole pineapple juice, 1 tsp. honey and a squeeze of lime if I have them. It’s the only way I can tolerate it. Heinz makes the hippie version, too, with the ‘mother.’

  27. Heather on October 21st, 2013 7:43 am

    Much to my husband’s chagrin I nearly let our 5 year old son watch pacific rim because it is just a grown up version of Digimon. Yeah – use a LOT of the awesome power chord of evil (bwaahhHHHHHH) but … eh. No language, no gore (except blue glow stuff – happy Halloween), no sex, barely any flirting, the humans and the fighting are pretty separated from each other.

    The appalled look made me stop … I still think Short Stack could handle it.

  28. MyFrogs on October 22nd, 2013 1:13 pm

    I do a Tsp of the vinegar in a juice glass of that Arizona green tea. Don’t breath ’cause you’ll smell it, and chug it down. Tastes kinda like apple juice.

  29. allstarme on October 23rd, 2013 9:38 am

    I agree with anyone who said mix it with tea. I have also tried various things like adding lemon extract and/or honey. It isn’t perfect but it’ll do. But the ACV works!!

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