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Thursday, March 10, 2016

A Story Telling Blog

A couple of weeks ago I received an email.

From a doctorate student from USC asking that I fill out a survey.

{And since he wasn’t a Nigerian prince asking for money I thought it was safe to reply.}

About my blog.

Apparently, this doctorate student who is in computer engineering {or science?} is developing a program that can search the internet to see if it can generate assumptions about the general population.

Much like a Gallup poll did before the dawn of computers and the internet.

So, this program searches for keywords that are selected in the hopes of finding out information about how the world is viewing things like presidential candidates, laws, religion, etc.

Well, I guess I’ve been writing this blog for so long and with such frequency it came up pretty regularly in this student’s searches,

hence the contact and survey.

He referred to my blog as a storytelling blog because it documents my daily activities and basically generates no income.

{You’re welcome to be that change….}

I started this blog January of 2010.

{Six years ago, I’ll help you out with the math.}

Since that time I’ve had three more kids,

moved to Oregon,


accumulated some chickens.

I was trying to come up with thirty other things that I’ve done in that time but in reality,

not a lot has happened in those six years….

I’m probably a tad more patient and a bit more tired.

Anyway, I thought it’d be fun to post one of my first blog entries:


Things I say to Adeline:

"Good morning."

"Let's go potty."

"Did you wash your hands?"

"You have to stay on your own couch cushion."

"Stop going onto Elizabeth's side."

"Thank you, I don't think Meg wants anymore hugs."

"Stop poking Meg."

"You don't have to take out Meg's pacifer to talk to her."

"Finish your breakfast."

"No, you can't push your baby in the stroller for our walk, that takes five hours and we only have thirty minutes."

"You better stop by the time I count to five. One...two...three...."

"Where did you put Meg's pacifier?"

"You want to watch Peter Pan, AGAIN?"

"If you want to talk to Dad on the phone, you need to stop crying."

"We don't hit."


"Please don't put Elizabeth in a choke hold."

"Hurry up."

"Do you want to hold my hand?"

"Go put your coat and shoes on."

"Go put your coat and shoes on."

"Go put your coat and shoes on."

"If you do a good job putting on your coat and shoes you can have a fruit snack."

"I love you."

"Why are you so crazy?"

"No, I just got all of the coloring stuff out for you and you colored for a total of 2 minutes. You'll have to wait or go color."

"Adeline, Elizabeth can sing in the car, too."

"No, you're not done eating."

"If you do a good job eating you can have a treat."

"Yes, I can color with you."

"I don't know when Dad's going to get home, but I hope it's soon."

"You threw up because you drank your own bath water and I had already told you to get out."

"Adeline, you need to find Meg's pacifier."

"What did you give Meg to eat?"

"What's in Meg's mouth?"

"Yes, you can put on your pjamas for nap time."

"I love you, good night."

"You need to take a four hour nap, okay?"

"Yes, I can read you a book."

"Put that down."

"Don't cut that."


1 comment:

  1. I would like to hear what you say to Adeline six years later.


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