Tuesday, July 6, 2010
RTT: Party twins, crowdsourcing my responsibilities, failing at feminist fathering
Many naps were missed and bedtimes violated this weekend as we took the girls to another twin one-year-old birthday party (their own was last weekend), a fabulous 4th of July party, and a pool party on Monday. We all had fun, but I'm now enjoying being back in front of my laptop with the shades drawn as the girls catch up on their sleep.
Here are some things I need your input on:
Goin' to Montana
This Saturday, we are flying with the girls to my ancestral home (or the closest thing I've got to one), a log cabin that our family built on Flathead Lake, on the Salish Kootenai Reservation south of Glacier National Park (as far as I know, we don't have any Native American heritage--we just bought the land from the tribe). We started building the cabin when I was about five, and we're almost done. I think that this year, I will be excused from most projects because of my status as New Dad. Anyway, I'm not too worried about what happens when we get to the lake (although the cabin is pretty rustic and the landscape is rugged): what I am nervous about is taking two one-year-olds on a plane. Any advice?
I need to get a syllabus together for this class I'll be teaching at the art school starting on July 22nd. It meets three times a week, and each meeting lasts for two hours. The entire class lasts for six weeks. It's an "Introduction to Literature" class, and there are no real standards, objectives or course outlines I need to follow. Also--get this--the dean tells me that most of the reading should be done in class, since these scholars will not crack a book on their own time. I know--it ain't Cambridge. So, what were your favorite poems, short stories, and plays that you read (or wished you had) in college (or high school even). What were the most useful things you learned about literature in school or elsewhere? What's a good way to "sell" literature to
illiterate students who may not be inclined to read?
I believe it was Big Daddy Kane who said, "Feminist parenting ain't easy." Word up, Daddy.
As much as I try to protect my kids from the frills, flounces, and pastels of girlthings, these accursed accoutrements seem nonetheless to make their way into our house. And once they are in, I am helpless against their charms. I know we should be dressing the girls in gunnysacks and raising them in a gender-neutral environment, but check out these pictures.
What am I...made of stone?
The girls model their Tea Collection dresses; Dad sports his only shirt with sleeves and no holes
Butterbean ready for the club
Cobra in velvet catsuit
Butterbean helps the birthday twins (the other ones, not ours) open gifts
Cobra helps crush one of the newly unveiled presents
Now, go random up with Keely et. al
Posted by Beta Dad at 11:36 AM