adam eats broccoli for the first time and i find Wonder Woman after getting a vehicle emissions test
Well, I did it. I violated my own food justice principles (formed once upon a time as I sat at the table gagging on vegetables, suffering in lonely misery because everyone else had finished dinner while I struggled with a half dozen lima beans). Out of curiosity I bribed Adam into eating raw broccoli. He’s not a terribly picky eater, this wasn’t borne out of desperation. But I still worry about him facing a lifetime of aversion to vegetables like I have only recently begun to heal from. It was only an afternoon snack, and I didn’t push it too hard (although I rooted hard for him). I promised him a special surprise if he ate two pieces. There was so much retching and red eye-watering I was forced to call it good after one big bunchy piece. I demonstrated for him the highly useful water-gulp technique but he still had a hard time getting each bite down. It was a valiant effort. After an especially big broccoli burp, I decided he earned the surprise. He had a good sense of humor about almost barfing.
This morning I took the grocery-getter to Sodo for a vehicle emissions test. It passed. But at first the technician warned me she thought it could fail because the gasket of our gas cap is hardened and has cracks in it. Our Volvo is going on 7 years old and thus far has been 100% dependable when it comes to getting from point A to point B. However, over the past year it has been developing some quirky, expensive-to-fix issues. When the gal brought the gas cap over to show me, I had to try really hard not to roll my eyes as I thought “great, i bet *%$#@# Swedish gas caps cost a hundred bucks, too“.
I’ve just started an interesting book, Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World by Sam Howe Verhovek. About the miracle and wonders of the jet age.
I shopped Goodwill this morning.
- Wonder Woman barbie-like doll
- A “fully-dimensional” 857-piece, highly detailed foam-backed puzzle of the Millennium Falcon. I don’t know what kind of frustration it holds for me, but for 99 cents I decided it was well worth it.
- a 1964 Fisher Price train
- a Fisher Price airport, identical to the one I found a few months ago. Except this one is in near mint-condition. What am I going to do with the other one? I dunno. It’s still in my closet, I’d been saving it for something like Adam’s birthday.
- Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens by Patricia Lauber, a Newberry Honor book
- 1001 Things to Spot on the Farm, it will come in handy on a future roadtrip
- Star Wars: 400 Pages of Coloring Fun; includes galactic-size activities and “tear and share pages”
- Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
- The Complete Guide to Guitar and Amp Maintenance, by Ritchie Fliegler
- X-Men: The Ultimate Guide (it’s one of those DK books, which I generally abhor…..but it’s a pretty sweet 200 page hardcover)
- 1994 Starting Lineup action figure, Mark Grace running the bases
And finally, to close my night off here are some more pictures of Adam and Jack at the International Fountain beneath the Space Needle! It was built for the World’s Fair in 1965 so it was always there but it got remade in 1995. It’s a fun place to hang out on a warm day, the water is timed to coincide with different sets of music, each a little over ten minutes long. The big dome has 4 super shooters, 56 microshooters, and 137 mist nozzles. Don’t be like my brother Eric and get your face too close to one of the microshooters. He did that a couple years ago and got walloped, hahaha! He was holding Adam, who got sprayed pretty good, too.