Petunia is not at all pleased with the new routine because (1) she never gets to ride with Mommy and (2) Daddy picks her up later than Mommy did. Hopefully she will adjust.
We're probably going to hire our Chinese teacher to pick Pumpkin up one day per week and bring her home for a Chinese lesson. That will take the time pressure off of my evening commute one day, and if I like that, maybe we'll look into hiring someone else to pick her up a couple of other days. We'll see.
Once the routine settles, I'll have to update my logistics post again!
None of that has any relevance whatsoever to my links this week, which are things you should read, i.e., they were awesome and/or thought-provoking. So, without further ado, here are the links:
This new theory about what might have happened on Easter Island is at once comforting and utterly depressing.
This essay about "the other brother" is beautiful.
I don't think much about Britney Spears, but this article was still a bit chilling. How does she ever get her life back?
An interesting meditation on what working in a luxury mall does to the workers.
Two different thoughts about what is happening in San Francisco right now: is the problem zoning or insular tech companies?
A cautionary tale for those of us raising kids with the money to buy them any toy they want... also, I loved Spyro, too. It is the only videogame I've ever really, really played.
Mother Jones has a piece about the 194 children shot to death since last year's shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school. (The piece was written before today's shootings in Colorado.)
Look at those pictures. We have to fix this. I continue to write my representatives, but this does little since my representatives are already in favor of stricter gun laws. If your representative isn't, think about what changes you would support, and let your representatives know. And vote accordingly.
In the meantime, be sure to ask about guns before play dates. There was a case here in San Diego this year in which a child shot another child with an unsecured gun while they were playing after school. The owner of the gun is facing criminal charges, but that won't bring the dead child back.
And I think that is all I had better write about that topic, or this will turn into quite a rant. There may be a time when that is what I want to write, but not right now. I selfishly want to hang on to the holiday spirit I have this year.
So let's end with a couple of lighter things.
First, if you haven't seen the Pantene ad juxtaposing how the same actions are viewed differently in men and women, here it is:
Yes, it is trying to see us shampoo (the women sure have glossy hair!) but it is still a really well done visualization of the issue.
The picture in this tweet is just wonderful:
Today is the second anniversary of my favorite tweet ever, this one by @petersagal #neverforget pic.twitter.com/hWQB7wsSyz
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) December 13, 2013
And this letter to Santa is downright hilarious.