Endless Uno

Molly, Kari, and I had the world’s longest Uno game. It lasted well over two hours.

Molly and Kari both “almost” won several times, just to be dashed by a wildcard or a +2. It got ugly at times. When I betrayed Molly with a +2 card, she said, “I thought we were friends, Dad.” with that perfect Molly deadpan delivery. πŸ˜†

We played songs on the HomePod to reflect the mood. I asked Siri to play, “I Don’t Care Anymore” by Phil Collins. We all just wanted it to end.

We ate Tootsie Rolls to keep our strength up.

Eventfully Kari won the night with a sneak run and a small mistake on Molly’s part (or was is mine?).

Maybe next time we’ll play Ticket to Ride. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Hamburgers and Philosophy

With Claire off at a camp, I had Molly to myself tonight. We stopped by Wataburger at her special request and took it for a picnic on the way home.

At the Whataburger, Molly launched two riddles at me.

The first was “Are there more wheels or doors?” I asked, “Do you mean, like, in the whole world?”. “Yep!” she said.

Looking out at the parking lot and street, I initially said, “It’s got to be wheels.” But Molly pointed out that while every car has four wheels, it has four doors too. And the office building across the streets easily had hundreds of doors. And cabinets. Also, something about legos. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

I was convinced. Doors it is!

At the park, Molly asked if water is wet.

Again, my initial instinct was wrong. πŸ˜†. “Of course it’s wet. It’s water.” After some discussion and demonstrations on the picnic table and sidewalk, we decided that water is not wet because “wet” describes a liquid sticking to a solid. Since water is already a liquid, it cannot be wet.

We googled it and found that “Liquid water is not itself wet, but can make other solid materials wet.” 🀯

Finally, I attempted to “get” Molly with the Dichotomy Paradox, which basically says that in theory, you can never walk from one point to another because no matter how far you go, you always still have halfway to go. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ Real-world experiments showed that this is obviously false in the real world but true in math. Hmm. πŸ€”

Anyways, it was fun goofing around talking philosophical πŸ’© with Molly on this beautiful spring evening.

Swimming on SoCo

Today was our first real swim since before the goddamn pandemic hit.

We’re easing our way back to “normal”, in this case meaning a more fun summer than last. β˜€οΈ I jumped on a pool pass at the Austin Motel (“So Close, Yet So Far Out”). This hotel pool turns out to be less crowded and more fun than neighborhood social club the High Road, which we tried the summer before last.

One thing I love about Molly is that she’s not trying to be an adult yet. She made a “sea raft” out of swim noodles, held together with goggles. We played with our pool toys, Sammie the Seamonster and Ollie Octopus.

And we took lots of underwater photos, using my iPhone as a bit of a pool toy itself. I guess it could use a cleaning anyways. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Cosmic Walk

Hey, I got a decent pic of both girls today. ☺️

We strolled up to Cosmic Coffee (and Beer Garden). We’re trying to get out for regular walks to prepare for our trip to Ireland later this year. “We’re going to be waling all around Dublin, so let’s get our legs ready,” I told them. Luckily, they were pretty enthusiastic about walking. Bonus: the Texas heat will make walking around Ireland seem like a literal cake walk.

Also, Molly wanted to try out iced tea since she had enjoyed some stevia-based tea at home. But she was not terribly impressed with unsweet green hibiscus tea, describing it as “bitter”. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

1000 Tickets!

Molly totally earned 1000 tickets on the game Pirate’s Hook at Pinballz Arcade today.  Molly and I work as a team.  She times the fishing pole while I reel in the fish as quickly as possibly.   We’ve can usually came away with 20-30 tickets in a solid round.

But today Molly hit the jackpot and got the golden crab for 1000 tickets.  I couldn’t believe it!

 

We earned a total of 1400 tickets for the day.  Molly, with her usual patience, chose a bag of Haribo Happy Cola gummies at a cost 300 tickets for today.  She decided to save the remaining 1100 tickets for a lava lamp next time we come, probably in a few months.

Claire missed the action because she was hanging out at Susie’s today, recovering from our Dads’ Spring Break trip.