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December Days in Photos, Day 15: Family [20151221|21:05]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Good morning, family
[The bloke with Humuhumu and Keiki on his lap, all in their pyjamas/dressing gown. Humuhumu is hugging a Duplo building she'd just constructed. There is Nutella on her pyjama top. Bloke and Humuhumu are smiling. Keiki, as usual, looks very dubious about the camera.]

Sorry again for the lack of upkeep in regular posting. It's Life getting in the way again (yes, that old chestnut). The bloke has been quite ill for the past few days, and it's always difficult when one adult is not at full strength.

There have been developments in the Adorable department recently. I was putting Humuhumu to bed and apropos of nothing she turned to me and said with a big smile, "I love you!" It's the first time she's said it spontaneously. Then when the family dropped me off at the train station, the bloke had to drive back because although I said goodbye and blew her a kiss, I forgot to give her a cuddle. And while I was giving her a cuddle, Keiki made it very clear that he wanted a cuddle too.

Humuhumu proceeded to temper this with the following. We recently added Shark in the Park to our repertoire of bedtime stories. In summary, a boy goes to the park with his new telescope and he keeps looking at fin-shaped things and assuming they're sharks rather than cat's ears/crow's wings/his dad's amazing pompadour. Anyway, I read out the title: "Shark in the Park." No, said my child, it's Shark in the Park.

Shark in the Park, I repeated. NO, insisted my child, it's Shahrk in the Pahrk.

Feigning an English accent, I said, tentatively, Shahrk in the Pahrk...?

Yes, she replied, beaming at me fondly.

My child corrected my pronunciation. Since I correct her grammar and occasionally her pronunciation when she says words wrong (e.g. "deckilate" instead of "delicate"), this is probably fair enough. But my child corrected my pronunciation because she thinks an American accent is wrong. I...don't know how to take that, really!

This entry was originally posted at http://nanila.dreamwidth.org/1004440.html. The titration count is at comment count unavailable.0 pKa.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-12-22 13:20 (UTC)
Yeah, I know. That one was particularly tough to switch to.
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2015-12-22 22:50 (UTC)
she thinks an American accent is wrong. I...don't know how to take that, really!

I don't know how to take the fact that you think your accent is American.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-01-09 22:31 (UTC)
Ahahaaa. I think it's because I work with very few people with American accents. Nearly everyone is British or European, and so I feel I sound particularly American amongst them.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2015-12-23 00:37 (UTC)
Such a cute photo of the three of them! And she looks adorable with her glasses on!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-01-09 22:35 (UTC)
Thank you!

Also: My apologies for taking so very long to reply to this. I made the mistake of allowing a backlog to develop, and I've been snowed under since work started again last Monday. I hope you had a good holiday and a belated Happy New Year!
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2015-12-23 10:07 (UTC)
Oh dear!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-01-09 22:36 (UTC)
The funny thing was that over the holiday, she spent a lot of time with her cousins who go to a very good (private) school and have nicely polished RP accents. By the end of five days with them, her Brummie twang was almost gone.
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2015-12-25 06:08 (UTC)

in which this old crone gushes about your titrimetry

so many years on lj but clearly i (almost) never write here anymore.
(how's that for awkward, incorrect english; anyway you speak it?!?!)

but i do peruse. browse. even read.

i love your December Days, dear scientess.
your family is beautiful. it's so great to see... well, insert any number of sentimental ramblings of an old cyber-friend at yuletide. seriously, thanks for sharing. one of these days i'll get to posting again myself.

nicely done, nanila. very nicely done.
wishing you all a happy christmas!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-01-09 22:39 (UTC)

Re: in which this old crone gushes about your titrimetry

Hello, hello! It's such a pleasure to know you're here. Not so many are as used to be, so I really appreciate being reminded that it's still possible to connect with long-standing internet sympaticos in these pages. :)

My apologies for taking absolutely ages to get back to you. I hope you had good holidays and a happy new year.
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