Storm Prepping II

We’re waiting. And waiting. Waiting for Sandy. Storm prepping has been done for days. We’re all bedded down in the basement like it’s a grand slumber party. Schools are closed. The city is shut down. Flashlights are ready. We’ll be carving pumpkins by candlelight.

Piper’s planning, too. “Mom, I have a great idea. Why don’t you ground us now from the TV? That way when the power goes out and we can’t watch it, it’ll be punishment.”

“But you haven’t done anything wrong, P? Why would I ground you?” For the record, Piper has never necessitated a grounding. Sissy was grounded for about five minutes. Once.

“Yeah,” Piper said, continuing her scheme, “but you could ground us now for a future grounding and then we’d not watch TV and it can count for a future punishment.”

“It doesn’t work that way, Piper,” Sissy said.

Osama Bin Who?

Piper’s daddy was on TV yesterday morning, but she wasn’t impressed. It takes a lot to impress the Piper. The morning news invited him in to talk about the one year anniversary of Bin Laden’s death. He left the house at 4:30 a.m. while we were all sleeping and was back home in bed by 7:00 a.m. He was snoozing through breakfast and Piper suggested he was just being lazy.

“Daddy sure is sleeping in today. He didn’t even say good morning.”

“Daddy was on the news this morning, P,” I explained. “He had to go to the news station in downtown DC very early. He’s catching up on some sleep now before he has to go to work.”

“TV?” That go her attention. “Why was he on TV?” Piper is always shocked that these people who make her meals and used to change her diapers do anything besides cooking and diapering.

“Let’s see,” I said, opening my laptop.  “Maybe we can watch him.”  I searched through the news site and found what I thought was the video featuring Piper’s dad. It began with a clip of the President.

“Daddy met the President? That is cool!”

“Um. I doubt it. I think he just met the news anchor.”

“Question! Why did they want to talk to daddy anyway?”

“Because daddy studies terrorism and they had questions about it.”

We watched the clip that featured other terrorism experts but Piper’s daddy never came on the screen.

“Guess they didn’t like what he had to say,” Piper concluded. “Sometimes I don’t listen to him either.”

Here is where you can actually watch Piper’s Daddy on TV.