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In-laws family Christmas is continuing its trend toward "wacky sock exchange," and this year we got variously tiger, leopard, tabby, and dog paws. One of my original littles-read-to is now over in the other classroom so during pre-lunch hand-washing time I had to take the opportunity to show him these because he's obsessed with cheetahs. (Pedantic: cheetah claws don't retract though so these are leopard or jaguar socks, but I didn't bring that up.)

PSA: News/birdsite is full of the video of the Ukrainian jet getting hit by rockets so consider this a content warning for those.

(because cats, forest fires, a questionably moldy crawl space, and general New Jersey air quality, I should say.)

Okay, now getting the littles an air purifier is the new goal: vox.com/2020/1/8/21051869/indo

We have this one in our house (because cats) and this is Wirecutter's pick. amzn.to/39VO2AS

Carl's stupid company is delaying "Christmas" bonuses until March (which sends me some red flags about their cash flow but that's a whole 'nother issue) or I'd just buy them one.

In other news: tomorrow is first read-to-littles day after the holiday break. 😍

Left the kitty toy box next to the kitty play house and they've been raiding it. Which explains why Olivia was yelling all night: we normally keep her glitter balls put up during the night because she has no respect for human sleep schedules when she wants to play fetch.

Update: just drove across the state (it's a tiny state okay) and encountered some very stop-and-start snow (and snain). Nothing heavy, but also I was driving out of the edge of the warning area (and thus, apparently, missed out on more of the phone alerts).

(Apparently the alert is specifically *because* they can sneak up on you and cause a sudden whiteout, but given the international situation everybody tends to lose their minds when it's sunny and the emergency buzzer starts going off.)

We're supposed to get snow (1-3") tonight, and I'm supposed to take the kid to the orthodontist tomorrow late-morning. They're only supposed to get half an inch on the shore, but fingers crossed because I still need to check "visit the beach in snow" off my to-do list.

Reminder: today is Epiphany; if you don't take your decorations down you gotta leave them up until Candlemas.

(Exception: if you're still on the Julian calendar then it's only what, Christmas Eve for you? Carry on.)

Update: turns out the blender Bluetooth is for the built-in scale so you can weigh your diet smoothies directly into your app.

*Marginally* more sense than being able to control blending remotely.

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