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About Me:
It's parenting, it's pop culture . . . it's delicious!
Written by me, Toby Beth Jarman (aka Floor Pie, aka Dr. Nguyen Van Thoc)

I’m a mild-mannered Seattle mama whose dubious hipness peaked somewhere in the 1990’s if it peaked at all. This blog won’t be the place to turn when you’re looking for the latest rave, snark, or hand-wringing over the cutting-edge trends du jour. But I hope it will be a place for thoughtful, against-the-grain discussion of familiar topics and zeitgeisty favorites.

I have a "Simpsons" quote for practically any occasion. In fact, all the blogging pseudonyms for my family members are Simpsons references. “Neeerd!”

You may also enjoy my personal blog over here.

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Better Watch Out

Posted on November 28, 2010 at 10:30pm 7 Comments

“You guys! Santa’s not real!” She was recently five but had already adopted the mannerisms of an older, hipper kid – her big brother, maybe, or her shaggy indie-rock dad – wide-eyed and waving her arms at her fellow preschoolers at the snack table to make her point. “It’s just a guy in a costume. He’s not! real!”

“I have a DIFFERENT theory,” roared The Boy, age four at the time. “Santa is…


Is Halloween the New Christmas?

Posted on October 30, 2010 at 11:30pm 10 Comments


Well . . . probably not. And before we get troll-smacked, let me clarify. I certainly didn’t mean to imply that the pagan ritual of Halloween could ever replace the sweet Jesus-y goodness of Christmas. I was just pondering the two holidays from a secular perspective. Really.

It’s just that I don’t ever remember Halloween being such a huge deal… Continue

Shopping for Sanity

Posted on September 6, 2010 at 10:00pm 34 Comments


Around this time last year, I wrote a thoughtful little post about the ritual of back-to-school shopping, and how it helps ease us into the transition. This year, however, after spending my Labor Day afternoon throwing elbows down the rapidly-depleting aisles of school supplies, I think… Continue

Lego Vacation

Posted on August 7, 2010 at 10:00pm 5 Comments

I didn’t think it was possible, but this summer vacation has managed to out-Lego our spring break trip to Legoland. And I’m not just talking about all the hours of free time and playdates spent building with Lego bricks. It seems like everywhere we’ve turned this summer, there’s been some Lego-themed attraction.

The Boy’s school offered a…


I Scream, You Scream

Posted on June 27, 2010 at 1:00pm 13 Comments


You know, ice cream is delicious and all, but it sure is high maintenance for something that’s supposed to be a lighthearted summer treat. Seriously. It’s not just a dessert; it’s an event dessert, a destination dessert. We shepherd the kids through long lines and help them sort through the choices – Cone or dish?…


Spontaneous Summer?

Posted on June 19, 2010 at 12:00am 7 Comments


Well, here we are. Summer vacation. It’s always such a busload of expectations, isn’t it? There’s more to this season than just a pleasant change in the weather, I tell you. It means something. The school year, with all its frustrations and challenges, simply ends. No more pencils, no more books. The routine we were slave to all those months simply… Continue

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