We’ve gotten a bit of snow in the DC area. I woke up this morning to find our road covered with at least an inch of snow, with a good deal more still falling.
Since I lack vacation time, and I hadn’t heard any official word from the office, I was planning on heading in to work. Mrs. Cutter had already resigned herself to working from home, but my office doesn’t really encourage telecommuting.
After taking another look outside, I decided that office policy or not, it wasn’t a good idea to drive until the plows came through. I logged on remotely, and surprisingly, I got a decent amount of work done.
Of course, my level of productivity decreased as soon as the Cutlet awoke from her slumber. Surprisingly, the Cutlet’s preschool was open, but neither Mrs. Cutter nor I were especially eager to drive her anywhere on sub-optimal roads.
Our solution: Strawberry Shortcake. The Cutlet recently obtained a book where Strawberry and friends put on a ballet performance, and since then, Ms. Shortcake has quickly become her latest obsession.
I checked to see if there were any episodes of Strawberry’s cartoon available on demand. Sure enough there were, but I accidentally chose one from the previous incarnation of the show.
Every so often, these cartoons tend to “reboot” with new versions. The basic concepts remain the same, but the character designs will change just enough to justify creating brand new toys for parents to buy.
The previous version of Strawberry had a more “tomboyish” style, with baggy jeans and an omnipresent sweatshirt tied around her waist. The newer version has longer hair and prefers a skirt and leggings.
Apparently, the Cutlet prefers the modern version, probably because that’s the version that stars in her beloved book. So once that first episode was over, I had to track down an episode from the new show as well.
Even Strawberry Shortcake could only occupy the Cutlet for so long. I realized that she’d require some actual human interaction, so once her show was over, I found a good stopping point with my work. At about the same time, Mrs. Cutter finished up with a phone conference, and we all headed outside.
While I was busy shoveling the driveway and sidewalk, Mrs. Cutter and the Cutlet set about building a snowman. The Cutlet was very excited about the snowman, and was especially concerned with the carrot that we’d use for his nose. Apparently, snowmen MUST have carrot noses. When I asked her if she wanted to watch Frosty the Snowman, she refused, saying that Frosty didn’t look right because he had a button nose.
After that, we stopped by to visit with our new neighbors. We used to have a family with a three-year old son living two houses down from us. It was quite nice that whenever the Cutlet got bored (or annoying), we could just walk two doors down for a playdate. But sadly, they moved away in October.
We were pleasantly surprised to discover that the new neighbors have a three year old daughter! Even better, she and the Cutlet seemed to hit it off immediately. Hooray for instant and convenient friends!
I’m not so sure about the father though. He’s a Cowboys fan. But hey, nobody’s perfect, right?
As for the snowman, I’d say that turned out pretty well. What do you think?