October 03, 2005


In a non-Harriet Miers aside, my pal Marjorie is toying with the idea of a really terrifying Halloween costume for her three year old.

My own three year old, who is dressing up as the Little Mermaid this year, has developed a game of suggesting costumes for me to wear: She names various Disney princesses and I'm supposed to recoil in disbelief. And so:

She: How about Pocahontas?

Me: Not Pocahontas! She's a giiiirl!!

The Llama-ette thinks this is extremely funny. I find it endearing the first ten or fifteen times, after which it begins to pale a bit.

Ever since she started this little game, I've had the song "Lola" stuck in my head. In fact, yesterday - as she suggested Cinderalla, Snow White and Belle for the umpteenth time, I started singing it at her. This may prove to have been an inspired choice, because it got her to stop, although whether this was because she doesn't like Ray Davies or because she doesn't like my singing, I couldn't quite tell.

Posted by Robert at October 3, 2005 03:18 PM | TrackBack

Hey, why do you call them the "gels?" Is that a CS Lewis reference?

(I'm finally reading Narnia)

Posted by: Bill from INDC at October 3, 2005 03:32 PM

Sort of. "Gel" is Edwardian slang. I initially picked up the habit from Mom, who is a big fan of the period.

Diggory's uncle in The Magician's Nephew fancies himself as an Edwardian dandy. I can't remember if he says "gel", but he does say, "A dem fine woman."

Now aren't you sorry you asked?

Posted by: Robbo the LB at October 3, 2005 03:44 PM

I don't have the book in front of me, but I'm reasonably certain Uncle Andrew calls Polly "my dear gel" once or twice. As I recall, it really annoys her.

It kills me to think of all the time I spent stuffing this clutter into my head, when I could have been studying something useful and remunerative like hotel management...

Posted by: utron at October 3, 2005 04:20 PM

"Lola" stuck in your head? Watching too much Harriet Miers coverage?

Posted by: The Colossus at October 3, 2005 05:00 PM

Yes, Uncle Andrew calls her a gel. He did sort of remind me of you a bit ...

Posted by: Bill from INDC at October 3, 2005 06:09 PM