11/18 - Jonathan, when meaning to say cylindrical said, "cylindicular"

11/23 - Joy took her first step, accidentally.

11/26 - Joy climbed up a whole flight of stairs.  This was the first time she had done more than one small step.  She was so thrilled with her newfound skill that she did it three times that day.

12/1 - The next first is Joy fell down the stairs.  But now the older kids are better at making sure someone is behind her when she climbs.

12/5 - Noah was partitioning 6 out loud during breakfast (5 and 1, 4 and 2, etc.)  Then Jonathan asked him how many 5s in 20.  Noah thought it was too hard (so did I) but Jonathan was patient and gave good, constructive hints.  He asked how many 5s in 10, then how many 10s in 20, and Noah got those, then was able to make the jump to solve the original problem correctly.  Then he got how many 5s in 40.  So cool!

12/9 - It seems Jonathan has been reading too many spy books without current historical context.  It just so happened that a Russian company hacked into a merchant's credit card swipers and stole our (and a bunch of other customers') information.  Jonathan overheard our calls and frustration in working it out and then said, "I always knew there was something funny about those Soviets."  So I updated him on our political status with Russia and also reminded him that people from everywhere can be good and bad.

12/10 - Joy started climbing over thresholds even when there is no change in height.

12/10 - Joy took two steps to Mommy

12/11 - Four steps

12/16 - Joy went from sitting to standing without pulling up on anything.

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Bravo, Noah! Wonderful thinking. And bravo to Jonathan for being a good teacher: he gave Noah a challenge Noah didn't think he could manage, then led him gently to think through it. Now if only Jonathan could be so patient with himself....

I hope the credit card thing has now been straightened out. Was it a gas station? Our banking friend says they are notorious; the amount of money the banks lose through that kind of fraud is staggering.

Posted by SursumCorda on December 18, 2011, 4:21 pm

It was likely from Restaurant Depot, since they sent us a letter a bit ago that said some Russians had hacked into their servers, and inserted software that tracked all of the credit card numbers, and no one noticed for a couple months, so anyone who shopped at the store with a credit card during those two months had their number grabbed by the software.

I called the credit card company, expecting them to make us change the number, but they didn't, and said that we could wait until someone actually used it.

Some number of days later, I got a text message from one of those weirdo unidentifiable numbers saying to call this 800 number (which wasn't the normal card number) and enter this secret PIN which they gave in the text message. I figured it was probably spam, since the credit card company has never texted me before. So, I called the regular 800 number, and after verifying who I was, he immediately said, "oh, it says here I need to direct you to another department".

They wanted to know if I had purchased some gas in Canada (which I thought might be plausible, if the charge had taken a long time to show up on the bill, though she said it was for $100, which would be more than usual. And then it was followed by $50 of liquor, which I never buy liquor in such small quantities. :)

Posted by Jon Daley on December 20, 2011, 3:38 am

They probably just mixed the two up: $50 of gas and $100 of liquor. ;)

Posted by SursumCorda on December 20, 2011, 6:01 am

Price says nothing about quantity... This whisky sells for about £20 a cl, which corresponds to over $100 per shot.

Posted by Stephan on December 20, 2011, 2:13 pm
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