Thursday, December 27, 2007

It's a Bird; It's a Plane; It's...TOURETTE'S KID!

Here's a picture of Z with his favorite Christmas gift...his black trenchcoat. To complete his "geek ensemble", Z insisted on wearing his headphones around his neck. The boy is extremely proud of his geekiness.

Z is also sporting his first "store-bought" haircut. I've been cutting Z's hair for the last 15 years. I finally convinced him that it was time for a change, since I can only cut his hair in one style. I think he was worried about the stylist losing patience with his tics, but she worked quite well with him.

I hope this picture satisfies all of you who have been Googling for a "tourette's kid picture".

We all had a wonderful, peace-filled, family Christmas.
Our 5 day holiday passed much too quickly, but we enjoyed every minute of it. No holiday stress here!

Our traditional Christmas Eve dinner of Turkey Noodle Soup with homemade noodles turned out beautifully, don't you think?

Unfortunately, the holiday peace doesn't last forever. We returned to a very hectic work day today. Oh well, I only have to work Thursday-Saturday. Next week I only work until 10:30 on Monday and then I have Tuesday off. I think I can handle that schedule.

Update: I've had 3 more hits that were directed to this post when they searched for "tourettes pictures". I certainly hope Z's picture satisfied them!


At 12/27/2007 8:00 PM, Blogger Hammer said...

That's a nice looking coat.

I didn't know those were geeky, when I was in highschool the tough punk rockers wore em.

At 12/27/2007 8:07 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Hammer, Z says they became part of the geek/techie world after The Matrix came out.

At 12/27/2007 8:23 PM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

Oh, after the Matrix, well now, he's just gone so far into Geekdom, that's he's come out the other side of cool, as in, too cool! Love the coat! Check out my blog, I posted a picture of my son with his favorite present too. Great minds think alike, huh?

At 12/27/2007 8:43 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

I love his geekiness. And I'm glad you guys had a stress-free Christmas. It's so nice that you had a few days off together, too.

At 12/28/2007 12:09 AM, Blogger MonicaR said...

Awww - he looks great! What a handsome young man. That soup looks perfect! Glad you had a great holiday and I'm glad you're easing back into work with a bit of an easier schedule.

At 12/28/2007 6:57 AM, Blogger Gardenia said...

Noodles look yummy. I love homemade noodles. too much.

Well, obviously Z knows that the new "Hot" is geekiness. He is a beautiful young man - I should say handsome, but I'm a grandma - soooo
and the coat is also beautiful....

I like the hair cut.

At 12/28/2007 9:54 AM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

Wow has he grown. I never saw him as a baby but did see him that one time we stopped by and just wow.

That soup is making me hungry. I need to go find some breakfast now..

Z you are a very handsome young man.

At 12/28/2007 11:55 AM, Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

I wish my son would get a haircut. /sigh I have to practically drag him to the barber. That soup looks great - I don't know how to make my own pasta, but I'd like to learn. Happy New Years!

At 12/28/2007 4:45 PM, Blogger Jeannie said...

Tourette's kid looks totally happy in his geekiness and frankly, I love black trenchcoats and I currently have my own headphones adorning my neck.

Glad you had a great holiday. Happy New Year's!

At 12/28/2007 7:01 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

VV, yup, great minds. Christmas joy, to you and I, is all about making our families happy. ;)

Thanks Squirl!

Monica, the girls are noticing his "handsomeness" too. I don't know if I'm ready for that. :0

Gardenia, when it comes to kids I lean towards beautiful too...despite my kids' objections, LOL. ;)

Tweets, Z has grown a LOT in the last year. He can look down on you the next time you're here. He loves calling SME his "little sister". ;)

Notta, don't feel bad. I had to drag Z to get his hair cut.

I found my pasta recipe in The Joy of Cooking. It's not really that hard.

Jeannie, Z is quite happy in his own skin, which is unusual for a teenager. We're soooo proud of him!

LOL about your headphones. I'm listening to MY MP3 player as I type. I prefer the ear buds. Z hates earbuds and prefers headphones. This works great for me as I just inherited all of Z's discarded earbuds.

At 12/29/2007 1:08 PM, Blogger Cherie said...

And you make turkey noodle soup with homemade noodles as part of your Christmas holidays - just like we do!! Another amazing 'in common' thing for us.

And Z got the coat he as so hoping for! YAY! What a handsome geek he is - and so Matrix-like. But what everyone wants to know is, can he do the moves???

Looks like you guys had a great Christmas! Thanks for the post and the picture.

At 12/29/2007 1:19 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Cherie, I gotta ask, because this is too weird. Do you make your turkey soup out of the carcass and neck from your Thanksgiving turkey?

Z says he'll start working on his "Matrix moves" as soon as he figures out how to gracefully get into the truck while wearing his coat. ;)

At 12/29/2007 1:50 PM, Blogger SME said...

Well, Z-kid doesn't look like Maxwell Smart, after all, and your soup wasn't purple like mine, so all in all I think you had a pretty good Christmas Eve! ;D

At 12/29/2007 2:27 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Geek power!

Z's getting big, and that's a nice trench coat. I like geeks because they tend to be self-starters, hard-workers, focused, determined, and libertarian (small "l" libertarian).

If I were rich, I'd send him a Linux box and a Java book. He'd be making six figures in no time, and sooner than later working at designing games, which I have a strong feeling he'd both be good at and love doing.

At 12/29/2007 5:00 PM, Blogger Cherie said...

YES!! I boil up a broth from the carcass and neck, freeze it, and then make soup later on. It's soooo good. I make the noodles fresh the day before I make the soup. The only trouble is the soup is gone in a hurry! No matter how much I make. That's a good sign, though, right? ; )

Your soup looks fantastic, by the way.

And Z is going to work on his moves after he masters graceful truck entrance and exit. Smart man - beginner moves make way for the more advanced later on.

At 12/29/2007 6:15 PM, Blogger Blue said...

Hey those are both nice pics--anyone ever tell Z that he looks a bit like Harry Potter? I like geek chic. Darn nice looking guy, that one!

And that soup looks fab too. Yum!!!

At 12/29/2007 6:45 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

OHmygosh! does that soup look good. I don't suppose you share recipes, do you? ;)

Let Z know that today we set up the connection between our Wii and a Wireless router and it's working fabulously! Way better than the Wi-Fi USB connector.

At 12/30/2007 3:30 AM, Blogger La Cremiere said...

Geeks Rule!!!

I'm terribly proud of my geekiness myself; Kitem spent years teaching me good taste and fashionable dress sense, but I'm always happier with an oversized Star Wars tee-shirt and a good Sci-fi book or RPG game.

Anyhow, the trench coat is very much in fashion in the UK with punk rockers in Picadilli Circus.

At 12/30/2007 5:40 AM, Blogger Mike S said...

Nice coat. Great kid, if he gets much taller you'll need a big renovation to raise the ceilings. He'd fit right in with most of the kids here.
Weird, we make the same soup the same way as you & Cherie!! Also the way my aunt made it on the farm when I was growing up there. The smell of the soup on the old wood stove simmering meant Christmas was almost here:)

At 12/30/2007 8:11 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

SME, that's what you get for buying wild rice in Alberta! In MN, we take our rice seriously, and would never mix it with weird purple rice. ;)

ZS, Z and my step-grandson wear their geekdom like a badge of honor. ;)

I hope you're right about the geek work ethic. Z's still a teen, so I guess time will tell.

When Z got his own computer, he partitioned one of his hard drives so he can run both Linux and Windows. He's also been teaching himself different computer languages. He's a huge champion for open-source software.

Cherie, I KNEW it! ;)

I told Z if he wants a real challenge, try getting into a vehicle, gracefully, while wearing a long coat and a SKIRT!

Blue, thanks sis!
Yes, people have been telling us how much he looks like HP ever since he started wearing glasses in the 5th grade. What's really freaky is that HP's fictional birthday is 2 days after Z's...weird.

Courtney, I freely share recipes and techniques. Just let me know which part of this recipe you want. I don't really have a hard and fast recipe for my soups, except for the noodles. I mostly use the "dump and taste" method. I can walk you through my process, if you like. ;)

Z wants to know if your source computer has to be running Windows for the Wii to work online? The router he found in town had to run this way, so he wasn't sure about it.
I don't know why he couldn't email you and ask you this himself. I'm sure he'll contact you before he buys a router. ;)

LC, I NEVER would have taken you for a geek! Other than your love of Star Wars.
You always look so svelte in your pictures.

Mike, the memories of making noodles with my Grandma is what inspired me to start making my own when she died 20 yrs ago.
I only wish that I had her noodle cutter. It was like a multi-wheeled pizza cutter that would expand to cut different widths of noodles.

At 12/31/2007 10:22 AM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

That soup did look good. I ended up making some ham and cheese macroni and then we had ham and scrambled eggs. i almost had my eggs flipped over for an omlet on Saturday and it broke half way over. LOL..Hey I tried though.

At 12/31/2007 12:38 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Tweets, keep trying; it just takes practice. Besides, omelets taste the same even if they break. ;)

At 12/31/2007 5:43 PM, Blogger SME said...

Tweets, I always broke at least one omelet if I made more than one. Two would look great and one would look like some kinda natural disaster.
I found a recipe for a vegan "omelet" that I'm going to try this week. Hmm.

At 12/31/2007 8:00 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

Happy New Year!

At 12/31/2007 11:30 PM, Blogger Ryan said...

I'm not sure if the trench coat is geeky... I know some folks that wear those things - they also break legs for a living.

Happy new years!! If I read correctly, you are just getting off work and getting ready to celebrate (if you are in fact getting Tuesday off)

At 1/01/2008 6:55 AM, Blogger Mike S said...

I've seen those cutters advertised someplace. I remember my aunt's. Must go dig through her old stuff next summer. Sad to say, we usually opt for the convenience of noodles from a local shop that makes them, along with other goodies. Old & lazy!!:)

At 1/01/2008 10:34 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

SME, if you'll remember, I ALWAYS break the last omelet that I make. Unfortunately, this is usually MY omelet. :(

A joyous New Year to you Squirl!

Ryan, a few school shooters have worn them too. Z loves the wary glances he gets when he wears his coat to the store.

Yup, we have today off. We're planning on a day filled with board games and videos, before we have to head back to the grind.

Mike, send me a link if you find those cutters anyplace. I'd love to have one.

At 1/01/2008 10:36 AM, Blogger zydeco fish said...

The soup looks amazing. Glad to hear you had a nice Christmas.

At 1/01/2008 10:50 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Thanks ZF!
It's a good thing that my family doesn't have wheat allergies. :0

At 1/01/2008 7:12 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

The Wii uses a wireless router as an access point, so the OS is irrelevant. If he hasn't already, make sure he looks at the router requirements, it has to be pre-N, and have WEP and/or WPA encryption. There's also a list of routers that are known to not work: here.

About the soup, I'll bet my noodles would work, what herbs and spices do you add, and do you add any of the turkey drippings to your broth?

At 1/01/2008 7:16 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

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At 1/01/2008 7:18 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

By the way, I'm a big fan of This noodle cutter, and how do you break an omelet?

Also, in previous comment, a Pre-N router may NOT work. I got it backwards.

At 1/01/2008 9:22 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Courtney, thanks for the info. I'll have Z look at this.

I'm sure that your noodles would work. I season my soup with onion flakes and a few Tbs. of seasoned chicken base(I use the paste kind).

I make all the drippings into gravy, which I freeze and use for turkey pie.

How hard is it to clean that cutter?

Sometimes, when I fold the omelet in half, it rips. I've also been known to scrunch up an omelet when I slide it onto the plate.

At 1/01/2008 10:33 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Open source software is da bomb. I had two things that made Linux distros so far.

Yes, I am right about their work ethics. They may seem lazy now, but wait until they find something they really like doing that they can make money at. You'll see people who many wrote off as lazy in high school working hard and making big bucks. I've seen this time and time again.

At 1/02/2008 2:56 AM, Blogger hannah said...

he looks very nice, and i both envy you and congratulate you on a good holiday. i used to have a trench coat just like that, it was great. but i wasn't exactly a geek, more a "goth kid"

At 1/03/2008 2:21 PM, Blogger Cherie said...

I've never seen the noodle cutting tool you guys mention, but would like a link if you find one, too. Sounds interesting. I use my french chef's knife to cut the noodles, one at a time. It's a lovely process, the making of noodles, isn't it. Fast, and yet leisurely. The trouble around here is that, if I don't pick up the noodles once they've dried, my guys like to sneak them and snack away.

Tom's grandma started me making the noodles and turkey soup nearly 30 years ago. No childhood memories of my own, but my kids have them. :)

Has Z figured out how to maneuver his way in and out of the truck while wearing his coat? I used to wear a long coat to school in the 70's - the vehicle ins and outs are definitely possible, Z.

At 1/03/2008 5:40 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Cherie, I use a chef's knife to cut mine too.
Cooking is such a creative outlet. I love the satisfaction of creating something from nothing.

It turned cold here, so Z had to go back to wearing his down jacket until it's warm enough to wear his coat again.

At 1/03/2008 11:08 PM, Blogger Candace said...

Geek is the new jock. Or something. ^_^ Very cool! :)
Don't look now, but it looks like all of a sudden he went and grew up!

At 1/03/2008 11:08 PM, Blogger Candace said...

PS, the noodle soup looks DELICIOUS!

At 1/04/2008 3:23 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Candace, it WAS all of a sudden! He grew 6 inches, developed a wispy mustache, and got this deep voice...all in less than a year.


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