Dressin’ Up A Cast

If you’re a regular minion, you may recognise my usual uniform:

Geek shirt: check

Jeans: check

Lab Coat: check

Moustache: check

Clearly fashion is not one of my strengths. Consider the fashion industry exempt from my plans for world domination.

And yet the physio/doc asked ME to choose the colour for the cast on my freshly fractured wrist.

“Uhhhh… Ahhhh… BLUE!”

Why the hesitation? Why would I care about colour?

Because tomorrow night I’m attending the premiere for Disney’s The Jungle Book, in full ‘red carpet’ mode.

I hope you appreciate the sacrifice I am making here for y’all minions.

I’m going to wear … A Dress.

Photo: Evil Genius Mum

Oh, and side note: that’s my dominant hand in the cast. I can’t even do my usual ponytail, let alone fancy-schmancy stuff. I have to go to the hairdressers.

The good news is I will be reviewing The Jungle Book over at GeekMom/GeekDad on 4 April. I’m also scheduled in with a Q&A with Jon Favreau plus any other geeky celebs in attendance.

I’m even dragging Sinister along as Crew.

So stay tuned on Facebook and Twitter for updates! It should be an interesting night!

In the meantime, here’s the official trailer.

Update: Review is in over at GeekDad.

10 Things Parents Should Know About Disney’s The Jungle Book (Live Action)

I Want An … OHEA Smart Bed

Hurry up and make your bed!! It isn’t going to make itself!!

– EG Grandma

She is going to eat her words.

I want to blame my inability to make the bed on my broken wrist but let’s be honest- it has never been high on my priority list.

And I would like to claim it as a family trait but the only unmade bed is Zaltu’s – and she’s two so that’s my fault again. 

 Sinister and Nefarious apparently taken after their father: 

But if you are more like me than … Them, you want to see this Video.

Introducing the OHEA Smart Bed. It senses when a person leaves the bed and proceeds to straighten the linen and duvet.

The bed’s mechanism can be either manual or automatic; either way takes less than a minute to straighten your linen and make the bed.

And while lazy EG like me are drooling, the bed really benefits the elderly, infirm, and those responsible for making hundreds of beds a day – save $$$ on OH&S issues!!

Coming from the chick with a broken wrist, this bed looks like a dream…

Thumbs up! Deliver it straight to the lair!
Not sponsored- just sharing cool stuff I find.

Safe School Bullies

Yesterday was Australia’s National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

So… the Australian Federal Government commemorated the day by removing almost anything of strength or substance from the national Safe School program.

The Safe School program was set up to provide free resources and support to schools around Australia. The program is meant to give staff and students the skills to combat ignorance towards sexuality, gender, identity, and anything else.

Sounds like the type of program that should be introduced to the Federal Parliament.

There’s a bunch of conservative scared backbenchers who aren’t happy about such open-minded policy. 

They ordered a review.

It came back praising the program for its strength and positivity, predicting great change to come from it.

Well, the Conservatives couldn’t have that.

So they ordered their own review of the review.

I don’t know whether to compare this to Blackadder or Yes, Minister. Either way, this crap should be kept in fiction, not polluting the real world.

And how does the Prime Minister respond to these fearful bullying tactics?

He ‘guts the program’.

  • It will now only be offered to High Schools;
  • Any third-party groups or links (including support or counsel groups) will be removed;
  • Removal of role-playing activities (despite child psychologists approving the initial programs); 
  • Parents have say on resources used in school (whether or not they support the program as a whole).


Maybe… Just maybe… We should take a minute to think about what this program is meant to achieve. Who it is meant to help.

Let me share a story with you:

(Copy of letter sent by parent to school principal – shared with permission)

First, let me just say that I apologize for overwhelming you with what is a lengthy email. I want to be clear that I recognize all sides of the issue, lay no blame on the school, but I have concerns I need to share and am willing to work with all of you to address them somehow. 

I know kids will be kids. I totally own that L is not perfect. However, whatever is going on at school is really bothering him, and it’s starting to feel as though it’s endemic in the population. 

L is different. I get that. He’s not the norm in various ways. However, for the past two years, he’s had to deal with the gender confines at school. Today, while he was in class, someone he doesn’t know laughed at him for singing “Let It Go” with the girls. Or he perceived someone to be laughing at him because it has happened so many times that when he is singing with girls and kids are laughing that is his internalization. Several times in the last year, he has come home upset because his pink shirt or his pink lunchbox or his pink shoes or his Elsa shirt or his My Little Pony shirt has been mocked by other students for being girlie (both boys and girls, and all grades). As much as I recognize that boys calling others boys “girlie” as an epithet is how it has always been, I feel responsible to L, and whoever he chooses to be, to teach him to be better and to expect better.

We have talked at home about being yourself. We share videos of guys singing “Let It Go” or girls liking Star Wars. We have done everything we can at home to reinforce that it is ok to be yourself. We have tried very hard to take care of our concerns at home. 

However, today, L came home saying things like “I’d like to move to a desert or forest to be alone where no one can tease me.” When I suggested the forest since it has water and you need water to live, I got “I want the desert because then I’d die. I wish I was dead because then no one could make fun of me.” 

Perhaps some kind of awareness program would benefit all of the students. I can’t imagine L is the only non-conforming child, and he isn’t even particularly outside the norm. I know he is sometimes mean to other kids, but this has been very specific to being slightly outside the gender norm over the past two years. I cannot imagine he is the only one. 

No, dear minion. Your son is not the only non-conforming child. 

But his child-voice is small in comparison to the fearful conservatives who cannot face that which they cannot control.

Australia’s Safe School program was supposed to protect and enable kids like L, to defeat the bullying in schools. It is not about ‘sexually liberating children’; it is about giving children a safe environment to be themselves. 

Hey Conservatives! If you’re worried about the kids being liberated, it’s only because you recognise the poor mites are already restrained by your narrow views. 

The Safe Schools Program was meant to empower children against bullying.

Instead, all we have done is show them how the bullies win again. 
If you or someone you know is being bullied at school, there are some good tips shared at GeekDad – the organisations mentioned ARE US based, so speak to your local school about the equivalent departments in your jurisdiction.

Not sponsored or endorsed – just frustrated with the fearmongering politicians everywhere.

EG Parent Award #65

I am in a fair amount of pain, with a suspected broken wrist (scaphoid fracture). 

Right now, I have a lot of empathy for any parent who is suffering. Broken bones, gastro bouts, head lice… 

But nothing beats Children Live Action Shows.

They are loud. They are bright. They are full of spawnlings. 

If you bought the tickets yourself, then you deserve the torture. 

However some EG Grandparents are wily and take karmic parenting retribution in to their own hands.

I know – I was threatened with Wiggle tickets a few years back. I was extremely grateful when gastro saved EG Inc from that disaster.

If you can’t avoid it, at least we now have a Survival Guide, thanks to EG Parent Award recipient, Karen.

Full of coping mechanisms and impact reduction methods, Karen’s advice will improve your chances of making it out alive. 
And if all else fails, at least you’ll have a good idea of what lies ahead.