Take the quick reading test that everybody’s sending me. Read about how Jonah and I are doing together. Marvel as Erin jumps another salary column at work. Pinch me, I’m dreaming.

A couple different folks have sent me this, so I thought I’d reproduce it here for giggles. See how well you can read the following:

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Now I don’t know about you, but I didn’t slow down in the least. I read the paragraph at least as fast, though hopefully not faster, than if the words had been spelled correctly. I’ve not studied reading (or speed-reading) so I was surprised by this phenomenon. I have no idea how this sort of knowledge is useful or can be applied. If you can give me a heads-up, shoot me an email.

We’re mid-way through my second week with Jonah. Thus far no cases of patricide or infanticide. (But stay tuned! Haha.) The kiddo is usually mellow in the morning, grows increasingly restless through the afternoon, and almost leaps with joy upon Mom’s arrive home from school. That’s not to say that he and I don’t get along, because we do—swimmingly. But he’s figured out where the milk is coming from, and it’s obviously not me. The bottle feeding of the breast milk that Erin’s pumped is going terrific, but it’s a rather pale substitute for the real experience. At least that’s what I’m inferring from his behavior. He also might have a touch of a cold.

I’ve managed to be relatively productive in the periods when he sleeps and again after Erin gets home and can take care of him. There are a few things, notably music recording, that I’ve been unable to do, but for the most part it’s full-speed ahead (thanks in large measure to my parents in some cases).

I even got Erin’s college transcripts delivered across town to the district office so that she officially bumped over to the next pay column at work. She needs another 18 credits before she’s at the last column, and we’ll be working on that in the years to come. No sense in getting paid anything other than the most possible for the same amount of work. The salary change should be reflected in September’s paycheck. Here’s hoping we notice the difference.