Polar Vortex vs Tardis

January 8, 2014

in no manual for parenting

Many would be mightily disappointed by the misleading title of this post. My apology.

By Tardis, I mean the awesome Tardis fleece blankets found on ThinkGeek. Each of the boys got one for Christmas. I was blue with envy as soon as I touched it. So soft and fuzzy.

Tardis blanket

AND it’s bigger on the inside! My son who’s holding the blanket in the picture is 6’2″. I decided to keep the two extra ones back home that I had ordered for my Whovian friends. I of course promptly forgot about them. The blankets. Not my friends.

Since Monday, Chicago along with the rest of the Midwest fell into the evil grip of Polar Vortex (Great name by the way for 1. a band, 2. a Bond villain, 3. an X-Men member, 4. a super powerful blender). I have proof:

20 below zero


This was why this happened at Lake Michigan shore:

Chicago ice town

Photo credit: Getty Images


Our school districts were closed for two days and the kids were suffering from cabin fever. As an argument was about to break out over who owned the Tardis blanket that’s downstairs (as opposed to the one upstairs), and I was about to step in and declare that it’s, surprise, surprise, MINE! I remembered and brought out the extra two Tardis blankets. Peace was restored. The boys and I wrapped ourselves in the deep blue plushiness and walked around the house like royalty.

Naturally, they’re late getting ready for bed again.

“Seriously. I am the worst parent.” I added, after I threatened to really enforce discipline this time if they did not go upstairs straightaways.

My 11-year-old boy turned to look at me in the eye. “You are the best parent,” he said quietly, “from a child’s perspective.”

So. Yup. There you have it. Definitely the worst parent.



Dufmanno January 8, 2014 at 9:04 am

Imagine the thick, ice cold creamy milkshake you could whip up in the new Polar Vortex blender?
My GOD, it’d be rapturous!!

Absence Alternatives January 9, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Rapturous. Need to use that word more often!!!

Micæl Chadwick January 8, 2014 at 7:57 am

Brilliant! Every time the news mentions the Polar Vortex, I keep half expecting Harriet Jones, Former Prime Minister (We know who you are…) to pop up on the screen and tell us the world is coming to an end… Or there’s been a rash of “Bad Wolf” graffiti mysteriously appearing all over the planet.

I may have to get one of those blankets now. I had looked at them but didn’t realize just how MUCH bigger they are on the inside. I’m 6’4″ so I was afraid they’d only cover my ankles.

Absence Alternatives January 9, 2014 at 8:41 pm

How are you holding up with the change of the Doctor?

In my mind, you have the same height and physique as Matt Smith? 😉

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