Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Snack Time

Me: "You can eat those rice cakes. I think Penny or Deanna left them."
Son 2: "Are they stale?"
Me: "No. They're unopened."
Son 1: "Plus, they come already stale."

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Love Marks

Me: "I love you."
Son 1: "I give you a 3 out of 5."
Me: "Seriously?"
Son 1: "Hey! It's almost a B!"

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Packin' bags

Grandpa: "Back in my day, we had 'greasers'."
Son 2: "Now we call them 'douches'."

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Comedy or Tragedy?

Son 1: "In Twelfth Night, they had a man playing a woman pretending to be a man. And in Face/Off, Nick Cage plays John Travolta pretending to be Nick Cage. So basically, John Woo is this generation's Shakespeare."

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Austin Found

Son 1: "You know, they called the show 'The Bionic Woman' because she came after the 6-Million Dollar Man. The logic is that she wouldn't have cost as much because the R&D had already been done and they didn't want to call her the '5-Million Dollar Woman'."
Me: "God forbid they actually spend the same amount and have her more advanced than Steve Austin, given that he was the prototype."
Son 2: "Stop ruining our television with your gender politics."

Thursday, 18 September 2014


Son 2: "Grandpa, tell us again about how Sasquatch is an alien."
Grandpa: "Hey! There was an episode of the 6-Million Dollar Man about how Sasquatch is an alien!"
Me: "Well that's as good as peer-reviewed publication to me."

Monday, 15 September 2014

Literary Acolytes

Son 2: "Who is the most influential author ever?"
Son 1: "Jesus."
Me: "Jesus didn't write the Bible, God did..."
Son 2: "...at least the Old Testament. The New Testament is just fan fiction."

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Pillow Talk

Me: "Apparently we should get some new pillows. They say you should replace them about every two years and some of ours are probably close to twenty."
Son 2: "Two, twenty... what's the difference?"
Me: "A factor of ten?"
Son 2: "You mean a factor of SHUT UP!"

Tuesday, 9 September 2014


Grandpa: "Dishwashers are evil. You know it's what caused your sewer problems."
Me: "Yeah. It also gave you scabies."
Grandpa: "And an enlarged prostate."

Monday, 8 September 2014

Male Order

Me: "Do you want to go buy new shoes with your dad?"
Son 1: "Yes. Then we can go to those secret dude shops where shoes are much easier to find when unhindered by estrogen."

Saturday, 6 September 2014


Me: "Wow. The movie 'Blended' only got 14% on Rotten Tomatoes."
Grandpa: "That's actually pretty good for an Adam Sandler film."

Wednesday, 3 September 2014


Me: "Rinse off your plate and put it in the dishwasher."
Son 1: "You know the difference between you and Hitler?"
Me: "Nothing?"
Son 1: "Exactly."

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Intimates Conversation

Grandpa: "You're mocking me."
Me: "You knew that would happen when you started offering underwear to your grandson at the dinner table."

Sunday, 20 July 2014


Son 1: "You might want to make more salad dressing... actually maybe wait and see if we need it - you can't unmake salad dressing. At least not at the current levels of technology. But what if you centrifuged it?... forget it, that's silly... the egg proteins would separate out."

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Monday, 14 July 2014


Son 1: "Arghh! Flies!"
Me: "Don't worry. They're only attracted to meat."
Son 1: "We're made of meat!"

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Lucky Strike

Me: "I'd like you to wash your sheets today."
Son 1: "I'd like to win the lottery."
Me: "Yes, well, one of these things is achievable."
Son 1: "Yet neither are going to happen..."

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Lippy Service

Me: "Did you just say 'shit-faced'?"
Son 2: "Yes."
Me: "You kiss you mother with that mouth?"
Son 2: "Not anymore, apparently."

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Racial Slurp

Me: "Did you eat so many crackers that you can't eat your burger?"
Son 2: "Yes."
Son 1: "That's what you get for cannibalism. That and prions."

Monday, 7 July 2014

Goal Setting

Me: "How's phys ed class?"
Son 2: "Golf's hard."
Son 1: "Did you get a touchdown?"
Son 2: "Yes. A three pointer, then a home run."
Me: "That might be why you're finding it hard."

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Trailer Trash

Son 2: I think they should make a gritty reboot of The Little Prince where he's a space pirate."
Son 1: "And he could develop a 'special friendship' with a stripper named Foxy."
Me: "Stop. Please. Just... stop."

Saturday, 28 June 2014


Son 2: "What IS this?"
Me: "Songza's New Wave Hits playlist. I haven't heard these songs in so long!"
Son 2: "Maybe it's because they're bad songs."
Me: "They are GREAT songs!"
Son 2: "Are you sure? My Sharona is on the list."

Friday, 27 June 2014

Summer Dazed

Me: "God lord. Why are you wandering around the house in your underwear?"
Grandpa: "It's a bathing suit! I don't wear underwear."

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

We Speech Goodly

Son 2: "He's shouting really loud."
Me: "Loudly. It's an adverb."
Son 2: "It's not when I use it incorrect."

Monday, 16 June 2014

MacKenzie Family Circus Studios

Buddy Cop Film Teasers

 "She's just a modern day gal, he's Genghis Khan..."
 "He's Hitler, she's Anne Frank..."
 "He's a germaphobe, she's Typhoid Mary..."
 "She's Catherine the Great, he's Mr. Ed..."
 "He's lactose intolerant, she's Gorgonzola..."
 "He's one day from retirement, she's the Surface of the Sun..."

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Primate-ary Education

Son 2: "What do you want to take at university?"
Son 1: "Science."
Son 2: "What kind of science?"
Son 1: "Maybe learn how to arc weld a hard-drive to a monkey."
Son 2: "Is arc welding like welding but with electricity?"
Son 1: "I don't know! I'm not a scientist yet!"

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Master Bait

Me: "I haven't seen grandpa yet today."
Son 1: "Don't worry. Just put out a bowl of pickled herring and compost and he'll find his way home."

Saturday, 7 June 2014


Son 2: "Get a job."
Son 1: "Can't. Too busy cultivating my neck beard."

Wednesday, 4 June 2014


Son 1: "I had to fill out a survey about bullying at school. When they asked for my ethnicity, I put down 'honky'."

Tuesday, 3 June 2014


Son 2: "Why don't we raise cats and eat them?"
Son 1: "That's delicious."
Son 2: "That's monstrous."
Son 1: "It can be both."

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Stone Age

Me: "Go read a book."
Son 1: "What?"
Son 2: "I think Mom mispronounced 'tablet'."

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Happy Mother's Day.

Me: "I need to call Grandma."
Son 2: "Oh yeah. You have a mother too. I thought you asexually divided from the host-plant."
Me: "No. That's how you were created."

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Malignant Humour

Me: "Oh kids today with your rap music and your video games and your being on my lawn..."
Son 2: "Mom just stop. You're giving me cancer."

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Contemptorary Music Pt. 1

Son 1: "I don't know about that T-shirt. It seems to trendy."
Me: "True. It doesn't fit in with the rest of your peer-avoidant style. Disinterest in learning to drive, aversion to AXE body spray, Yanni on your boom box..."

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Father Figure

Son 2: "I like to tell Dad Jokes* because it's a teenage chick-magnet. It shows them I'll be a good dad."

* "Are you cold? Then stand in the corner because it's 90 degrees!"

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Pros and Cons

Me: "I love you."
Son 1: "I have to live with you."
Me: "You know, you are legally old enough to move out."
Son 1: "Yeah, but then I'd have to get a job. Or learn to grift."

Tuesday, 29 April 2014


Me: "The mechanic is just going to take the car out for a test drive then it should be done."
Son 1: "Are you sure he's not just taking the minivan out for a joyride?"
Son 2: "Don't be silly. There is no joy riding in a minivan."

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Remote Controlled

Me: "...if you press the TV remote's on button it just takes a second to..."
Son 2: "Mom! Stop talking to me like I'm Grandpa. It's insulting."

Friday, 18 April 2014


Son 2: "I don't understand butt sex. I mean it makes sense if you're gay, but why would you if you're not?"
Me: "Some people like it, for variety."
Son 1: "Variety is the spice of life. That's why that stew I made was so good... thyme, rosemary, garlic and a dash of butt sex. The recipe actually called for double penetration, but it was too expensive."

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Cold Storage

Me: "What are we going to do with the gecko when you go off to college?"
Son 1: "Uh. I dunno. Carbonite?"

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Road Regrets

Son 1: "Hands at 10 and 2 Mom!"
Me: "I knew I was going to regret putting you in driver's ed classes."

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Story Bored

Son 1: "OK. I have an idea for a PSA. Two Australian girls are driving in a car and laughing, then they look out in front of them and scream. Then the camera swivels around and shows they're driving towards a giant steel wall in the middle of the road surrounded by children. When they hit the wall, a giant geyser of blood shoots out of the car and it forms a mushroom cloud, and the cloud is shaped like a skull. Then the skull starts laughing and grows flesh turning into Adolph Hitler. Then it cuts to black screen with white text that reads: 'Having fun while driving is a Holocaust waiting to happen.'"
Me: "...so... how was driver's ed today?"

Monday, 31 March 2014

Rick James*

Me: "Are you holding the gecko?"
Son 1: "Uhhh... no. M&Ms."
Me: "Oh. It's just that you're holding your hand as if it contains something very precious."
Son 1: "It does."

*the gecko's name

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Gettin' Busy Days

Me: "What are you doing today?"
Grandpa: "Geezer stuff. Shuffle board, bingo, yelling at kids to get off my lawn."
Me: "Spreading STIs through the old-folks home?"

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

That Old Chest-Nut

Me: "I'm going to go back to school to get a Masters in clown. I can be a Master Clown."
Son 2: "You should go back to school to get a Masters in debate... that way you can be a politician."

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Fine Wineing

Me: "Dark chocolate and red wine pair really nicely."
Son 1: "I should just dip a Milky Way in my glass."
Me: "Ugh..."
Son 1: "Don't worry... I'd pair it with white."

Friday, 21 March 2014

Trader Woes

Grandpa: "I understand why Edmontonians are still mad at Pocklington. I'm still mad about the Alouette trade in '59, and the Dodgers leaving Brooklyn. You've got to hold on to a good, meaningless grudge."

Thursday, 20 March 2014

It Doesn't.

Me: "At camp, you have something called 'Sparkle Time'?"
Son 2: "Yep."
Me: "Please tell me it involves ponies." 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Galling Shotgun

Me: "Where's your brother? And isn't it his turn to sit in the front seat?"
Son 1: "I'm sorry Mom, he didn't make. We'll have time to grieve later, but for now... drive. Just drive."

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Parental Guidance

Grandpa: "Are you going to blog that thing I said about the difference between men & women?"
Me: "No."
Grandpa: "Why?"
Me: "My blog."
Grandpa: "My mouth."
Me: "Fortunately, I get to edit your mouth before it goes on my blog."

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Information Overdose

Me: "You probably should give me a list of the medications you're on in case of an emergency."
Grandpa: "Avodart - daily, Ramipril  - daily, Viagra - on request."
Me: "Jesus. TMI Dad."
Grandpa: "It's a prescription! And go ahead and blog it. I'm 70, what do I care?"

Friday, 14 March 2014

The Long Game

Son 2: " I want to create a game that takes longer to play than a human lifespan."
Me: "Interesting.... why?"
Son 2: "I dunno... 'art' or something."

Tuesday, 11 March 2014


Son 1: "A newspaper?"
Me: "Yep."
Son 1: "Shouldn't you be reading that on your penny-farthing?"

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Young punks.

Son 2: "... and then the are the guys with the faux hauks..."
Grandpa: "What's a faux hauk?"
Me: "It's a Mohawk for people who lack commitment."

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Slacker High

Me: "How's everything going at school? How are the other kids?"
Grandpa: "Yeah...are you having any bully problems?"
Son 2: "There are no bullies. The douchebags are too apathetic."

Saturday, 1 March 2014

The Produce-rs

Son 2: "We watched Plan 9 From Outer Space tonight."
Me: "Wow. Have you watched Attack of the Killer Tomatoes yet?"
Son 2: "No! Was it really meant to be serious?"
Me: "I think so. It came out before they invented irony."

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Glowing Up

Grandpa: "Old is better than middle aged. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel."

Saturday, 22 February 2014


Son 2: "My skin is itchy."
Me: "Do you have a rash?"
Son 2: "No."
Me: "Did you use deodorant?"
Son 2: "No."
Me: "Are you a boy?"
Son 2: "Yeah..."
Me: "Must be cooties."

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Pusher Broom

Me: "Oh! After you finish with the broom, could you vacuum the living room?"
Son 2: "I didn't know sweeping was a gateway chore."

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Fiction Friction

Me: "So, it seems that Barbie is on the cover of the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition."
Son 2: "Seriously? That's like having GI Joe on the cover of Guns & Ammo."
Son 1: "Or Optimus Prime on Trucking Today."
Me: "Or ThunderCats on Cat Fancy."

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Rash Choices

Dad: "Your skin looks dry, did you try that emu oil on that?"
Son 2: "What about snake oil? Did you try that?"
Son 1: "Yep. Some hippy told me it has powerful mojo."

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Attention Deficit Dining

Son 1: "When are we going to be finished eating supper?"
Me: "Why? Do you have homework?"
Son 1: "No. Just a limited attention span."

Saturday, 8 February 2014


Me: "OK. I got all your driving lessons organized, scheduled, and updated the calender."
Son 2: "Thanks."
Me: "So much admin with children..."
Son 2: "Maybe you should have got a dog."

Friday, 7 February 2014

Internal Dispair

Me: "... and that's why we have an intestinal gut barrier... to keep all the bacteria in fecal matter out of you..."
Son 1: "Aaaaah! I have poop inside me! ... AND VOMIT!"

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Cage Match

Son 2: "So why do they plant 2 embryos for artificial insemination?"
Me: "Makes it more likely that one will survive. But sometimes both take."
Son 1: "If both survive, before they're born have to fight to the death in 'The Udderdome'"

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Movement Smarts

Son 2: "Professional wrestling isn't really a sport, is it?"
Me: "No. It's more like ballet for rednecks."

Friday, 31 January 2014

Thrill of the Hunt

Son 2: "Grandpa is like a cat, but instead of bringing home dead birds he brings home discounted sausage. And he puts the dead birds in the compost."

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Avenging Angles

Son 2: "I wish I looked like a superhero."
Me: "Don't. Their bodies are physically impossible."
Son 1: "Exactly. They have non-euclidean abs, breasts that contain themselves and when you talk to a superhero their topography inverts. And THEN they start occupying the same space as each other."

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Dong Show

Me: So I got the extended warranty package..."
Son 2: "Heh heh. Package."
Me: "Really?"
Son 1: "You know he'll laugh at any old junk you say."

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Monday, 27 January 2014

Martial Mall

Dad: "Want me to show you the steps in today's Kung Fu pattern?"
Son 2: "No. I'm going to learn it the way God intended: from an Asian man in a strip mall."

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Legal Strike

Me: "I'm eating chips. Don't judge me."
Son 1: "I won't judge you if you don't judge me."
Me: "It's my job to judge you."
Son 1: "Yeah, but I won't judge you for not doing you job."

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Period Pieces

Me: "Maybe I should learn tatting for when I watch Downton Abbey."
Dad: "You could knit crumpet covers."
Son 2: "Or teacups."
Son 1: "Or monocles."

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Riot Night In

Me: "OK. I'm heading out for the evening. Don't have a wild party."
Son 2: "Don't worry Mom. I'll just invite two friends, Mary and Jane."

Sunday, 19 January 2014

The Cost of Love

A text exchange...

Me: Clean up the laundry in your room after school. ps love you
Son 2: Why?
Me: You're my son. I have to love you.
Son 2: If you loved me I wouldn't have to.
Me: Oh really?... Hmmmmm...   I'll have to go with the laundry.

Friday, 17 January 2014


Son 1: "You're the lamest dad I know."
Dad: "I'm the coolest dad you know!"
Son 2: "No. You're the coolest dad I have."

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Foody Blues

Me: "I'm eating my feelings."
Dad: "A dried date?"
Me: "I also had some cheese."
Dad: "Dairy & fiber? Good lord woman, at least get some Hagen Daas."
Me: "Good lord... I can't even emotionally eat right."

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Angling for a Laugh - A Pair of Puns

Son 2: "When the timer goes all rotate the pizza 180 degrees."
Me: "Because they're pizza Pis?"*

Son 2: "I was walking home and I saw a car perked perpendicular to the sidewalk."

Monday, 13 January 2014

Collageral Damage

Son 1: "Mom... are you scrapbooking?
Me: "Uh. Sort of."
Son 1: "Back in my day we had scraps, and we had books, and we kept them separate."

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Fists of Furry

Son 1: "...and that's how I got on the international kitten punching circuit."
Me: "In this family, we don't punch kittens."
Son 1: "What? You're not my real dad!!"
Son 2: "MOM!? Well then what CAN we punch?"