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|Wednesday, March 5th, 2008|
A face full of air bag really stings, and makes one's nose all puffy and sore for a long while, but it sure as hell beats the alternative of not having one.
Achy, but not broken. Me, I mean. The car's very dead. Blah. Long day.
|Sunday, December 23rd, 2007|
|Thursday, October 25th, 2007|
|Thursday, September 6th, 2007|
|Monday, August 20th, 2007|
|Nice weekend, Busy week
Had a very nice weekend with good friends. Sean went fishing Saturday for his 10th birthday, and we took David to a wonderful aquarium out on Long Island. Sunday, Dennis had to work so I took the boys to an equally wonderful science museum in NJ in the afternoon. We'd planned to go to the beach, but it really wasn't the weather for it.
Got tons of cleaning to do this week, inside and house and out. Will have lots of people over Saturday, and don't want to be embarrassed. Combination birthday party for Sean, my-son's-not-getting-married party for my neighbor (hated the girl with a passion, and it was supposed to happen that day) and general end-of-season bash for us both just to have one big party. :) Not cleaning a lot today, though. Today, I'm relaxing some and catching up with a few other things. Fortunately, I've been keeping up with the place pretty well recently. Tomorrow though, the madness begins.
|Wednesday, July 25th, 2007|
|More separation anxiety
So, off the husband goes to Croatia for ten days. It'll be a great trip for him, but he'll still be missed.
|Sunday, July 22nd, 2007|
I had so much more fun at the convention than I expected. I also expect to crash hard Real Soon Now. :)
|Saturday, July 7th, 2007|
A few weeks back, we found a young robin that had just fallen out of the tree. That isn't unusual for robins, who are then fed and protected by the parents until they can take care of themselves. It was the third robin in three days though, and the previous two hadn't survived. The kids were handling it, and there was no sign of the parents (it's not true that handling a baby robin will prevent the parents from taking care of it, btw. They go by sight, not smell).
We took it in. There are LOTS of stray cats in the area, and it would have been eaten. You can't keep a robin in a parakeet-sized cage though, because it's cruel. They're wild birds and need space to move around. So, we got a parrot-sized cage for it. We mixed wet puppy food and bread crumbs with water, and hand-fed it with popcicle sticks until it was better able to feed itself. Later, we added dry mealworms, fresh fruit and seeds (though robins aren't really seed eaters - they go for insects and fruit). We also let it out of the cage a lot, so it could stretch its wings and learn to fly.
Over time, it lost its down and became more adult-looking. It still had spots on its breast, but that's usual. I let it fly around the kitchen and living room, and it spent a lot of its time on the couch behind me. And, yes, I had a lot of cleaning up after it to do. It was amazingly tame, and would fly onto my shoulder and just hang out there while I did dishes or whatever. Robins love water and baths, so I'd fill a large bowl with luke warm water in the sink, and it would splash happily, completely drenching itself.
Today, after installing a feeder and a bird bath, we let it go. I gathered the kids, who had become very fond of the bird, and were really upset about it going away. We took it outside, and aside from one little flight around the carport it sat on my shoulder for about 10 minutes just looking around. Finally, it did fly off. Hopefully it will stay in the area and we'll see it occasionally.
I'm sad. It was the right thing to do, but I'm still sad.
|Wednesday, June 27th, 2007|
|Tuesday, March 27th, 2007|
|Wednesday, January 24th, 2007|
I think I did pretty well for this coming convention, swag-wise. High points are: Warner Bros. sent us some Happy Feet posters and such. Cartoon Network sent us Adult Swim pens and such. Sci Fi Channel sent Who Wants to be a Superhero stuff, including sending me a copy of the first season since I told the woman in marketing that I'd unfortunately missed most of it. NCsoft has sent us 300 full copies of their MMORPG Auto Assault, to pass out at registration. Sure, it's not nearly enough for everyone, but I thought the hotel might kill us if we received 50 boxes of games. It won't be nearly everyone's cup of tea anyway, so I think it'll be okay. And with luck, NCsoft will have Tabula Rasa in good shape for the summer convention.
It's my first contact with some of these companies, so I now have something nice to build on with them, for DEXCON 10.
|Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007|
|Friday, January 19th, 2007|
|This is fun...
David's home from school for the third day straight with a really bad cough. We got drugs for him yesterday, so hopefully he'll start improving soon. I didn't want to give him anti-biotics yet again, and risk him becoming resistant, so we went with a steroid to help with inflamation in his lungs. Fortunately, he likes the taste. It's really, really hard to get him to take medications, though I think we're turning a corner on that one. He doesn't care for the cough medicine, but he's drinking it anyway. That's a big step forward for him. Needless to say, that's eaten a lot of my attention.
Dreamation coming up next week, for those of you in the area and interested. The schedule's posted at www.dexposure.com/d2007.html. Hopefully David will be significantly better by then, since the alternative is Dennis or I stay home with him. Obviously, making sure the coughing doesn't turn into something worse is the priority. He's had pneumonia before. :-/
|Thursday, January 11th, 2007|
[You are not cleared for that]
(And rest in peace, Robert Anton Wilson)
|Sunday, January 7th, 2007|
I have two of them. At least Sean's trying/eating more things now. I actually got them both to try at least one new thing today, when out for dim sum. It's the little things, some days. I'm still amazed that they both like the little fried silverfish at this particular restaurant.
|Saturday, November 18th, 2006|
|Friday, November 17th, 2006|
|Toot... Toot... Toot...
Sean has started learning recorder in school.
Though really, he won't be bad at it at all. He's plenty musically inclined. It's just while he's getting the hang of it.
|Friday, October 20th, 2006|
|Wednesday, August 9th, 2006|
Long but nice day out yesterday. Cartoon Network's been showing a lot of advertisements for Howe's Caverns, and David really, really wanted to go. So, off we went yesterday. We really couldn't afford to stay over somewhere (New fuel pump for the car - $700), so we left early. It's about a 2 1/2 hour drive. Sean was determined not to enjoy it, because he just does that. David loved the tour, and then afterwards we did the tourist thing of buying bags of mining rough to sluice. They're seeded with either gemstones or fossils, so now both kids have a little bag of fossils.
Took them to McDs afterwards for lunch, and looked through tourist books to see what else to do with them while we were up that way. I'd found online one of those places you can go prospect for various crystals that didn't seem too far away. So, off we went. It was a ride, but I figured if we were all the way up there it would be a shame to waste the rest of the day with a drive home, when I could do that once it got dark. It was a campground as well, so maybe we'll go back sometime and do a weekend there. We rented some cheap tools, then went out to futz around. I didn't really expect to find much, but I figured it would be fun to just do with the kids outside. David had fun tunnelling, and Sean had fun breaking rocks with the hammer.
On the whole, I found a bunch of little crystals. About ten minutes before the place was closing (at 8pm), Sean found the 'catch of the day'. A whole crystal about halfway between the size of a golfball and a baseball. Apparently they're rare to find that size. Needless to say, Sean was delighted. We washed up some, then headed home. That, too, was a very long drive. We got in around 11:30. It was a really good day, though.
|Monday, June 19th, 2006|
For those in range, the full schedule is now posted. 912 events total, mostly in convenient two and four-hour chunks. :)