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Yesterday can GO TO HELL! And so can today so far, for that matter.

1. Yesterday Chris was hit by an inattentive teenager on his way to work. He's fine, no one was hurt. But we're down to one car while the insurance companies duke it out and decide who gets to pay for a rental while the damage is repaired. There are weeks when taking Jonah to school & going to the grocery are my only outings. But of course, when the option to leave the house no longer exists, I suddenly feel stir crazy and have all these things I need to do. :/

2. I've been having trouble with my laptop battery not wanting to hold a charge as long. Also, for some reason I'm no longer getting a warning before it just cuts off. Of course all those improper shut downs have taken a toll on my machine and now Windows is damaged and won't boot up, not even in safe mode. Luckily, there's an Ubuntu install on there too, and it does boot just fine and my data appears to be fine. But none of my programs are installed over there and all that pain in the ass garbage I'm going to have to go through to set everything back up. I've been meaning to switch over to Ubuntu anyway, I've just been lazy about out because I dread doing this crap. I know it'll be better and faster and all because the Windows install is the bloated factory install from 3 years ago. But I needed to do shit today, not mess with this junk. D:

3. Chris went out to the car this morning to go to work and noticed a door open and the middle console and glove box open. I'm pretty sure my old 6 year old (or older) iPod that's been broken for 5 years or more was in the console and is now gone. Joke's on them I guess, but I still think we should report it in case there are other break ins in the area. I think we'll start locking our doors, too. Add a new keyless entry to our list of car expenses. >:[

4. Minor but still frustrating, as I was writing this, my phone hard locked. :/

However, I'm thankful we fared well through the storms last night. And at least the would-be thief struck after all the storms passed so the car isn't full of water or anything. I guess we're lucky they didn't bother to damage anything or vandalize it when they didn't find much worth stealing, too. Surely they could tell that was an old iPod. Chris and I sort of laughed it off this morning because KARMA MOTHERFUCKERS! But it sort of pisses me off in principle.

Well off to reaquaint myself with Ubuntu. Wheee!

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I posted this on Twitter last night, but there are some Ren Faire going friends here that wouldn't have seen it there:

Doesn't that sound like something you'd hear in the Pub Sing? My longest endurance thus far was something around 20 minutes. It took me about 10 minutes to figure out when it starts over.

When Chris found this last night, we had a short discussion of from back in the day which was sort of in the same vein. I'm sad to see it appears to no longer be up. I get a "bandwidth exceeded" error on their site and I haven't seen one of those in a long freakin' time. Kind of automatically dates the site right there doesn't it? Ah, early 2000s internet, before you were known as internets.

Also, now Jonah has something to add to his internet hilarity repertoire. He already goes around singing "badger badger badger badger, mushroom, snaaaake!" and "peanut butter jelly time." Now he can go around singing, "aye-ya chicken on a raft, aye-ya chicken on a raft, chicken on a raft on a Monday morning, ah, what a terrible sight to see..."
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Actually, I was barefoot, but that's neither here nor there.

I had to keep Jonah home yesterday because he had thrown up at school on Tuesday. I don't know what made him throw up (though I have some theories). He never ran a fever and after making him take it slow with ginger ale and water crackers after I picked him up Tuesday, he was ready for real food again by 4pm that day. Yesterday he was totally back to normal, running around the house and playing just like always. After lunch, he wanted to go outside and even coaxed me out to play with him.

Of course once I got outside, we didn't play but instead we started cleaning up the gardens. By the end of the day, we had cleaned out all of last season's dead growth in three gardens. Jonah had fun pulling up the pepper plants and knocking the dirt off the roots. He kept saying, "I'm doing a really good job. I'm a good helper." Untangling the dead tomato plants from the Tormato supports we had built last year was a little tricky and slowed us down a bit. But we eventually got it all done. Also, tomatillo husks look really neat after a winter in the elements. All that's left of them are the veins and so they look like little lacy paper lanterns. I kept one to put on the shelf of little natural knick-knacks we have in the den.

Speaking of the Tormato supports, they are by far the best method of supporting tomato plants we have used to date and I plan to build another four of them this year! They're kind of pricey to build and look a little funny in the garden (we get a lot of questions about them, since you can see them peaking over the fence) but they freakin' work beautifully and I think they'll hold up for quite a while. I can't find it in any of the gardening email I get now and I'm not going to sift through the stack of catalogs I have to find it, but I noticed one of the companies I regularly order with is selling something very similar to the Tormatoes this year. It's a collapsible version (basically just the coiled pex tubing) that attaches to a stake somehow. I don't remember exactly, but I remember thinking, "Ha! They ripped off the Tormato!"

Anyway, I feel really accomplished and plan to make the most of today out there as well before the rain comes tomorrow. Seems like it's supposed to be a nice weekend too, but I sort of hope to have all my yard work done by then so I can enjoy the cleaned up yard for the weekend. Sounds like Chris might have some projects in mind to try to get done as well. And I suppose if we're going to move the vegetable beds this year, we should probably get those dug and built and prepped. Then there's the deck we should do sooner rather than later because our back steps are falling apart and the sooner we get it done, the more we can enjoy it before it's unbearably hot.

Lots to do and this year I actually care enough to do it. Last year was a total gardening fail year for me because I just didn't care at all and only did the bare minimum. But this year I think I'll put a tad more effort into it, at least in the spring. It's my hope to get it to a point where I don't have to do much after about May except harvest veggies and the occasional weeding and wrangling of raspberries and mint as they get out of control.

Off to get dirty!
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It's been raved about by pretty much everyone I know who has read it, so I thought it was my turn to read it. I took that $10 for $20 Groupon for Barnes & Noble the other day and loaded up my nook with the trilogy.

I started reading on Friday and it just wasn't gripping me. The characters were okay, but I hadn't reached a hook. I covered about 55 pages the first night and still didn't feel invested. I guess that's not saying much, but the typical query is half that, from what I understand and usually there's something to grab you in the first 20 pages. The first 20 pages was the entire first chapter which I felt was rambling and covered too much ground. The present tense bugged the hell out of me, constantly pulling me out of the story. I set it aside for several days to do some other things (namely declutter the office, which is still undone and play outside over the weekend). As I made my list of goals for the rest of the week yesterday, I put at the top of the reading section "Finish The Hunger Games." So last night when I couldn't sleep, I crept downstairs and set up shop on the couch in the den under a couple of down throws and read from about Chapter 6 to the very end, finishing it at around 5:18am (I know because my nook has a clock on it that I can see at all times).

My impressions. Cut for SPOILERS and longness. You've been warned on both counts! )

I dosed off at about 5:30am after my brain settled into exhaustion enough to sleep, all the while realizing that in less than two hours I was going to have to jump up and make lunch for Chris and Jonah, make Jonah's breakfast and get him dressed and do Valentine's for his party at school today that I forgot about (not entirely) until 10pm last night. And I stayed up all night reading The Hunger Games instead of doing those last night and perhaps getting to bed at a decent hour. Priorities, I haz dem.

I'll probably give the rest of the week to digest and read some other stuff before I start in with book two.

ETA: I'm sorry if a lot of this doesn't make sense, but with less than 2 hours of sleep, mellymel no function coffee well without. Oh I'm drinking coffee, but it's only getting me up to zombie status of brain function right now. Which is also why I wasn't able to edit this down to something more concise.

ETA2: And I meant to mention something about the fact about why I felt compelled to stay up all night and finish the book. It wasn't necessarily that I couldn't put it down. In fact, most of the time, except perhaps for the second section where the majority of the action is, I felt there were breaks where I could easily turn it off and save it for later. But because I was awake anyway and I knew I wanted to finish it this week, I sort of just plowed through as long as my eyes would stay open. That just happened to be through to the end of the book, or at least until there were so few pages left, I rationalized I should just finish it up. I think I started fighting exhaustion with less than 50 pages left.
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I've been really good about not checking the sites lately. Mostly because my t-shirt drawer grew to 2 drawers and now even those are so stuffed, I've had to pull out the long sleeve ones that I layer with and move them to hangers. But I missed a great Zoidberg/Android one last week that I swore to myself I was getting for Chris anyway. So, I felt extra pressured to pick this one up today and to spread the word so the rest of you Tolkien fans can be infected by the awesomeness. Go forth and buy! Or don't. Whatever. (I wearing my Apathy Coalition shirt right now, can you tell?)
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I've been reading a lot of writer's blogs lately, thanks to YA Highway's Field Trip Fridays. Yesterday, they had an article listed that, at first, I was only mildly intrigued by. But it was in list form and so I guess for me it was a little extra eye-catching. Write It Sideways put out a list of 6 tips for busy people to clear their heads of noise so they can sit down and write in those precious moments they can find in a day to actually sit down. The very first tip threw out a suggestion to dump all those random thoughts that tend to dominate our minds in the mornings and that a great place to do it was

At first I thought, "do I really need yet another site to update and/or fail at updating" and thought I might use LJ for my daily brain dump. But, the explanation on the homepage of the site is very convincing that I might rather throw all that stuff there instead of on a blog or social networking site where I might want to remember to lock those posts and that I wouldn't need the same features and stuff that LJ has. I thought I'd give it a try and 15 minutes later, I had reached my 750 words of stream of consciousness bull shit that no one, including me, ever wants to read. I felt a little refreshed and a little less foggy headed like I could get up and carry on with my day without that noise bumping around inside my head distracting me.

They've got a nifty little score card as a mild incentive to continue everyday and they even have monthly challenges you can sign up for with rewards (name on the Wall of Awesomeness) and consequences (name on the Wall of Shame) if you succeed or fail to spit out your 750 words everyday for a month.

But perhaps the coolest feature of the site is the analyzing they do of your entries once you're done. They analyze the time it took you to reach 750, how many times you got distracted (breaks of 3 minutes or more), how many words per minute, how many minutes you were actually typing, etc. Then, they've got stuff that shows the rating of your entry (G, PG, etc.), the weather while you were writing, a whole series of pie charts that analyze the mood of your writing based on words you use and how they're used and a frequently used words list. Even though the site, from a user standpoint, is very stripped down and simple, the tool itself is pretty impressive.

So, I'm using it to try to get all the pointless drivel out of my head that no one wants to read and perhaps get back to posting decent entries here. I've deleted so many half finished, rambling entries in the past couple of months it's not even funny. I'm having a lot of trouble focusing and getting motivated lately, so I'm hoping this will help. Also, I've been working on my fiction again lately and I need every little bit of help I can get to make the most of the moments I can steal away each day to get something decent on the page.
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Monday I had a parent/teacher conference (annual thing). Tuesday, I met with an Educational Consultant from Vanderbilt who had come to evaluate all the kids in the classrooms at his school.

The Good )

The Not-So-Good-But-Not-Necessarily-Bad )

So, those are my current parenting joys and challenges. And speaking of the kiddo, it's time to pick him up from school... early... because OMGMOARSNOW! *grumble*
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This is a deep, philosophical post that matters and will completely catch you up on the happenings in my life right now...


Maggie linked this and it's awesome because I'm a total Amazon whore. So, I got one and if three of you want one and you get it through the link below, I'll get something for referring you to it (not that I care much about that, but this is an awesome deal and I thought I'd pass it on).

$10 for a $20 Amazon gift card!

That's four $5 MP3 album downloads for the price of two and this month is one of their 1000 album months! At least those are the terms I'm seeing it in anyway. ;) I only wish I could buy a couple of them.

The catch: You have to sign up for an account with Living Social.

Seriously though, I've got a real post coming soon. I'm just not quite done hiding yet. Almost, but not quite.
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I has a nook! Chris got it for me for Christmas. It's not a color one, though he gave me the option of taking it back and exchanging it for one. I deliberated over that for a while and came to the conclusion that the things I would do above and beyond what this one does can be done on my phone.

It's a hard choice to make: reading on the beach and in bright light without a glare vs. reading in bed without a book light. But after devouring the final 150 or so pages of a book that's been sitting unfinished in my queue for almost a year, I'm absolutely mesmerized by the ink screen! Zero eyestrain, totally like reading a written page. It's rather uncanny.

The other drawback I considered was the whole periodicals/children's books thing and I think I'm alright not having those. The children's books would be really cool, but Jonah got his own nifty reading device for Christmas (the Leapfrog Tag thingy which he loves so much we've already gone through a set of batteries), so whatevs.

I took the liberty of ordering a 16GB micro SD card for my phone with one of the many Amazon orders before the holidays. So, now the 8GB card I just pulled out of my phone is residing in the nook completely loaded down with music and I have everything working again (the nook doesn't like files it doesn't recognize and hangs up when trying to scan new content until you get rid of offending files, I've learned). I've also loaded up the ~250 ebooks I already had on my laptop plus downloaded any of the free offerings from B&N that looked interesting. BOOOOOKKKKSSSS!!

So, if you don't hear from me much for the next year or so, I'm probably attempting to make my way through all of that. I'm still trying to wrap my head around carrying a library on this little device which is easier to handle, lighter and thinner than a trade paperback. And holy cow what a battery life! It's AWESOME! And just in time. As I began reading Francine Prose's Reading Like a Writer, I knew reading more was key to regaining the inspiration I need to continue to write. I've done almost no reading this year. That's about to change, big time!

I'll still buy dead tree books. I can't get around that. I have an obsession with books as objects. Though this device makes it more convenient for me to devour the words in them, it will not replace my desire to have them on the shelf to physically hold and flip through their pages.

Well, off to bed... TO READ!
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I'm finally chipping away at the stuff I wanted to get done over the weekend. Jonah and I got through his toy box downstairs and quite a bit of his room yesterday. Jonah was somewhat resistant and was onto me as soon as I pulled out two boxes and started throwing stuff in them. He walks up and says, "are those toys to take to Goodwill?" Then starts saying, "no! I want to keep that one." He protested even after I presented the prospect of having new toys by the end of the weekend to replace them or if I said something was broken (and broken might mean has dead batteries). I never should have let him watch Toy Story. Eventually he got sidetracked enough with playing fireman that he left the fate of his toys in my hands.

I still need to go through his closet and all of the non-clothing drawers. We're about to get him a new bed and the changing table where we stored toys isn't going to be there anymore. I'm trying to prepare for not only the new toys he's about to get, but also the rearranging of his room once we get the bed.

I'd love to set up stations in his room like they do at school (i.e. all his Lego in one spot, all his Hot Wheels in one spot, all his dress up/pretend stuff in one spot, etc.). The idea is you play with and store the stuff in one area so theoretically things don't get strewn everywhere. Theoretically. He seemed interested yesterday in wanting a place to hang up his fireman hat and jacket "just like a real fire station" and I know he helps put things away at school. So as long as I have labels and he knows where things go, he might participate in cleaning up with a little prodding.

Anyway, It felt good to get a huge chunk of that done, even if I didn't get some of the other cleaning and errands done I wanted to yesterday. Now I want to do it to the rest of the house! This might just be the beginning of me getting pulled out of my funk. Organizing usually helps. I love to organize! I'm a freak like that. I've designated a journal sized spiral notebook to decluttering/organizing. Jonah and I sat down and made a list of containers and storage he would require for his various categories of toys. His Hot Wheels and Lego have outgrown their containers and his Star Wars figures appear to require their own small box now as well.

Of the happy, apart from feeling really accomplished in Jonah's part of the house:

Jonah and I made dark chocolate peppermint bark yesterday morning. That was a lot of fun and very tasty! Jonah loved smashing the candy canes the best, I think.

I found Giraffie! Jonah's cuddle toy that he sleeps with every night has been missing for a couple of weeks, but I discovered him stuffed under a chair cushion in the living room. He's handled it pretty well, except for one day on the way to school he had a little bit of a breakdown. There weren't big tears, but I could tell he wasn't just whining and was really missing his little friend. I diverted him with the notion that he was only going for a half day and wouldn't have rest time and therefore wouldn't have been taking Giraffie to school anyway. If you could have seen the way this little boy was literally bouncing around when I pulled that little blanket/stuffed animal hybrid out of the chair. He was the very picture of giddiness. I think he hugged him as tightly as he possibly could. It was very sweet.

I installed Swype on my phone and it is FREAKIN' AWESOME! If you have an Android phone and don't already have it, I highly, HIGHLY recommend installing the beta that's available right now! I'm sure it will be even better as I get more comfortable with the keyboard layout (it's slightly different than the one I was used to, in terms of where numbers and punctuation keys are).

In the past two nights, we've seen Robot Chicken Star Wars III and It's A Trap! (Family Guy Return of the Jedi). Both are fantastic! But I think Robot Chicken was a better effort, no matter how much Seth MacFarlane likes to dog on Seth Green in his episodes (which is a funny gag, don't get me wrong, and even better was when all the other voice actors turned it around on him). I could have done without about 2 minutes worth of the nodding scene. I totally realize that going beyond the time limit of the joke was part of the gag. I just find those sort of annoying and lazy, like the 5 minutes of Conway Twitty in the middle of a 20 minute episode or Peter skinning his knee. Thankfully, after sitting through 5 minutes of nodding, the Darth Twitty gag was blessedly short.

And of ultimate happy, I read the new Hyperbole and a Half.
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With the way that yesterday started off, I would have said, "fuck this happiness bullshit!" But the day steadily improved with every passing hour beyond breakfast.

I'm happy that I got most of my grocery shopping done for this week and for Christmas.

I'm happy that every time I came out of another building, it seemed warmer and warmer all day long. If it's the rainy days that bring me 50+ degrees, I might just start enjoying the rain. I'm just going to ignore that forecast for 1-4 inches of snow on Christmas for now.

I'm happy that it was Yule and therefore the days will start getting longer from here on out!

I'm happy that despite our own cloudy skies, I got to see some spectacular pictures of the lunar eclipse from other parts of the world.

I'm happy that it seems the more active I am, the better my back feels. After hauling groceries and spending a lot of time on my feet yesterday, I felt much better. Of course after 8 hours in bed, I was stiff and sore again this morning, but I know the secret now to making that and soreness go away. Stay active! Shouldn't be hard. I've got to-do lists a mile long.

I've had a lot of fun with winter traditions with Jonah this year as well. He doesn't really remember hot cocoa from last year, but he sure does this year! Occasionally, he'll come up to me and say, "burr, I'm cold mommy" pretending to rub his arms with his hands to warm himself he looks at me with a sheepish grin and says, "maybe I could get a drink to warm me up." Which is his manipulative little way of asking for some hot cocoa. I make it in the microwave, but I do the whole unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, pinch of salt thing.

But as a change yesterday and because I love the way the house smells when I make it, made some mulled cider apple juice. I threw some of the really good fresh pressed apple juice we get at Costco into a saucepan on the stove with a tea ball full of dried whole spices (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and cardamom). I let that steep on low for a long, long time. Turned it off and we went to run our errands. When we got back and Jonah wanted his hot drink, I warmed it up again and we imbibed. He called it cinnamon juice. I then refilled the pan with just tap water and let it simmer all evening just to make the house smell good. Chris said it smelled like Indian food. I have no idea why. I didn't let Jonah put the fennel seed in that he wanted to add to the tea ball. ;)

Speaking of that, I had fun going through taking spice inventory with Jonah and teaching him about the different spices and what they're good for and letting him smell them and such. We'll make a chef out of him yet!

We've also gotten some really great Christmas cards this year and I feel bad about not getting mine out. Mine are more wintery than Christmas, so I suppose I could still do it. I got the sweetest one from [ profile] witchcat07 and [ profile] arymetore yesterday. Thanks guys! The day before I got one from [ profile] yocepha with confetti in it. All very sweet. I love getting mail. I should really remember that and send more out.
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So, yesterday sucked even worse than Saturday and I've tried and tried to come up with something that made me happy that wasn't just completely trivial, but I can't. So, here it is: Chris made gnocchi and scallops for dinner with a yummy sun-dried alfredo sauce. Mmmm, butter and cream.

Oh wait, also, the neighbor kids brought over a little bag of Christmas cookies. That was really sweet and the shining star on an otherwise shit day.

Today was definitely an improvement over the past three days.

I'm happy that I'm mobile again, though somewhat stiff and still sore. I have to take it easy and not do too much at once (that goes for anything, sitting, standing, typical house stuff, laying down) I have to stick to a regular cycle of work and rest. Rest has to be alternated between sitting and laying down. I can't sit for too long at all. But, I'm not in crippling pain, so YAY! Haven't even taken an ibuprofen today. I feel like I can work the rest of the kinks out with some diligent yoga (which I've been really needing to do anyway).

I'm happy that I got some of Chris' gifts wrapped so he'll stop snooping in the closets trying to find them.

I'm happy that I finally finished putting together [ profile] amaz0n_princess's CD! It was so hard not to cheat and send two CDs or to bend the rules and burn it as a data disc so I could fit more mp3s on there. But I was good and stuck to the rules and managed to squeeze 21 songs on there. See my halo? ;) Hope you like it! It was really hard to get the songs to flow from one to another since I wanted to cover such diverse musical territory. The cover song was easy to choose and I think she'll get why. The foreign song narrowed itself down fairly easily as well, though I wish I could have included the other two runners up (some other year, perhaps). But I got it down to 24 songs, 15 minutes over the max runtime, and then froze because I didn't want to cut any more. I really deliberated over this thing! Hope there's lots of stuff you don't already have. It'll be on its way to you tomorrow. :)

I also started working on the one commission I have this year for my brother-in-law's girlfriend. I'm finally doing the pieces of butterfly wings under glass cabochon pendants. I had found a second completely intact Monarch butterfly on my run on the beach in Florida last month (the first one was somewhat less intact). I held it in a loosely cupped hand for probably a mile or more. It's been fun to work on jewelry again and I started pulling out all sorts of other materials I could possibly put in these bezels. I've got silver, copper and bronze to work with. Lots of possibilities! I'm thinking brocade swatches. It's like everything I look at I think, "hmm, wonder what a piece of that would look like under glass".

I got my Christmas dinner menu planned. Not a single dish I've made before! Also, we are free from the shackles of obligatory turkey this year! FREEEEEEEEDOOOOOOMMM!! Chris always got a free one at Vandy for Christmas and since all our extra freezer space is full of beer and kept at refrigerator temps, we had to cook it soon after receiving it. I suppose we could have donated it to someone if we really wanted to, but honestly that thought hadn't occurred to me until just now. Anyhoo, we're doing Alton Brown's grilled leg of lamb with pomegranate molasses as well as his green bean casserole, a root gratin, zucchini mushroom crumble, roasted butternut squash with Moroccan spices, and roasted asparagus with balsamic browned butter. Oh, and I lied, I am making something I've made before: cranberry pumpkin yeast rolls.

Tomorrow is the last day for this meme, but life has been beating me down and I know it's only going to get worse after the holidays. So, I might keep it up. We'll see. Even if I could make it a weekly thing, I think I really need to focus on the positive in order to deal with the stuff that makes me want to simultaneously scream and cry.
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Today yesterday at this point, was another one of those days that I would have liked to have told to GTFO! But, even as I lay here, after 1am, completely unable to sleep due in no small part to the perpetual ache in my lower back, I can still think of a couple of happy things.

I got to sleep in. Like SERIOUSLY sleep in. Not this 7 or 8 am bullshit.

I got breakfast in bed. Pancakes that I promptly ate & then fell back to sleep. And French pressed coffee that I reheated & drank later. It was so stout & thick, it was almost Turkish!

Of the not happy & what pretty much ruined the rest of the day & potentially the next few, I threw my back out trying to help Chris lift a 55 gallon oak barrel up onto a 4 foot stand. As I came in from the garage & tried to lie down on the floor, Chris explained to Jonah that he needed to be careful around me because I was really hurt. Jonah then came over to comfort me and gave me a couple of pats & a kiss on the cheek & told me it would be okay. He later felt my forehead & diagnosed, "you feel hot on your brain... forehead". It was all very sweet, even in the throes of crippling pain.

Also had my favorite lunch: grilled cheese & tomato soup.

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Yesterday can go to hell! So, it was pretty hard to find something happy.

But, I did get to see Inception, which was pretty good and not nearly as hard to follow as I was expecting. I'm not a huge DiCaprio fan, but I love Ellen Page and she was great!

One problem I had with it was the notion that you can't alter your subconscious. What about lucid dreaming? And isn't that what meditation is all about? And what about therapy, is that totally pointless? If Ariadne's subconscious was building the world and capable of changing it in mid-dream, why couldn't the projections that populated it be controlled and changed as well? Didn't it all come from someone's subconscious?

There were a few other little things like that which sort of felt like holes in the pretense of the story. However, none of that made it unwatchable. It was still very entertaining, which is the whole point of a movie anyway, so it gets a thumbs up from me.
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It might be best that I waited until morning to write this. I could use some happy this morning. I sleept hardly at all last night and the sleep I did get was on a folded up futon because I got squeezed out of bed by Chris and the cat. So, I'm pretty much an animated corpse today. *grumpy yawn*

Yesterday I awoke to no white stuff outside. Drizzly rain, sure, but none of the forecasted ice and no more snow. YAY! Also, words can not express how happy I was to see not only above freezing temps, but actually low 50s!

I got to hang out in Jonah's class for about an hour. Was really fun to see a glimpse of what he does and how he interacts. A couple of kids got really comfortable with me right away. One little girl (who I think is the tallest kid in the class, seriously, she looks like a 6 year old!) and a little boy, EJ, who I've referenced here before. Blake, the little girl, kept asking me to "watch this" and would do some odd thing only a 4-year-old would think to do. EJ, in the midst of playing, would come running up to me and say, "hold this, don't let anyone get it" and put something in my hand, like a phone they were using as a walkie-talkie. As we were getting ready to leave, Blake came up to me and asked, "could we have a playdate sometime?" Knowing I've got all these Monkey's Treehouse passes to use and that the kids are about to be out for 3 weeks over the holidays, I waited around and mentioned it to her mom and we swapped numbers. We're going to shoot for the week between Christmas and New Year's.

I'm proud of myself on that one for two reasons. One, I have a lot of social anxiety and ordinarily would have just paid Blake lip service and told her to have her mom get in touch with me, knowing the likelihood of her following through would be slim. Two, I can pretty much tell right away I'm not going to have much in common with her mom. But Blake and Jonah seem to enjoy playing together and that's really what it's all about. It's sort of hard to get over that as a parent, though. You want to like your kid's friends' parents because you're going to be stuck hanging out with them while the kids play (at least at this age). But sometimes, you just have to recognize when kids really enjoy playing together and make the best of it.

Also, jerk chicken and black beans and rice for dinner. YUM!
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I'd start with the silversmithing tools and materials I'm still needing.

Then I'd buy all the materials for the next 5-10 costumes on my list.

Then I'd do the hardwood floors we've been wanting since we moved in.

Then I'd build the deck we've been wanting for almost as long.

Then I'd hire someone to come in and replace the last two fixtures in the house (they're both on high ceilings that we can't get to), fix the holes in the foyer and garage ceilings (again, too tall/awkward for us to get to or we'd do it), repair and paint all the high ceilings (since the new roof we have a lot of popped nails, plus a stain in the den where the leak was), and paint all the high walls.

And by then the money would likely be gone, but well spent.

Or, we could just gut and redo the master bathroom along with the hardwoods and painting.

Or, we could blow the whole wad on a new kitchen.

Ten grand goes quickly when you get into renovations.
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Rum in egg nog and the fact that we're down to hickory in the wood pile.
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In an effort to both post more and to be more positive...

Rules: For eight days you have to post something that made you happy that day. Tag eight people to do the same. I'm not tagging anyone, so if you'd like to do it, DO IT!

Despite several viewings of The Empire Strikes Back in his short life, Jonah just today discovered the phrase "laugh it up, fuzzball" and has been sharing it with everyone he encounters and randomly while he's playing with his legos.

Next, I'm expecting to get a report at school that he called some kid a scruffy looking nerfherder.
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Little Wing, because I was a Pearl Jam fan first (but only by a slight margin) and Yellow Ledbetter reminds me of it.  I know, kinda bassackwards, but there it is.  Also, it's just a damn beautiful song!  Love it!

Related side note/piece of Mel trivia: one of our dogs is named after him (we spell it Jimi).


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