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( Nov. 30th, 2010 03:32 pm)
Deep breath! December madness starts tomorrow. My weekends are filled with wonderful joyful festive occasions. Caroling will happen. Cookies will be made. And at some point, I have to go finish buying presents for people.

Add to that trying to sell the house, trying to see other houses, and general insanity that normally exists, and I'm thinking I may ring in the New Year with a pillow over my head. Not that I'm not looking forward to the upcoming month -- I am -- I just suspect it'll test my Introverted Reserves more than usual.

Other Life Type Updates:

Had a somewhat whirlwind trip to D.C. for Thanksgiving. We survived the 12+ hour drive without going insane (Thank you, oh gods of the portable DVD player) or crashing from sleep deprivation.

The cats have gone to the vets to hopefully deal with a UTI, fleas and insanity. Maybe 24 hours outside of our house will reset their crazy meter to something we can all live with.

The Bit appears to be going through yet another growth spurt.

House continues to not sell.

Everything else pretty well muddles along as best we can expect. More when I'm less zoomy.
The Bit has reached the age where she wants chapter books. We've gone through The Hobbit, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, all three Dragonbreath books, and several Ramona books. She's working through Howl's Moving Castle right now. I need recommendations. What should I get to read to my daughter?
1) There are way too many nifty "Halloween-Themed Treat" recipes out there. I can not possibly make them all, and yet I want too.

2) Carving pumpkins while cooking 3+ dinners = Doom for the Kitchen.

3) The Bit will be Knight this year -- pictures will follow.

4) Some update is better than none.
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( Sep. 13th, 2010 08:10 pm)
The Bit says, "When I growl, I growl like this! *grrrrrr* But I don't growl at (Girl) T."
Dad asks, "Oh? Why not?"
The Bit says, "Because she and I are both werewolves! We growl at (Boy) A, (Boy) C and (Boy) K. A is my boyfriend. When I chase him and catch him, I drag him back to my cage, make him lie down and tell him that he can't get up."
Mom and Dad attempt bluff checks to avoid breaking into hysterical gales of laughter. "Oh! Well, that sounds...like fun."
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( Jun. 8th, 2010 09:04 pm)
This evening, my daughter took an unexpected trip to Egypt. In return, we were hosts to Princess Amelia of Egypt who wore a lovely pink dress of stars (a blanket) and an exquisite crown (pink construction paper) that she had inherited from her mother -- which is why it was a bit too large. I am pleased to report that her Highness was a charming and delightful dinner companion with exquisite manners. She spoke charmingly of her parents, the King and Queen of Egypt, their river, and the lovely pyramids that they owned.

We expressed hope that her parents would take a moment to instill in our daughter the lovely manners displayed by the Princess herself.

I am assured that our daughter will be returning soon -- before bedtime -- but that Princess Amelia may visit us again.
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( May. 6th, 2010 09:52 am)
Happy tenth-year anniversary to my wonderful husband.
Several friends of mine live in Boston, and they're currently having to boil their drinking water. [livejournal.com profile] tahnan has promised to donate $1.00/day (or maybe $2.00 depending on the length of time) to a Clean Water campaign for each day that he has to deal with slightly dirty water.

I'm planning on matching his donations, and he's asked that those of us who are matching post to our journals. So, done.

Original posting here.
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( May. 3rd, 2010 10:42 am)
Children and games and selling the house and spring and...everything had eaten my head and taken time away from journals. I'll try a longer summation later this week, but for right now, I'm posting mostly to see if there's anyone in Minnesota willing to offer me crash-space over the weekend of September 5th.
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( Mar. 27th, 2010 06:59 pm)
The day, while not filled with Thwart, has been filled with "So Close...well, okay." D's Tae Kwan Do class was having a belt test, so there was no class today. OTOH, we managed to get her signed up and buy a uniform, so she goes to her first class on Wednesday.

We were a minute out from our house when the real estate agent called and wondered where we were. Still, houses were seen successfully.

Someone called 10 minutes before they showed up at our doorstep to look at our house. OTOH, it gave them a chance to look at our yard while we frantically threw detritus into drawers and under furniture.

The lawn mower continued to fail to start, but a trip to Home Depot made it right. (There is something amazingly studly about watching my husband change spark-plugs. Also adorable? Watching him change spark-plugs while the Bit looked on.)

I got some quiet time without the kiddo, but now my house is full of neighbor children. I find that I kinda like this part of being a parent -- it's like having the lowest stress guests ever. I mean, they're kids. At most, I have to kiss a bruised elbow and feed someone crackers and apples. They're never going to care if the silver is polished, or if I have any sort of food beyond Mac and Cheese.

Gaming tomorrow. I should go work on my wiki.
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( Mar. 8th, 2010 04:59 pm)
It's somewhere over a bazillion degrees in my office right now which is sapping the life out of my will to work. Furthermore, I want to be at home working on the Irish folk-songs that the Rat and I are planning to sing for the Bit's school in a few weeks, and I want to look up my notes on I, Robot and post them for Book Club discussion. Since none of these things are really feasible right this second, I'm meandering in my journal.

We went hiking this weekend with the kiddo, and for all that she talked non-stop, it was a lovely walk. This weekend was gorgeous, and I demand more weather like that. Spring can't get here fast enough at this point. It's on the way though! There are flowers coming up in my yard, and I can see the start of buds cracking on some of the trees. Spring spring spring!

There's not much else to report. Thoughts on I, Robot coming soon though!
I'm about to run off to take the Bit to her gymnastics class. The weekend looks to be lovely, and I ought to update more, but I'm out of time.

Later. More updates later.
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( Feb. 12th, 2010 08:02 pm)
There's about three inches of wet, heavy snow on my deck, and it's still coming down, albeit lightly now. We got out, built a small snowman and threw some snowballs. It's utterly gorgeous outside right now.

Pictures from the past several months are up:

Snow Kiddo

View from the deck.

Oooh. Pretty trees.

Kids with Power Tools

Cool Toys

Just a pretty: Frost on Nandina

Our local mighty hunter.

Getting ready for Christmas

Hiking.

The rest can be found here.

We were planning a quiet day tomorrow, but someone apparently really REALLY needs to look at houses while they're covered in snow, so we'll be showing the house. Who knows; maybe they'll love it. One can always hope.
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( Feb. 8th, 2010 10:37 am)
Let me sum up.

Weekend = good. Gaming went OMG too late on both Friday and Saturday, but it was still a lot of fun. The session was good -- although I do wish things would stop trying to eat my head -- and filled with fine and pleasant company.

On Sunday, we took the Bit out to brunch at Canoe. She'd requested a "meal at a fancy restaurant" a week or so ago, and it's good motivation for her to work on her table manners. I'm pleased to report that she was excellently well-behaved and has been assured that we can out to other Fancy Places again. The only thing that really threw her was the valet parking; she did not understand why someone else had to go park our car. Admittedly, since there was an empty parking lot when we showed up, we had trouble explaining this to her either. It was more apparent when we left and realized that the parking lot was holding about 50% more cars than it had spaces.

The Bit was also substantially better behaved than the three (older) children who were seated next to us. Admittedly, I can't really blame them as their mother was giving them no supervision whatsoever, but I can blame her. Who takes three children (4, 6 and 8 would be my guess) to a nice restaurant, pays them no heed while they climb the walls (literally; they were trying to climb the walls) and then lets them do piggy-back rides among the other tables? Does she think that these children will just magically have good manners some day? Does she not care? Hrmph.

And lastly, the house in on the market as of this morning; we'll see if we get any nibbles at all. Anyone wanna buy a house? :-)
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( Jan. 31st, 2010 03:51 pm)
Can't stop. House will eat me.

Yard: Done.
Closets: Done.
Study: Done, but always ongoing.
Kitchen: Done.
Sink: Chugga.
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( Jan. 27th, 2010 10:44 am)
Cooking Invasion at Chez Maurer this Saturday. Beef or Vegetable stew and cornbread is the tentative menu!
My outfit for the upcoming in-play wedding has arrived. It is fabulous and awesome, and I am delighted with it.

Yesterday, my jujitsu teacher ambushed us with a jujitsu test. We hadn't had one in ages, so it was high-time for one, but I was completely Not Prepared. And not in the sense of not being ready for jujitsu part -- that was okay. However, I didn't have sufficient hair-bands. I grabbed my older black tops instead of my all-white uniform... Ah well. I didn't realize that I was testing until half-way through when I saw the line of belts sitting in the back of the dojo. But I passed! I'm now an advanced student in both Karate and Jujitsu. My next belt level in each is brown, and then black belt test!

Progress is being made on the house. We've got a brand new sink installed (thanks, Shadow!) and are working on the doors that need replacing. Once that's all done, we'll tackle the garage, straighten, and then we're pretty well set. Huzzah!

The Rat and I are starting to record some of our singing as well. We sound pretty good! It's weird hearing us together, but I'm pleased with the results.
The cold. I am done with it. I spent my four years in Minnesota. I know how to cope with the cold. I also know that I Just Don't Like It. I don't want to have to put on three layers to stay warm; I don't want to have to wear a giant parka while driving in my car. I don't like wearing gloves to pump gas, and I hate the static electric build-up that I get when I have to wear hats and scarves.

I don't like cold. Can I request spring now? Or at least a return to normal temperatures?
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The trip to DC was long, but the plan of leaving early in the morning turned out to be a good one. We hit traffic somewhere in the middle of Virginia which added about 2 hours to our overall trip time -- 13.5 hours in total. Still, the snow was lovely, and the in-laws had dinner waiting for us, so all was well there.

The kiddo enjoyed playing in the snow, and we got several good pictures of her hurling snow-clouds (it was totally the wrong snow for snowballs) at her cousin, father and uncle. We survived the Christmas Eve service with minimal questions from the Bit (all of which I referred to her father) and just a touch of bitchiness on my end. (Really? Scared baby animals should not be used as props. Please don't.) Then home for unwrapping of the first round of presents and time spent with cousins and uncles and in-laws and general happiness.

Christmas Day was quiet and lazy. We all got a ton of books, so we sat around and read for most of the morning and much of the afternoon. We spent the rest of our visit in much the same manner, and finally made it back into town on Tuesday.

Upon arrival, we went into a mad frenzy of cleaning, straightening and organizing which, so far, has mostly only produced More Stuff in the Garage and hasn't really (for a casual observer) seemed to have an impact on the house itself. Still, things have been painted, spiffed, spruced and generally neatened, and we're nearing the point where we'll actually take on the study. (Aah, the study.)

New Years stocking-stuffing and opening was good. It's the first year that both girls seemed truly interested in stuffing the stockings, so that was happy and charming. They also very deliberately pulled everything out of their own stocking and looked at each and every thing that they got before going on to the next present. It was adorable.

We spent the rest of vacation visiting with friends, cleaning more, and relaxing. And now it's back to work for all of us. In some ways, I'm glad to be back to a routine and a schedule. In other ways, I'm still hopeful for a lottery windfall.

Here's to the end of 2009 and good wishes for a bright 2010. (2010. Really? It's 2010 already?_
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( Jan. 1st, 2010 04:54 pm)
Zubbles are the awesomest thing ever. Squee! Bright hot-pink bubbles that magically leave no trace of hot pink on skin. SO COOL.

I think my daughter appreciated her Christmas Present almost as much as I did. Thanks, Lighbearer!
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( Dec. 18th, 2009 11:32 am)
There's a leak over the desk opposite mine. It's been there for some time. Each time it rains, we call building facilities. After some nagging, they will show up to stare at the waterlogged tiles for a few minutes before going away. At some point after, they will send someone to replace the waterlogged tiles.

They replaced the tiles from the last time that it rained this morning. Five minutes ago, I heard dripping noises. Now I'm trying to decide if I should take the tiles down and let the water drip into my office plant, or if I should just wait and see how big the water stain gets this time.
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