...but I have no recollection of Tuesday, and no notes. Probably there was work! Q had his first day of basketball at ABGC -- I'm never sure what to call this, it doesn't feel like a "class", it's not a "league", there's not a "season", he's not on a "team", he's not "practicing" for anything, who knows; anyway -- and seemed to like it. (I wasn't there, but based on his reports, and Amy's.) Junie's LEGO robotics class (see, that one feels like a class! shrug) is a week shorter, so it starts next week but ends the same week as Q's basketball. That's all I got.
Rough week. Especially yesterday, when N and I took a very sick Bronx to the emergency vet in Seattle. He had a fever of 106; apparently I can't tell at all from his nose and ears. He was also throwing up and not eating, and wasn't anywhere near his usual rambunctious self.
Note: apparently a virus. He's recovering well, and we'll be taking him home tomorrow.
The house seems very quiet and lonely without our Bronx boy. Brooklyn and even Ticia are rambuncting as best they can, but it isn't the same. Meanwhile, apparently cats really are liquids. Or should I say that cat is a liquid?
Thursday, one of our neighbor's cows got loose in our yard. One of those things that's very funny in retrospect. We've also been having a hard time finding a caregiver for Colleen.
As I said, rough week.
Two public service announcements:
- Breach at Equifax May Impact 143M Americans; How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Security Freeze
- If you happen to be on Whidbey Island next Sunday (the 24th, a week from today), drop by our house for music and food. "The usual potluck bash", as we used to say of the Starport.
I'm trying to establish a schedule, so that I actually get things done, have some time for Colleen, and don't spend all my spare time online. 9-11 on Tuesdays and Thursdays are earmarked for "Unpleasant Chores" - unpacking, cleaning litter boxes, finishing up the taxes, taking out the garbage, and so on. Tag "UC:"
It pretty much kills any real social media time, especially longer-form stuff like DW. I could probably do more if I turned the computer on at night but I really try never to do that when I'm on a project. There's no reason to.
Maybe things will even out a little. I'd made a commitment to myself to write here regularly, and I haven't quite been able to do it for the past few weeks.
On the bright side, Baltimore is a nice town so far. I'm sure there are parts that aren't nice, but that's true of every city, isn't it?
Somewhat eventful week, and I see that I didn't get it posted yesterday. Grumph. And today is a busy one, so this will be worked on only in the interstices.
This was our first week of school for both of N's kids, and in particular of homeschooling for j. N and I are taking turns, with N on Tuesday and Thursday, and me on Monday and Wednesday (when C has a caregiver in, although it's a little more hectic right now because we're between caregivers). Friday is for catch-up and projects. J also got the first weekly call from his teacher, where we were able to determine that we have a lot more freedom to choose which activities (e.g. science experiments) we actually do. It's still a bit of a scramble.
This weekend (ok, last weekend -- I'm finishing this up on Tuesday at this point) one of our neighbors, Dean, threw a huge party. He apparently does this every year for his birthday. He's 67, and has been building his house and "landscaping" his property since sometime in the '70s. It's awesome. "Landscaping" in quotes because landscaping doesn't normally include secret tunnels, grottos, and water slides. I only found out about it because I was standing behind him in line at the grocery store. Fairly large amount of music. He's a fiddler! We have a lot of songs that could use fiddle. He also repairs pianos.
The hash I made of "Wheelin'" on Saturday afternoon prompted me to finally reprint the LgF songbook -- two-sided, using my new style definitions. Worked great. There are still a few glitches, but on the whole it's a big improvement.
I made fudgies for the party. Recipe in the notes.
We hired a new caregiver for Colleen. As soon as we saw her purple hair we knew she was going to be a good fit. She'll start on the 25th, after giving two weeks' notice at her previous job.
The ideal government will have the values of the Federation, the business acumen of the Ferengi, the sense of honor of the Klingons, and the subtlety of the Romulans. Our current government has the values of the Romulans, the business acumen of the Federation, the sense of honor of the Ferengi, and the subtlety of the Klingons.
(Original for reference:
Heaven -- Is where the police are British, the chefs are Italian, the mechanics are German, the lovers are French, and it is all organized by the Swiss.
Hell -- Is where the police are German, the chefs are British, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss, and it is all organized by the Italians.)
( Approximately weekly diet report )
(Here's what I actually ended up using: 1 tsp jerk chicken seasoning, add 2 tsp water, let it sit for 5 minutes, add the juice from half a lime, add that to 12 oz of cooked chicken in a frying pan, realize there's nowhere near enough liquid there, add another probably 2/3 cup of water. Cook for a minute or two, reduce heat and let simmer for 5 mins or so, add to previously-cooked 10 oz shredded carrots and 8 oz peas. Meh.)
( Except my usual approximately weekly diet report )
It was cold overnight in the hammock, even in my sleeping bag, probably because the insulation below me gets very compressed between my body and the hammock. I put my sweatshirt and jeans back on and slept better after that. Doug lit a fire in their portable fire pit thing in the morning, and there was a nice campfire vibe to the whole thing, if somewhat jarring because we were in a backyard in suburban Portland. :^) D&S made pancakes for breakfast, we hung around and chatted, and the kids swung on the tire swing and jumped on the trampoline while we packed up the camping gear. We drove home, unpacked, took showers, read some Hat Full Of Sky, and put the kids to bed. I then stayed up way too late catching up on stuff, overate a ton of cookies, for no obvious reason that I can remember now, and watched the first two episodes of Steven Universe, to see if it was something I'd enjoy watching with the kids -- I think so, and maybe we'll pick it up this winter, when we'll have some weekend free time that we don't want to spend running around outside.