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Date Created:Apr 7 2004
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A mysterious, amorphous figure, NAHTMMM lives in the wild environs of his own little world. When a split personality, he likes to hang out in Dragonsands. He gobbles up pie, milk, in-jokes, and squirmy wormy mana with enthusiasm. Prefers lightning to rapid fireballs; plasma to fusion; classical, oldies, or videogame to pop, rap, or hard metal; and "Home" to pretty much anywhere else.
Strengths: Perfectionism, Inertia, Tact, Prudence, Faith, Logic, Paranoia, The 3 R's, Humor, Insanity, Honor, Flight, Mimicry, +5 to Fire and Cold Resistances, Of Idiot and Advertisement Slaying
Weaknesses: Perfectionism, Inertia, Poor Visual Art, Sloppy, Can't Swim, Allergies (Airborne), Unoriginality, Impaired Killer Instinct, No Verbal Stamina, Poor Focus(es), Punster
Special Skills: Of "Running Gag" Slaying, Unfathomable Subtlety, Chess
Evilly Ouchy Math: 4d8 + 8 + Rand[-2,30]
Insanity: MdN + Bob
Meteor: MOMMYYY!
Summon Tribbles: varies
Possessions: Miniature Library, Sports Cards, Marbles, Possession Spell, Three-and-out Possession

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July has been a good month
Not an entirely good month. My car developed a flat tire, apparently from my moving it over by the barn to shield it from a hailstorm that never actually developed. Because of that, we were a day later in getting our half of the papers signed, so it was a weekend later getting back down south, so we closed on our house a day later than the buyers would have liked. (Not our fault their people took a whole week on the appraisal anyway.) But it's gone now, and we have several thousand dollars in our figurative pocket to show for it. Hopefully the oven behaves for her.

Anyway, the tires got patched and so did the muffler, so my ride's back to being quiet. When fixing the muffler, they found they could reuse a couple of components, so that came in about a hundred dollars under estimate. So even that bad part turned out well.

I found out my brother's having a girl for his family's second child. So then I went on a ramble through about a dozen garage sales in one day and found a few clothes for her. That was fun.

I also now have a job. Orientation tomorrow! It's nothing ambitious for the moment, but it's about the shortest commute possible and there's plenty of room for advancement. I'll work at it for a few months, then when the time comes for us to buy a house I'll have to make a decision. KJ has a moderately long commute right now, so we'd probably move considerably closer to her job. At that point I'd probably start looking elsewhere, specifically at 3M, where a family friend says she'd help my resume get noticed. So I'm feeling pretty good about that -- 3M is supposed to be a good place to work, and I'd be paid quite respectably there. For now, a lot of angst is off my shoulders in that direction, and I can be happy and productive and earn some money toward a down payment on a house.

Baby. What has Baby been up to? Well, yesterday evening he took his first unsupported steps. They were mostly of the "two wobbly steps forward and fall into someone's arms laughing" variety, but they count. He's clearly inherited my sense of caution. I watch him go about standing up or sitting down or whatever and think That's exactly how I would do it. Very deliberate, not leaving anything to chance, fearful of falling down even if it wouldn't actually hurt much -- it's just a little scary and hurtful. Previously we'd been tricking him into standing on his own by giving him milk or something else to hang on to with both hands and letting him go.

We went camping last weekend. It was not the most focused experience, with the dogs getting run back home twice to spend the night there instead of making sleepytime tent unsafe for sleep, but we enjoyed it and Baby did too.

Photobucket -- reading some of the comments, I sympathize. People are whining because they were uploading gobs of eBay photos to PB, making lots of money off of a free account, and now PB cut them off. Pretty sure that's not the use model PB was created for, folks. If I were PB I'd feel entitled to a piece of the action. The rest of us are left out in the cold now, though, thanks a lot. So if there's a picture in a previous post that you want back, just let me know, I'm sure I'll have access to it somewhere. For now, here's Baby camping.

Not a good week so far
violent, computer games, pessimistic, gloomy
KJ got sick with a nasty stomach bug on Sunday, and then it hit me hard last night. This is the first time I've had to call in sick.

Plus yesterday was a really rough morning at work. And there's news that a certain capable actor will be stepping down from his current role soon.

KJ's mom is arriving today, which is usually welcome, but I'm afraid she's walking into a plague house.


2016 reading list
Not as many as I expected to read, since I went on one of my periodic Agatha Christie kicks, but the new books I read in 2016 were:

The Only Pirate At The Party -- Lindsey Stirling and her sister

This autobiography is a quick read, taking just a few hundred pages of large type to cover her childhood antics and growth pains, career path, missionary work, battle with an eating disorder, and the joys and trials of her mini-celebrity life. There are pictures too. One of the purposes in writing the book is clearly to encourage others who suffer from disorders of their own. There are also passages aimed at those who want to achieve some daunting career path of their own, as Stirling takes several opportunities to talk about moments when she had to endure the scorn of others and come out stronger for it. If none of this sounds interesting to you, it's probably not a book for you, but I enjoyed it.

"Live From Cape Canaveral": Covering the Space Race, From Sputnik to Today -- Jay Barbree

What it says in the title -- Barbree was an NBC correspondent from the very first NASA missions up through at least 2007 or so, when this book was published. The highlights include the personalities of the early astronauts and the mischief they got into, a short jaunt with Jimmy Carter, and a look behind the scenes of the Challenger disaster coverage. Unfortunately, with only about 300 pages, unmanned missions scarcely get mentioned at all. Maybe the worst part is when the author confidently predicts that we'd be well on our way back to the Moon by now. Worth a read.

A Separate Peace -- John Knowles

Short novel about boys at a boarding school on the cusp of becoming eligible for the WWII draft. One of them gives in to a moment's spite and consequences follow. Introspective without being plodding or navel-gazing, the novel delves into the adolescent male psyche very realistically. I enjoyed it.

The Small Bachelor -- P.G. Wodehouse

Not one of his Jeeves books, this is about a lovestricken introvert and his antics with his beloved's family, a policeman, and a man with very strict ideas about living. The absurdity of the frequency with which all these people run into each other is part of the fun. Quite funny in narration, plot, and characters, and I hope to read more of his novels in the future.

Ring for Jeeves -- P.G. Wodehouse

Shockingly, this one has Jeeves in it (but not Wooster). It also has horse racing and ghosts and is just about as enjoyable as the other one I read. There's the same pattern of new plot threads appearing and immediately entangling with others to comedic effect, which helps to keep things moving quickly.

Thirteen Detectives -- G.K. Chesterton

A collection of detective stories by Chesterton. The preface makes it clear that Chesterton had Ideas about what makes a proper detective story, and in that context, some of these stories felt more like demonstrations or exercises than yarns. Quite a different feel from, say, Agatha Christie or Doyle. But they are inventive, amusing, and very readable. I think my favorite was "The Hole in the Wall" for its atmosphere, but special mention to "The Donnington Affair", where Chesterton provides the solution to another author's setup so thoroughly that the reader is left without any doubt that this must have been what the original author meant all along. It was also interesting to come across a story that possibly was the source material for one of Christie's books.

Hahaha YES
I came upon a page mimicking various authors, with the conceit that they're ordering breakfast in a diner. I was shocked and then quite tickled to see a certain name midway down the list . . . but I don't think he ever used "perfectly complemented", not even when characters spent half a page pairing booze with food. That's modern, banal, soulless marketer cliche. The actual order is pretty spot-on, though. I actually just finished reading Mossflower to KJ last night and got well started on The Moonstone.

The baby has started to reach for our faces. He's getting better at not spitting up, and sitting up, and standing up with help, but he hasn't figured out crawling yet. KJ started training him to sleep in his crib in the other room, but I guess it wasn't going well enough as she's decided to put it off until after we come back from our trip north.

We went to a Renaissance fair a couple of Sundays ago. The weather was nice and we had a good time, mainly watching several bands and a very entertaining escape artist show, Judas and Marigold. There was a fair bit of pirateness going on.

Only eight trick-or-treaters this year, in a grand total of three groups. The church down the road held what looked like a well-attended trunk-or-treat, maybe that drew more people than last year. Maybe several families moved out. Who can say?

The baby is over 19 pounds now. KJ started feeding him baby food last week, and he took to it immediately. After all the mornings he's watched me eat breakfast, he should know what to do!

I feel a little behind on Christmas shopping. I only found KJ a gift today, and with a pot for Mom that leaves . . . everyone else still to figure out.
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Update baby
The little one is over sixteen pounds and seems to be beginning to teethe. Trying to lick everything in sight, too; regardless of how far away it is, out comes the tongue. Thankfully he's sleeping at night now. Reaching for things is something he's still figuring out. He might be able to crawl if he figures out how to get the legs involved.

He's also putting up with me more, even being interested in what I do (especially if I'm eating), but he's clearly a momma's boy.

Watching him reminds me of how much we take for granted. I see a glass and it's just automatic that I put my hand out like so, and move my fingers like so to clutch it, and then move it to my face like so to drink from it. He hasn't really got those concepts yet. He clutches by instinct, he brings a toy to his mouth, he doesn't have the understanding that would tell him how to turn the toy so he can get his tongue on it.

My current watch is not working properly. It just stops functioning for periods of time. If it were the battery about to die, which I've changed the battery within the last year or so so it isn't, then the seconds hand would still twitch. Target still sells this model, so I'll probably buy another one just like it.

Weather has suddenly cooled down. Hopefully I can get some yard work done this week. I've allowed a few weedy plants to have their fun this summer, since they bloom nicely, but they're getting too big for their roots so out they go.

My car needs new tires. Fortunately a savings bond has matured just in time to cover most of the cost. KJ's talking about finding a scrapyard to buy tires from, since she doesn't expect my car to last more than another few years. Hopefully it keeps going longer than that, but who knows?

Baby update
He's over 12 pounds now, and healthy. Unfortunately he's decided sleeping is a scary thing, so whenever he gets tired during the day he usually just gets crabby. He also isn't too happy about being held by me. I'm not entertaining or soft enough or something unless I'm walking him back and forth, face forward so he can see where he's going. He's a little grabby, but he hasn't really put together the idea of seeing a thing and actually grabbing it yet. He also has the idea he's supposed to be able to do something with his arms and legs, but he hasn't figured out crawling yet either.

KJ started back to work last week, so he's been going to the daycare my increased pay is allowing us to afford. He seems to be doing well there.

Terran is back up now, that's nice.

Work continues to be challenging, but hopefully I'll be properly on top of things at this point.
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Hockey the way it oughta be
Wait, wait, wait. The Blues blew a series lead, blew a lead in Game 6, were playing against Chicago . . . and still managed to win the series? Who do they think they are, a non-cursed team?

A Long-Expected Update
So a fair bit has happened since the last time I updated here. Not necessarily in order of importance:

Christmas was a good time with KJ's folks. I gave KJ a pair of fancy decks so we can play 2500 in style. Zane is no longer allowed out of KJ's sight and off-leash when not fenced in. Also, KJ told her mom when I wasn't there. Shaaame.

Mom and Dad put Penny to sleep shortly after Christmas. There was just no personality there anymore; all she did was restlessly walk in circles and bump into things. I'd pick her up and try to hug her or pet her, and thirty seconds later she'd want back down on the floor. Mom took it very hard. She's said many times before, basically from the start, that Penny would be their last dog. Having moved out years ago and having seen all my efforts to interact with her return no signs of interest, it didn't hit me as hard; she was already effectively gone for me in all but life signs. They visited us within a week, and we took Mom out for crafts and books and ice cream. Mom broke down at one point interacting with Pooky, because Pooky reminded her of the time we were all living together and Pooky and Penny were so entertaining, but she really likes Pooky regardless. Every visit, she makes sure to find Pooky and make over her.

KJ's thing is going smoothly enough. The stress is starting to tell, but that was going to happen sooner or later.

We have reached April safely. Objectively it doesn't mean we're out of the woods, but it does relieve me.

I've finally started a more "serious" blog over here. Right now it's mainly my Doctor Who reviews and a few goofy "Top X" lists. I have plans for expansion, but I always have plans and usually don't do much with them, so who knows how much will actually come into being. I am hopeful, though, that this can be the means through which some of my old plans can be given a chance.

Oh, I haven't mentioned I finally finished and published my crazy project. I'll post that here soon, behind friends-lock because seriously.


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