Deeply Spaced Out

It's a running joke...oh, never mind...

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.

The needle, she is definitely twitching
Looks like we're committed.

JCPenney has a sale this week, and sent us coupons, and KJ has been wanting a guest set of towels for a while, so I said hey let's go over and see. So we went and saw and got a set in a blue that goes well with our bathroom. She asked my opinion on a plain dull blue shower curtain and of course I said no, we have a cheery curtain in polka dots already. But it doesn't match the bathroom, because it has green in it. I countered that if everything in the bathroom were all blue we couldn't find anything, and anyhow the curtain matches the house because the house is mainly done in blues and greens. And whites.

This is as serious as our disagreements typically get.

Anyway, she also ordered a new garbage can for the kitchen that the dogs won't be able to get into. And by dogs I mean Zane, who nosed open the current one yesterday and probably swallowed a chicken bone. It doesn't seem to have affected him so far, but we're keeping a weather eye on him.

I was going to do a "big" "publicity campaign" for the big project, which I think will roll out later this month, but I suspect that I would be the only one appropriately entertained by it. I might just put it off a few days. I am pumped though.

The wedding went very well. Groom's friend sang a romantic song while groom and bride lit a unity candle. I think they're going to have a wonderful life together.

The reception went well too. I even got up and "danced" a little with KJ. There was a 3- or 4-year-old girl who was convinced the correct way to dance was to get out on the dance floor and either spin in place or run around in circles. She couldn't make any sense of the Chicken Dance.

Got my Big Project all hashed out. Still editing to be done, but gritting my teeth and just making the last sections a reality was the big hump to get over. Next week or two is going to be really busy, though.

Also, KJ and I went to see Mr. Holmes at a little non-profit theater. I recommend it very much if you're a Holmes fan. It's respectful of the canon without taking itself too seriously. The ending was a little weird to watch, but narratively it fit. If you're not a Holmes fan, it's still a good movie. I won't say great, because it isn't as good as a certain other great movie it somewhat resembles, but a very good, solid, enjoyable watch. Ian McKellen plays Sherlock. It amuses me that part of the PG rating is for "incidental smoking". How moods change.

Really pumped about getting to finish that big project. And, you know, the wedding thing. That's kind of big too.

Visiting hours
Went to see my new nephew. Cute boy, very sleepy and not whiny most of the time we were there. KJ held him a lot. He likes to be upright.

Penny was doing a bit better than last time, but still has the tendency to just walk around in circles. I'm afraid she's just running out the clock at this point.

Pookie, Tink, and Zane are doing fine. Zane's barking is a work in progress. It's really just a question of how to calm him down the fastest, because his brain is probably hard-wired to be alert and fussy.

Have continued to be very busy with work and freelancing. But I have managed to get the big project in gear again! Going to be visiting KJ's folks for over a week, and I expect to get it finished then, for reals, seriously, no slacking. Maybe not public-ready, but all the gaps filled in (only 6 left!). Kind of expecting it to reach 25k. That's ridiculous for me. Going to be fun I hope seeing the reactions.

Bought some junk food for my BD. Liked both of the Sun Chips varieties (don't care for their cheddar though, it's too much for me). Hubert's strawberry lemonade and mango lemonade are really good.
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Toy soldiers hope for better years
So that's the "short-term" project done. Several months later. Stupid life getting in the way.  photo pd_tongue.gif Yeah, I'm pumped. It would be really sweet if I were to get the other project done and put out this summer. I know I can do it -- I know I could have had it done by this time last year, really -- I just have to get the inspiration and energy and time all together.

On a more important, more serious note, the official word is that Grandma is in the first stages of dementia. This is why she repeats herself so much, and why she insists on us claiming and attaching our names to things around the house. She's getting into the habit of offering random stuff to whoever walks in the door, apparently. I'm glad Mom and my uncle are close enough to check in on her fairly regularly, and that she has enough money (guarded by same) to afford having someone to come in when they aren't around.

The new car is behaving itself. There was a slow leak in one tire, but that was dealt with. It gets 40+ mpg on the highway, which is super-nice as far as that goes.

New cellphone
violent, computer games, pessimistic, gloomy
It was a $15 cellphone on sale for $5 so, like KJ said, what's to lose? Still a Tracfone, but this one has a camera, USB and headphone ports, and more storage space, enough for a few MP3s if I wanted. Plus I think it boots up faster than my old one.

Glad I don't have to work today. Yesterday my tummy got a bit cramped, but it only slowed me down a bit. Today it is busy uncramping. I was going to visit Grandma this morning, before her doctor visit, but I can't be on the road for that long.

Zane didn't bark at the garbage truck this morning. He heard it coming and got in position, but he didn't even whine when it showed up, just swished his tail and watched. I gave him and Tink both a treat, and they saw me getting the kibbles out and went for their kennels, because that's usually what that motion means.

We also have a new power lawn mower. KJ tried to use the old one earlier this week, and apparently it kept sputtering out after a few minutes for her. It lasted Dad for a good number of years and us for a year and a half or so.

Going to take it easy today and sip on some depowdered lemonade.

TimeLife ran one of their music collection commercials, so I went to the website and there was a nice convenient list of songs for me to add to Spotify. So now I have about a dozen more old school country songs on there. Yay!

Busy busy busy
Sorry I haven't been talkative much these past few weeks. Work schedule has been a bit erratic, and I've been getting a lot of editing work, and there was the 0.16 Crawl tournament that took up a lot of my free time for two weeks. I did pretty well there, got one character up to Level 17 before I got myself killed. Still have another character alive, Level 16, though it's in a tricky spot right now. Basically I learned that I have no business playing anything other than a fire wizard.

Pooky went in for a dental and lost her other front upper tooth. Her kibbles get soaked now. She doesn't enjoy the waiting or the resulting taste. We've been putting in a little wet food to make it more palatable.

Penny keeps getting older. She had a small lump removed from her leg, and she's been feeling sick lately. She likes her walks and the occasional squirrel chase, but other than that I don't get the sense that she's very active. Tottering around, being grouchy when someone might be about to touch her in a place that hurts.

KJ got a gym membership. She's been pretty consistent about working out after work the last couple of weeks. She's been feeling the burn, but no pain no gain and all that.
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