Here's my August, pretty much every single year now: pre-vacation work overload, vacation w/o Internet, BOTH kids' birthdays (shopping), planning for and hosting at least one kid's party (maybe both), school starts (!), post-vacation work flailing. And this year, we also went camping. Yarg.
Hence, the absentia. I posted some short stories last week, but that was it.
This past weekend was Christopher's party, which involved the elaborate cake creation, and also cleaning up the yard (which slides before vacation due to the busy-ness) for four hours, vacuuming the spider problem off the front porch, and picking up the house. Also did some garage cleaning. The party itself took up most of Sunday, and went well other than some 9-year-old announcing that he was bored with swimming (!) and a high level of rambunctiousness in general. 9 boys total-- we hired a lifeguard. Thank goodness. ;0
I've been listening to a book-on-CD in the car the past week, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. My mother loves this book, and told me it was suitable for the kids. Good thing I didn't listen—double F-bomb in the first chapter alone! Oh, Mom… The story is about a teenager with Asperger's, and has fascinating details about his perception of the world. Some of his issues (such as no sense of humor) are not necessarily part of Asperger's for everyone, though the fixation on factoids and lack of social skills are—I imagine the degree varies. He's pretty extreme.
Randomly, my Dad (a psychiatrist) mentioned to me during my vacation that "sense of humor" is a differential for diagnosing manic vs. schizophrenic (sometimes the other symptoms are remarkably similar). If you tell jokes to a schizophrenic, they will not find them funny.
Fic: I finished the SPN schmoop story just posted at the last minute for its schmoopfest deadline last week—up until 2am Thursday night on that one! At some point last week, I also read destina's wonderful Night Country, which put me on a John/Dean binge for some reason even though I don't really like that pairing. I read a bunch of good stories, though, which I'm hoping to rec soon.
Biking: Too freaking hot for all but yesterday. 102F at the end of today's ride. :( Also more hazards than I like recently. I went down last Monday (slowly, not injured) due to trying to sneak across a street after a car which in fact unexpectedly stopped. I keeled over in an attempt to avoid its bumper, and mostly felt stupid. This was to get up the street to the left before the main flow of traffic, because I'd discovered that it was down to one lane due to road construction and nowhere for the bicycle to be but with the cars—that is never good. Then Thursday some idiot woman mashed me with her SUV. She was making a right on red as I was coming through the intersection in front of her, and she didn't actually stop-- she paused briefly IN the bike lane where I already was, and then stepped on the gas to get all the way over left, pushing me with the left front of her car. Jesus H. Heart-attack! Fortunately, she was moving slowly enough that I did not go down and wasn't injured, though I'll bet my pedal scraped her bumper a bit. I was yelling obscenities at her as she left the scene. Grrrrrr! Yesterday's encounter was just weird—a hawk was diving down for a squirrel and about to run both of them into me, and I slowed down and made a noise and the squirrel escaped and hawk flew off. Imagine explaining that accident to someone, if it had happened. By comparison, today was hot but uneventful. Thank goodness!
Movies: We watched The Last Starfighter with the kids, which is now 23 years old. They enjoyed it, though it was scarier for them than I remembered. My husband and I re-watched Doc Hollywood, where I have the urge everytime to clean up the language and remove the funky nude scene and "urinating on all the bushes scene." These were all deliberately added to the movie to force the rating up from PG to PG-13, and "force" is the right word—they don't fit into the story particularly well, and it really shows. However, I still love the rest of the movie. Squash suits. Homemade bee suits! Cantankerous nurse with great comic timing. Frances Sternhagen!
Kids' books: Got a few more to post about and add to my larger rec list. A really good kids' book can be enormously entertaining.
Okay, too much about me already. Were you good while I was gone?