September 15th, 2009


Happy Birthday maerhys and fairyd123!

I hope both of you are having wonderful birthdays in your respective parts of the world! Best wishes for the year ahead, and for all good things to find you. :)

maerhys, I'd hoped to have a drabblish thing ready for you, but I might now be hating on it (it's actually an SPN poem), so perhaps you have something you'd like to prompt me with?

Working through the to-do list...

Were people at a Con this weekend? It was kind of quiet around LJ, other than lots of activity for kamikazeremix postings.

For the first time in forever, WE didn't go out-of-town or do anything big this past weekend other than Christopher's Saturday morning soccer game. That means I finally got a few things done.

I finished painting the double window frame I'd started last weekend. The original idea was to "touch up" a few areas (where the hardware for the blinds used to be, and some other unexplained gouges). Then I discovered that the painter we hired did NOT use Kelley Moore's Swiss Coffee in painting the window trim the first time, but used someone else's paint instead. So the "touch up" colors didn't match. Grrrrr! Extra work for me. :(

I finished painting a couple of Goodwill picture frames, now awaiting new contents, and also a small decorative shelf and iron angel doorknocker (I used primer-only on those-- it looks fine). That means I'm getting control of some of the laundry room back (yay!), and can finish decorating the back bathroom.

I finished writing the letter to the family of our former babysitter (the girl who was killed last month). Everyone signed it, and it's in the mail now. I hope it brings some small comfort to her family, knowing that other people loved her and miss her too.

I also wrangled through all of my health care reimbursement claims for 2009, thus far. Wading through the quantity of it all (going back to January), and dealing with Kaiser's evil billing-system-of-mystery was what had kept me from it so long. But it's all up to date now-- four different submissions, about 3300 dollars total, and now I need to see what (if anything) remains in the account for 2009. That'll determine what kind of payment deal to work out with Lauren's orthodontist in this calendar year, and stretch into next year. GEEZ what a pain.

We watched Night At The Museum (better than I expected), tried to watch more of The Wire (5 episodes in and we don't really like it. Might bail), and a couple of episodes of Burn Notice S3.

Did I mention that my home PC crashed back in early July, and that the hard disk is unrecoverably dead? I lost virtually all of the 2008 family photos (the other years are at or were still on the photo memory card), which was a terrible blow. Losing my fic archive was less painful-- I'd backed it up about a year ago, so now I'm slowly copying down everything after that point from LJ. All my "in progress" stuff was copied off onto the other computer, thank goodness. But I lost all the downloads that were on that older PC too, namely S4 of Supernatural, S2 of Reaper, and the S3 Burn Notice episodes we intended to watch.

So I've had to re-download the latter, and the only stuff available right now has French subtitles. Vraiment! But that's actually entertaining in a wholly unexpected way. :D

Oh, and, I missed the season premiere of Glee! I knew something would sneak past. Was it a new episode, or a repeat of the Pilot?


Every Picture Tells A Story, Don't It?

I've been meaning to post this for ages, but better late than never, right? Still funny, I hope!

One of the things it's hard to get used to with kids is "incremental information." You'll hear about something again and again, and then suddenly new details unexpectedly arrive.

For instance, just before Lauren turned 2, she got her finger caught in the door of a changing table at daycare (purely accidental). The nail turned black, and it must have hurt like blazes. She brought it up frequently:

Lauren: Changing table owie. I cried.

Then one day about 3-4 weeks later, I got a different version:

Lauren: Changing table owie. Have a cookie, get a bandaid.
Me: !

Now, when Christopher changed schools (for an advanced learning program), his new school had this program with Kaiser where the kids in grades 1-3 would train by running laps throughout the Fall and then finish by doing the 3K "fun run" part of the California International Marathon in early December. Their total distance, between training and that final run, was 26.2 miles. Awesome!

In second grade, this went great. He ran with a friend and the friend's Dad, and had a lot of fun. Third grade was different: he came back from the event grumbling that people ran too slowly and he couldn't get past them, and police cars along the way had their doors open and he couldn't get around those either.

I thought that was the end of it until about 3 months afterward, when a photo of the event came home from the classroom, showing Christopher looking as pissed-off as I've ever seen him: Collapse )

I'd forgotten that, because of the age of the kids, they had to run with partners. That sweet little blond-haired boy is about a head shorter than Christopher and not much of a runner, and that was who Christopher was paired with. So his real source of frustration probably wasn't the crowds or the cars, it was that he wasn't allowed to outrun the other boy.

Right now, Christopher can run two miles in under 15 minutes (faster than me!), so we're talking major irritation on top of an already ultra-competitive personality.

And yet, that picture just cracks me the hell up. Photos don't lie!

Sam & Dean Gen

Supernatural Drabble: "A Journey Along An Invisible Leash" (Sam&Dean, Gen or Slash)

Title: A Journey Along An Invisible Leash
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Sam and Dean (Drabble, Gen or Slash)
Rating: PG
Summary: When we are lost, some say we wander in circles…
Author's Notes: Happy birthday to maerhys, who wanted a drabble on the prompt, "ran so far that I ran right into you." I don't know why this wanted to be second person, because I rarely write that, but it definitely did.
Also for spn_drabble, this is "Searching."


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