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15 October 2009 @ 11:59 am
So, obviously I'm back...  
Wincon was fabulous, and I hope to get a post up about it this week. SO many people to talk to, both new friends and old, and it was exactly the kind of break from RL I needed.

The flight out of Denver was unnerving (turbulence!), and since I didn't allow enough time for the airport's excruciatingly slow security process (one line for each HALF of the entire airport), I ran out of time to buy souvenirs for the kids. I looked frantically, but nothing good caught my eye.

The family was glad to have me back, and things were pretty much how I'd left them on Friday morning (including the things that shouldn't have been). :0

Christopher stayed home sick the next day, reading boatloads and yacking my ear off while I tried to work from home. My parents called Monday night, and this conversation really cracked up my Dad:

Christopher: I almost threw up in the toilet this morning.
Grandpa: And how do you think the toilet felt about that?
Christopher: It's seen worse. (!)

I'm getting caught up on some of my shows (some Torrented, some via Hulu). Still a week behind on The Mentalist (though Rigsby's looking fine this season, and Cho needs more lines. He kills me). I WAS caught up on Glee (and the "harlot with eyes like a bush-baby"-- best insult ever!), but I haven't seen last night's episode yet because we watch L&O: SVU live.

Tuesday's storm splintered the neighborhood, and I mean that almost literally. Our area is full of brittle Modesto Ash trees with a 50-year lifespan that are at year 58 now. We lost a good fifth of one of ours, and the yard is covered with random branch-bits. Our really great tree-guy seems to have vanished (NOOoooooo!), so some opportunist working the neighborhood with his chainsaw got our business. We paid him too much, considering that he didn't repair the damaged part of the tree. As usual, the storm trashed the trees but left most of the mistletoe intact (thanks a lot!), and now we don't even have our special person to take care of that in December. :(

The local park was a mess (caution-tape everywhere), and Christopher and a friend went there to throw a football around yesterday. I think the real motivation was seeing how bad it was, and yes-- it was bad! Fabulously bad! They were thrilled.

On the downside, flu has been raging through Christopher's classroom. One of his closest friends went to the hospital last week (feverish, glassy-eyed and unresponsive, and those were his primary symptoms). He had both pneumonia AND Swine Flu, and underwent surgery to remove a lung infection. As of two days ago, he had finally come around and was alert and able to talk. He's still in critical condition, but things look much more promising.

Most of the parents in the class are panicking, so the Yosemite trip has been postponed from next week to some vague time in January/February (the only other availability). Fortunately, no-one else has been diagnosed with Swine Flu, though lots of the kids are randomly sick (seems to be waning, though).

Lauren's school, OTOH, has had no real problems and she's as healthy as ever.

Hope you and yours are well too.

she said mysteriously: Glee--Push It.resounding_echo on October 15th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
I adore your son.

And Sue Sylvester from Glee is my personal hero.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on October 15th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
Hee-- he's hilarious, and even now I still don't expect half the weird things he says!

Sue Sylvester and her Machiavellian megalomania just crack me up. She's awesomely funny. "I don't understand the weakness that makes people want to reproduce, and frankly, I don't have the uterus for it."

Part of what I love is that in almost any show, that character would be portrayed by a man. I love that she gets to be that evil, and is so incredibly unrepentant about it. \o/
Vel'ithya Tevrielvelithya on October 15th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
:O sorry to hear about your son's classmate... I hope he continues to recover well!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on October 15th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
*sigh* Me too. His mother has quarantined herself in her apartment because she's also sick. The classroom has a system going of putting groceries/cooked meals in a cooler on her porch, because she doesn't want to expose anyone else.

I'm so glad she took her son to the hospital-- his symptoms weren't obvious, and his behavior was the real warning bell. It's scary to think of him being that sick and not showing the respiratory problems one associates with either disease.
Vel'ithya Tevrielvelithya on October 16th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
oh, ew *makes face* yeah, that's pretty frightening! At least he's got the treatment he needs, now...
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on October 15th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
Wait - you have REAL mistletoe? and you want shut of it? That's like gold dust round here!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 15th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
It doesn't grow on the ground! It's a tree fungus that weakens and kills trees.

It's also much less "selective" than I grew up thinking-- it'll attack oak, ash, and birch, and who knows what else.

Costs us $$$ to remove from those huge trees too, so we only do it every other year. Thanks to the yearly windstorms, we have less and less "tree" needing the servie over time too. :0
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: Chobadboy_fangirl on October 15th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
The flu is really hitting kids hard this year. My 13 year old nephew was down with it too for a while, though he didn't end up in the hospital. I hope Christopher's friend recovers fully.

I just wanted to add my agreement to Cho needing more lines on The Mentalist. That guy is so funny. Love him. And Rigsby has definitely been hitting the gym, though I thought he looked fine last season too.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 15th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
We have no recent news on Christopher's friend, so I assume he's still in critical condition. I hope that lets up soon! I'm sure he'd love to be at home.

It's Cho's dry, dry, dry delivery that really kills me. Practically anything he says is funny because of it.

And this year, HSH has suddenly noticed that Rigsby might be considered "hot." I think it's more the hair than the bod, because I vividly remember last season's blue-boxers-and-nothing-else outdoor showering scene (which I may or may not have rewinded a couple of times after HSH went to bed). Whoo! Smoking body, but the hair finally makes him look handsome-- and I don't even like that hairstyle!
cindytsuki_no_bara on October 16th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
those poor trees! :(

your son cracks me up. and i hope his friend's ok - that's kind of scary.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 16th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Now that I think about it, it's too bad that the trees are brittle (I think that's the "age" effect), but it's better to have parts of the tree break off than just have the whole thing fall down on a house or car. :0

Christopher cracks ME up too. I never know when it's coming.

We haven't heard anything new on his friend, and I'm hoping he'll move out of the critical stage soon. His family is very lucky to have caught that in time.