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23 March 2015 @ 12:21 am
The wheel keeps on spinning...  
I thought I was going to post this up last week, but then it was Saturday, then Sunday. Time just flies.

My dad's wake is next Saturday (also the beginning of Spring Break), so I spent the weekend on high-priority chores that I won't be able to do next week. Namely, finishing off the taxes, and putting systemic bug-control/fertilizer on all the rose bushes (4 1/2 hours just for that). My back is killing me!

In previous weekends, I dug up and scanned pictures of my dad to send to my sister—she's assembling the slideshow and doing most of the planning in general. Last week, she discovered that my dad's favorite color was orange. Nobody except my mom knew that! All of these years, he'd been dragging moss-green drapes, bedspread, and sofas from house-to-house, so we assumed that was his favorite color. Nope. Apparently, one of the few things my mother put her foot down on over the years was the concept of decorating a house in orange.

In the past month or so, both kids completed the county competitions for their various fake-law thingies. My son's sophmore team took first place in the county's Moot Court competition, and my daughter's placed second again for Mock Trial (really frustrating, as they lost to this team last year, and should have won both times). We spent a lot of time at the courthouse from mid-February to mid-March. Meanwhile, my office moved to a new building, with all-smaller cubicles. That's been quite an adjustment. I still haven't figured out how to cope with the added distraction of so many more people talking/moving close by.

If you don't watch The Simpsons, you might have missed last week's mid-episode Game of Thrones homage (not a great recording, but I couldn't find a better one. Watch the first 47 seconds of this). I hadn't realized that there was another one for the opening credit sequence about three years ago. Must have been pre-Tivo, when our recording success was less reliable.

And now? Off to bed, already late for the beginning of another work-week. Ullhhhh....

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Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on March 31st, 2015 06:26 am (UTC)
I hope that the wake was an excellent celebration of your dad. Did you use orange decorations? (I'm with your mom -- orange is one of my least favorite colors and I couldn't tolerate living in a home decorated in that color.)

Thanks for sharing that Simpson's GOT homage. I don't watch it regularly anymore, so completely missed it.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 1st, 2015 03:51 am (UTC)
The wake went really well. There were a lot of interesting stories from friends and family, and it was pretty well-attended (about 50 people) considering he was the last surviving member of his own family and most of his friends and contemporaries already preceded him in death.

There were orange decorations, and my sister did a very festive job with them (but they were not overdone). I think my dad would have been very pleased.