it got better

Feb. 17th, 2019 08:33 pm
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Although the 'rents are still noping on babysitter availability, we managed to have Saturday lunch with the in-laws and Sunday dinner with my mom. Everyone is generally doing better, except for my dad's wife. I still haven't seen my dad in over a year now, but at least he remembered to call us on Will's birthday. My mom says that my sister is thinking of paying us a visit in late March or early April.

I called in a favor with the usual suspects to get non-familial child supervision so that Robby and I could go to the symphony on Saturday night. It was a really fantastic program, featuring a newly commissioned piano concerto by Martin Kennedy, a music professor who is my sister's age. I dearly hope to hear it again sometime.

Another busy week ahead, full of doctor appointments and music performances. Hopefully I can take the kids to go see the LEGO Movie 2 while they are out of school tomorrow.

bleh

Feb. 15th, 2019 11:15 pm
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I ended up getting almost nothing done this past week due to coming down with a severe head cold and staying in bed most of the past 4 days. I still feel stuffy but at least my brains are no longer leaking out of my nose and I can think again for more than ten minutes at a time.

Unfortunately that grayout period included Will's birthday. I gave him a small handful of presents I had bought beforehand and Robby took him out for frozen yogurt, but we didn't manage any sort of group celebration. I'm hoping I can make it up to him over the weekend.

We also skipped celebrating Valentine's Day, but we have symphony tickets for tomorrow night, which could be a date night if I can find a babysitter on short notice.

The Scottish lab

Feb. 12th, 2019 01:39 pm
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Fire burn and lab sink bubble!

So many paws. So few dimensions.

Feb. 11th, 2019 07:27 pm
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Somehow, last November, I managed to pinch a nerve so badly that my left arm is frequently numb and the shoulder hurts constantly. C5/C6 cervical radiculpathy is the official diagnosis, and PT helped somewhat, but mostly I'm doing yoga and upper body stretching as many times a day as I can manage.

With luck, I'll be (almost) as bendy as Anders here by the time the weather turns to spring.

level clear

Feb. 9th, 2019 11:58 am
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Will just took his last Tamiflu dose. He is still a bit phelgmy, but otherwise back to normal. He was able to compete in the Scholar's Bowl tournament yesterday. The competition was tougher than last year, and he didn't place in the top three either individually or as a team, but he did repeat as top scorer for his team, so he got that at least. Of course, I tried to emphasize to him early on that I was more proud of him for showing up for his team than for any trophies he might bring home. I could tell he was disappointed at the end of the day, but he took it well and congratulated the other teams.

The Video Games Live concert last night was fantastic. They did the really popular stuff you would expect (Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Final Fantasy 7, Kingdom Hearts), many that I've heard of but never played (Warcraft, Metroid, Castlevania, Okami, Metal Gear Solid, Halo, Skyrim, Overwatch), some games I've played that I didn't expect to see and was very excited about (Chrono Trigger/Cross, Shadow of the Colossus, Undertale) and one hilarious segment dedicated to Phoenix Wright that was Connor's favorite of the night. They even included some bizarre game called Earthworm Jim which is apparently the all time favorite game of the guy running the show. There was also a "love letter to my childhood" compilation video which included a brief shot of A Boy and His Blob, which made me very happy.

Today we are listening to various game soundtracks and generally unwinding. There is a puzzle in Talos Principle that I am currently stuck on, but I'm close to the end of the game and want to finish as much as I can before switching to Kingdom Hearts. Connor asked to play Zelda Spirit Tracks, which I found as a download for the Wii U.

I feel like I have too many game consoles, constantly running out of shelf space and electrical outlets, but I don't want to get rid of any of the ones I have. The one I use the least is the PS3, but that's the only console that Ni No Kuni will play on. The kids still use the original Wii more than the Wii U; the Wii U gamepad had been sitting unplugged since Christmas because I ran out of outlets. The PS2 got demoted to Connor's bedroom, but I still have it for my DDR games. I do occasionally sell games that we don't play any more, but there are some I just love that would make me sad if I couldn't play them again... I may be able to say goodbye to Ni No Kuni, but not yet, it's too soon. I only got maybe 40% of the way through it before getting bogged down and moving on to something else.

Speaking of which, I should go back to cleaning the house and/or cleaning out my inbox. Next week is a short week due to a teacher workday on Friday, and the boys' birthdays are coming up, so I have a lot to get done.

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