Monday, January 2, 2012

Weekly Updates

On Christmas evening, Jake and I started to feel sick.  We didn't enjoy the delicious pork roast that Dave made...I threw up and then we felt cruddy the whole next day.  I did read the new book I got for Christmas though...Tuesday Ben and Rachel were feeling badly.  Wednesday it continued for Rach.  Thursday Dave started feeling poorly and by Friday night he was seriously not well.  Saturday night Sadie-dog had me up to let her out SEVEN times.  She NEVER does that.  This is the first time we have ALL been sick in the same week-including the dog.  Whew.  Glad there are not more of us.
Ben went skiing on Thursday with Evan and had a really great day.

Jake turned 16 and celebrated with a couple of his friends.   Can that be right?  I have a SIXTEEN year old!?!  He received a bunch of great gifts in spite of just raking it in for Christmas, but the gift that has my interest the most is the poker set.  We had a "friendly" game on New Year's where Jake killed us.  How does he know how to play Texas hold 'em so well? 

This week I will put away Christmas decorations.  Sterilize my whole house.  Make invitations for Rachel's birthday party.  Start making decorations for her jungle party.  Maybe brush up on my poker skills online...


I'm on the set of a video shoot so this is short and sweet

A bunch of gender bender performers get together

The House of Cach video shoot

More to follow.

I've got a lot to do this week...editing video...I'm also seeing the current exhibit at the new museum in NYC. Check it out online


It's been a nice, relaxing couple of weeks.  I feel like I can't tell
what day it is, with the kids off from school and minimal work during
the break.  I has also been largely uneventful, in a good way.  We did
the usual Christmas thing, no reason for divorce to change any of
that.  We wound up taking two cars to Carrie's for Xmas Eve, which let
me and the boys stay there way too late.  There was some concern that
we wouldn't get home in time for Santa to get the gifts to the right
place, but we made it with 15 minutes to spare.   Christmas morning
was an exercise in torture for the boys, I wouldn't let them go into
the living room until Allison came over, so we wound up hanging out in
my bed for 20 minutes until she could get here. Archer was
off-the-charts happy to get Skylanders for the PS3, McGuire was
psyched to get an automatic Nerf gun.  The rest of the gift-giving was
nice, lots of little gifts for the boys, I got a Dunkin Donuts card
from Allison, and got her an hour massage.  We packed up the kids and
headed up to Maine to see Allison's parents.  The kids got their usual
complement of snack foods and a giant jar of pickles, plus a great
collection of science  kits.  Those will go nicely for some long
weekends.  The rest of the week was sleeping in late, staying up late,
video games and tv.

I had an "exciting" Wednesday,   dropped off my TV to get it fixed,
and took my car in for repairs.  My brand new TV? oh, one of the
boards is broken, making the picture screwed up? That's no problem, I
will just call warranty services - they even refer me to a local
repair place. Oh, by the way, 42" TVs are carry-in service only,
whatever. Drop the TV off on Wednesday, they try their best to rush
it, so I can pick it up without having to lose time at work. Thanks!

As it was getting late on Wednesday, I call them up to ask about it.
Oh, maybe have it back by Friday? If not then, Monday. I ask why I
wasn't told that this was likely to be a one-week thing, and the guy
got that offended tone. I didn't say it, but Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are six days, and a week is still
seven days, right? So if it takes 6 days to do this, isn't a week a
good estimate? Grouchy old repair tech tells me that the problem is
one of two boards, and once he knows which, he can order it. If it is
in stock, they will order Thursday, and get it in on Friday.  My car
came back to me in time for Encounters, 1400 dollars later, but my
Check Engine light was finally off, for the first time in almost a

I hear nothing about the TV on Thursday, so I hope for good news.
Meanwhile, I went in to work for Thursday and Friday.  Of course, my
check engine light turns back on on the way home...

Friday, I call the TV place, Scratch Monday, Tuesday... That's fine
right? The part was in stock, and it arrived on Friday. He will work
on putting it in Friday, and it can be picked up on Tuesday, since
Monday is the holiday. I am so, so furious right now. I get to spend
my commute home probably being on hold with Panasonic telling them
that their product is crap, and they should do at least a little bit
of work to ensure that customers aren't buying broken goods.
Saturday was good, though.  I ran some D&D in the morning, the Lair
Assault program, and managed to not kill any characters, but got close
enough to scare them all.  Then we went home, got the house cleaned up
and had the Sweenys over and Ethan to play a long D&D adventure in
what is shaping up to be a new New Years tradition here.  We saved an
Oriental town from losing their virtues while fighting off the Five
Deadly Shadows, in an old-school Kung-Fu adventure.
Allison came over and spent a good chunk of Sunday with the kids,
spending time with them while I worked on laundry and watched the last
week of the 2011 NFL season.  Quite a few exciting games, and the
playoffs were finally set, so the next few weeks should prove to be
very interesting.

That's all I have for the week, hope everyone else had a good one.

Carrie's "New" Van

My last one was lost is cyberspace!!! Anyway, Christmas was awesome!!  Best one I've had since I was little.  Everyone was so happy this year and I'm feeling like the luckiest person on earth lately.  Kurt even stayed the night and hung out all day!!  I helped a friend in need of a Christmas miracle.  It felt so good to pass along some cheer.  We bought a 1969 VW bus!!!  I'm in love with her!!!  Sean's been working on fixing her up a little everyday.  I'm reading like a mad woman!!  Read 6 books this week.  I can't stop!!  Just picked up more from Rob to last me this week.  New Years Eve was fun.  My friend and her family came over.  She has 4 kids as well.  Nerf war, just dance and lots of screaming and duct tape crafts happened. This week is back to school.  Wish we got to do more on vacation, but three of the four kids got sick at some point over the week so we were grounded.  Sean goes back to his foreman job this week as well.  Hope to get the house a little more organized this week.  New windows and doors are going in super soon.  Need everything in it's place first!!!  And must read!!!!!!  :-)