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Don your vorpal blade –
Monday is the Jabberwock.
Can you slay it? Please?

How in the blazes is it Monday already?  Did I step into a time warp?  Did I spend the entire weekend talking to The Silence? Or did I “fritter” away the time with my family, IKEA, yardwork, Netflix, beer, and books? (Yes, the last seems most likely.)

Oh well, whatever the circumstances, I’m back here at work again, the kids are back in school, and everything’s pretty much normal again.  Hooray for the weekends – may I have a second helping please?

Mounds of used tissues
Lots of TV and jammies
Cold season is here

Yes indeed, it’s that time of year again!  After Mother Nature dumped a load of snow and ice on us last week, she decided to kick us while we were down and help the girls to spontaneously develop near-simultaneous colds.  Although they’re finally getting better (which means it’s now the parents’ turn to get sick, right?), the weekend was primarily spent on the couch and/or carpet, watching TV and playing games, with minimal efforts made to do anything outside of the house.  Dee’s van also had a pancake-flat tire, so after putting on the spare (donut) we dropped off her car to get the tires replaced (they were in need of replacing anyway).  Not a whole lot of high points to the weekend, other than a break from the kids Saturday night where Dee and I went out to dinner and then to a housewarming party at Jillzey‘s place.  That was fun, but since the girls were sick, we had to cut things short and get home at a reasonable hour to deal with the coughs and sniffles and middle-of-the-night-cries-for-tissues that were sure to come.

So what did you all do this weekend? Hope it was better than mine (and had 100% less sickness)!  [And if you’re off today for MLK day – hooray for you while the rest of us poor schmucks are back in the office!]

Home Sweet Home!

Posted: 2010-10-04 in status
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Yes, it’s official – I’ve returned home from Minnesota and am currently working from the office again!  There’s no set date for me to go out on a site again, so it looks like plenty of time home with the wife and kidlets in the near future.  I can’t stop smiling.

It was a fun but pretty ordinary weekend, although I was still recovering from this nasty summer cold.  Went to the CP’s soccer game on Saturday (she’s a natural goalie, but still needs to work on her skills outside of that – but about what I’d expect for a 5 year old), and spent most of the afternoon just hanging out and playing with the girls.  Sunday was the 2nd session of CP’s religious school and they were supposed to do an orientation, but the teacher didn’t show so I don’t know what was going on.  They had a substitute but Dee and I hung around for the Tefillah (prayer service that the classes do all together w/ songs accompanied by some guitars and drums) and then we left and got some lunch and came back at the end of the session.  Then we went over to the mother-in-law’s for the afternoon and dinner, rooting for and heckling the various football teams on TV and just hanging out with family.  I think I fell asleep for a while on a pillow on the floor (again, this cold just won’t quit!) and prepped for my first day back to work.

Need to work on waking up in the morning at a set time again – hit snooze WAY too many times this morning, which only served to put me in bad graces with Dee, who woke up when my alarm first went off.  She’s fine with it as long as I get up, but for me to set my alarm and wake her up and then NOT get up – well, let’s just say I need to turn things around or else I might be relocating the alarm clock to the arm of the couch.

Playing catchup today – expense reports and paper filing to get back on track.  Updating my to-do list and reviewing stuff that I’ll be working on – it’s a change of pace, but a good one.  And I can’t wait until I get to drive HOME in the evening, see my kids, have dinner with the family, and relax in the peace and bedlam of my own house.  Things are good.

Although this wasn't my first Father's Day weekend, it quite possibly might have been the best one yet.

Saturday was just an easy-going sort of day – I worked out at the gym, did some shopping with Violet, puttered around the house, and cooked some excellent chicken and vegetables on the grill for dinner (although all the hard work marinating/seasoning everything was done by my wife, so I can't take all the credit).  After we got the kids asleep, Dee and I watched No Country for Old Men, which lived up to every bit of hype that I've heard about the movie.  Definitely a must see.  By itself, Saturday would have made the weekend, but in this case, it was superseded in specialness by the Father's Day Sunday I had the next day:

  • My alarm went off at 8AM, and before I had time to even galumph my way over to it to hit snooze, the bedroom door opened and a torrent of unbridled energy in the form of my toddler came rushing in and crawled all over me and the bed, excited to give me my Father's Day cards.  I snuggled with her for a little bit while I opened the two greeting cards she and my wife had bought/signed for me, and cheered when I saw that one of them also included a gift certificate to a nearby bookstore – as my wife put it, I'd be able to get in some guilt-free book shopping that day.
  • I spent the next couple hours hanging out with and taking care of the girls while Dee went to her Weight Watchers' meeting and out to the grocery store.  The highlight of that time came when I was throwing around a nerf ball with Violet and she told me out of the blue, "Daddy, I love playing football with you."
  • When Dee got back, she let me duck out of the house for a couple hours to hit up the bookstore and use up my gift certificate.  I spent a little time just browsing through some of the bookshelves, but ended up with 5 books that I'm really looking forward to reading.

  • I spent the rest of the afternoon doing some yardwork and home improvement projects, with Violet tagging along and "helping" whenever possible.  Although I didn't get as much done as I would have liked, I did make a dent in my ever-growing to-do list, which always feels good.
  • After I managed a quick shower and shave, we dropped the kids off with my mother-in-law, who was nice enough to watch them while Dee and I went out to eat at the local Thai restaurant.  A couple hours, some beers, and some excellent (and very spicy) food later, we stopped by Jack in the Box for a couple Oreo milkshakes on our way back to get the kids.  Ended up VERY stuffed, but also equally happy with how the day had progressed. 
  • When we got home, I had a little more bonding time with Violet in the form of bedtime story time, and then the kidlets were in bed and very soon after, so was I.  The alarm on Monday morning was a rude awakening (literally), but still couldn't detract from the happiness I felt from the wonderful weekend I had.

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This weekend was a blast….I wish I had a month of weekends.

Friday I left work in the afternoon and got home to find Dee and Violet outside enjoying the beautiful weather.  I kicked a soccer ball around with Violet and took in some sun and cool air (finally!)  Since it was a race weekend (NASCAR), there were crowds of people already converging on the town, as evidenced by the skywriter who decided to write everyone a message:

That last one was flipped so you could see a little easier what the skywriter was writing.  The final message ended up saying "Welcome Race Fans", although the wind was so strong that by the time the next word was written, the previous word had all but blown away into insubstantial wisps of cloud.  Still, it was pretty neat to see it in action, and Violet really enjoyed it.

Mr. Blue Sky
Electric Light Orchestra

Friday night I went to Shabbat services at the synagogue that I just joined – it was a little bit of a weird experience because I have NEVER been to a Shabbat service somewhere where I didn't know at least someone.  I was sitting alone in a strange sanctuary with strangers, singing songs with strange melodies.  However, there was enough continuity in the prayers and some of the songs that I was comforted and felt welcome, if not yet at-home.  The people I met seem nice, and I am looking forward to going back to more services and really feeling like I'm part of the congregation.

The next morning, I got up early (!) to get ready to take my daughter to "Tot Shabbat" – this is a Shabbat service the synagogue holds once a month for kids under 5 – it's a 15 minute Shabbat morning service filled with songs and stories, followed by a craft activity and snacks.  Violet loved it and really got into the singing and coloring her tzedakah (charity) container craft.  Unfortunately, I wimped out when it came to talking to other adults and only ended up introducing myself to 1 other parent.  I hope to do better next time – even if I don't meet up with these parents, it'll be nice to introduce myself and not act like a loner.

Dee took Violet to my mother-in-law's for lunch, leaving me home alone.  I took advantage of the time to go for a run and get rid of some excess energy.  It felt good to get my running shoes on again and just go out there, unencumbered and free to let my mind wander where it wanted to go.  I REALLY need to get back into running regularly, I feel so much healthier (both physically AND mentally) when I do.

Saturday night was a girls'-night-out event for Dee as they celebrated my niece's birthday at an italian restaurant.  I spent the evening doing the two-step with Violet (at least, she thinks it's real dancing) and playing house with her and her little people toys.  Oh, and after the tater tot went to bed, I had a manhattan or two and watched Hostel.  Creepy and gory and engaging.  Definitely recommended to anyone who is a fan of the genre.  Definitely not recommended to anyone who is not.

Sunday, I was a complete lazy bum – I watched some football and helped out around the house and played with my daughter, but I'm not sure if I even went outside at all (oh wait, I brought in the groceries from the car, that counts, doesn't it?)  Idyllic, if not very healthy.

Anyway, I really enjoyed my weekend, and am totally ready for another.  In fact, I'm ready for a whole month of weekends.  Anyone know where I can find some?

Light & Day
The Polyphonic Spree

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