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I’ve been pretty lax about posting again.  Just haven’t had a whole lot I felt was worth posting I guess.  Working, schooling, coding.

I took last week off from work.  That was remarkably refreshing.  If you disregard the horrible stomach bug I had Wednesday, it was a good week.

Started up a new school semester last week, too.  More Javajavajavajavajava, and a technical communications course.  blech.  but, you take what you have to take for your degree, I guess.  It won’t be too bad, I just don’t expect to learn a whole lot from it.  Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

AarDice is up to 10 downloads.  Woohoo.  That’s about 8 more than I’d expected.

Very happy today because the hurricane tornado that was supposed to go through my sister’s part of Tennessee didn’t do any damage.  Still a stressful night on her end, though.  Poor thing.

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It’s the Holiday Season

I’m a couple days late, but happy Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars day!

Merry Christmahanakwanzikus.  Whatever your religious beliefs/dis-beliefs, I hope you enjoy your holidays.

We’ll be celebrating Christmas in a fairly traditional manner.  Gonna have the parents over from both sides, with the lack of the Mother-in-law being a painful exception.  For the wife and I, this will be our first Christmas as a family of three, which is pretty darned exciting.  The son has gotten pretty mobile, so I’m looking forward to having him running around between people and climbing on legs, drooling on everything and all around being a happy, nearly 9 month old little boy.  The thought of it really fills my heart with joy.  I know this Christmas won’t be one that he remembers, but it makes the whole thing feel more complete.

We have chosen to not give in to commercialism and buy a bunch of crap for our son that he won’t really use/remember/care about this year.  We did buy him one gift.  It’s as much for us as for him, though.  A CD player to put in his room.  Also has an alarm clock on it, so with luck it will last long enough to be of value as an alarm clock for him.  We like to play music for him, but the player we’ve been using is umpteen years old and doesn’t work so well anymore.  spend way to much time fighting it.  So, reduce stress for parents and make it easier to play music for the kiddo.  win / win.

I’m looking forward to having all these people together for Christmas this year.  I’m sad that my sister is in Tennessee this year, cause having her and her husband would have this even better.  I’ve got this “classic Christmas” image in my head that I know I won’t quite come to be; I’m more practical than that.  I am, though, looking forward to cooking a great Christmas dinner.  I’ve been searching and putting together a menu for the meal, which my wife doesn’t understand.  There is something special to me about this Christmas, and I want to cook a special meal for it.  That’s okay, though, she doesn’t have to understand what’s driving me for it, she’s being mostly accommodating and that’s enough.

Despite my excitement for Christmas, I’ve been a bit on the down side lately.  Marital stress, mostly.  My wife has been having some emotional issues that we’re trying to straighten out and she spends a lot of time worrying and working on so many things that I feel like I fall to the wayside some times.  Like there’s never enough time for us to spend together as a couple rather than as parents or cohabitants working on fixing a budget/house/whatever.  All these things are important.  These are things that must be done.  It’s just that working on our relationship is important, too and always seems to be shoved to the back burner. A common complaint for new parents, I know, so I’m trying not to give it too much attention, but it still eats at me, especially on my Gray Days, when I’m extra emotional.  Le sigh.

 

As a side note: I broke 20 posts!  yay!  This is the longest I’ve managed to stick with a blog before.

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I’m a bad student and a lazy writer

It’s been hectic lately.  I managed to get a promotion at work (yay!!), which while it doesn’t really change what I do, it begins recognizing me for all that I’ve already been doing with a decent pay increase.  My poor son has been horribly sick, but is now better.  Been making repairs around the house, built a ginormous bookshelf as the beginning of our “library” and getting our wood-stove in working order for the oncoming winter.  (#Winter is Coming)!

I realized, while walking to class yesterday, how different school is for more than it is for others, and just how much I respect people like my wife and sister for their school experience.  I was a straight A student in elementary school.  As and Bs in jr high and high-school.  That’s not all that unusual, but what was is that I did it all without trying.  My school mates spent hours of their life studying.  Alone, getting together in study groups, staying up late, waking up early, whatever.  I didn’t do that.  I don’t think I ever really studied at all.  I also barely bothered with homework.  when it was handed out, I worked on it in class until class was over, and then when I got to class the next day, I’d get done what I could before it was turned in.  I did not do homework at home.  This was most personified, I think, in my Sr. Paper.  I waited till the day it was due and went in to school a little early and drew up my 5 page report on an obscure playwright.  I had read 1 of his plays and a couple reviews of his work a few weeks earlier.  It took me 30 minutes and I got an A.  School was just that way for me.

On the other hand, I remember watching my little sister study diligently and work hard to get grades that were almost as good as mine.  Now I’ve been watching my wife for the past few years busting her ass in college, and I do my bet to help and be supportive, but I don’t have the skill set to study, so I have very little advice to give her in that regard.  It all makes me feel kind of guilty.

 

Also, NaNoWriMo has begun.  I have not.  Hopefully I can get on the ball with this thing.  I know it’s my first try and all, but I still want to succeed!

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Bye bye Sis.

Well, my sister has gone back home to Tennessee.  It was a nice visit.  She spent enough time over to spend some quality time without spending so much time that we got sick of each other.  A little more time over might have been preferable, but she had a lot of people to see while she was here and I understand.

It was great to see her get to play with my son.  Wish I’d gotten more pictures, but I’m horrible about that.

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Oh Happy Day

I’m excited.  My little sister is coming in to town tomorrow.  My sister and I are pretty close, though not the super close siblings that some have.  About 6 months ago she moved to Tennessee to try to get a fresh start with her new husband.  They scheduled their move for a week after my son was due so they could spend their last week here seeing him before they left.  Then my son was born two weeks late, so they delayed leaving so they could at least meet him before they left.      I haven’t seen her since.  We talk, mostly online and very occasionally on the phone.  I Miss her, though.

Now, she and her husband are coming up for a couple weeks.  They come in to town tomorrow.  Of course, they have a lot of people to see while they’re here.  The first thing they’re doing, though, is coming to my place to see my son.  He finally gets to meet his aunt.  Sure, he’s only 6 months and won’t remember it, but that’s really not the point.  I’m just excited to show him off to her and that he gets to meet her.  What can I say?  I’m an old sap at haert.

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