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Well...damn

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So it's been over two months since I've updated this thing. Oops?

* Dex has officially been released from his knee surgery. It was a rough road filled with many sleepless nights and times I was sure we were going to have to make The Decision. Every time, though, he bounced back. He's fully healed, back to normal activity, though stairs are still a no-no if we're not with him for a while.

* He's had two infections, though, so there's still a chance they'll have to go back in and take out the plate and screws they put in to help the bone set/heal. It happens sometimes, but it's not nearly the ordeal as the original reconstruction since the bone is healed now.

* Taking him in tomorrow - pretty sure he's got another infection

* Personally I've been working from home almost exclusively for the past two months and desperately do NOT want to start commuting again.

* Starting to seriously think about changing jobs within my department. It's not that I mind what I do, I don't, but I'd like at least the idea that I can one day advance in my chosen career. I'd LOVE to find something that requires I travel. For long periods.

* Arrow season premiere pretty much killed me dead.

* I'm getting sick and don't want to - not because being sick sucks, but because in this house, I take care of everyone when they get sick, but when I do, everyone ignores it because then it means I can't take care of them. So I get to do everything I normally do...I just have to do it while feeling like ass.

* I think I'm finally giving in and getting an iPad once the Air 2 is announced and the Air price drops.

* I might finally list something on eBay. I want to ditch my formal china/stemware/flatware because we have never used it and we never will. I have my Great Grandmother's for Thanksgiving/Christmas and that's really the only time we use anything like it.

Nothing much else of interest. Hope y'all are good.

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Dex

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He's home from surgery and doing okay. It's going to be a rough few days until the bandage comes off (his foot is covered, so he doesn't like putting that foot down - plus sedation - but it will pass.)

I've moved the daily blog I'm keeping over to here if you want to follow his progress.

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Dex's TPLO - Surgery day

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Dropped him off at 8.30 this morning...and it sucked. Had to sit in the doctor's waiting room and have a little cry before I went off to work.

Still not sure how I got through the workday - exhausted and worried - but I don't think I made a colossal hose-up of anything. Tonight I'll go to bed early and sleep in my actual bed. Might be the last time for a while. Depends on how he does at night post-op.

(In happy personal news, I got my work laptop today - complete with VPN - just in time for me to be working from home for the next few days. Have I mentioned my boss is awesome about this shit? She is. Not even a blink about me working from home for a while so I can be home with him.)

It's so hard being in this house without him. I ate dinner without him sniffing at the wrapping and drooling onto the couch. There was no jingle from his collar or woofing for his dinner when I came home. No happy thump of his tail when Zach came home from practice.

Tomorrow morning we pick the baby up and start the process of recovery and rehab. Not looking forward to it but...one day at a time.

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Dex's TPLO - Day before surgery

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I've decided to try and blog Dex's adventures through his knee surgery. God knows how long this will last, but I might need the outlet.

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Thursday rollercoaster

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* Taken to a surprise lunch today by Manager...to find out I'd been put forward for a Performance Award from my company (something suggested by my new VP who at one point thought I wasn't senior level material). I got the award, and a very handsome check. I got a little weepy over my salad. Apparently the hell of this spring paid off in at least one bit of happiness. I don't even care about the money, really. It was reading what she, Manager, wrote, and the acknowledgement of what I did and do.

* The little girl being a complete shit to my son with the "I want to be with you" "I can't break up with him" is at it again and I just spent twenty minutes with him crying on my shoulder. I want to kick that little girl in the face. /Mama Bear

* Learning life lessons is hard....watching your children learn them is worse. By an order of magnitude.

* In happy kid news, Zach pulled a 4 on his APUSH exam. Kid will be starting college with 3 credit hours. /Proud Mama Bear

* It's been humid/raining/storming here for two days and it's seriously messing with me

* I'm all for being up on your religious beliefs and shouting them to the rooftops if that's your thing. But witnessing in a job interview might be a wee bit much.

* Go Germany! Boo Holland :(

Peace out, all. I'm done in for the day.

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Rounding out at #20

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Had some uneasy moments last night when the track shifted more to the west, but we dodged the bullet. Some rain, and we're still getting some gusty winds, but not much more than that for us.

Whew.

Gordon 1994
Allison/Felix 1995
Bertha/Fran 1996
Danny 1997
Bonnie 1998
Gustav/Kyle 2002
Isabel 2003
Alex/Bonnie/Charley/Ivan 2004
Barry 2007
Alberto 2006
Hanna 2008
Irene 2011
Sandy 2012
Arthur 2014

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Well, hell.

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Here we go again. It's too early in the season for this shit. Looks like it'll be a fun night for me and my phobias. At least it's going to be moving fast - that's the only silver lining in this rotating band of dark clouds.

Piss off, Arthur.

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What a day

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* Started watching BBC America's Three Musketeers. SO loving it.

* Hate when a book just...drags.

* Thought of doing a SotP but of the five I've seen this weekend, only one included TR, so I'm thinking that those aren't a thing anymore. One more by the wayside.

* That said, there isn't much beyond the status quo for any of them, so it would have been a pretty boring one

* Work continues to frustrate the bejeezus out of me, especially as regards any path for advancement or growth beyond putting out the same fires I've been putting out for the last two years.

* Relatedly, the new analyst continues to piss me off with her "Got it! I'm on it! I'll get it done!" attitude because she's in such a rush to do all that - she gets in abysmally wrong. She's published information before it should be live and left a crap-ton of typos on the website content we gave her and boss noticed it while in a meeting with others. Then, after boss discussed it with her, I found twenty more typos/broken links. To top it off, we have a major go live on this site Tuesday...and she took Friday off, leaving me to do the bulk of the page transfers from the QA site to the production site, leaving me with a 9 hour day on Friday. Me=unthrilled.

* Did I also mention she has some fairly serious BO? Like I can smell it from my cube. Blarg.

* Zach's recovering from the wisdom tooth extraction and slowly adding more food into his repertoire. For a while, it was all yogurt, jello and ice cream. I think he was happiest to get straw-ability back.

* Sad that the Netherlands' win is going to be discounted because the naysayers are all screaming "dive." But one of the ESPN commentators said it best - if you're going to keep tripping in the box, eventually, it's going to get called. It should have been in the first half, so don't whine that the ref finally called it in the second.

* Still, this has been the best World Cup in a while. Tons of drama (Costa Rica/Greece game was so intense, I burned dinner beyond recognition because I didn't want to walk as far as the kitchen.)

Wow. That was a lot. And now, I don't think I can put it off any longer. Bedtime awaits.

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World Cup

Updatey thing

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* Zach is pacing the floor, nervous about getting his wisdom teeth out today. He's going the oral surgery route - and he's more nervous about getting an IV than he is about having four teeth pulled. Ladies and gentlemen, my kid.

ETA: He's done and looped on painkillers. Procedure went well and he's got some pain even above the painkillers. Poor baby.

* Did some freelance work on the husband's motorcycle club website. Redid the navigation, created a registration form, got their Paypal button working the way they need it to work. It was fun, and I enjoyed it, even if one of the members isn't thrilled with the way it looks. To my mind, she can hire a designer, do it herself, or endure. You can teach a designer to code, but you can't teach design to a coder - if the graphic art ability isn't there, it isn't there.

* Been reading some really good books for ATUF lately. Makes me happy after a long line of not-so-greats.

* The World Cup is going to kill me. Of this, I'm sure. Already the dog's afraid to be in the room with me (after the USA v Portugal game, he hid in our walk in closet the rest of the night.)

ETA: Luis the Cannibal strikes again. He needs a lifelong ban if he can't keep his teeth to himself.

* I still believe USA can do it, but I'm also rooting for Holland, Germany, France, Costa Rica, Belgium, and Mexico just because Ochoa is epic in goal.

* Work continues to be completely without direction. No clear role, no clear path, no idea if I can ever advance out or up. Hopefully that will clarify a little more, one way or the other, after the all-day meeting with the team/new VP tomorrow.

Not much else from me. Just rollin with it and finding new things that make me smile.

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Jun. 22nd, 2014

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I only have two words for the last two hours of my life:

Holy shit.

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Tuesday off

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* Took the day off work today because I need to start taking time off at work so I can accumulate time off again. /corporate life

* Still not recovered from the US vs Ghana match.

* World Cup has me missing Twitter just for the ease of being able to post one-two word squees filled with lots of exclamation points. Then I remember that they'd have pretty much the same response as if I just yelled into the backyard and Twitter remains deleted.

* Fun part about the World Cup is that there's nearly always a player I can root for in every match, since we watch so much international football. Means that while I'm pulling for the US, I'm also pulling for Germany, the Netherlands, Argentina, etc.

* Even with Brooks' amazing header, Van Persie's Flying Dutchman remains my favorite of the tournament so far.

* Hoping to go see Maleficent today but I may just write the two EPs I need to write, do some Unfucking, and catch up on reading instead.

* Did a re-listen of Cold Days and now in a re-listen of Skin Game and picking up so much more the second time around. "Get on the bike, bitch" remains my favorite line.

* I really need to get off my ass and do something with my day other than stare at a computer screen and wallow.

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Jun. 13th, 2014

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* World Cup has started. I have the app to let me know when every game kicks off, so I can at least try to stealth watch. May take a long lunch for the Germany game (oh the loyalties because I do love Özil)

* Speaking of stealth watching, someone needs to revoke my youtube access because I keep watching Terminator stuff. For reasons I probably shouldn't be.

* Coworker reminds me a lot of Gretchen from Mean Girls - she keeps saying "sweet jazzy" whenever something good happens or something completed. She said it to me yesterday and I nearly swiped back with "Stop trying to make Fetch happen."

* My baby boy is now a rising senior in high school. How the hell did that even happen?

* Just got through a huge site push at work and now in the lovely lull before the next flaming bag of dog poo arrives on my desk.

* I have a serious kilt disorder - even when picking my ATUF choices. I see a kilt on the cover and I make with the grabby hands.

* Have decided that I was forced to endure SharePoint 2007 for so long because only then would I truly appreciate 2010. List Extensions - let me show you my love. I am really having fun playing with it and making our department intranet site look...if not awesome, then at least cool.

* I think that's it. Peace.

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Sand Soccer weekend

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After a three year hiatus, we're back at Sand Soccer this weekend.

Which means I woke up to this:


It's the one time we play tourist in our own town and stay in a hotel on the oceanfront. Its fun, but also hella convenient because driving in every day, finding/paying for parking, etc. is a huge hassle, especially since he has games today *and* tomorrow.

Fair warning, my instagram will probably be spammed with soccer the next few days, for those that follow me.

The games are interesting, and often frustrating because with the amount of teams, they conscript people to referee who have a one-hour primer on the rules and little else. (An argument could be made that some FIFA refs have the same level of competence, but I digress...) But most of the fun is being here, the boys all hanging out for an extended sleepover, and the whole get-away thing.

After the hell of the past week, it's also a much needed break.

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Jun. 5th, 2014

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Finally finished the audio version of Skin Game. Even though I knew I could have read it faster in book form - James Marsters has *become* my Harry and I couldn't even fathom doing it any other way.

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Music feels

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We were on the way home from dinner tonight and I got hit with not one, not two, but three straight songs filled with RP memories.

So I started thinking about all the songs that remind me of ships, and games, long past. Amazing how, with as much as a decade of distance, even some of the ones that used to cause pain are now filled with happy nostalgia.

Here are a few of the ones that came to me as I drove.

* Collide, Howie Day - Penny and Percy
* Blue on Black, Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Dark Chaos Deatheater aftermath
* Fix You, Coldplay - Adrian and Marcus
* How to Save a Life, The Fray - Dennis and Zach
* Forever, Papa Roach - Ron and Pansy
* Brilliant Disguise, Springsteen - Zach and Blaise
* Angel Mine, Cowboy Junkies - Penny and Roger
* Promises in the Dark, Pat Benetar - Hestia and Kingsley

And there's my trip down memory lane. Feel free to share yours.

Now I'll continue watching a movie I rented thinking D would enjoy it, while he reads and ignores it (He's now expressing how much he likes it with every snore.) Which is a pity, because it's an amazing movie, no pun intended.

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An update of sorts

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* Work is getting stupid busy and I'm starting to realize I need to delegate a whole lot more if I'm going to keep doing the upper level stuff (yeah, still don't have the title but have all the responsibility.) I'm going to have to work some this weekend just to get back on top of the pile.

* Also, if anyone knows a good online Sharepoint learning resource, I'd be forever grateful.

* I've discovered that I'm a whole lot happier when I only check Twitter once or twice a day. Much better for my self-esteem when I'm just a casual observer/having direct conversations than throwing things into the ether and getting about the same response as a duck's quack in a canyon. Twitter is, at least to me, everything I hated about high school in one handy app.

* I am SO happy I decided to send Wanderer back to the island. Only the first thread in with the reason behind it and I couldn't be happier with the results. My God, the little alien is happy. That's a miracle right there.

* In other RP news, I'm cautiously eager for the AI app period in June with two hopefuls. I want them both, like a LOT. For reasons.

* Saw DoFP as a team-builder with the eBiz folks. It was a fun ride, but the very end was my favorite.

* Last night was the end of the field soccer season for us in the worst way - heartbreaking loss in penalty shoot-out for Zach's high school varsity team in the conference semi-finals. One more soccer weekend to go - Sand Soccer the second week of June. That will be a good time - a weekend spent at a beach hotel because it's easier than trying to drive out Saturday and Sunday and find parking.

* In the end, I'm picking up the pieces and moving on. I'm finding good things in my life and reasons to smile. I have nothing but my own idiocy to blame for the bad patch of late winter/early spring, but I'm doing a lot better now. Living in the present rather than looking back on what was with longing or unproductive nostalgia.

* Okay, that was a downer. So something fun and laughy. Both of my boys over the last week (aged 20 and 17) stealthily stole my Frozen DVD...and have started quoting at me. If one of them breaks out in "Let it Go" I'm noping out.

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Apr. 26th, 2014

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It's been nearly two months since I updated this thing.

So. Hi. I'm not dead.

*waves*

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Welcome to Virginia

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Yesterday, we had a high temperature of 71.

Today, I'm working from home and Zach's off school because we're expecting ice and then between 3-5 inches of snow to start around noon.

I quote the awesome Gwen Stefani. This shit is bananas. B-a-n-a-n-a-s.

This is what I put on my Calendar at work when I changed my status to working from home:

A day may come when the courage of woman rises to test the mettle of a plastic car versus snow and ice, but it is not this day.

/nerd alert

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Vampire Academy

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Guessing there are no VA fans around for me to squee mightily with?

If you're even a fringe fan and were hesitant about seeing it because of the stupid poster and early trailers....don't be.

It was the book. So much I want to read it again right now.

Zoey *is* Rose and Danila's Dimitri is everything, EVERYTHING I wanted and more.

Yeah. Totally seeing it again tomorrow.

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Okay, Pumpkins. Let it out.

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Alas.

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After a DM conversation that [personal profile] sheikah and I probably found a lot funnier than it was, I came to one of those seriously annoying crashing realizations about why I'm having so much trouble coming up with anyone to app in February, for either game.

Incoming!

No matter who I choose, I won't get what I'm looking for.

So. There's that. Feels good to finally have the puzzle solved.

Not going anywhere for the near term, or making any sweeping changes to go with the realization save maintaining the status quo for now, and finding other things to occupy my evenings. ATUF and my new foray into iMovie are filling the bill nicely.

In non-RP news, I've found the true blessing of working from home.

Because of the impending Snowpocalypse, I left work at noon to finish out the day here. And because I was home, I was able to take a break from work and make chili for dinner and then just after I logged off, I mixed up the cornbread and put that in to bake.

This is stuff I can't do if I get home at 6 after a 30-40 minute commute.

And now my whole house smells like chili and the snow's starting to fall and stick to the ground.

Pretty awesome!

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Update of sorts

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* Have a cold, which sucks, but am going to spend the day resting on the couch with books and tea. We'll see how long that lasts.

* Missing my alien a lot. Dropping her made sense at the time, but I miss her a lot. Debating taking her to AI (or the Feb freebie.) Option A has merit, but I really wanted to bring another guy over there, and I wonder if the doors would just confuse the fuck out of her. Option B...well, I dropped her because it was difficult to play her in a vacuum. Somehow doubt that bringing her back would change anything.

* Loving the books I'm reading for ATUF for the most part. Just finished one that wasn't so hot, but after two amazing ones...there are bound to be a few misses.

* I really miss how stupidly happy I was during the spring and summer.

* Stepped briefly off my new years resolution, but I'm back on track now.

* On that note, I need to get back to working out after work. I know all it will take is that one successful trip for me to rediscover how much I love that de-stressing, I just need to actually take it.

* Whispers of big big changes at work (of the divisional reorg type) but so far no official word on it. I've applied for the position above my level at the advice of my manager in preparation for the reorg. It'll change who my boss' boss is, and could even dictate whether I trade a 40 minute commute for one much shorter...or no commute at all wherein I become a full time telecommuter. No stress there.

* I think that's it

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Adventures in customer service

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So far, I've had both corporate customer service as well as the regional sales manager email about the letter I wrote about our attempt to return a sweater.

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semi-hiatus

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Calling myself on a semi-hiatus until Friday.

I'm up in Ohio for Christmas with my whole extended family, including the dog, and 3 of us are ill with one form of creeping crud or another - DJ and I are on heavy-ass antibiotics for pneumonia, Himself's just got a bad cough/cold.

In other words, I won't have much of a brain for tagging until we're home again.

But for now - my mom's thrilled to have us here, the boys are behaving, the dog's not being that much of an asshole, and I'm hoping the next three days are good ones.

Also - it's snowing on Christmas Eve here. Kinda beauteous.

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A day late...but no less thankful

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* Thankful for my friends. Especially my two best friends - you both know who you are and you know I'd be lost without you. I wish often that we lived closer so we could hang out in person more often - talk with mouths and facial expressions rather than with keyboards - but wishes and horses.

* Thankful that I took a chance on applying to review at an Urban Fantasy review site. I'm reading all kinds of things I never would have before and I really enjoy writing the reviews. (The fact I just read a book I've been looking forward to a month before it's publication date is just sorta gravy.)

* Thankful for writers who slave away at keyboards day and night in labors of love that open up whole new worlds for me to explore.

* Thankful that I have a job, and that it's one I enjoy.

* Thankful for my family - my parents who still rag on each other even after 49 years of marriage, my boys who, though they occasionally exasperate the hell out of me, mostly make me glad I didn't drown them at birth.

* Thankful for the interwebs for providing me with a whole slew of friends and entertainment as well as a job, if not a career.

* Thankful that my puppy merely had a reaction to the change in our local tap water (and not a parasitic infection or worse) and is on the mend.

* Finally, thankful that its cheesy Christmas romance movie time.

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So, my RPGers

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Which numbers are you? (I'm pretty much all of them but some had me saying "YES" out loud)

23 signs you're a text-based roleplayer

~ Source: Buzzfeed

(Relatedly: There are some interesting classified ads up here open to current and potential players. Just sayin')

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There are still a few of you around

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...who've known me from the time my kids weren't known by their names, but as the Things (Thing 1 and Thing 2.)

So, just to share the "holy crap I feel old as hell" feeling with as many as possible, I present Thing 2 on his way to the Homecoming dance:



He is now taller than David.

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