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Family Vacation August 23, 2012

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Had a really nice trip out to Maine to see my Dad’s family. Well, the visit was nice, the trip itself was ridiculously long. I misunderstood which roads to take, and our drive out took two extra hours, through lots of construction and over the George Washington Bridge in NYC. The drive back was much easier, and much less expensive.

Spent a nice three days listening to Grandpa, Dad and my uncles all tell stories of younger days. And my cousins talking about their growing families and plans.  My little cousins aren’t so little anymore. One of them shot up to 6’7″ while I’ve been gone.

We had a nice 90th birthday party for Grandpa on Friday with about 20 family members spanning four generations. A huge baked ham, mashed potatoes, salad and veggies for dinner, with a big homemade cake for dessert, topped with ice cream. The ham lasted the rest of the weekend.

It was a quiet weekend, nice weather, a little small town shopping and a long walk in the country. I finished reading The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. And spent one afternoon playing Plants Vs. Zombies. I think we went through most of the CDs in the car along our 36 hours of driving, too.

And that’s all I was going to post, had it all scheduled to post while I was at work today. And then I got rear-ended trying to get on the highway. I hate that entrance ramp. She was all in a hurry to get to work so I only got her name, number and insurance information, which it turned out, included her home address because her husband is her agent. Forgot to get her car info or plate number until she was gone. I stayed, called police and insurance and filed all the lovely reports. The cop was annoyed at her for leaving without giving me all the info he needed, but ended up tracking down most of it with his computer and some help over the radio, after grumbling a threat of hit and skip into the air if he didn’t find it. Got to find out what the backseat of a cop car’s like though, all hard and slippery molded plastic seats.

I’m okay. Head aches a bit and my lower back and hips are a bit cranky. I’ll probably call up the chiro for a check. But should be fine with a bit of rest. Car’s going to need a new bumper, but I think that’s the extent of it. Just got new car insurance yesterday to start in September, too. So one last claim on Progressive, I guess. Ah, city life.

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Between Holidays December 30, 2010

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Christmas this past weekend, New Year’s this coming. I’m between holidays, and still in the midst of it all. I’m still wrapping presents for the nieces and nephews, still spending Christmas money from our parents, still surrounded by frantic shoppers at work. Still pondering what 2011 might bring.

I submitted a couple short stories earlier this week, to some new (to me) markets: Dream Child and The Demon Within to Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Apex Book Company, respectively. I still haven’t been writing much fantasy lately. It isn’t what’s on my mind these days, but I am trying to find homes for what I wrote before. In which vein, I also pulled a couple stories from markets that were unresponsive for over a year, even to polite queries.

My (admittedly weak) geek credentials were called into question this week, so I have started rereading The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It has been a decade since I first read it, and I’ve only ever seen the newest movie besides. Such a large number of books in my To Be Read stack, but sometimes you just have to go back to the classics.

Speaking of classics, one of my favorite finds of the Christmas DVD shopping has been all the TMNT movies in one pack, on two DVDs. This amuses me greatly. I watched the first movie yesterday and will take great pleasure sharing the second and third with Rich who has not seen them.

Health is fairly good this week. I am indulging a little more than usual to feed my cravings before the New Year hits and I must get back on track again. Winter is a hard time to eat fresh and green, but I can and will do better, I like feeling healthy without medication.

I really need to learn to find good ripe avocados, but I fear this is not the time of year to start that lesson. I have discovered, thanks to a restaurant in Texas and a friend who brought the recipe back, that I enjoy guacamole if it is made their way. Cut two avocados into chunks, squeeze a whole orange and a whole lime over them, add a little salt and (maybe) a little onion powder, and mix together. Delicious. They apparently added onions and maybe peppers at the restaurant, but I don’t like those things, so, simpler the better.  Also not really the season for good oranges or limes, I don’t think. Ah well.

Look for an inspired by the turn of the year post this weekend, unless I just end up sleeping. I have to be at work at 7am Saturday, followed by Christmas with four kids under the age of 5, and then the usual Saturday night. Sunday I may not open my eyes.

Spring is here April 1, 2010

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So naturally it snowed recently. But the weather’s getting warmer and things are looking up. I sent out letters to several offices asking if they would consider reducing our bills. Two upon request through email and one which I’m still waiting on a call back from.  So we’ll see how that goes.

Sent out a bunch my stories this past weekend and the rejections are starting to flow in. But I’m working on a new project as well. Slowly, perhaps, but each step is forward.

Got some extra hours this week at work, and then totally forgot that I should bring food when I work a full shift (my first since September).  Bookup’s progressing, too, though we’re still having integration problems, finding someone to help us out, now. So close.

Elbow’s been a pain lately, but other than that, health and diet are going fairly well. It is the season for Cadbury Eggs, and chocolate is my weakness, but I’m still fairly well on target. Life is good.

Oh, and one day early, Happy Birthday, Mom. I love you. 🙂