The pain really makes life harder. It makes my job harder (though I really am getting tired of being the firefighter going from crisis to crisis), it makes dealing with ten year old harder, it makes it harder to be a fully engaged parent and partner, and makes it harder to pay attention to my finances. When I check in this week I'm going to ask for something stronger, until I can get into see a rheumatologist.
Saturday ended up being a social and productive day. I took the kids to the Y for ten year old's swimming class, and ran into a classmate of five year old with her mom. The mom and I ended up talking while ten year old swam and five year old played. Later, five year old went on a playdate with a different classmate, while Porsche-girl came over to play, while Mrs. Ha went thrifting.
I took the advantage of the time to clean up the study and fix a shelf, it's slowly, very slowly, changing from a sprawling Lego and book explodatorium into something neater.
When I went to pick up five year old, I took Porsche-girl and ten year old, since they all ride the bus together with five year old's friend and had a bond with her. The parents were real nice and let the older girls play for about half an hour while we visited. The dad is another Aersp E, the first I've met in Rochester (not counting high school buds who went studied Aersp in school). It was kind of neat and we talked about how flexible we were compared to EEs.
Saturday night was a bit ugly, I was tired, and ten year old just did not want the fun to stop.
I'm getting sick of winter, oh so sick of it. Lots of snow this morning, with 4 cars and a bus (at least) off the road for accidents. It will be Saint Patrick's Day in two weeks, I don't know if we'll get 70 and sunny like last year.
Yesterday we went to a great Indian buffet for lunch. That's a good thing about the melting pot, we get all sorts of cuisine.
I picked up Viktory II for my birthday a few weeks ago, it's like a cross between Civilization and Risk that can be played in 90 minutes. Sure, you don't get the fun of fighting a land war in Asia, but you also don't get the fun of watching someone turtle in Australia for two hours. You can read how the game came to be, and the tough work of bringing a prototype into full scale production on that page, too, fascinating stuff for anyone who ever wanted to make their own game.
In other hexity goodness, I played another game of Crete, and took notes so I can write up a session report and review at the Geek. This time the Germans won big, they picked on the Aussies on the eastern end of the island, and started rolling towards Malema.
My DVD burner now works, I'm not sure what I want to invest in next. I'd like a video capture card to copy some family videos, and DVD backup software is always nice. I should figure out how to burn CD's on my Ubuntu box, and it sure could use a RAM upgrade, though I might get equivalent performance with a customized kernel.
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