Employer offered the opportunity to attend one of those Dale Carnegie seminar things. I wasn't particularly interested in the topic but not opposed to attending, volunteering for stuff at work is a good idea, work is paying, so I chose to volunteer. Two sessions (of 8) in and I give it the "its alright" stamp of approval so far.
Sometimes old people from either side of the family come to visit for a bit. It is nice because SOME of them can watch the baby while Mr. and Mrs. duxup do other things. A recent exchange took place between the old people while one read a book and the other watched TV (turned up LOUD) in the living room and something caught their interest:
Person A: "Oh my god Katie Perry got married on an elephant!"
Person B: "I don't know who that is."
Person A: "She's that girl who sings all those California songs!"
Speaking of those in-laws, Mom and Daddy in-law are coming for Thanksgiving (no big surprise) a good week or more before Thanksgiving. Mrs. duxup parents are old, nearly my grandparents age. They mean well but they just can't help with some things.
One issue (and this is not exclusive to the in-law parents) is that when the boy is fed, doesn't need changing, and is happily playing they they aren't very good at keeping an eye on the baby for Mr. and Mrs. duxup. They will volunteer to keep an eye on the baby, and then a bit later get up to go talk to someone in another room or out of view of the baby who at this point is both fast and curious (alternately they fall asleep on the couch). When they visit it is of course a family get together environment so why shouldn't they just get up and go talk to someone? A: Because you're keeping an eye on the damn kid! This is a concept that I must repeat to a great number of in-laws and my family, it never seems to sink in.
He is changing into a little boy so fast.
He flips through books on his own (not exactly new there) and examines them with a worried look on his face and then mimics the sounds mommy and daddy make when reading to him. It is adorable although I haven't caught it on video yet.
Also I think I mentioned a bit ago that the little guy can toddle around on his walker toy thing. Here is the video.
The little guy is going thru another difficult sleeping phase. My theory, growing pains. Little guy seems to have trouble getting comfortable and starts crying in his sleep and eventually wakes up unless at the very least you go in and adjust his blankets (he usually has moved out of them) and rub his back gently a bit. Sometimes he wakes up, sometimes not. When in one of these phases he also talks a great deal in his sleep. In the middle of the night without opening his eyes or even moving he will just shout out some baby talk.
Stupid Stuff I've Experienced Recently
* A "poll monitor" (political dude representing a party or candidate at the poll to watch the voting process) getting chewed out by an election judge because the monitor thought he could wander around and chat up voters in order to "investigate" if they're legally voting. In reality his job is to stand by the judge, only speak to the judge, and can only challenge a voters right to vote if he sees or knows of a legit reason they can not vote. Poll judge put the dude in his place nicely.
* Head marketing dude at workplace did a presentation all about some new company strategy and emphasized how it was not "just about marketing" but he also didn't talk about anything but marketing and couldn't answer any questions about how the strategy impacted anything we do other than marketing.
* I ordered something from Dell's website and signed in to Dell's site using my usual login. They had me give my address. Odd because I order from them all the time don't they have that data? After entering that data they asked if I wanted to use the address I just gave them or the identical address I've used several times before. Wow, Dell keeping that data on hand really saved me time.
* The employer's department newsletter recently (this month's edition) had a section to celebrate some folks employment anniversary. The employer fired a few of them three months ago.
I don't have time to deal with Civ V's garbage. I'll go back to it sometime. In the meantime I've played a little Minecraft. I suck at it, but dang it is bizarrely fun / compelling.
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