So there's that.
We're getting geared up for a trip to Ohio. DK needs to meet her great grandmother. She's the only girl in the litter of great grandkids that have been generated by my grandmother's tree. There's much excitement around our visit. My mom is twitching with excitement and even my brother seems to be looking forward to it. There will be at least one family event where we all get together and take pictures with the crazy old lady.
It will be good to get back to my homeland. First off, it'll only be in the low to mid 80s and that will be wonderful! More importantly, of course, is time to commune with my people. It's only a week and we're driving so the weekends will be spent on the road, but you do what you can when you can, right?
I'm stoked about a road trip, but having The Dude and DK will be a challenge. We'll have to stop a lot for feedings, diapers, potty breaks, and just running around so that a little boy's head doesn't explode. We got him a Leapster Explorer with a couple of games. That might keep him quiet for an hour or two. That reminds me. I need to make the playlist. The Dude requires certain songs. It's going to be good fun!
I didn't post about it here, but about 2 weeks ago I hit a deer with my car. I had slowed down so that I could hear the end of a song and the deer popped out of a wooded area not 15 feet from the front of my car. I hit her and she flew over the hood and into the ditch. I pulled over. I could see her twitching in the ditch across the road and I had no idea how I would deal with that. I assessed the car as being drivable, looked over to check out the deer, and she was gone. I don't suspect that the poor thing was alive the next day, but you never know. The upshot of this is about $2500 in repairs and we have a $1k deductable. Not bad. The sucky part is that the fucking repair shop has NEVER called me and they are still waiting for a replacement bumper. Fuck's sake, people. I could have fabricated one by now! So I bet we don't get it back this week and it winds up sitting in their lot while we're in Ohio. Sweet. Fuckers.
The Dude is getting stir crazy. It's hard to entice a little boy to go outside and play when the weather is this miserable. So he's running around the house causing all kinds of trouble. I really do feel for him. He's also getting pretty good at Katamari. He and his mom play head to head from time to time. It's hilarious for me.
DK is growing like crazy! And yes, she is in fact cuter every day. It's important to know your weak spots. I know mine. And she's beautiful. This little girl. Dammit. I love this little girl.
Speaking of beautiful, the wife unit is not taking well to not having a car. It's making her just as stir crazy as The Dude. She manages to keep it in check until the kids are asleep, but man is she twitchy. I don't blame her. I really don't. It's a lot to deal with. But I worked from home today so she could get out of the house and...um...grocery shop? It's SOMETHING! Dammit people! I'm trying!
I got my fifth(!) wedding anniversary gift a little early. Stacky has a ring on order and I got a bag from Saddleback Leather. Mother of pearl is it beautiful! It's truly amazing. I'm a total bag whore. I love 'em. This is truly the king of them all. I will never second guess this one. Ever. It screams, "Adventure ho!"
I also ordered an expensive pair of boots for my business casual lifestyle. They're beautiful, well-made, and will hopefully break my chain of buying a new pair of brown shoes every 18 months because they fall the fuck apart. I think Stacky is more excited about my boots than I am. She's a shoe weirdo.
I'm doing a 14 day free trial of the NYT on the nook. We'll see. So far, it's pretty good. The crappy part is that it doesn't translate to the nook app on the iPad. I only complain about that because I was so happy to only carry the iPad these days. I'll toss the nook in the bag to get my full use out of the 14 days. The key will be the Sunday edition. If that works out, I might keep it or at least buy the Sunday paper on the nook an issue at a time.
I'm sure that I had more to say, but I'm equally certain that the heat has boiled away all of the interesting bits and left behind nothing but char.
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