Wednesday Update

October 07, 2015 by Adam in Family

The week has moved along relatively uneventfully.  I had fun chatting with my mom and Ilona about trusts Monday night.  Sam and I worked more on his Linux box - he's learning website administration these days.  Emma had a cold on Monday.  

Cecilia continues to fret about her life.  Her parents are suggesting she stay in the US and go to school.  We'll see how it turns out.

Joanna has been doing her usual rushing around, taking Berry to practice and keeping an eye on the little kids when they're out of school tomorrow.  Joanna and Emma are both reading House of the Scorpion, chatting about the plot.

Berry is sick and a little grumpy, though has generally been cheerful.  Duncan was the only kid at dinner last night, so he endeavored to make up for the absence of the other kids.  He's generally pretty funny and politely laughs at my apocalypse jokes about alpaca lips. 

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Indie Weekend

October 05, 2015 by Adam in Family

It was a generally pleasant weekend, the usual mix of insanity and joy, coupled with a zesty dash of frustration.

Friday night Joanna went off to be formally thanked as part of a church thing.  I took the little kids and dropped Cecilia off at a restaurant to meet up with  some of the other interns.  They had a great time, headed over to the arcade, and came back late.  The rest of us met up with Joanna at Dickie Jo's.  Berry and I watched the baseball game and I enjoyed my cider.

Saturday morning I had a touch of the cold that's been going around, successfully beaten back with Advil and espresso.  I fed waffles to all and Sam and Emma arrived late in the morning.  Emma was whisked away to Kate's house.  Sam and I walked down the hill to go to the Eugene Indie Game Con for a couple hours.

We had a great time and I got to see a couple interesting talks.  The first was by Chris Avellone, one of the writers for Fallout 2, Neverwinter Nights 2, and a bunch of other games.  The second talk was on virtual reality, which fascinated Sam.  We also wandered around the booths, checking out the semi-local indie game scene.  I'm glad I had the chance to take Sam, as I think exposing him to different industries is a good way for him to start thinking about long-term jobs.

I returned home to Joanna working in the garden, planting bulbs.  I made a store run for family dinner, picked up Emma, picked up pizza, and we wrapped up the day with an old Mythbuster episode.  Cecilia headed out with her friends to the haunted corn maze.  Apparently she likes scary things, and was suitably frightened.

Sunday was pretty crazy.  I made Dutch babies for breakfast.  Emma, Berry, and I went to the art supply store in the morning, picking up assorted goodies.  Later we did art and watched more Titan's Grave.  I was working on alchemy jars, putting shrunken heads in jars and the like.

I promised Sam some quality video game time, so we played Blood Bowl together.  I somehow managed to win.  Joanna dyed the hair of the little kids, with Duncan's hair turning an amazing shade of red.  Eventually I realized I had to get ready for guests, so I folded clothes and cleaned up the living room.

We had a good crew for dinner, with John, Yayoe, Jenny, and mom.  We ate great food that Joanna made, chatting away.  

Emma was sick this morning and is staying home from school.  I have a bunch of things going on, from getting together documentation for the kids to working on my mom's will.  It's certainly never boring around here.

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October 05, 2015 08:24 PM by Sue
Thank you, Adam. I think it was helpful for Ilona to hear your questions.

Somber Mocha Friday

October 02, 2015 by Adam in Family

Yesterday was pretty rough with the shootings in Roseburg.  It brought back memories of the Thurston shooting as they starting bringing people into Riverbend.  This morning the office seems pretty empty - I think people mostly decided to stay home today.

Fortunately all the kids where home last night and it's hard to stay down with their crazy energy and general enthusiasm.  I arrived to Sam doing somersaults over an exercise ball in the basement (from experience, it's harder than it looks).  Joanna went to a writer's meeting after dinner, so I cycled kids through bedtime and chatted with Cecilia on trying to figure out what she wanted to do with her life.  We wrapped up the evening with a superhero show, which was perfect.

Life is full of little tidbits.  Joanna's weird job may continue for years to come.  Sam and Emma's citizenship paperwork was rejected because I needed another form of identification.  I probably need to call Canada.  In a pinch I can get them Oregon ID cards, though I'd like to save the $100 if I can.  I pulled a splinter from Duncan's foot after we recommended it's time to stop wearing sandals.

Hopefully we have a relatively quiet weekend. I'd like to go see the Martian.  There are endless house projects and chores.  Family dinner should be fun.  Life goes on.

Wednesday Already

September 30, 2015 by Adam in Family

It all seems a little frantic these days, helping kids through the challenges of school, soccer practices, and house maintenance.  There's a lot of things going on and a bunch of people to coordinate.

I'm trying to get Sam back on track with his math class, as he's not doing particularly well and doesn't seem motivated.  I emailed the teacher and hopefully sorted things out.  Of course, last night after I picked him up from his mom's we spent the evening working on a Raspberry Pi and reinstalling a fresh install of Linux Debian on it.  It looks like he and his friends are trying to put together a Maker club, mostly working on digital things.  

Berry's soccer practice continues to generally be positive, though apparently they were playing a game she strongly disagreed with.  Our little girl is occasionally mercurial.  Duncan is feeling a little behind with his French vocabulary, so we might start speaking French at the dinner table some evenings.  I suspect we'll amuse Cecilia tremendously.  

Emma is doing well in school and I thanked her for basically staying on top of things without any intervention.  I do appreciate her cheerfulness.

Joanna's cold seems to be lingering still, as is Sam's.  Despite the madness she managed to buy me some chocolate covered espresso beans as a treat.  I do love that woman.

Lost Tooth!

September 28, 2015 by Adam in Emma

Emma lost a tooth yesterday.  It was one of her weird sunken ones that had been bothering her for a while.  I enjoyed writing a letter from the Tooth Fairy, demanding she keep the production up - no matter whose teeth they are - or the consequences would be dire.

Monday Morning, No Apocalypse

September 28, 2015 by Adam in Family

We were all vaguely disappointed there wasn't an apocalypse after the blood moon last night.  We were all down at Vanilla Jill's getting ice cream in honor of Colette's birthday when the eclipse started.  We rushed home, couldn't find the moon, and Joanna took the little kids up the hill to the reservoir where there was a big astronomy party.  Unfortunately parking was insane and I found the moon, so they drove back and spent a few minutes looking at it's fading red glory.  I think they were all a little disappointed that it wasn't huge and dramatic.

We did get some good pictures from the night before when we confusingly thought the eclipse was going to happen.  I managed to get some decent shots through the telescope with my cell phone.

The weekend was pleasant and uneventful.  Joanna and I went out to dinner at the Pizza Research Institute, listening to jazz and enjoying our time away from kids.  Saturday started with waffles and continued with a library trip that afternoon.  I managed to take down the pool with Emma and Cecilia's help, otherwise the day was all very low-key.

That night Joanna went off to an "OBOB for adults" trivia night at Tsunami, coming in second place and returning with wine and tea cups.  First place was a beach weekend with her team, which was all strangers, so I wonder a little if she threw the lightening round question after being tied.  The kids and I enjoyed pizza and Mythbusters.

Sunday was much of the same.  Sam worked on his Iliad essay.  Emma and I watched another Titan's Grave episode.  Cecilia went mushroom picking with strangers in the woods.  Berry played soccer against the toughest team in their league and won.  Duncan made videos of Sam jumping over him in slow motion.  

These are the days I shall remember fondly in my dotage.

Mocha Friday

September 25, 2015 by Adam in Family

I still have a few drops of mocha awaiting me, though it's sadly almost all gone.

Yesterday was exhausting, starting at 5 o'clock and going non-stop until past 10 that night.  I spent 5 or 6 hours on the road, listening to Neuromancer and trying to survive the crazy Portland traffic.  I was headed to Vancouver for meetings, which were somewhat intense and non-stop.  When I arrived we had a quick meal and then Joanna went off to Emma's school's open house.  I picked up Berry from soccer practice and got all the kids through the bedtime routine.  Somewhere in there were two dishwasher loads and three loads of laundry, though I was stumbling around towards the end of the night.

Sam and Joanna have both been fighting mild colds.  I think they're doing okay other than the occasional pain killers.  Joanna did have one really bad day, but I hope she's mostly feeling better.  We have a hot date tonight, which I look forward to.

We have all the kids tonight and through the weekend.  Hopefully we can finish taking down the pool and do some vaguely enriching events.  I realized this morning I was slowly turning into my mother when I felt the need to get the kids doing something to expand their horizons while I had them.

Soccer Girl

September 21, 2015 by Adam in Berry

Berry's been really enjoying soccer.  She decided to do it all on her own (Duncan sadly wasn't able to play on the girl's team).  Joanna has been dutifully taking her out to practice twice a week and the weekend games since school began.

I think she's really enjoying the game itself and it lets her show off a bit of her fierceness in a relatively safe environment.  Her team has been consistently winning, sometimes by quite a bit. Yesterday she brought back the game ball for her exceptional playing.

She came home after a game, ate dinner, and wanted to practice some more.  Sam volunteered, so the two of them went down to the park to kick around the ball, returning at sunset and chatting away.

Sunny Weekend

September 21, 2015 by Adam in Family

It was a quirky weekend, generally good, though with a few unexpected twists.

Friday night Emma decided to spend the night at Jamie's house, which wasn't quite planned, though it turned out okay.  Saturday was Jamie's birthday (and Talk Like a Pirate Day). Sam and Emma went out to brunch and returned around noon on Saturday.

The rest of the crew ate dinner and went to Yogurt Extreme.  Cecelia was amused by all the weird toppings, which apparently are unusual in France. The next morning was Talk Like a Pirate Day, which gave me the perfect excuse to amuse everyone with pirate talk.  I managed to mow the lawn and injure myself with the weed whacker.  The rest of the kids arrived around lunch.

Sam played video games.  Joanna took Duncan and Cecelia to Target.  Emma had Kate over that afternoon and they made D&D characters.  The day wrapped up with pizza and Mythbusters, complete with delicious pizza that Joanna made for us, along with home brewed pear cider.

Sunday was another mix of hanging out and work.  The pool was halfway taken down.  I fixed a chair and broke the downstairs sink.  We all played Dixit, which was heated but generally fun.  

Later I took most everyone to the park, which spawned its own adventure.  Duncan threw a frisbee in a tree.  Sam threw the water bottle up in the tree to try and knock it down, but only succeeded in completely denting the water bottle.  Then a guy came by and tossed his shoe into the tree, which promptly got it stuck.  I ran home, returning with a ladder and fruit picker.  At that point a second shoe was in the tree and Sam had cut his hand on something.  Eventually Sam climbed up and got everything down.  We returned home, a weird mix of elation and defeat.

Mocha Friday

September 18, 2015 by Adam in Family

The week is nicely winding down.  I think the kids continue to settle into school and I'm sleeping a little better in the mornings.  My mocha is newly finished and a day of coding awaits me.

Wednesday night Joanna gracefully went to the South curriculum night with me, a quick dinner at Cafe Yumm and then running around the halls of South Eugene High School.  We only managed to get to Sam's first three classes, but we managed to collect an adjective from each teacher along the way - quiet, brilliant, prince.  His classes are covering quite a bit of material, but he seems enthusiastic about it.  Last night when Joanna went to Charlemagne's curriculum night, Sam read the Iliad to the kids for bedtime.

We had everyone for dinner last night, chatting away about all manner of things.  Afterward Sam and I worked on the linux setup of his Raspberry Pi machine.  We got the GUI issue sorted out and setup remote access.  Sam was excited that he could apply what he's learned in his self-taught class.  Maybe we'll make a server administrator out of that boy.

Berry continues to enjoy school and exhaust herself at soccer.  Her team keeps winning, which probably helps with the enthusiasm.  Duncan is his usual easy-going self.  Emma is getting a pre-teen nihilistic streak and wants to gather her friends together for a D&D session.  Cecelia spent last night strangely grading English papers for the French immersion program.  Joanna works way too hard and is challenged by finding time to do everything. 

I'm hoping the weekend is relatively low-key.  Duncan has a birthday party.  Emma has some school shopping.  Hopefully we can get out and enjoy the weather while it lasts.

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