Post-Christmas Cleanup

December 26, 2014 by Adam in Family

Well, Christmas itself was a bit of a blur.  I was deathly ill, so all I remember is that we put all our guests to work setting the table and cleaning up afterward.  I think the dinner conversation was generally okay, despite the usual Christmas craziness.  Crackers were popped and paper crowns put on heads.

Before everyone left, I popped two cough suppressants and went to bed.  Around one I got up, took some more, and slept on the couch.  The kids woke up at six, so I went to Emma's bed and conked out again.  Eventually I woke up, spacy but much better.  The rest of the day has been pretty low-key, playing with kids and taking it easy.  I continue to feel better, though my annoying cough still pops up on occasion.

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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2014 by Adam in Family

We somehow survived the first part of Christmas - I didn't get nearly enough sleep as my cough continues.  I was sleeping on the couch when the horde awoke and tore through their stockings in mere moments.  The rest of the activities were slightly more leisurely.  Everyone else woke up around seven.  Presents were handed out and opened.  There was huge amounts of loot, including a few things I want to play with.  Duncan was amazed with his new computer.  Honoka giggled when she saw her Japanese boy band poster.

Joanna made tasty cinnamon rolls for everyone.  We've slightly beat back the piles of wrapping paper.  I think everyone is wiped out and wanting to do their own thing for a little, and then it's off to brunch.

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December 25, 2014 09:58 AM by Lohring
Merry Christmas to all.

December 25, 2014 10:39 AM by Yayoe
Ditto....Lohring and Anna wish you could be with us for Christmas dinner. See you all tonight.
We're serving lunch to the seniors at the Hilton's a fun volunteer activity for Christmas.

Twas the Night Before Christmas

December 24, 2014 by Adam in Family

And I'm revamping the whole freakin' network, it seems.  The outside world likely can't get to this site at the moment, as I've lost my last IP address from Comcast and it takes awhile for everything to update.

On the plus side, the new router arrived and is blazingly fast.  I also drilled holes in walls and got Berry's computer hardwired to the network.  Things were just way too slow.  I also spent a little time trying to salvage Duncan's computer and pull off all the spyware.  He gets a new one tomorrow (shh), but I'll probably use his old one for something useful.

Joanna and I continue to recover, however slowly.  My cough has gone from annoying to occasional.  Hopefully by Christmas it'll be fine.

We've been slowly getting ready for the big day.  I need some help from Honoka to wrap some presents, but she and Berry have been making a crazy elaborate cake all day. 

Sam and Emma are at their mom's - I'll go get them at seven and tuck them in to bed, hopefully with visions of sugarplums.

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On the Mend

December 23, 2014 by Adam in Adam

I ended up getting whatever's been going around - exhaustion, fever, and goopy lungs.  I tried to work yesterday, made it until one, and then came home to sleep off and on for twelve or fourteen hours.  Fortunately I woke up mostly back to normal, other than a slightly nagging cough.

I'm working from home today, and then taking the next three days off.  My hope is to wrap the last of the presents and get everything ready for the big day.  I'm not sure I perfectly balanced everyone's gifts, but hopefully it's close enough.  Duncan's computer (my old computer) has the latest version of Minecraft and a couple fancy mods to show off the new video card's power.

Time for tea and work . . .

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Winter vacation

December 22, 2014 by Seraph in Cortez

We just finished a tasty breakfast of oatmeal with cranberries and figs. Now we're off to he post office and mall to do some last minute gift shopping. We're missing you all so much this year! I still want a redo of last Christmas, one where I'm not sick. Hopefully the snow, hot toddies and cookies will help smooth the holiday. I'm attempting a tifel for Christmas dessert so I'll be with all of you in foodie spirit.

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December 22, 2014 12:44 PM by Adam
Yeah - I think I got the sick bug too. I slept for nine hours last night (unusual for me) and have been shivering all morning. I think I'm giving up on work after this next meeting of mine.

December 22, 2014 01:14 PM by Sue
Seraph, we ordered "Reign" for Isa through Anna's Amazon Prime month long try out, but no guarantee anything, including the package we sent this AM will be there before Friday. We seem to have a bit of a bug, too. Not bad, just nagging.

The Weekend Before Christmas

December 22, 2014 by Adam in Family

I'm the only one going to work or school today, though admittedly Joanna has work of her own to do.  We generally had a pleasant weekend - I took Emma and the little kids to the library Saturday morning.  We puttered around the house and mostly took it easy.  The day wrapped up with pizza and Mythbusters.

Sunday I started to get a weird cough along with being really tired - I ended up going to bed really early and sleeping for nine hours, which helped.  Otherwise it was pretty low-key.  Emma worked on her Rube Goldberg homework assignment.  Berry made a robot.  We went to the Nutcracker, which was pretty good.  I think the girls liked to dress up.  Sam and I played Crusader Kings 2, where I played a northern tribesman trying to unite Sweden.  Unfortunately he died early and the kingdom crumbled.  My son is slowly working to unite it again.

Only a few more days until Christmas.  I've got a few more presents to wrap, but am otherwise feeling generally good to go.

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December 22, 2014 04:39 PM by Lohring
Hey, we're working too, at least until 1:00 tomorrow. I'll be missing you all, but my wife misses me too.

Merry Christmas

Wrestling Injury Mocha Friday

December 19, 2014 by Adam in Family

Sam hurt his knee last night, pretty badly.  He was at wrestling practice doing some warm up exercises and ended up having someone fall on him.  The staff at South was worried there might be an ACL tear or something more serious.  I have an appointment at 11:20 a.m. today to see a doctor.  Sam made it to school and is going around on crutches.  I think he'll end up reading during rock climbing first period.  Poor guy.

The rest of the family is doing relatively better.  Emma is her usual cheerful self.  Joanna still gets tired, but is on the mend.

Really looking forward to time off next week.

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December 19, 2014 02:24 PM by Adam
I took Sam in and his knee looks generally okay. He's supposed to stay off of it for a couple days, then take it easy for a couple weeks. After that, he's okay for wrestling.

December 19, 2014 06:29 PM by Seraph
Should I send him a bell for Christmas?

Emma's Teeth

December 16, 2014 by Adam in Emma

Here's Emma's awesome teeth. My dad says everything is just fine.

Christmas is Coming

December 14, 2014 by Adam in Family

We got the tree up yesterday.  Sam was at a wrestling meet where he lost quite a bit, but hopefully had an interesting experience.  Duncan had a sleepover, but returned late morning.  We headed to a nearby Christmas tree place and picked out a suitable tree.  I turned on Christmas music on Pandora and we cheerfully coated the thing with ornaments.  We all had a good time.

The rest of the day was fairly low-key.  We went to the pottery painting place, where they had a widespread power outage.  Fortunately the lights came on soon after we arrived.  Emma's turned out pretty amazing, and everyone had a good time.  Even I got in on the action, hopefully making something that will be cherished appropriately.

At the start of the day, Berry's computer's hard drive died.  I slowly brought it back to life, though I'm not sure I can recover the data from the old one.  I can't even format the thing.

We watched a quirky movie called The One I Love, which is best enjoyed without knowing anything about it.  Sam arrived around eleven, completely exhausted. 

This morning I whipped up my usual feast of sausages, eggs, omelet, bacon, waffles, and mocha.  Joanna and the little kids went to church.  Jamie came to pick up everyone else to decorate Christmas cookies.  I've been at home, enjoying the quiet.  Laundry is washing, dishes are being cleaned, and I occasionally leave my video game to do something useful.

Far Cry 4

December 14, 2014 by Adam in Adam's Games

I ended up with two copies of Far Cry 4 after my recent hardware purchase.  Sam and I have been playing on occasion, fighting with the rebels against the evil overlord of an imaginary India-like country.  The coop has been fairly entertaining.  In general, it's a lot like Far Cry 3, with some slightly different window dressing and generally smoother gameplay.  I do still run into the occasional bug, which is always amusing.  How he balances on that pointy post, I have no idea.

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