Mocha Friday

April 17, 2015 by Adam in Family

It's a crazy mocha Friday at work today - the help desk calls are pouring in and Jonathan and Keith are around to visit.  I think I'm approaching the point of getting things under control.  Lots of multitasking.

Last night we went out to dinner with my coworkers and Emma came along.  Joanna got her all dressed nicely and she was quite polite and entertaining.  We've come a long way from the little kids who would eat pats of butter any time we went out.

Poor Joanna has had migraines the last few days, so she's been pretty miserable.  I keep hoping that we'll all be illness-free one day.  Maybe it's related to allergies, as the weather has suddenly become warm and spring-like.

The kids are all doing just fine.  Duncan and Berry seem to be enjoying their track and field practice - last night was Capture the Flag among other things.  Berry came back with pink cheeks and ready for bed.  I think Emma may secretly like her PE class too - she was excited to have open gym today.  She also let me know that she was taking 8 days of tests and her teacher disliked them so much that everyone wrote a poem about it.

Honoka has been staying up late working on homework.  I think her English assignments are especially challenging.  She's really putting in the work, though, and her grades are quite good.

Sam's his usual self.  We play video games together on occasion.  Last night he watched a scary movie on his own.  He plays D&D with friends after school a couple days a week. 

Tonight Joanna and I are going out on our date night, probably a low-key visit to Friendly Street Market to eat deli food and listen to music.

All-in-all, life is doing okay.

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April 15, 2015 by Seraph in Cortez

I just finished my Basic Skills tests for the special Ed certification program. There will be more tests throughout the program, be these covered basic reading, writing and math. It's been a great reminder of how much I've always hated test taking!

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April 15, 2015 03:24 PM by Adam
Congratulations, Seraph!

April 15, 2015 05:56 PM by Sue
What an amazing woman you are!

Mid-Week Update

April 15, 2015 by Adam in Family

We had a pleasant birthday for Berry last night, who seems a very big eight years old.  She and Duncan went to their first track and field practice, which tuckered them out.  I picked up Tasty Thai for dinner and got Berry's new computer set up.  They all arrived and we fed them and sang Happy Birthday to a funny spinning candle thingie that Yayoe found for Berry.

Berry has been quiet cheerful and helpful lately.  This morning I got up late and Berry helped cook breakfast for everyone.  She can be surprisingly sweet at times.

Sam and I have been playing video games on occasion in the evening, either fighting together as bunnies in Overgrowth or Sam making me play Metal Gear Solid on his PS3.  I think he feels I missed out on my console video game experience and I require some cultural education.

Joanna went off to yoga this morning.  She's keeping the household together and working away at her stories for Lane County Monthly.  All is well.

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April 15, 2015 01:47 PM by Seraph
Sending Berry birthday hugs!

Happy in Mass

April 14, 2015 by Sue in Wielesek

This has been such a nice vacation. Simon is cute as a bug's ear, and it was wonderful to see Isa.
It still amazes me that my grandkids are all so nice. It just seems statistically unlikely.

When I got here, both Sadie and Simon had bad colds. Sadie said that Isa had been a real help, and I think that Isa really enjoyed her time with Simon. She had taught him Hi-Fives, which he has continued to practice ever since. I got to go see Cinderella with Isa, all of which made me wish that she lived five blocks away.

Sadie made a nice Orthodox Easter dinner - borchst, salmon kuliebaka, challah bread, and almond cake.  Some friends from Babies and Board Games came, and the couple who farm brought wonderful greens which they grow in a greenhouse year round. I also got to meet a couple of the Babies (cute kids, both, but not  nearly so cute as Simon, of course.) It's very fun to watch the things he can do. He's really mobile now, whipping around in Speed-Crawl mode. Just over the time I've been here he's gone from pretty shaky pulling himself up to only needing to steady himself with one hand. He is just never still. Greg is so patient with him.

Having to leave the day after tomorrow. Woe.

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April 15, 2015 01:46 PM by Seraph
Isa says she misses you all. I think she might even be willing to trade our sunshine for more MA time!

Back to Work

April 13, 2015 by Adam in Family

Sam was musing that another day of the weekend would have been perfect - I tend to agree.  

Saturday we bid farewell to Joanna and the little kids as they went off to a chess competition.  Duncan returned with a trophy, though I'm a little unclear on the specific criteria.  Emma and I went to the library and then later to the U of O bookstore, returning with books and presents.

The afternoon was pretty low-key, playing and doing art, or assorted clean-up tasks for myself.    With no new Mythbusters episodes, we watched some videos from Tested, which is affiliated with the two Mythbusters folks.  There are some good ones in there - the kids liked the space burrito.

Sunday had a breakfast of waffles, followed by Joanna and Duncan going to church while Berry, Emma, and I worked away in the garage.  I tried to repair an old cabinet with Emma's help.  Berry destroyed a microwave.  We eventually wore ourselves out, not quite finished with anything.

Sam went hiking with his mom that afternoon and the rest of the crew went for a long visit to Amazon Creek.  It was a gorgeous day.  Joanna brought home swamp water and sticks for the tadpoles.  The kids ran around on the playground.  Eventually I coaxed them away for a walk along the creek, coming back home a little pink with sunburn.  Cubicle life hasn't prepared me for the outside world.

The day wrapped up with kids finishing homework.  Sam and Emma played a game involving wrestling in sleeping bags, followed by Overgrowth video game bunny fighting.  Berry won a game of Sorry with Joanna.  I played the laundry folding game and mostly succeeded.

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Egg Drop

April 11, 2015 by Adam in Family

The Easter eggs were getting pretty gross, so we put together assorted weird contraptions to keep our eggs intact and then we dropped them off the balcony.

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Mocha Friday

April 10, 2015 by Adam in Family

It's a fairly pleasant Mocha Friday - spring seems to be coming in full force with all the flowers blooming.  It's crazy talking to my mom and hearing about snow still on the ground.

Emma got her hair cut yesterday.  It's short and cute and sassy, which fits her nicely.  She's going to a school dance tonight, which means that she's really going to play Magic with her friends until she calls me and I pick her up.  

Duncan and Berry are pondering track and field classes after school.  Hopefully they stick with it.  Duncan got a glowing review of his mod made in his online class he's been taking - I suspect he'll take more computer classes in the future.

Even though Sam moved his computer downstairs, we still manage to play quite a bit together.  Last night he got Demon Souls and I watched him play for a while, along with some bunny-on-bunny fighting action with Overgrowth.  Other than sleeping in and missing first period on Wednesday, I think all is well with school.  He's having fun playing D&D after school a couple days a week.

Honoka is her usual quiet, well-behaved self.  Joanna has been rushing about interviewing people and working on assorted novels.  The little kids have a chess competition tomorrow.  Emma and I will likely hang out and go to the library.  Life's good.

Pillars of Eternity & Metal Gear Solid

April 08, 2015 by Adam in Adam's Games

I'm very slowly working through a glut of games.  I go through them slowly these days, but they continue to be a fun bright point in my array of hobbies.

I'm towards the end of a Portal-like puzzler called The Talos Principle.  It's fun, and has an interesting story, but I put it on hold to play Pillars of Eternity.  It's an homage to the old Baldur's Gate games of 16 years ago, done with all the modern bells and whistles and a great non-D&D world to learn about and explore.  I've sunk in a ton of hours and continue to have fun with it.

Sam's been working on his PS3 games he recently picked up, including having me go through Metal Gear Solid.  I'm slowly getting okay at it, but am only halfway through.  I may have to go bug him to let me play more tonight, as I'm curious as to how it turns out.

Mid-Week Update

April 08, 2015 by Adam in Family

The week continues to move along, mostly uneventfully.

I've been driving mom's car around this week, mostly used to driving a stick shift again.  I think I'm getting my car back from the shop today, minus a very large check.  It's amazing how much we spend on transportation.

Joanna and the little kids collected tadpoles for a science presentation yesterday afternoon.  There's a little aquarium set up for observations.  I've heard frogs return back to the site they're born, so I keep imagining a horde of frogs coming to the door a year from now.

Sam and I saw It Follows last night.  I'm not normally into horror movies, but I heard good things about it and it seemed a fun thing to do with Sam.  It was pretty good, as horror films go, and I was more intrigued by the monster than terrified by it.  Sam and I discussed various defenses all the way home.

Joanna and I are going out on a date night tonight.  Emma got a hair cut and will surprise us with it tomorrow.  Life's doing okay.

Easter Weekend

April 06, 2015 by Adam in Family

It was a fairly exciting weekend, all around.  Friday night Joanna and I went out to a new Japanese restaurant and then made a brief foray downtown to look at art.  As always, it's a pleasure to hang out with Joanna and chat.  It turns out we really like each other.

Saturday morning the little kids went to chess.  I worked on cleaning the garage a little more, then Honoka and I went down to Saturday Market to pick up veggies and meet up with Emma, Jamie, and Meg.  We eventually returned home and spent the afternoon hanging out and dying Easter eggs.  Duncan and Berry spent much of the afternoon playing with Flynn and his friend, but eventually returned to partake of the egg art.  Emma was delivered to Jade's birthday sleepover.  As the day wound down, I fetched Sam from Jamie's and picked up pizza.  

Easter Sunday started with lots of chocolate and Joanna and the little kids going to church.  I picked up Emma, who had learned to put on makeup during her evening out.  Later Sam and Honoka awoke and we ended up playing assorted games like "Secret Assassin" and Superfight.  

The whole crew arrived for Easter dinner.  We chatted and ate our way through the evening.  Eventually kids were put to bed and I helped Sam with logarithms, barely remembering them myself.  He still has a lot of homework to catch up on.

This morning I drove my mom's car to work since mine is still in the shop.  I managed to remember how to drive a stick successfully.  It'll be nice to get my real car later this week.

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