Mocha Friday

November 17, 2017 by Adam in Family

It's Mocha Friday once again.  The days have turned cool and soggy, with leaves almost gone from the trees. 

Sam's keeping busy with school and outside things.  He's got a couple essays to finish by Thanksgiving.  I occasionally see him for a few minutes at the beginning or end of the day.

Emma took a survey to see what job she'd be suited for.  Apparently it's technology, biology, or some organization job.  She was also learning about the cost of college and I told her not to worry about it.  The poor girl was planning on living off scraps and wearing burlap sacks to cut down on costs.

Duncan is slowly turning around a dip in grades.  Joanna has been regularly making sure homework is done and turned in.  He's generally pretty cheerful and bright, so hopefully the organizational skills will come in time.

Benny got really into a math website that their school got for them.  They have apparently been blazing through, collecting imaginary money and buying new music and wallpaper for their educational game.  Whatever works.

Work has been going generally pretty well.  I'm pair programming with a new guy, though he's a long time programmer like myself.  It's a little slow, but educational, trading off turns typing while we talk about the problem at hand.

It's also the last day of work before a week off for Thanksgiving.  My to do list is already growing pretty long, so hopefully I won't be bored.

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Bad Blog Poster

November 17, 2017 by Adam in Family

I've been doing a particularly lousy job of posting this last week.  It's not that there was any crisis or issue, just the endless routine of laundry, work, kids, and so on.  I spend so much time at home that the high point is when a bird landed on my laptop bag as I headed to the shed to work.  I said hello and it flew off.

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Mocha Friday

November 11, 2017 by Adam in Family

It was a pretty quiet day, all in all.  Sam was the only person who went to school, and I didn't have work.  Emma spent the night, watching the rest of the latest pirates movie with me, then off to her mom's in the morning.  I scribbled down a list of errands and managed to complete them all by the end of the day.  The storm door is up, my hair is cut, a way overdue library book was returned, and I made a short shopping trip.  Benny kept me company for some of it, which was nice.  They've been gorging on Dork Diary books, finishing an entire one this afternoon.  I played some video games and tidied up.

As for tonight, Joanna and I are going to Whirled Pies to listen to music and chat.  The weekend seems fairly low key.

Four Kids, Four Schools

November 08, 2017 by Adam in Family

I realized the other day that I have a kid in elementary school, middle school, high school, and college.  It's the last year it'll be true, but it's quite the spread.  Last night I had to get a scared Benny back to bed after a dream about an evil genie.  That same night I took Sam to a "kick back" at a friend's house after he explained how a "kick back" is different than a party.

We're slowly getting ready for the holiday season, trying to figure out Christmas break plans.  I managed to order birthday presents for Sam, who is turning nineteen in just a couple weeks.  

The week is generally moving along.  Joanna went to parent teacher conferences and it looks like Duncan's grades are improving.  Benny has three days of no school.  Everyone but Sam has Friday off.

Rainy Weekend

November 07, 2017 by Adam in Family

It was generally quiet this last weekend.  Lots of hanging out.  I managed to clean up the last of the Halloween decorations, do laundry, and endless dishes, but otherwise didn't do that much.  Emma and I chatted and played some new video games.  We met one of Sam's friends who taught him embrodery.  Benny picked Salt Lake City as the state capital she's doing a report on.  Joanna got more house plants.  Probably the most exciting part was Sunday dinner and hanging out with everyone.  Joanna made some great vegan pumpkin pie, which Sam was grateful for.

Mocha Friday

November 03, 2017 by Adam in Family

The week is winding down.  Benny was sick yesterday, complaining of stomach pains.  I was feeling a little under the weather myself, though not quite as bad.  Both Sam and Emma related stories about getting the highest score on their midterm tests, Emma in Honors English and Sam in his cultural anthropology class.  It is nice to see them doing well academically.  Sam continues to do his school, gym, and hanging out with friends routine.  He told me 80% of what he's learning these days is outside of school.

I think the rest of the crew is doing relatively well.  Joanna and I had a nice date night on Wednesday, walking through the woods at Hendrick's park after visiting Sundial Cafe.  I helped set up Duncan with a new video editor so he can continue his weekly videos.  Benny is on the mend after losing three teeth on Halloween and getting a stomach ache.

Work's been going well.  I think I've reached a lull where I need to meet with others to sort out some big structural things.  There's still plenty of interesting things to do.

Happy Halloween!

November 01, 2017 by Adam in Family

It's Halloween.  Benny has returned, losing two teeth while eating candy bars.  Duncan returns soon, wandering off with a friend.  Sam is off hanging out with friends and thought he'd be back late.  I took Emma her pumpkin to her mom's house.  It says DISCO and has some flashing lights inside.

 The weekend was generally pretty good.  Emma was at the coast, crabbing with her mom until late Sunday.  Sam and I had a good time seeing the new Blade Runner and then going to Cornbread Cafe for vegan dinner and movie conversation.  He went out later to a Halloween party, returning the next day for breakfast.

Sunday was pretty low-key.  Benny and I put up Halloween decorations in the morning.  Emma and I chatted and made pumpkins once she arrived in the afternoon.  Sam alternated between studying and playing Screen Cheat with me.  Emma got into Biology, which was cool.

My big presentation was today, though I didn't really present anything and the leadership folks mostly chatted amongst themselves the whole time.  I think my little application still has the go-ahead, but things are a little vague still.

Mocha Friday

October 27, 2017 by Adam in Family

Half the household continues to recover from various illnesses, though I think they're on the mend. 

It's an exciting pre-Halloween weekend.  Duncan is taking his date Brittany to activity night at South, chaperoned by Joanna.  Sam is going to a "Whores of Capitalism" Halloween party tonight, having rooted through the house for hippie attire.  Emma is off crabbing with Jamie at the coast.  I figure tonight it'll just be Benny and I hanging out, followed by watching Stranger Things on the couch by myself.  Saturday night Benny and Joanna are going to a Halloween party, shifting pizza and Adam Ruins Everything to Sunday. 

Sam's got loads of midterm homework - I reviewed his essay last night and helped with a few typos.  Emma's working on her online geometry class, which I think she both enjoys and is helping her get into biology as a Freshman.  She's also working on a video game project and hopefully I can assist with that.

Our babysitter was sick, so we had date night at home, banishing the children downstairs to watch movies while we had a quiet dinner of Tasty Thai take-out.  It worked relatively well until the children found us, demanding help with uploading videos and such.

Work is going well.  My big presentation is next Tuesday, though I think I just get to sit back and let people demo my stuff, answering technical questions if anything comes up.

Sick Weekend

October 23, 2017 by Adam in Family

Joanna was sick all weekend with her incessant cough, with Emma having a touch of the cold as well.  On the plus side, Joanna can talk with her normal voice so presumably she's on the mend.

Sam went to the first of two Halloween parties, nicely texting me that he was crashing over at a friend's house.  I'm glad he's having those college experiences like eating persian food at two in the morning.  The rest of the weekend was hanging out with Emma and I, playing Screencheat and Broforce, and helping with dishes, Duncan and Benny laundry, and Emma's homework.

Emma felt poorly Saturday, but managed to do a bunch of homework on Sunday.  She continued making progress on her online geometry class - she's hoping to get the bulk of it done by the end of the term in hopes of getting into biology.

Duncan was his usual social self, going mushroom hunting with his friend Rio.  We didn't all die horribly the next day at lunch, so presumably he did a good job.  He did manage to get malware on his pc, which I'm still peeling off.  Benny was generally cheerful, though they somehow lost their glasses.

Robot Wife Friday

October 20, 2017 by Adam in Family

Joanna has been using her phone to type in messages and then click a button to speak the words.  She found a passable English accent as well.  I miss my speaking wife though, and hope this brief stint as a mime passes quickly.

Sam's been helping with the Lane County Worker's strike, so he's been away lately.  I got Emma after school yesterday and she had her new glasses fitted.  Gaullaume came over for dinner and we chatted about the Apollo missions - Benny impressed me with her general knowledge of the various moon missions.  Joanna met with Duncan's French teacher about his low grades - hopefully that went well.  It's hard when Joanna can't actually speak about it.

I've got a bunch of repair things still in motion - the dryer is about to die, so I need to pick up a new one.  Sam's bike is getting fixed after the gear shift stopped working.  Life is never boring.

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