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12 January, 2018

tonight, my wonderful roommate from the long-long ago visited

Me, MyBetterHalf & ex-roommate watched “Bright” the Will Smith fantasy-buddy-cop movie

It was entertaining and fun

If you hear the phrase “We’re not in a prophecy, we’re in a stolen Toyota Corolla” and think, yeah, that sounds like a phrase I want to hear in a movie, I recommend. If that sounds just too cheezy, well, you’re right.



6 January, 2018

MrG and I cleaned his room,…we played a bit of “basketball” with the tiny over the door hoop his brother got him for Xmas.

I took MrC and his BFF to HomeDespot for a kids workshop. They are getting better, doing all the hammering, reading instructions, pulling crooked nails. I just helped stead the projects a bit.

MsS and her BFF hung out, then went to a smile event for GirlScouts.

The family took down the Xmas trees tonight.


1 January, 2018

Well, after going to a party for a bit last night, MrG went straight to sleep. MsS and MrC stayed up to watch the countdown.

Today, forced MrG to go to soccer field and kick the ball around because he was being grumpy. Trying to tell him, a) take that negative energy and use it for big kicks, b) use dribbling and juggling to say “I am in control of this”.

Later, MsS & MrC wanted to ride bikes at the park, so back I went.

I gave the boys haircuts. MrG hates his. And spent the evening hiding.

Me, MyBetterHalf, MrC and MsS played Apples-to-Apples.

Later, watched “50 best clutch shots” from 2017 NBA with Mr. G.



3 December, 2017

yesterday… after a bit of weeping and gnashing of teeth, MrC and I spent the day working on his room. After the weeping and gnashing, all went pretty good and we had some good times. We delivered a ThomasTheTrain set, that we as a family had years of fun using, to MrC’s BFF’s little sister. Hope she likes it. And more likely than not, MrC will play with the trains more, now that it’s at his BFFs house.

Got a package of GROO comics that my brother pilfered from me thirty years ago.

Last night… I love the zen of my family for Christmas tree shopping. Or maybe it is faith. Or maybe it’s we realize Charlie Brown’s tree was awesome because of love, and we have love, so whatever tree we pick will be great. MrC REALLY wanted to decorate last night. But it was soaked.

This morning, we were tired and skipped church. So we decorated the Christmas tree. MrC then decorated his room. (We had to coax the ten year olds to join us, “just hang ten ornaments on the tree please.)

Today, MsS had GirlScouts, MrC went to his BFF, MrG had a soccer game.

Tonight, whilst MyBetterHalf had bookclub, me and the childrens had a snowball fight in MrC room. Teams of two. One team on the bunkbed, the other on the floor. Mostly hiding behind pillows, no charging into no-man’s-land. MsS got me twice. No fair, she smiled at me, and was so cute, I smiled, then she pegged me in the chest. The other time, only my foot was out of cover.

After that, I left to read, and the three of them kept having rambunctious fun. Loud singing. Dancing. Stuff crashing. Laughing.  Times like this make me happy that I said “no more electronics tonight” and then was strong during the weeping and gnashing of teeth.




8 October, 2017

MrC & MrG had soccer games, at different times, even.

MrG went to a b-day party (they played soccer) and then to Husky football with his mommy. So…what to do… I called up MsS-BFF and MrC-BFF, they were available, so I took them bowling. Then they asked for a sleepover, sure, why not.  (The childrens were helpful at getting chores done right after soccer, so I was in a good mood!)  They played, I joined them for a game of Apples-to-Apples.

Mostly things went well at bedtime, …except, MrC woke with a bloody nose. Twice.

I taught Bible class to elementary kids (and a few younger). About manna.

Went back to Bob’s Pumpkin patch…did the big corn maze. And I decided, I’m just gonna follow MrG. After a bit a few other did too, from our group. One mom said, “I’m counting on you to get us out of here.” And he did. With a little smile on his face.

Mexican food for dinner.

Then a soccer club board meeting.

catching up – 10 yrs old

6 October, 2017

….a bit ago… Birthday celebration for MsS and MrG.

We went to their school, and had a combined classtime ice-cream & extra playtime on the playground.

Dinner, we surprised took them to an Italian resturaunt, MrG was grumpy, “that place is disgusting”. And was mostly sullen during dinner, except while he was watching MLB draft, or playing tic-tac-toe with me, or asking about Leaning Tower of Pisa.

After, we wandered around a Lake Union park, looking at boats, MsS saw a plane take off from the water, and said, “someday I want to do that.” We then told them, that’s what we are doing for your birthday! MrG freaked out, refused to go, didn’t want to go, “it’s a waste of money!!!” (He freaked when I told him it was $100. “Twenty dollars each person!” and super-dooper freaked when I said, no $100 for each person, “FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS!!!!”)  He screamed, cried. I told him I would let him get that out of his system, but he didn’t want me to walk away. I apologized to him for it being a surprise, and confessed, I don’t like surprises either.

We got into the air, and MrC had the biggest smile on his face. Mostly he was glued to his window, (we each had our own window seat) but every now and then he would turn around and SMILE so very big. MsS was right in front of me and said “this is fun” while giving my hand a squeeze. MrG just kept looking out his window.  Oh well…two out of three ain’t bad.

The next day, MyBetterHalf and I were in MrG’s room, telling him goodnight. I mentioned, “I really liked seeing DiscoveryPark from the plane.” She mentioned something she liked. Without us prompting him, MrG offered he liked flying over Husky Stadium. Maybe MrB had an OK time.



5 October, 2017

I got home, MyBetterHalf was getting oil change for the kidmobile, so I gathered up the childrens to help me make dinner. MrG, ignored me, and got himself a bowl of cereal. Me, MsS, MrC made scrambled eggs, toast and ham. I made them do most all of it, and I’m happy to say, very little egg landed on the floor. MrG still grumpy, because still hungry, and went off to sulk, and after we finished eating, he returned, expecting me to cook, but I made him make scramble eggs for himself.

Later me & MrG talked about Stradivarius violins. He even told me, “my viola isn’t that bad.” Which is good, because he’s had a couple meltdowns about us renting a viola for him that has a few scratches on it. I tell him he needs to grow as a musician, and grow longer arms, and we will get him a better one.

This morning…MsS is again on patrol this year.  🙂

This morning, and recently, MrC has been getting ready pretty quickly, and has backpack on five minutes before we need to go.



21 September, 2017

we took the childrens, and a few friends, to go see the movie “Step

I enjoyed it.

MrG and MsS thought it was alright. MrC was easily distracted. Maybe if there was more stepping, and less talking, more sports-movie and less documentary, the childrens would have been more entertained. Never the less, I’m glad we took them to it.


Bring it On Aliens

21 May, 2017

Saturday night, we took the childrens to see a local high school perform the musical “Bring It On”.  I was impressed by what high school kids can do.

Sunday night, I went solo to see the latest Aliens franchise movie. Meh.

If this was a normal movie review, I would say “Spoilers Ahead”…but if you’ve seen Alien and Aliens then there’s no surprises. IF you haven’t, STOP, right now, and go watch Alien, and then tomorrow night watch Aliens. Two different movies. Two wonderful movies.

Alien:WhicheverMovieNumberWeAreOn…the big fight scene, not really believable, so I wasn’t really invested in it. There was one scary idea… Alien spread by fungal type spores. (Seriously, if you don’t want to sleep, google the zombie ants of the Amazon. Ant gets a spore, grows a mushroom out of its head, still walking around, doing normal ant stuff, until it’s time, then goes up, and mushroom explodes, spreading spores all over. Fungi are weird. And we have no idea how weird, because we don’t really study them.) But we didn’t spend much time on the implications of death by spore. It was drawn out, to get to the classic Alien stuff,…no surprises for us in the audience, we’ve seen the face-huggers, the chest-bursts, the acid-blood. Nothing new here.

I wonder, if you are gonna colonize a planet….why send men? Men are bigger, and so need to eat more, plus have all that extra testosterone which might not exactly make a situation better. Send women. And maybe a -80 freezer with large variety of sperm. I thought about this, while they were looking at the embryos on the space ship in Alien movie.

Yup… Lin-Manuel Miranda -vs- Alien… surprise, surprise… Miranda won.

And the tickets were cheaper, too!



Walk Two Moons

14 May, 2017

finished up the family book club book, Sharon Creech’s “Walk Two Moons”

I had to pause reading it, because I didn’t feel like crying at a restaurant, just saying.

There was a sentence that I liked, I shared with MrG and he liked it too: “We walked through the tiny living room into the miniature kitchen and upstairs into my father’s pint-sized bedroom and on into my pocket-sized bedroom and into the wee bathroom.”

A good book.