Monday, March 18, 2019

#MicroblogMonday - Drawn Emotions

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Therapy for the girl can sometimes provide insights in ways you do not expect.  For example, I know that she has been practicing drawing (anime is one of her favorite styles), but I hadn't seen how far she has progressed until last Friday, when her therapist asked her to draw out her emotions:

They each have names, and I am not sure of each one now, but I know that the middle one here is Yanny and she is the productive one (she even has an apron on like she is going to do lots of stuff!) the one on the right is anger...

I know the one on the left is sadness, the one in the middle is silliness...

The one on the left is anxiety/awkwardness, middle is shy...

Not only is my daughter very talented in drawing (these were all done within a half hour) she is very in touch with her emotions.  Now, if only she could learn to access the Productive one more often in school...which is one of the discussions in therapy....


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

My Reader

Every night I pick her up from After-School care, I find her in the same position...laying with a pillow on the raised heaters, involved with a book. She is going through books like they are water. She reads and reads and reads. I love it!! Sometimes she is reading in class when she is supposed to be paying attention to a lesson on math. Other times she is reading classic books...yesterday I picked her up and she was reading Judy Blume's "SuperFudge" Sunday, on our way back from piano lesson, she read to me from a non-fiction book I got her about immigrants and what accomplishments they have made to society. She reads Graphic Novels, she reads comics on her Kindle. She is our kindred reader...I love watching her mind open up with each page. I hope this love of books remains with her always. Photobucket

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Total Con #33

We left on Thursday evening and I could not help but feel a sense of belonging-- we have been going to this convention for so long, it always feels like a home-coming of sorts to go.  Meeting up with old and new friends and acquaintances.

We had a rough start -- Michael was reluctant to go this year, then he went to his classes on Friday and took an Uber back to the hotel--whereupon Uber dropped him off not at the hotel and he was lost and frustrated -- THINGS WE LEARNED: don't rely solely on technology--write addresses down on paper (I had texted him the hotels name and address, but he couldn't access it quickly enough when the Uber driver insisted this was the address he wanted); Marlborough is wonky with the directions at points....after an hour of frustrations, it was worked out and all was good.

The rest of the convention was satisfying and fun!  Met up with some friends and made some new ones, got some pool time and some game time...I think both Chewy and I enjoyed all the games we did--including Cyber Punk with the creator and Muppets D&D...and Michael and Willow both had fun and enjoyed themselves (sometimes despite themselves!!)

And now...another yearly ritual is over--until Next Year!

Did not take many pictures this year--but here is Friday morning:


Friday, February 22, 2019

20 and onward to TotalCon...

Because we knew that we were going to be heading to Total Con last night (Michael's birthday), we got him a Birthday Cake on Wednesday night...his only request on what type of cake--it had to have blue frosting!

It was a very impromptu "singing" of Happy Birthday--this is a pretty informal birthday as it is..(his "word" for the new year--"urine")


Last night, we headed out to Total Con (right now, I am typing this on my lap top in a hotel room..).  But...before we started our Total Confusion Convention...time to celebrate Michael's Birthday, one more time---at Legal Seafoods!!

Where both kids tore into Lobsters...

And I mean, tore into...I had to at one point, tell her she had mined it all.

Michael - 20 years

Michael's "Official" photo, when I asked to take a picture of this occasion.

So.  I have a 20 year old son...who drives me crazy sometimes, who I worry about often, who surprises me just when I think I have him figured out...


And now, we are here at Total Con again, and I am looking forward to some fun games and memories...


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Twenty Years Ago Today...

Twenty Years Ago, at 1:23 a.m.
That was when I met him for the first time.

My first born.  My son.  

It was one of the most traumatic, horrifying, difficult and wondrous moments of my life.  

I feared for my life.  I feared for his.  

I believe, at this exact moment...right now...20 years ago...I was able to touch him, if only a little bit (he was wrapped in layers and layers of blankets and place on top of me while we were wheeled out to recovery).  

I am happy that I happened to wake up at this moment to appreciate that long ago (so fleetingly short from now)...alone, while everyone sleeps..20 years ago, I became a mother.

(Well...everyone is asleep but the damned cats....I think they just broke something downstairs....)

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Popping In...

A wild and wacky whirlwind has been the last few weeks, I started my job on the December 27th, it is going well, and I am starting to feel the "new normal"...and then...

Chewy had acute appendicitis and an emergency appendectomy!  Yay!  (Luckily, we had JUST gotten on health insurance!)

Willow is back to school...and then was sick today...

Michael is researching being a paleontologist amongst other things...

Next week the kids and Chewy have MLK Day off; I do not, but as with how things seem to be going--there is a snowstorm a'brewing...and I may have it off as a snow day...

I like working again, although I do miss the freedom of time when unemployed.  I miss aqua aerobics, and hope to be able to make a Saturday morning class sometime soon..I was able to re-start boxing classes...and I even did a class after work on Wednesday!

Chewy's surgery has kinda made things a bit more complicated, as he has to take it easy for a bit..and Michael starts back to college next, we are still not quite on our "normal" track yet.

Random pictures:

Message from Willow...

Getting discharged.

Christmas present.

Mudslide with my brother.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Roll Out

Well, after over nine months of unemployment, I have accepted an offer for a position at a mid-sized law firm.  So, the "strange normal" is going to come to an end, and we are going to start the "new normal".  I think for everyone's emotional and logistical well-being, we are rolling out in stages:

Chewy starts his new job tomorrow.  This means that his part of chauffeur is going to be passed on to me--or Uber for Michael, while we await the results of his next drivers test (which is scheduled for 12/22).  

Meanwhile, Michael is finishing up classes this week, with finals next week.  Then he will have school break until mid-January.  Willow's school break starts on December 21st.  

I start my new job on December 26, 2018; Willow starts the after-school care on January 2nd.  Michael, hopefully, can start learning how to drive on his own...and starts back up at school on January 22nd.

A lot of things going on the next few weeks, some anxiety from all of us I am sure.  Hopefully, my February, we will all have gotten a grasp of our new routines and feel better and more secure.

I know I will miss being able to run errands when I want to, and zumba aqua aerobics.  But, it could not last and I hope that  we will end up being stronger as a family for going through the tough times and the newer, different times ahead.

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