Monday, April 24, 2017

Nine Year Old

Chewy often wakes up early in the morning to do some work before the day officially that soft early morning hour of 4-6 a.m....sometimes she creeps into his side of the bed...this morning, extra cuddles were had as I marveled at my wonderful Nine.  

She is an old soul, last night lamenting that she only had a few hours before she was eight years old no more.  She is funny and silly and my little energizer bunny.  She is thoughtful and caring and creative.  She is my reader, my squishy bug.  She is my daughter who loves to tell it like it is.  She asks the strangest questions.  She is scared of bugs, but loves plants and playing outdoors.  She loves getting muddy and dirty and likes pretty clothes.  And shoes.  Lots of shoes. She likes comics and some Super Heroes, but is not a total geek like her parents.  She sometimes declares she is a vegetarian, but eats chicken nuggets.  She loves singing and piano, but hates to practice.  She is my Willow.  

Pictures from her Spa Party on the 16th...

Willow and her best friend, Kayla.

The cake was beautiful...but not chocolate (which, apparently, was a pre-requisite for the birthday girl...)

Honey facials...

With cucumbers no less!



And then there was singing and dancing!

And from yesterday, Birthday Lunch with her cousins...

Second lunch entree--she had pasta with butter...but it was a small portion...and I think she liked seeing her cousins pizza--so, second entree she had!

Gift from Michael!  (Despite this look--she said this is her third favorite birthday gift!)

And now...chocolate cake!

Playing with Kirsten

And Lorelei


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Full Tilt - Update

Sometimes my life feels like I am a part of this string of run on sentences....kinda like this

Lots of things going on...which I may write about eventually...
Random things Willow asks when I am dropping her off at school (2-3 mins tops in line of cars):
  • What is a collar bone?  Why is it called a collar bone?
  • Why do Christians believe in Jesus but Jews do not?  Wasn't Jesus Jewish?
  • How do babies get food in their mom's tummy?
  • So, if we are friends with a country, their friends are our friends?
  • Why do we not get along with Russia?
Soon to me a series!


No time to write, but time for ice cream!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Every Day...

  • Recently, for some reason, she likes my hairbrush more than the three (3!) other brushes she has.  (Mine is a round brush).  Yesterday morning, I knew she would be asking for it--I lightly tossed it down the stairs.  And it bounced.  And the handle broke off of it.  I was a bit frustrated at that...but, she looked up at me, I looked at her...and we both laughed.  This morning, she said "remember when you threw your brush down and it broke? that was hillarious!"  (She pronounces it like HILLllllaaaarioussss).  Guess we both need new (round) brushes!

  • The other evening, I took him out to drive.  I forgot my cell phone.  I also forgot how much patience is required for a first time driver.  I did fine. He did fine...he also was in a good mood. Which means that while he unsteadily drives around a block for a few times, he is randomly stating story titles from the Scary Stories collection.  As my stomach goes into my throat, as he almost runs over a curb and narrowly misses a parked car.  I patiently, softly, point out that he should be paying attention.  He says he is.  (I think he is, actually).  I wish I hadn't forgotten my cell phone....and then we are done and I drive us home.

  • Monday is our wedding anniversary...24 years! Its amazing how long and how short that feels. We have been having a very hectic 2017 so far, lots of work and worry for both of us.  We are a great team together--but it means sometimes, especially with our kids, we don't always have time for each other.  I am so lucky that he is such a great father to our children.  I think we just need to be better about carving out time for ourselves.  Maybe re-instituting a monthly night out...starting this Sunday--anniversary dinner at an Italian restaurant

  • BTVS is 20 years old.  Seriously?  Such an influential show for our family.  She would not be named what she is named without this show.  Well, anniversary present for us--EW magazine with that Buffy photo shoot!  

  • And then there is this:
    From a Buffy convention...a long, long time ago...when CosPlayers were not identified as such...

  • I have paperwork a plenty to fill out and copy, etc. There are summer camps and studies and applications all sorts of things on my plate...and trying to keep my head above water...although I am starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel...perhaps a good summer ahead....

  • In one of those often occurring instances when the boy is so much like me, but yet he doesn't realize it...his History Fair project is about burial practices throughout history.  (I cannot wait until I can someday really explore my ghoulish side with him again...)
  • Father and son are enjoying watching "Iron Fist" together.  Daughter is watching "I...Zombie", which we haven't seen the second season that should be interesting...


Friday, March 24, 2017

Moments - Coming and Going

A month from today, Willow turns Nine!  Nine!  Wow.


One of my proudest, most important achievements in my life are my children.  I know they are not perfect.  I know I am not perfect.  But I am so very happy to have them, through good and bad, through happy and sad...through frustrations, awkwardness and brilliance.  They astound me with their growth, with their wonderfulness of being my children.


Spring is not really here yet. We did not have much of a winter, so we cannot complain...much...but I am ready to see the flowers and buds again.  Spring is short here in New England, but it usually feels me with a sense of renewal, and especially with the political climate lately, I need that.


So many things going on, trying to enjoy things while also keeping on top of all the moving parts...can sometimes seem overwhelming.


Perfect Moment:   Multiple times last night, Michael hugged Willow.  Nice big, brotherly he used to. I don't know if he senses she needed it, but it was wonderful to see.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


It seems like lack of motion, especially since spring has taken a back seat to cold temps and a snowstorm... But we do have somethings happening...Some good, some bad...Mostly good.

New water heater this weekend...Not great in the money department, but after a few days of cold showers, it was nice to have a nice hot shower this Saturday!  

Willow was sick for a couple of days...One of which was a snow day...Which she slept through.

Speaking of snow...Our plow guy decided to have a fit...So see had no plow guy...And Michael, Chewy and I shoveled...wet, heavy snow.

Tonight I had a pleasant experience where Michael helped me make dinner (red rice and fish).  I know he has home living skills at school (they have them cook lunches for the other students, etc.)...But he doesn't always do these type of things at home.  I want to do that more.

Willow is behind on her piano homework...And we have a busy weekend ahead.
sick girl yesterday...

Sunday, February 26, 2017

TotalCon Recap - Updated

This year started out being merely good, but at least for some of us...Ended up being great!

This year, when we pre-registered, we did not get as many games as we wanted.  Chewy even voiced concern that maybe it was not worth going this year (gasp!).

Because Michael needed transportation to his community college class during his (high school's) vacation week, and a small bout of sickness on his part, Chewy and I both ended up having to work on Friday.  So, we did not even get to the convention until Friday evening (whereas normally we would have arrived by noon).

However, things improved from there!

The convention moved to a new hotel this year and mostly this has been for the good...Including a pool both that both Willow and I can agree on!  There was plenty of parking, and plenty of places to eat.  Our room was decent sized with a pull out bed/couch -- Michael kinda liked having his own space (although he at first complained that the room was smaller than normal (it was not)).

Michael has been awesome and on his own most of the time.  He has had great games, including one that he liked so much, he bought the game -- it was some movie based game. On Saturday night, he played a role playing game that was Game Mastered (GM) by one of the people who helped to design and write many of the first D&D games. They played the game with 1974 rules the GM gave Michael a lot of praise and the player of the game award. Meanwhile, Chewy actually was able to get into a game he originally wanted to play when we pre-registered, but had been sold out.  He ended up being able to play Cyberpunk with the creator of the game, who praised him for being the sickest mad scientist he has ever known and gave him the award for best player.  More importantly, Chewy enjoyed talking with this man who was a great influence from his college years.

Meanwhile, while I haven't had such luck in my gaming this year, I have spent some nice quality time with Willow without distractions. So nice to get away!

My only complaint...We have a king sized bed...Which should fit me, Chewy and Willow comfortably.   One can only express surprise that an eight year old can hog a king size bed!!!   (Hence I am up at 5 a.m. writing this post!!)


Well, my experience got even better today!  My original game was cancelled, but I was able to get to play a Gygax Memorial Ticket to Ride Europe.  This is with the same Game Master that Michael had on Saturday night.  He introduced me to some people as the mother of that kid who was shy, but then did really well last night at his game (apparently getting applause from all players)!  Which made me a proud mom!

The guy is a legend in gaming (both board and role playing) and since it was the last day, people kept coming up to him for autographs and to thank him for his influence in their lives.  We played the game, which I had never played the European version, and he told stories.  It was awesome! And then,  I came in 2nd place...Before him!!!  A personal interesting story...A great way to end TotalCon 2017!

Arrival--time for junk food!

Into the pool!

Michael playing the Producers game.

Willow loved painting miniatures this year!

Someone craved pasta from the restaurant in the hotel...eating in bed at 9 p.m!

Conveniently, someone pointing at my rails--I am red!

My 2nd place marker, ahead of a legend.  :-)