Monday, July 25, 2016

#Microblog Monday - Trek!

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Chewy and I went to see the new Star Trek movie together.  It was really really good!

As the titles started, my husband whispered to me "You know the first time we went to a Star Trek movie together? 1991"

Wow.  Star Trek brought us together--and it still is around and kicking...and so are we!

[We met at a Star Trek club in college...yep, science fiction geek when it was not even trendy!]


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Things of Note

Coming late to the party on this one, but finally had a chance to listen, really listen to the Hamilton Soundtrack. I am finding it very fun and even joyful.  It definitely captured a revolutionary spirit, and there are some musical numbers that are really outstanding and some that are staying in my head for quite some time.  Kinda giving me a lift emotionally, like musicals are supposed ta!

My favorite songs, so far are:

Helpless

Yorktown

My Shot

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This week Willow is going to our favorite Live Action Role Playing (LARP) camp.  She has a foam sword and yesterday we made sure to come up with a costume (using an old garland from a renaissance fair and part of her dance costume, she decided against the veil from her Zombie Bride costume last year...)


Summer camp supplies -- backpack, check!, lunch box, check!, sword, check!


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Last Sunday I finally got to do something I have wanted to for a while--go to one of those Paint and Play places--and I did a painting (!)  I am definitely no Picasso, but Willow and Brad liked it very much and Willow picked out a place to hang it...

Left is the start of the painting, top right is halfway through, bottom right is finished painting..

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Before July 4th weekend, I had to work a half day with no one else in the office...I took Willow along.  She played so very nicely in an office, using an unplugged phone to answer "calls" and make "appointments" for the President and Mayor...


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Monday, July 11, 2016

#Microblog Monday - This and That

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I meant to write about the Indigo Girls concert I went to recently...


It was put on by the town of Lowell, which annually has a music series that brings artists and concerts to the town for reasonable and family-friendly prices.  I thought that was so awesome.  My friend and I sat in our lawn chairs, the weather was perfect--and I had a great view of some great artists--for a reasonable price (and kids 12 and under were free!).  They also had American Sign Language Interpreters there...which were about as interesting as watching the act--one of them was a rather tall gentleman, who matter-of-factly signed along with the songs....and he switched out every now and again with a short, petite woman who swayed and smiled and looked like she was having a blast!  I went to this concert a week after the awfulness in Orlando--and it made me happy to be in a crowd of people who were just enjoying themselves, happy, inclusions and getting along (and, it being the Indigo Girls--there were a lot of People of Pride, which also brought to my mind the wickedness of the previous week and how we as a people need to get along...)

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And then last week. I just really have no way to process how much chaos our country seems to be in...how derisive people have gotten over things that should be common sense...and I will leave that...I am still trying to wrap my mind around how our country seems to not have learned lessons and how history seems to keep repeating and repeating...makes me worry for our future...yet, I am hopeful that people keep those voices out there and there will be change and triumphs, inclusiveness and justice....

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Then there is just every day life--time continues going so fast, that I cannot believe that July is almost at a mid-point, that Independence Day and Chewy's Birthday, have already come and gone...to appreciate the little things:


  • A son who comes down and asks you discreetly to help him to buy a present for his father for his birthday, how he gives the gift and it is accepted in such an ecstatic way that the son feels he has given him the greatest gift;
  • A daughter who creates such elaborate play scenes that I want to write it down just to remember the various plots and descriptions she has used;
  • The humor and togetherness of driving/riding in a car with the whole family, digging up and listening to Weird Al and singing along;
  • The scream of a child who is right now afraid of bugs (again) even though its a lady bug, Willow....
  • The boy's latest obsession with this weird fake commerical!


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Father's Day and Field Day 2016

Not a lot of time to write, but Father's Day was very nice and I think Chewy found himself very much appreciated and loved!

He got to sleep in late, he got gifts and sushi and he watched one of his favorite movies Commando (for some reason he thought he could watch this with both his children--Willow left in disgust within minutes--Chewy said, "hey, its about a father rescuing his daughter!")

Yesterday was Field Day--which is a big ta-do around these parts--and Willow even got a shirt to prove it!

Pictures for bother Father's Day and Field Day, below!




Swinging outside on Father's Day



Summer is HERE! Michael is off for the next two weeks; Willow's last day is Friday...

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Finding Doreen...

Michael did his first volunteer stint and it went fine.  Over protective mother that I am, I did stay at the movie theater the whole four hour shift -- I took the opportunity to read in the newly furnished lobby.

It is opening weekend for Finding Do.r.y.  Not as many people as I thought were there at the beginning of his shift...but it got busier.  And it being opening weekend, they had face painting and balloons, etc.

Michael and I got there and immediately we found...Doreen.  She has been a volunteer for Jimmy Fund (and the Red Cross and others) for eight years.  She actually volunteered to show him the ropes--and off they went.  Between screenings, they would come out in the lobby.  Michael did some pacing, while I got to talk with Doreen. She was very talkative and nice...and very nice to Michael, taking his eccentricities in stride.  She helped him be more at ease...and therefore I was more at ease.  She wryly said that they "discussed" whether her mechanical pencil that they both used to check off their movies was a pencil (Michael at first insisted it was a pen, until she showed him it had lead (Michael corrects--graphite).  By the time the four hour shift was ending, Michael had joked with her, had pizza and M&Ms and he had talked with a boy similar in age who was working as an usher!

It was a good Whew!  Moment. No incidents and a pleasant afternoon.  And he collected money for a good cause!!

It was so nice that we found Doreen to help him ease into this!  Now I feel a bit less worried for his next shift in July...


Michael's canister with the schedule--Doreen suggested putting the schedule around the canister...and there is Michael in his typical "not smile/smile".  

Meanwhile, I stood in line and got some Dory and Nemo balloons...


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Friday, June 17, 2016

Distracted

Another senseless tragedy, this time in Orlando, Florida, has caught my attention and while I attempt to grapple with senseless murder and the intensely stifling and useless political collateral damage..the gun debate, the terrorism debate, the dumbing down of values and ideologies...I thought we would accomplish something after Sandy Hook...but...

So.

I have wanted to read more. I used to read books all the time, and the last couple years, it has been hard and I have found a lack of time and distractions a'plenty.  I hate to say it--but the internet and smart phone are often too easy for me and occupy my time when I could be reading a good book...(could be why I am resistant to electronic books--prefer the actual physical one).  I also get overwhelmed with domestic and work duties...and by the time I have time to relax--I find I want to veg in front of the television (and there have been a lot of good shows for the science fiction geek lately...)

So, looking for a distraction after the murders in a LGBTQ night club...I found myself drifting to re-reading Alison Bechdel's Fun Home.  I am voraciously reading it, staying up late at night--because that seems to be the only time I can find to read.  A little less sleep--but so satisfying to be reading and thinking.

I have been trying to find more times to read--with some mixed success.  Maybe this weekend...

Michael is going to volunteer for the Jimmy Fund.  Not only is it a good cause, but will give him some useful real world experience that he will need to eventually be able to get out there in the workforce.  I am a bit nervous for tomorrow--it will be his first four hour shift.

Willow has a birthday party on Saturday to go to...and this weekend is our town's annual Flag Day Fireworks and Carnival...

And then there is Father's Day!

And now for something completely different--Goats!

(We went to a goat farm last Saturday--Michael was very happy!)  (That is a story in itself--I had to go to the Dentist last week for an unscheduled filling--and we got to talking--and his wife own's a goat farm!--so there ya go!)









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Monday, June 06, 2016

#MicroBlogMonday: Weekend Snippets

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Willow's Sunday Plans (mom was away in the morning)

Cute Niece Alert!  (I was at a surprise Brunch for my brother, who finished his Masters Degree)

I cannot get him to smile (teen thing more than aspergers thing) -- this is me telling him to smile(!) while I took a picture at the Boston Pops Live in Concert Raiders of The Lost Ark.  (He loved it, btw--yeah, you cannot tell from the picture--but he did!)


And then there is this, on a Rainy Sunday Afternoon:
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