Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Growing Pains

While I was up at 1 a.m. dealing with an inconsolable-totally-unlike-herself-because-she-is-teething(?) Willow...I was heartened to read several posts by people on Facebook and a hillarious post by Serenity on the stage we are going through--the early stage of toddlerhood.

Its interesting that I have done this before, but I am still learning every day things I either don't remember, did not know, or mistakes that I then remember that I did with Michael. Everyday I find myself trying to compare--when Michael tried to get into the downstairs bathroom, we merely had the door shut (adding a door knob do-hickey later on that prevented everyone from opening the door with ease). Now, we have the cat's litter in there. Even when I shut the door, I can only do it for a little bit of time--I really don't know a more convenient spot for the cat's litter, and I really am not in the mood to train two non-verbal beings in the house at once. (yes, I know--the dreaded Gate will have to make an appearance)

When Willow goes for the entertainment center--its not the huge cabinet it was for Michael. The huge non-fragile cabinet. No...know its the smallish stand with the BIG new T.V. on it, and the Wii and the X-Box...and the wires therein...she is like a fly attracted to the light. I have the wires under control. And she mostly avoids it--unless the television is on...and then WHOOSH! Willow is after that television stand. (yeah, limited television viewing has been enforced, but there is only so much of that in a house with a ten year old--if its not the television, its video games)

I don't know if its because I am older, or because she is faster. Last night I was putting the dishes into the dishwasher while Michael was doing his homework. And Willow was sitting on my foot and trying to grab at the dirty utensils that I just put in. I muttered about not knowing if Michael had been this underfoot. Willow just smiled at me. And tried to pull my sock off. And then crawl 60 mph to the cat's food dish.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

11 Months

I cannot believe how lucky I am to have her. She has two teeth on the top, two teeth coming on the bottom. She crawls so quickly we can't keep up. She is so bubbly and curious. She is growing and changing every day. And I am loving every bit of it (well, except for the lack of sleep sometimes).

Yesterday I got her portrait taken, here is what is newly hanging in our living room:





And here are a few of the other poses:







I cannot believe that next month she will be officially one years old.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Science Fiction Geek Time...

One of the advantages of being unemployed--I get to watch the Battlestar Galatica marathon today on the Sci-Fi channel...

As a sci-fi geek who has seen many shows fade and end, it always saddens me to see great science fiction leave the screen. Thinking of tonights final episode of Battlestar Galatica, I think back to all the shows I loved---Star Trek, Babylon 5, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel--and I feel so lucky to have been able to visit these worlds...and to get to re-visit them again (with my children too!) on DVD.

Battlestar Galatica was a wonderful show. Tonight we are having our favorite pizza--and sushi (cuz sushi is the only food that we can recognize that they eat on BSG).

With a heavy heart I say good bye, BSG--but I do look forward to seeing you again (and again)...

(and at least there is still Dr. Who...)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Elusive Sleep

It was quiet. Too quiet. We had gotten the kids down by 9 p.m., which was a miracle, since we had went out to eat and had gotten home late.

We relaxed. And then husband did some work and I did the bills. I started to get ready for bed, doing the normal rounds--getting Michael's lunch money ready, his snack for the day (they still do snacks during the day in 4th grade).

And then Michael came down. Wakeful and fidgety...telling us that he had been up reading in his bed (it was almost midnight).

We think its his ADHD medication, because this wakefulness seems to have started since we upped his dosage 2 weeks ago.

Finally getting him settled, or so I thought, I left my husband doing work at his computer. I layed down...started to drift off...and

I heard something blurping/rustling on the baby monitor and then I heard russling and a comotion. My son had taken out his iguana (Pepi) to play with and the iguana had gotten lose--ran across the hall into Willow's room, right into the baby monitor--and Michael caught him. When I arrived, Pepi was on Michael's arm, Michael and Pepi was in his room...and I finally got him to bed--and then I heard the russling and movement of Willow...who promptly cried....

Michael drifted off to sleep within a 1/2 hour of the iguana incident, Willow took a bit longer for us to resettle her--we went to bed around 3 a.m.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Show & Tell #30

Tonight we went out to see one of our favorite groups--The Alloy Orchestra.

They are a group of musicians that compose and perform music for silent movies.

I learned about these guys on NPR about fifteen years ago. They combine one of my favorite things, movies, with another favorite--live performance.

We have seen many of their performances, and I enjoy bringing Michael to them when we can. He saw his first silent movie with a musical performance by The Alloy Orchestra (it was The Black Pirate). Tonight, however, was more of an adult movie. It was called The Last Command. I was very impressed by this film, which is noted for being the first movie given a best actor academy award. One of the reasons I love going to these performances is that I find hidden classics.

I love silent movies and enjoyed the evening.


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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Week One---At Liberty

Well, more than 1/2 way through week one of unemployment, I must say this week has not been what I expected.

I had decided that after 10 years of working, I deserved to wallow in my own self pity and crapulance for a week. On that note, I left the daycare/after school schedules to be "normal" for one last week. This was supposed to give me a chance to--sleep in late, eat chocolate and other comfort food, watch decandent daytime t.v./movies--all in all, be a depressed, self-pitying bum. Oh, yes, I had plans to do to set up a few things, but nothing too much.

All that changed on Monday. First, our daycare provider called in sick--so my first day of depression was modified by having a 10 month old trying to (a) eat the mouse cord (b) eat pizza with mommy and (c) drain all the blood from my arm while sleeping there and NO WHERE ELSE.

Then, without any prompting on my part, two staffing agencies called me--and I was all set to go into Boston, not once, but twice this week.

Tuesday brought an appointment in Boston. And then shopping for a printer cartridge for our printer so I could print an application for the next day's appointment in Boston. Going to the local Staples for the cartridge, I figured I might as well check on the gym next door. And I signed up to join monthly at a great low price! (I have a treadmill and bike at home, but I wanted to add something more and to get out of the house) I have an appointment tomorrow for an hour and 1/2 assessment at the gym.

I came home--and another agency called with an actual opportunity with a pre-screen interview. So I scheduled that trip into Boston to be before my other appointment in Boston.

So, today, I went into Boston again. Went to the two appointments (got a good workout walking between them).

Whew!!
The good news--haven't had time to really wallow in that crapulance yet.

Next week starts the New Normal that I have now set up (job hunting is an everyday event--but doesn't take all day) :

Mondays - Hang out with Willow (Do errands, etc.)
Tuesdays - Willow goes to daycare and I go to the gym and/or interviews
Wednesdays - Hang out with Willow and go to a YMCA class with her
Thursdays - Willow goes to daycare and I go to the gym and/or interviews
Fridays - Hang out with Willow (Do errands, etc.)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Karate Moves

This Saturday before class Michael decided to show me some of his karate moves. He has been doing karate since he was 4 years old. He is a green belt--I think the next belt is purple, then brown, then black.






Willow cheering him on, playing with a karate headband.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Show & Tell #29

Total Confusion This Year--or, how I love hotels...

This year's Total Confusion Gaming Convention was a bit different, as we had Willow along for the ride.

One of the things I love about going to a gaming convention is that it is like a mini-vacation. You stay at a hotel room, you are in different environments, you have looser rules, you have a pool and restaurants nearby.

Also, it is nice to play in a role-playing game until 2 a.m. (like I did on that Friday night) and not worry about driving home--nope, you just walk a few yards away to your hotel room.

We had a good time this year. Michael did not play as many games this year as last year (although he did play Clay Wars again). He did get into a card D&D-like game and a new Munchkin Game.

Willow also had a blast--but she does anywhere she goes...

Some photos from this year:

Michael had to come with a wide variety of his stuffed toys (that he lately has been sleeping with). They include: General Grievous from Star Wars; Death (from Monty Python); Cthullu (of course!) and his various webkinz (a gecko named Pepi Jr.; an otter named Otis; a gorilla named Anthony; a snake named Spike; and a bat named---um, I forgot--he tried Dracula, but it was taken) He arranged these, btw.



Meanwhile, Willow had a more modest arrangement--but it included a new Cthullu just for her! Her favorite stuffed toy at the moment tho--Grinch (or Grinchy as we call him).


Awww...who's the little god of death and destruction now???



Willow liked hotel life...


The shirt that is obscurred says "I'm still in Beta"

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Last Day

Tomorrow is my last day at a job that I have worked at almost 10 years. When I started, it was just after my maternity leave with Michael. I was a new mother of a five month old at a new job.

It was not a job that I studied for in university. It was a job that I decided to take because I had chosen family over my chosen career path. It was a job that was not always intellectually challenging, but I found it fullfilling nonetheless.

I learned those ten years. I learned how to be a working mother. I was happy to have a flexible job with people who I enjoyed working with. And I did learn job skills that will help me move forward.

I also learned how to balance my work life with my real life. It was a hard decision for me to give up my career for a "9-5" job. But I would not give up what I gained for anything. I was able to enjoy my son and my husband more. We were able to become a family. I was even able to give up a raise to have one day a week off to be with my son for a few years before he went to kindergarten.

My job was very family friendly--I remember many times Michael coming in when he was sick or had a school holiday/day off--going on an empty computer or doing homework in the small conference room. I remember taking him out for lunch at the chinese restaurant nearby. I remember sometimes bringing him in the morning and picking up McDs for breakfast--us eating it together in the conference room before anyone else had gotten in.

I also remember Michael being about 2 years old, playing with a large empty Water Refill bottle in the hallway.

I guess in a way, I miss the fact that ten years are gone--that Michael is tied to this place as assuredly as I am. That Willow will never experience these things.

Stupid economy.

[Next time, a more upbeat post--with Pictures!]

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Anxiety

Anxiety

Plays tricks with the head

Often depresses the soul

Deflates the body

Paranoid or real fears—

They are all the same

Is there a way out?

Of course there is…

In your heart

In your child’s eyes

In your child’s giggle

In your lover’s embrace