So, yeah, it's been like forever since I wrote anything. I've been bad like that.

Le sigh


So, this being the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812 (Wikipedia entry here), various historical sites in Baltimore have been hosting special exhibits to commemorate this anniversary. The overarching theme is Star Spangled 200. They were (and, I believe, still are) offering a package deal called the Star Spangled Baltimore Pass, which gives access to four sites: The Maryland Historical Society, the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, and the display at the Fells Point Visitor Center.

I first heard about this on the radio, and, having an interest in American history, thought it might be a neat trip to make (especially since we live ~40 minutes away). So, [ profile] mousecat0 & I talked it over and decided to do the day trip. I bought the passes online, loaded up the cooler with ice and water and off we went.

Our first stop was the Baltimore Visitor Center to pick up the passes. Except, for whatever reason, I missed that part and tried to hit the Historical Society first. And in the process of doing that, we went to East Monument Street instead of West Monument Street, and was very confused when all I found was the State Highway Administration.

Well. Thank heavens for smartphones. A quick check of the website revealed the problem, so I reprogrammed the GPS and we were on our way. We picked up our passes without further issue and headed to the Historical Society.

We walked through four of the exhibitions at the Maryland Historical Society: The first, of course, was the "In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland during the War of 1812". While there, we also had the privilege of sitting through a short performance by an owner of an 1812 coffee house who filled us in on the events that let up to that night - the night before the attack on Baltimore/Ft. McHenry. The guy was good and did his best to engage his audience of 8. We also walked through the "Inventing a Nation: Maryland in the Revolutionary Era", "Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War", and "Nipper's Toyland: 200 Years of Children's Playthings" exhibits. The "Nipper's Toyland" held the kids attention the most (well, except for F and the exhibits of weapons throughout the other exhibitions); I recall one "Duck Hunt" toy set - small duck stand-ups with a toy gun that shot little wooden projectiles. I remarked to [ profile] mousecat0 that there was no way that would get approved for sale today.

Our next stop was the Fells Point Visitor Center. Unfortunately, when we arrived, there was a sign saying that the door was locked and they would be back in 10 minutes. I walked across the street and watched the bay for a while, letting the warmth, the salty air, and the breeze take me back to the days of my youth, where I would watch the sun go down over the bay on Long Beach Island. [ profile] mousecat0, [ profile] mouseling1 and F. wandered over after a few minutes, and spent time watching the waters as well. After about 20 minutes, they opened up, and we went inside.Not a huge display in the back, but some interesting facts and artifacts were there. We picked up an ornament from the gift shop and headed out. We weren't sure we were ready to have dinner yet, but we did stop at Daily Grind for a snack.

From there, we visited the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, which was the home of Mary Pickersgill and her family, who sewed the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key. Nice little movie to start things off, followed by a tour of the house. The tour guide was...well meaning but his attitude was a bit off-putting. He knew his stuff, no question, but his attitude and mannerisms irritated me for some reason. Whatever. It amused us to no end as he was showing us numerous kitchen tools from the 1800s, most of which the kids had already seen (and knew the function of) on "Good Eats".

Since the Flag House is right near Baltimore's "Little Italy", we decided it was a good time for dinner. We chose to dine at Caesar's Den, in no small part because they advertised that both casual clothing and children were welcome. We chose to partake of their prix fixee menu. I don't recall most of the specific names for the menu items, but [ profile] mousecat0, and F had the Mozzarella Caprese as an appetizer, while [ profile] mouseling1 had peppers in olive oil and spices, and I had clams with tomato and garlic. I think the peppers were the best of them, but all were good. For dinner, [ profile] mousecat0 had the veal, while [ profile] mouseling1, F., & I had clams, mussels, crab & shrimp in a lovely garlic sauce over fettucine. Again, I give my children credit: They had not had either clams or mussels before, but both tried them. F. liked the clams, but not the mussels, [ profile] mouseling1 didn't care for either. Dessert was equally delicious. If you're ever in the area, I recommend you try them.

Finally, we headed for Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. We arrived just in time for the Twilight Tattoo Ceremony and Concert. It was quite nice; [ profile] mousecat0 enjoyed both the music and the ceremony. We walked around Ft. McHenry as the music played, watched the ceremony proper, then left as the speechifying began.

At that point, we were quite done for the day, so we headed for home. An excellent day filled with history, food, fun sites, and each other.

An update

Mar. 28th, 2012 04:58 pm
grayhawkfh: (Tat)
Monica's mother spent the night in the ICU. She was on a IV drip of insulin, and they have finally brought her blood sugar down to an acceptable level. To the best of my knowledge, they have not learned why her numbers shot so high or why she was unable to bring them down. No word either on the cause of the chest pressure/pain.

She is being moved out of the ICU today and into a regular room. (I imagine that has been done by now).
Hey folks.

[ profile] mousecat0's mom was put in the ICU today after several days of being unable to bring her blood sugar down under 500. She will be in the hospital at least overnight. Blood sugars at admission were over 800; she was also complaining of chest pressure and pain.

More info as we get it.
Hey guys, not trying to blow this thing off, but things have been crazy hereabouts.

A VERY quick update, then:
  • [ profile] mousecat0 is doing MUCH better. neurosurgeon saw her earlier in the week and cleared her for normal duties.
  • The end of the contract at work looms. End of the month. Hopefully, I'll find out soon if I'm being brought across to the new company or not. Probably won't hear until early next week.
  • This is the crazy week for us (as opposed to next week). Cards are out (Oh, and [ profile] angel_vixen? How many times to I have to press "2" to get a response? Love ya babe!). Cookies are being made. Choral concert tonight. Tree gets decorated tomorrow on F.'s Birthday. Birthday party and dinner on Sat. Food shopping to be done. Company on Sunday. WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

As tired as I am, I do so love this time of year. And I'm enjoying it.

And with that, I'll talk to y'all later.
grayhawkfh: (Tat)
Time for a [ profile] mousecat0 update: She's doing quite well, actually. We removed the large bandage from the incision site on Friday night. No signs of infection or problems there. She's not been taking the Oxycodone except before bed - the pain hasn't been bad enough for that. Her neck and throat still hurt, but that was to be expected. She's in good spirits and has been getting up and doing stuff. Most importantly, her arm has not been hurting.

Again, on behalf of all four of us, we thank you for your love, support, prayers, and energies. We love you all.
OK, [ profile] mousecat0 is home and resting on the couch. Her prescriptions have been filled. Popeye's chicken is on the table. I'm tired, but happy that she's home. her arm isn't bothering her at the moment, but her neck & throat are. Lord and Lady willing and the creek don't rise, things will only improve from here. Again, on behalf of all of us, thank you so much for all of your love, prayers, healing energies, positive thoughts and support. We love you all.
grayhawkfh: (Tat)
For those playing along at home, my darlin' wife, [ profile] mousecat0, has her surgery scheduled for 1030 hrs tomorrow at Suburban Hospital. We have to be there no later than 0830. I will keep everyone posted as things progress. We thank everyone in advance for their support, love, and prayers.
...and here I am, pounding my fingers on a keyboard and my head on my desk.

In other words, it's Monday. Hey, how the hell are ya?

So, it's been almost 2 weeks since I last blathered at ya. Been busy in that time. Between the getting ready for the holidays and putting in about 12 extra hours at work, I've been busier than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest. So then, a quick bullet list.
  • Me: Doing OK. Trying to not think about [ profile] mousecat0's upcoming surgery. Yeah, I know, it's routine. They probably do tens of thousands of them a day. But still - it's surgery, and there's always a risk. So, I try not to think about it. Otherwise ok, if somewhat tired last week from putting in extra time to cover the time I'll be taking off for the surgery. Had a bit of a revelation last week...but more on that later.
  • Family: Doing well. [ profile] mousecat0 is off some of her meds in preparation for the surgery. Everyone's been busy with schoolwork and holiday prep; it's sometimes hard to stay focused.
  • What we've been doing. Well, since the last real update...
    • Went to parent-teacher conferences
    • Went to [ profile] stoooooooo's and [ profile] ginabeth's place for family, food, and football.
    • Did the Thanksgiving baking (4 loaves of pumpkin bread, 3 cornbread rounds, pumpkin pie, pear cranberry pecan pie, chocolate pie, thanksgiving sugar cookies)
    • Did the Thanksgiving cleaning (well, a lot of it, anyway)
    • Finished the Thanksgiving shopping
    • Did some Christmas shopping.
  • Gaming: You may have noticed a lack of gaming listed. I think, though I'm not certain, that the lack of gaming, whether tabletop or electronic, is one of the reasons behind some of my depression of late. Gaming is far and away one of my favorite things to do, and I haven't really done any lately. No fault or blame here, just the way life has worked these last few months. Once I realized that, I tried to get myself to do something, even if it's just noodle around on WoW for a while. Haven't been able to. Too much to do. Must work on this.
  • Work: Still no word on the contract award. Still feel about 99% certain I'll have the same job come Jan 1, but about 85% likely that it'll be with a different company (in other words, I'll still be here, but someone else will be signing the checks). We shall see.
  • New Year's: Yes, we will be doing the Open House this year. Saturday and Sunday. official announcement and eVite to go out tonight, I hope.
  • Food Network shows: I liked Food Network Live this year. It gave me one or two ideass to work with. Also, the Swedish Chef made an appearance. What's not to like? Also appreciated the new Good Eats Thanksgiving special. Yum.
OK, I need to clean up and head for home. Got a 12 hour day tomorrow, and need to make some spiced pears and cranberry apple ginger chutney tonight.

Once again, I'd like to take a moment to remind all of you of why we do this. Yeah, the food is good and the pies better, but this is a time for family and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. In all the hustle and bustle, let us not lose sight of that.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
Good lord and lady. Feels like I never write anything here anymore.

AIn't like I'm all that active on Twitter or the BookFace or the G+ neither.

Well, whatever. I could navel-gaze about it all day long and not get anything out of it, other than a possible detailed inventory of my navel lint.

So, What's been going on? Well, since late September...
  • Hallowe'en has come and gone. We decorated the front of our place with plenty of props and spiders and corpses and such. The inside gets more cutesy stuff: Peanuts related stuff, stuffed animals, etc. [ profile] mouseling1 and two of her friends hosted a Hallowe'en party at our place the weekend before. It went off very well, everyone behaved, everyone had fun. To my pleasant surprise, at the end, everyone helped the co-hostesses clean up without anything resembling prompting. On Hallowe'en proper, we had a bunch of trick-or-treaters come to the door, and everyone had a good evening.
  • [ profile] mousecat0 has parted ways with her former employer. This was a mutual decision with no acrimony or bad feelings on anyone's part. They've gone so far as to say that when called for references, they'll say that their business required the position to go a different direction, one not suited for her abilities. The severance package was a good one, and we're covered under the insurance until the end of the year. Which is a good thing, given the surgery happening at the end of the month. I suspect we'll really hit the job search hard after the holidays. I'm not really saddened or depressed in any way by this, especially since the job was really getting to her. Being on call all day, every day, gets to you after a while.
  • We spent a long weekend at Long Beach Island in NJ in October. Our family has a long history with LBI, and my folks rent a house there during the fall for 3-4 weeks every year. We try to make it a point to go up for a long weekend each time. This time, [ profile] mouseling1 brought a friend along. While there, I took [ profile] mousecat0 out for her birthday dinner. We went to Stefano's Seafood & Pasta , in part because of their wins in this year's LBI Chowderfest. I had a bowl of their New England style chowder - OMG! It was like eating a bowl of liquid velvet. YUM! We also went to the Haunted Seaport at Tuckerton Seaport. Everyone had fun there as well. I cut loose with several of my evil laughs and cackles - then was offered a job. heh.
  • Last weekend, we did the first round of Thanksgiving shopping and deep cleaned the dining room and kitchen. Yay.
  • Me: Doing ok. Gearing up for the holiday fun.
  • Work: Busy. I started this entry somewhere around 10am. It's now 5 pm. This is about how my day goes anymore.
  • Gaming: The weekly Pathfinder game is on hiatus until 2012. Between the holidays and the fact that both healers are having chronic pain issues which makes it impossible for them to hang out around a gaming table made this a good decision. Well, either that or the other players are tired of seeing us. ;-)
  • Kids: are doing fine. Report card come home today/tomorrow.

That's about all I got for the moment.

As usual, I'd like to take a moment to remind all of you of why we do this. Yeah, the food is good and the pies better, but this is a time for family and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. In all the hustle and bustle, let us not lose sight of that.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
So, wanted to let you all know what was going on.

Me darlin' wife, [ profile] mousecat0, saw the neurosurgeon yesterday. He concurred with the other doctors opinions that surgery to remove/replace the herniated disc was necessary. He was, apparently, somewhat surprised/impressed that she had dealt with the pain as well as she has for as long as she has.

The surgery is currently scheduled for the morning of November 30th. She will need to stay in the hospital overnight, and be able to come home the next day. Most people who have this done are recovered and out of pain in 2-3 weeks.

With a little luck, [ profile] mousecat0 will get one of the greatest Christmas gifts in a long time: Being out of pain.

We thank you all for your love and support.

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to October. The beginning of the last quarter of the Gregorian calendar year. And, as my good friend [ profile] delazan noticed a few years ago, there's a whole lot of holidays and holiday traditions going on in those 3 months. She described her traditions, and it warmed my heart to read about them. She asked what traditions her readers kept, and I thought I'd take a bit to share them with y'all. I'm gonna do things a little differently, though, as I'm going to talk about what I used to do and what we do now.
Halloween/Samhain )
Thanksgiving )
Christmas )
New Year's )
Hey, whassup?

Long time, no write, I know. It's not just that I've been busy (although I have), but I've also been fighting off some depression and other issues, that, well, when combined have led to a decided lack of posting.

Well, I'm gonna try and buck that latest trend. Part of that is because I do enjoy writing somewhat, and part of it is my hope that getting some things out, even if it's just in here, will help improve the overall mindset.

And with that...on with the Bullet-Point-List-Of-Doom!
  • Me: Generally speaking, doing better than in my last post. Right now, I'm tired, but a lot of that has to do with the last 4 days or so (which I will explain later). I'd venture to say I'm losing some more weight based on the fact that I have to cinch my belt tighter of late. I also think I need to get back into my vitamin and supplement routine. It will help on a number of levels.
  • Family: The kids are doing well enough. They've been in school for a few weeks now and are more-or-less back in the routine of not wanting to get up or do homework. [ profile] mouseling1 and some of her friends are starting a "study group" which will meet at our place on occasional Saturdays. This was their idea, they came up with it, I'm just helping to implement. [ profile] mousecat0, however, is a different story. Up until the 11th, the pain in her arm from the herniated discs in her neck had been generally under control. Sunday the 11th, however, brought with it pain equivalent to what she had been experiencing before. She saw the quack on Thursday, who jiggered around the meds. Now we have to wait and see if they work.
  • Work: Well, it is what it is. The contract ends Dec. 31. I will be surprised if my current company is signing my paychecks come Jan 1. I expect that most or all of us will be here then, however.
  • What we've been doing: Well, since Origins, we have:
    • F. spent a week at camp with the Cub Scouts
    • Hosted the Annual Independence Day Suburban Charred Meat Festival
    • Seen the Bowie Baysox
    • Shipped the kids to their grandparents for a week
    • Drafted multiple fantasy football teams.
    • Attended 2 back to school nights.
    • Helped run 2 conventions (and prepped for both on the nights of the aforementioned back to school activities).
    • Spent NFL Kickoff Sunday at [ profile] stoooooooo & [ profile] ginabeth's.
    • Spent way to much time dealing with repairing my car.
    • And too much $$$
    • Went out with old friends from college for dinner and drinks one night.
    • Moved a bunch of furniture that belonged to [ profile] mousecat0 from her brother's place into our condo or into storage.
    • Attended/helped with "Back to Scouting" night.

    Doesn't sound like much, especially over 2.5 months, but trust me, that layered onto the regular stuff is a lot.
  • What's coming up: Not a whole lot at the moment. We will be visiting Long Beach Island in mid-October. Bridget & her friends want to co-host a Hallowe'en party at at our condo. [ profile] luvmomh's birthday is coming up, as are the birthdays of [ profile] ginabeth, [ profile] mousecat0, and Kelly. Football & gaming. Gotta decorate the outside of the condo for Hallowe'en. Fun stuff!
  • Das Auto: My fracking car. Since Origins, I have replaced the fuel pump (after it died on me while on the DC Beltway), had the gibbering baboons who fixed the pump fuck up the fueling neck and vent (which has yet to be repaired, although they allegedly have the parts in now), and had the ignition cylinder replaced after it was ripped out of the steering column. Lotta money dumped into that thing. Grrr.

That's all I got for right now.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
Another glorious day! Today, the kids & I had a 9 am session of the "D&D Boardgame Challenge". Our hope was to be able to play Wrath of Ashardalon, as we own Castle Ravenloft. We did get to play it, fortunately, but died as a result of Ashardalon, the big frikkin red dragon, finding us before we could complete our mission. We had fun, regardless.

After that, it was time for me to get into the annual Nuclear War game. It was fun to see a number of the same people playing again, picking up the fun where it left off. The tournament was decided in the final round at my table; it came down to one other player and myself. He had ~5 million more population than I did, and that made all the difference.

I had reserved Saturday afternoon for me to wander the dealers area and talk to companies to either thank them for their support of TCEP or to see if we could get demo reps or prize support for TCEP. I talked to some folks, but I don't think anything will come of it. That's life, i suppose. I met the rest of the family before they went to play in the last "Andy versus Everybody" event, then went to rest for a bit. Got up to meet the family for dinner, and [ profile] mouseling1 and I went off to play in our annual Mutants and Masterminds game.

As usual, we had a blast. [ profile] mouseling1 played Siren (Think Aquaman, but female and useful) while I again took on the role of Raven (Think Batman's daughter following in his footsteps). I played it again because I enjoy the character, I play "Batman" well, and I like figuring out how to use my talents and skills to take supers down. We've run with this GM before, and he always cautions the players that it can be tough to play the "Batman" and "Green Arrow" equivalents. OTOH, he loves it when I play Raven.

This time was to be no exception.

Without boring everyone by going into details, one of the high points for everyone was when Captain Thunder (think Captain Marvel with electrical powers added) and Raven snarled at each other for a good 5 minutes. If you can visualize the DCAU Superman (after having been depowered and spending 6 months in hard labor, watching the people he'd sworn to protect be transformed into faceless soldiers) and Batman (who has been leading the underground resistance for those same 6 months) snarling at each other, you've got what we had at the table. The GM was wishing that the designer of M&M, Steve Kenson, was there to watch this.

Long story short: we saved the day. With a lot of heroics along the way.

Well, after all was said and done, we went back to the room to hang out with everyone one last time this year. Another evening of fun and drinks was had by all.
Well, [ profile] mouseling1 and I had a session of Fury of Dracula at 0900, so we got up, scarfed some breakfast, and found our game. Sadly, we did not defeat Dracula, as he was able to evade us by one of his cards just as we had him pinned. [ profile] mouseling1 was getting a little bored by the end, but I think that everyone getting up for drinks or whatever near the end had as much to do with that as anything.

We ate some lunch, then [ profile] mouseling1 & [ profile] mousecat0 went off for their final Witch Hunter game, while F & I cruised the dealers room some more. He picked 2 booster boxes of Beyblade cards and some other stuff, while I found a box of Gregory Horror figure boosters and some possible adventures for the gaming group. Once we got tired of cruising the dealers room, we checked out the board game area to see if any demos were going on. Got to sit in on a demo of Thunderstone, which I had a blast with. F sat next to me, happily going through his cards.

The ladies finished their game long before the scheduled end, so they came over to say "Hi". They ended up going up to the room while I finished the demo. About the time I finished, it was time to head over to BD's Mongolian for dinner. And it was, as usual, delicious. Our server was a bit...surly. The bigger problem ended up being that one of the other MiB's lost his hat and bag while at dinner, which had, among other things, his glasses in it. This was not cool.

The rest of the evening was spent doing a little laundry and hanging out with people in our room. Not much to tell there, save that there was much laughter and fun to be had.
And so here we are at the end of day 2 of Origins 2011.
cut for probable length )
Yes, once again, I'll be trying to keep a nightly log of the day as I saw it. How successful will I be? Who knows...
Cut for probable length )

Howdy Hey!

Jun. 1st, 2011 03:53 pm
So, hi there!

Hope y'all haven't missed me too much. Yeah, I know I go through bursts of writing. Thing is, the number one place I'm used to writing at is work, and work has had the nerve to keep me busy of late. So anyway, here I am, fingers to keyboard, updating this silliness.

Me: Doing well, overall. I really need to go to bed earlier than I do. This is more a factor of my needing to put aside the fun things I'm doing and get some sleep. But they're fun, dammit! Starting to get psyched for Origins.

Family: [ profile] mousecat0 had her MRI last Friday, and had it interpreted today. Seems that there are 2 herniated discs in her upper spine, one much worse than the other. This is what is causing the pain in her arm. The doc wants to try cortisone shots first for pain management, but is thinking that surgery will probably need to happen at some point. Meanwhile, F is on a class field trip to St. Mary's City, MD today, and [ profile] mouseling1 is preparing for her end of year choral concert.

The Last Two Weeks: Well, lessee, Since I last update 2 weeks ago, there hasn't been too much going on. The kids & I went to NJ last weekend for the annual family Memorial Day picnic; [ profile] mousecat0 had to stay in MD for work. In a way, it may have been just as well, as she had a chance to relax somewhat without us being in her hair. It was good to see everyone, however.

Coming up: Well, it's the end of the school year, so things are getting busy. Have a cub scout pool party this Friday, maybe a Pathfinder session on Sunday, plus I'm stickin' by my cell phone in case a friend needs an ear to rant in or a shoulder to cry on. Yeah, I have someone specific in mind, and no, I'm not gonna mention a name, because they know who they are.

Monday is the final choral concert for [ profile] mouseling1. The following Saturday, there's the Book Release Shindig for [ profile] punkwalrus's book Trolley (which I will be at, [ profile] mouseling1 will be attending a friend's Bat Mitzvah in the AM, and then a party for the young lady that night at Shadowland in Gaithersburg. [ profile] mousecat0 will take her to that, and then she and F will see a movie. That Sunday is a Barking Mad/TCEP meeting. The kids are out of school on the 16th, and will come to work with me on the 17th for "NOAA Family Day". We may go to NJ to attend a graduation/birthday party on the 18th; this will depend greatly on available $$$, since we leave for Origins on the 22nd.

We come back from Origins on the 27th. On the 28th, there is the annual 4th of July shindig at my mother-in-law's country club, which we usually go to. On the 3rd, we take F. out to his Webelos scout camp, where he'll be for a week.

And the 4th is the Annual Independence Day Suburban Charred Meat Festival.

We're a bit busy.

Conventions: Well, I'll be at Origins, TCEP, and Intervention. I'm trying to make sure that [ profile] mouseling1 & [ profile] mousecat0 get to Otakon.

I am, at the moment, a bit annoyed with Origins. For the next two years, they are going to hold the convention the weekend after Memorial Day. Now, I don't know what went into this decision, though I suspect a lot of it was financial. I do think that this is going to be a Very Bad Idea. Now, I know that there are some school districts that are already out, but a lot of them are in school until June, and that means that parents like myself are going to be unable to go. This has become a family vacation time for us, but I can't justify pulling them out of school for it. And I've seen a lot more people opposing those dates than approving of them (at least on the Facebook community). I have a bad feeling that this might sink them financially. We'll see.

We do have alternate vacation plans in the works, however. One that will have us visiting sunny Orlando, FL in the spring of 2012, and Indianapolis in the summer of 2013. heeheehee

Gaming: No tabletop since last I wrote, though I have gotten Ticket to ride for the iPad, as well as all available maps. And there goes days at a time... ;-) Done some WoW, I've managed to get my Archaeology skill maxed out. Turns out that it's a good skill to work on during Laundry night. Find bits, fly to new place, fold laundry while in flight. Lather, rinse, repeat.

I think that's all I got for now.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
Origins: 20 Days!
TCEP 18: 124 Days!
Intervention: 138 Days!
Not much, how 'bout you? I'm not sure why I called...

Ok, enough o' that crap.

Yes, I know I've done that before, but not recently, and I'm not firing on all cylinders right now, so go soak your head. ;-)

Anyway, this is likely to get long and rambly, and before it's all said and done, I may put it behind a cut.

So, lemme start out with some administrivia. Please give a warm welcome to [ profile] rainlust who found me through the [ profile] ljover30 community. Pull up a chair and help yourself to somethin' to drink. I generally suggest that people read this post if they want to know more about me.

[ profile] mousecat0: Normally I start out talking about me (this is *my* LJ after all), but this needs to be put out there first. For the last month/month-and-a-half or so, my lovely wife has been having problems with her left arm. Shooting pain, numbness, etc. She saw one of the docs in one of the buildings she manages, who recommended she see a specialist. Long story short, they believe she has a pinched nerve in her neck causing the problem. They put her on a relatively short steroid regimen and prescription ibuprofen, as well as physical therapy.

Unfortunately, it hasn't worked. If anything, things have gotten worse. And to the point where last night she sat in bed crying for 20-30 minutes from the pain, and there wasn't a damn thing I could do except sit there and hold her hand, because I didn't know if doing anything more would make things worse. I gave her some Tylenol PM to help both the pain and to help her sleep. I didn't sleep well because I was constantly monitoring her. If she didn't have the followup visit today, I might have considered taking her to the ER. Of course, I don't know what they could have done.

Anyway, today's appointment resulted in her getting an appointment for an MRI. I don't know when the appointment is, unfortunately.

Me: Um, take away the stress and frustration over the arm thing and I'm ok. Otherwise, right now, I'm tired and frustrated. The tired thing I can handle, it's the not being able to do anything that's...not so easy to handle. For all of my gifts, healing is not on the list.

Kids: Doing well, champing at the bit for school to let out for the summer. Both are concerned, however, for their mom, and this tempers their spirits a bit. However, a note of congratulations is in order for [ profile] mouseling1 and the rest of the North Bethesda Middle School Chorus for taking first place in the "Music in the Park" competition last weekend at Busch Gardens. The NBMS Band and NBMS Orchestra took second place in each of their respective competitions there as well, and congratulations are due them as well.

Work: is work. Contract has been renewed through the end of December. We'll see what happens then.

Mother's Day: Went very well, despite my attempts to screw up the baking. How so? Well, lessee, first there was the sugar-free cheesecake, which I could have sworn called for the graham cracker crust to be baked first. Except I obviously read it wrong, for I burned two crusts. The third, made with the last of the graham crackers I bought, was fine, and so was the rest of the cheesecake. Then I tried to make the cinnamon rolls, and the dough wouldn't rise. [ profile] mousecat0, being the consummate baker that she is, warmed up the oven and threw the dough in there...where it promptly rose. [ profile] luvmomh seemed to enjoy everything, and I think it was a great time for everyone.

Gaming: My Pathfinder game has started it's next stage, as the party has moved on to helping a small Keep on the Borderlands. Perhaps the best line of the last session was made by the barbarian, who, upon arriving at the keep and being questioned by the surly corporal of the gate, announced "We're from the Government! We're here to help!" They have also been introduced to the "Curse of Competence" - since they did such a remarkable job of taking care of a bandit problem they'd been having, they were given a chance for greater fame and glory by being commissioned to find and eradicate the threat of the so-called "Caves of Chaos". Ah, what fun!

Not much electronic/online gaming of late. No time.

Cons: As has been announced elsewhere, the current plan is that we will be attending Origins this year. In fact, we've already registered for the con and our events. Plan is to leave early in the AM on Wednesday and come home Monday. I'm glad that we were able to make this happen - if what I'm hearing is true, we may not be going for a while. It seems that they may move Origins to Memorial Day weekend. This, IMO, is going to be a major mistake, as most students are not out of school yet. And for all that they've been pushing this as a family convention...I foresee a sharp drop in attendance if the date change becomes a reality.

Otherwise, TCEP 18 is on track, and Intervention 2011 is full steam ahead as well. At TCEP, I'll be running two sessions of the 4th annual Arneson/Gygax Memorial Dungeon Crawl, as well as a RPG session for the younger kids (probably Avengers based) and who knows what else.

TV notes: Watched the latest ep of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes last night. Loved the cameo appearances of Ben Grimm & Johnny Storm. This series is REALLY Good. So, for that matter, is Young Justice, though some of the vocal mannerisms are gonna drive me up a wall.

I think that's all I got for now.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
Origins: 34 Days!
TCEP 18: 138 Days!
Intervention: 152 Days!
And truth be told, I've been busy at work, which somehow ends up where I do the majority of my long-form posts.

Cut because the pain is so exquisite )
...but only $0.02 after taxes.

Hey there, how are ya today? Got a little bit of time right now, so I thought I'd drop by and rearrange some electrons. Maybe even post something? Heaven forefend!

OK, ok, enough of all o' that. Time for a Bullet List Of Doom (tm)!

DOOM! Doom, I say!
  • Administrivia: Please give a warm welcome to the three newest readers of this little slice of insanity: [ profile] leaf_kunoichi, [ profile] jvmatucha, and [ profile] mummoth, all of who found me through the friending frenzy I pimped yesterday. Pull up a chair and help yourself to somethin' to drink. I generally suggest that people read this post if they want to know more about me.
  • Me: Doing well. Slept for about 10 hours on Tuesday night, and have felt better since. Looking forward to the upcoming 3 day weekend.
  • Family: Doing reasonably well. Still have to occasionally sit on people to get them to do their homework. [ profile] mousecat0 may be enjoying the next few days of work a little, since the boss will be in the Bahamas. B turns 13 in 18 days. Not sure I'm ready for a teenager yet. ::sigh::
  • Work: is work. And nothing on the other front, but nothing was expected yet. Have about 2-3 weeks before I hear anything.
  • Where we've been: Not much of anywhere, really. At home for the most part, relaxing, cleaning, know the routine. Got some stuff coming up though, which I will talk about in...
  • Where we'll be: [ profile] mousecat0 & B will be at Katsucon this weekend, at least on Saturday. F & I will be at home doing some work, then probably going to [ profile] stoooooooo & [ profile] ginabeth's on Sunday for the Daytona 500. I'm not really a NASCAR fan, but F. likes it, and it's a chance to see family for a bit. a bit of a treat/surprise for the kids. [ profile] mousecat0 is gonna take a half-day and we're gonna take the kids to see the International Spy Museum. After that, we've got meetings, and scout functions, and birthday stuff...we'll be good and busy until the end of March. I think.
  • Wisconsin: I need to take a moment here to talk about this mess. Let's leave aside the fact that I'm looking for a federal job, ok? If we are going to tak a serious look at things, we have to admit one thing: in certain ways, the unions are broken. Anyone who has spent any amount of time in any job where they have to deal with a union can tell you that there are some people who need to go, but you can't get them out because of tenure. And I'm not talking about some worker who has put in many long years and is kinda coasting the last year or two until their retirement - I honestly don't begrudge them that. But I am talking about those people who know that it's damn near impossible to get fired and who use that fact to get away with being obstructionist, petty, lazy, incompetent, burned out, or just plain useless. I've seen it in every government agency I've worked in. Every teacher worth their salt that I've known sees these people too. Yes, there's a place for longevity and not being able to fire people just because they're older, but there has to be a way to get rid of the deadwood. And this whole idea of stripping away the collective bargaining rights is also fucking stupid. Especially from teachers, who are not, and have never been paid enough. The unions may be a part of the problem, but the bigger problem (by far) is the ridiculous idea on the part of the American people that they want it all, they want it now, and they don't want to pay for it. Paying the people who run the government (and I ain't talking about the politicians - they're about as useful as a gnat's fart in a windstorm - I'm talking about the rank and file...the people who actually do the work) a good wage is neither wasteful nor unreasonable. Paying the people who we trust to educate our children a good wage is neither wasteful nor unreasonable. *IF THEY ARE DOING THEIR JOB* The unions need to get off their ass and figure out a way to make merit part of the criteria for tenure. The politicians need to get over themselves and look at people and corporations and say "Hey, you want this stuff? Pay up".
  • Gaming: Well, we're 3 sessions into the new Pathfinder game. I know I'm not "feelin' it" as a GM as I take them In Search Of The Unknown, but that's in large part due to the fact that this is a straight-out dungeon crawl with little to no story. In this case, it's probably just as well, as we're all learning the system. It's just that I like my adventures to have a little more story behind them. We'll get there. They've only got one more session in here, I think. Then it's on to the Keep on the Borderlands (I think).
  • WoW: Still playing a few nights a week. Completed the new questlines, just have Dungeons and raids to see. Probably start leveling my Archaeology and Fishing.

I think that's all I got for now.
I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
Origins: 125 Days!
TCEP 18: 197 Days!
Intervention: 211 Days!


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