Archives for February 2012

Day Three. Quiet.

All of these events happened the week prior. I documented this whole trip for you. After the loudness of yesterday, I was looking forward to today. Going into this week, I knew that Wednesday night, the in-laws would take the boys to their great-grandmother’s for dinner. I’m fairly certain that it was just the knowing I would get a break, but today seemed easier all around. Fewer fights, homework was faster… I’m fairly certain it actually any better, but it did seem that way. My mother-in-law was running late, and my father-in-law reminded me that if TheBoy and I wanted…

Day Two. Cabin Fever.

All of these events happened the week prior. I documented this whole trip for you. I did not sleep well. One child snored, the other spoke in his sleep, and TheBoy slept through it all. But I, trained by motherhood to wake at the first sound that might mean danger to my boys, kept waking up. We got the Oldest Kidlet to school on time. I was worried about it, but without the toys and usual offerings to distract the kids in the morning, they got ready without much of a fuss. There was a car accident that had to…

Day One. The Hotel.

All of these events happened the week prior. I documented this whole trip for you. Today was spent packing everything. We hadn’t packed in advance. It seemed silly to tell the boys to pack their favorite of favorite toys the night before, and we were still doing laundry. I packed up the cat and took him to the boarding place. He was livid. The last time I put him in the carrier, it was to take him to Jerad’s because the Little Kidlet wasn’t supposed to have cats around him. I kissed him on his wet nose (he is such…

The Beginning.

All of these events happened the week prior. I documented this whole trip for you. Chaos. The house is chaos. I live with my in-laws. This is a wonderful thing, since I get along quite well with the in-laws. The house is always full. In the last three years, I can count on one hand the number of occasions that the house was empty. Three of those were Christmas. On the flipside, the house is always full. I am an introvert, as most writers are. I need solitude and quiet. But even after the kids are in bed, it’s seldom…

Getting back to normal.

I am here, sitting in my living room. At last. You see, this week we had our house fumigated. But because it’s a school week, we had to live life as normal. From a hotel. I’ve become pretty good at vacations with the kids (which are always made more complicated by LK’s allergies). But on a vacation, the kids are game for trying new things. When they know they have to go to school- living in a hotel goes from being fun to being a nuisance. While we had a microwave/fridge combo (that took me back to dorm living), we…

Introducing Star Wars to the Kidlets

Oh dear. Everything seems to be happening on St Patrick’s Day. I’ll be at Wondercon that day, and already I’ve been invited to a baby shower and a birthday party. Not to mention that I’m missing Sportive Tricks in Long Beach. (Go, Southern California people, go!) But I’m going to Wondercon. I’m going to make myself a Sith costume and I’m debating whether to go with a classic cloak or something a little less traditional. Though that reminds me- I need to make a Vader costume for someone. Because this (as my friends pointed out) screams Casual Day on the…

How to Give a 32 year old a Heart Attack

Yesterday I made a pot roast for dinner. I had just finished cleaning up the living room when I heard a familiar jump rope chant. “Ice cream sundae, cherry on top…” sang the Oldest Kidlet as he jumped around the living room (no rope). “Who’s your girlfriend?” I chimed in with. He stopped, looked at me… and said the name of a girl in his class. Believe it or not, that wasn’t the part that really gave me pause. But it did make me stand and stare at him for a moment. I’ve known for awhile that he’s the sort…

It’s Always The One Most Like You…

Back when I was a teenager and talking back to my mom, I said something about when I had kids, I’d be nothing like her. She told me that I’d wind up with a kid like myself. I rolled my eyes. Thankfully, that comment stuck in the back of my head, and I wondered if it was actually true. So as I got older, I watched kids and parents. By the time I was in college, it seemed obvious that the most volatile relationships were between the parent and child with the most similar personalities. (I feel bad for my…

No, I’m not letting Chris Brown off the hook.

Today I was going to write about Whitney Houston. But last night during the Grammys (I didn’t watch, but I followed along on Twitter), I realized that the bulk of the tweets I saw were about Chris Brown. Short recap for anyone who just woke up from a coma. The night before the 2009 Grammys, Chris Brown violently assaulted Rihanna in a car after a pre-Grammys party. He was arrested, convicted and ultimately sentenced to 5 years probation and some community service. The Grammys invited him back to perform. The man responsible for the Grammys, executive producer Ken Ehrlich had…

A (pretend) Conversation to George Lucas: Why Han Should Shoot First

As I’m sure most Star Wars fans have heard, George Lucas did an interview that tried to clarify why he made Greedo shoot first in the Special Edition of Star Wars. In short, he never intended it to look like Han shot first. It was always supposed to be Greedo. He went on to say that he didn’t understand why people wanted Han to be a cold blooded killer. George- may I call you that? George, it’s really quite simple. Nobody thought that Han was a cold-blooded killer. But Han shooting first was an important step in establishing the world…