June 15th, 2004

crane

It's Always Sunday

John sang, "No shirt, no shoes, no service!"

Jet picked up and caroled, "No service! No service! No service!"

We were at the Rec. Center last night. During the day, Jet had been at Brenda's all day and did great there. He ate a scrambled egg! And a pickle. But he refused peanuts, fruit, and a sandwich. He wanted to stay when I picked him up. He'd only gotten a twenty minute nap, though, and it showed after a really active time at the Rec. Center.

During dinner he insisted that John hold him the whole time, and he kept falling asleep on John's shoulder. When the food came, he inhaled a huge amount of noodles and soup and then fell asleep on my shoulder. He had mild night terrors (luckily both new neighbors have had them in their toddlers before this, so we had a good idea what to do about it), and then went back to sleep, some what fitfully to start. I stayed with him until he settled, and he slept in until 6 this morning.

Better than 5:30 a.m. "Daddy/Mommy! It's SUNDAY! Time to get up!"

Every day is Sunday. When it's sunny out, it's Sunday and time to Get Up.

He still calls both John and I, interchangably, by Mommy/Daddy or Daddy/Mommy. He just uses both now, when we both objected to being called by the other. Little kid shorthand, I guess.
crane

Slow Shuttle Service

I had a long day at work, today. Sometimes it's good to feel effective. Other times it's just appalling how many things I have on my ToDo list that get done when I have the concentration of a full day. It was also very good to have a 1:1 with my boss where I felt like he addressed everything I really needed addressed, including asking me questions like, "Are you having any fun? Is this what you really expected when you took on the job? Are you feeling like you're just a minutes taker or is your expertice and intelligence actually being used?" Wow.

Nice things to think about. It helps when my boss tells me to leave my work troubles at work and not take them home. I need the reminders.

I am not sleeping well. I don't know exactly why, but there's some vague thing hovering over my brain and I don't know exactly what to do about it. I also miss having, at least, the option of napping while Jet naps.

But things seem to be working out okay. John and Jet had another fun day, though they didn't do the soccer thing as Jet just didn't want to. He seems to be missing on sleep, too, and took a really long, good nap at home. Since he'd not napped much yesterday and had so much to do that he fell asleep at dinner, it wasn't too surprising.

But he had a long, good nap, so when I came home, they were ready to go out to Flat Irons Mall and do stuff. It had been raining all day, and it was raining when we got to the mall, too. We had a few things we wanted to get. I needed to go to the pearl tea tea shop (Tea Utopia), and see what they had to offer. They had a very nice selection of teas, but it was all in glass jars! Ugh. But the pearl tea was pretty good. The pearls had been cooked in tea and soaked in sugar syrup, so they tasted right. And they weren't skippy with the sweetener. Jet liked it, too. They also had some nice rooiboos and mate selections, so I got an ounce of two different things for far less than it would have been to mail order them and have them shipped. So it was nice. When we got to the shuttle stop, we saw one leave, so we went back to a toy store to look for a Pikachu.

Since last week, mine's disappeared. Jet had worn it on a day when he'd gone over to Mikayla's to play, and it had been gone since. We'd looked in both yards, but couldn't find it, so I thought I'd see if they were still in stores. It wasn't in the toy store we were in, but there were lots of trains and stuff there, so Jet was happy.

When we went out the next time, Jet suddenly announced that he was poopy. Oops. So John took him in to change him and, of course, while they were inside, the shuttle came by. There's something like 20-30 minutes between shuttles. So John asked if he could just walk to the car and drive it to the place we were going. Then, when Jet and I caught the shuttle, he'd be there, and we could just go home from the Great Indoors rather than going all the way around. It would give John time alone and it would give us the time to get there. I said sure.

Of course, the minute John walked away Jet wanted to go with him rather than ride the shuttle. I persisted and Jet decided it was okay to stay... but half an hour is a long time for a toddler to wait. He did okay, though, and we talked and told stories. He talked about good rangers, crocodiles, and dragons. He also asked for a Clif bar, and I gave him one and he ate it happily and drank the last of my tea. When it finally came, he ran and climbed on himself, and we went. He sat and watched the world go by outside, and told me about what he saw. He also wanted to get out a few times when the shuttle stopped, but I told him that we'd get out when we saw Daddy.

So when we saw Daddy, Jet was so happy! He jumped down, ran out, jumped up into John's arms and announced, "Daddy! We missed you!"

How cool!

While we were in the shuttle, I asked John to buy the knife that we'd talked about. It's a Wusthof santoku with the hollowed out edge and it was on sale with a very sharp and nicely made paring knife. He'd found the ad in the newspaper, for pretty much the same price that the pair could be had on line, so I thought it was worthwhile to just get it. So he had the set by the time we arrived, and he led us to the car.

Home again home again, and John made a taco salad for us and cooked noodles for Jet. Jet ate them quite happily after saying grace with us.

I Googled around for the pikachu and the only thing I could find was an ad for one for 25 British pounds!! That was so discouraging. Fifty bucks for something I'd clipped to Jet's belt? Agh.

After putting Jet to bed I looked again, and after stumbling on the GS 2 nomer for the puppy, I found dozens of them on ebay for five bucks. Whew. That made me much, much happier. It was good to know that I could probably replace it for less than it had originally sold for, retail. I actually miss the old one, as I have more than two million steps on it, and to lose all that history seemed a very sad thing. Of course, I also know that the battery may conk out at any moment, too; but at least, now, it's one less thing for me to lose sleep over.
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crane

Too Late

I walked to work this morning. It was pleasant, completely clear, and beautiful. For some reason work isn't as stressful as it was even just last week. I"m not entirely sure why, but some of it may well just be that I know my place, now, and I have, finally, an established routine. i've mostly been to the same meetings, all week, for two or three weeks, and that's been quite the improvement over the Unknown Schedule, where I'd have to check every morning to make sure I didn't have any new meetings that I hadn't been told about.

It's much nicer now.

It also helps a lot that people are asking me for help and that I'm actually able, on the most part, to do what they need me to do.

So I did. All day.

When I went home, Jet was asleep. John and Jet had had a really busy day, all in all, and had ridden all over Longmont on their bike to get stuff all over town. They had gotten parts for the Passat, as the last oil change had left the cover hanging, for some reason, and they'd gotten to go to the park, got hulled bird seed so it wouldn't sprout in the yard, and they cleaned out a significant portion of the garage. They found my seeds!! They also found my weeding tool and more clippers so I'll be completely set the next time I take care of the rose garden.

I started some rice for an artichoke heart casserole and Jet and I planted carrot seeds in the garden and two, only two, zucchini seeds. Of course they won't come up or something, but hey, what's summer without zucchini? Then Makayla came over to play with Jet and Jet was really rude. But she stuck around and was rude back, quite cheerfully. I wonder if they're just doing that to figure out how that works? But Jet kept telling her what she couldn't do, and she'd do it anyway and then call him 'poopy pants' when he got mad. John and I stayed out of it, figuring they'd work it out, we only stepped in when they started swinging Jet's sand shovel and rake at each other. They dropped that pretty readily and went back to just yelling at each other but continuing to play with each other quite happily.

I made dinner. It's a six layered casserole with a curry-cream sauce on top, and it's really good, but it takes a while to prepare and a while to cook so it was nearly eight by the time we ate. Since Jet had had a late snack, he was actually okay for all that, and he ate a whole bowl of rice with seaweed and fish for dinner. He asked for a cookie to start, but was okay with 'just' getting dinner, and after he'd eaten dinner, he didn't want the treat anymore. Pretty quickly, he asked for pajamas and teeth, and we nursed...

... and nursed and nursed... I tried putting him in his bed twice and he woke up crying to be taken downstairs. I think that the late nap was the problem, but it might have been other things, including his fighting, constantly, with Makayla. John went to sleep after the first attempt, as he was up way too late last night, and needed the sleep. When Jet finally did stay down, I was so wound up and angry at the whole thing that I brewed myself some ginger rooiboos and sat down with it in front of the TV and just watched for a while.

There's an interesting show called Overhaulin' that I really like. It's on The Learning Channel. They trick people and take their cars (looks like stealing them, towing away for parking somewhere, etc.), give 'em a runaround for a week, and then present them with a completely remade car, usually 90% replaced with new parts, usually a gorgeous new paint job, and some astonishing extras. The sheer emotion when the people get their thought-to-be-lost cars back is just amazing.

I will probably watch more of those shows as I can get 'em.
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