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My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama

It's been a hella busy last several weeks, and lj has fallen to the periphery as I keep up with everyone on facebook instead. As I type this now, I'm sitting at home with snow on the ground outside. No snow for Christmas, but some a couple of days later will work.

In the last several weeks, I've been teaching so many classes that I was lucky to remember to be ready for each of them. The prep time between classes was nonexistent, so I did everything on the fly and graded into the night fairly often. It worked out, but it was a stressful term.

We also had Christmas, but I was so busy until two days prior that I barely had time to notice. Luckily, I'd done much of my shopping a few days before I got too busy.

On the home front, the boy's had some major acid reflux issues, and we've been trying different types of medicines to even him out. He's still a really happy kid, but he's acid-fussy sometimes, though I hope we've gotten a lot of that figured out. That said, he's made nights rough at times. Then Zoey has made nights rough as well. Between the two of them, it's been bad for the sleep schedules (more for Amy than me).

Zoey's had/having some different issues with attitude and with not wanting to do everything she can do on her own. I suspect that much of it is trying to get attention in a house with an infant. Can't blame her too much. Even the dog is vying for our attention, and we don't have much of any to give even to each other.

Amy's mom had a nasty fall a couple of weeks ago and broke her ankle bad. She's in a cast and still recovering for a while, but is doing well overall.

Christmas day was a nice family occasion. We opened our presents (I got very little, but only because I had maneuvered to spend all my Christmas and birthday gift money and one of my bonuses on a new TV and blu-ray player), then went for the third year in a row to the Newport Aquarium. It was so nice to spend time with Amy and the kids and not have my attention divided by work or anything else.

On the way, we stopped at a gas station. Zoey saw a lady and a dog in an SUV, and she asked what kind of dog it was. I said I didn't know, and she said, "I think it's a yorkiedopteryx. Yeah, it is. I've never seen a yorkiedopteryx before." I sagely said, "Me, either" and smiled to myself. Zoey's so busy trying to figure it all out, and she's doing amazingly well. She just occasionally slips and says that her favorite planet is Canada or something similar. Everyone keeps telling me to write these down, but it's hard to remember them all.

Earlier today, for example, Zoey said "Spongebob and Patrick are just so darn it silly." I can see her working the language out in her head. I can also see her drawings improve, even if every picture she draws of Amy has a smiley face on the top bubble and a smiley face on the middle bubble (the one with arms and legs off of it) because she's carrying Baby Xander.

Zoey's also loving school now, except she's having trouble with some of the politics involved. The girl she wants to be friends with is manipulative and mean, so Zoey has to struggle with why that girl won't be nice. It's hard to figure out, and Zoey's so sensitive anyway. Other than that, she's really liking school.

Speaking of, Amy returns to nursing classes (yay nursing program) in just a few more days. Two years after that, she'll be done and working for some real money. Of course, that adds a real complication to an already-ridiculously-busy schedule, and I foresee some adjustment pains, but it'll work out in the end.

Gonna go work on dinner for a bit. I'll try to be back someday.

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amazon_42
Dec. 29th, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
Thanks. Now that song will be stuck in my head all damn day.
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