eee1313: (Strictly Ballroom - Doug's breakdown)
I haven't posted in FOREVER. I'm sorry. What I should do is figure out how to get my Twitter feed to show up here every day. I know others of you do this, but I don't know how. I suck.

So let's see, what's been going on? Well, first off, I've become completely addicted to playing Neko Astume. Worse yet, I told another girl at work about it, and she told about ten people, and now there's a whole bunch of us at work who are addicted and try to share tips on how to get the rare cats to show up and how to get more fish. I think we're all just soooooo exhausted with our company that we need something fun and happy to get us through the workday. Because honestly, morale is just SHIT right now. And I miss my old boss. I hate walking past his office and seeing it all empty. We've e-mailed a few times. I hope he's doing okay.

Wow, that got sad quickly.

Okay, what else? The February holidays are coming up, which is fun. This weekend the zoo is doing a Lunar New Year (aka Chinese New Year) celebration, which should be fun for the kids. Then there's a Superbowl party on Sunday. The next weekend is Valentine's Day, so the Scientist and I will be celebrating by attending the Winter Wine Walk that afternoon. In the evening we'll do something fun with the kids, and the next morning I've promised to take VEE out for breakfast. Of course, the Scientist and MDR will come, too. Then later in the month is the Academy Awards, so of course I'll be having local people over for that. Though this year I'm really not giving a crap about any of it other than Mad Max: Fury Road. How I would LOVE IT if that movie somehow won a bunch of awards, just because.

I am absolutely exhausted today. Last night the kids both kept me up for hours and it was terrible. I ended up sleeping on the couch for a bit, because my daughter's coughing was keeping my son awake. I spent an hour getting him back asleep and then he woke up 15 minutes later and I just could not deal with it. So I put him in bed with the Scientist and went downstairs to cool down. Once I fell asleep on the couch I ended up having this terrible nightmare about spiders everywhere (including going down my throat) and it was just terrible. Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep at all and I woke up with a splitting headache. So I called in today. The kids are with their grandma as usual, and VEE has preschool right now. I asked the Scientist if I should feel guilty dropping the kids with his mom and not telling her I'm staying home to sleep, and he was like "Nope!" So there we are.

Otherwise the kids are okay. My daughter's been pretty whiny lately, which is getting old fast. She seems to run in cycles. One week she's great, then the next week she's a bratty monster. I don't get it. She's going to make one hell of a teenager. As for MDR, he's fine. He's starting to talk a bit more, which is great. He'll say "bye" and wave when someone leaves, he'll say some phrases along with his favorite books (mostly "oh no!" when we read Going on a Bear Hunt), and he's cute as a button. He still likes to throw things, though, which is no good when it's food (messy) or board books (painful).

I'm not doing much in the way of entertainment. Despite all the Oscar-bait in theaters, I have no interest in seeing most of the movies that are out right now. I did see a sneak preview of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies a few weeks ago. As someone who hates zombies, I thought it was fun. I'm looking forward to Deadpool. Otherwise I can't really even remember what I've gone to see in the past few months, which is pretty sad. Of course there was The Force Awakens, which I'd like to see again sometime. The nerds at work are constantly coming up with new theories on the characters' backstories. Heh. As for TV, we're lucky to watch anything that's not on PBS Kids or Disney Junior. We've watched some Supergirl, which I like okay. It's got some issues, but it's fun. I've missed too much of The Flash to watch without a major binge/catch-up. I think Castle comes back on next week; I hope they fix what they messed up in the first half of this season. People don't want to watch for Castle/Beckett angst. We had seven seasons of that. Can we just have them solving crimes and being fun for this (probably final) season? Man, losing their showrunner really put a dent in that one... What other TV is good? Obviously we still watch Lip Sync Battle ever week. That's probably the only show we get to watch with regularity. Some day I'll watch Jessica Jones on Netflix and a bunch of other stuff people have recommended, but for now, it's more Wild Kratts and Curious George.

Okay, I'm really exhausted now. I'm going to sleep for a bit. Y'all take care. Hopefully I won't be a stranger as much as I have been.
eee1313: (Serenity - Simon)
Hey people! For the first time since Christmas, I'm using my new netbook to update LJ. It's so much more convenient to just tap out a post on the keyboard than it is to either do it on my phone or have to go upstairs and use the computer. The latter usually ends with my kid interrupting and insisting that I show her parades via YouTube. No parades here! Just me typing away.

The Scientist is currently watching How It's Made on TV. The background music has the random low tone that hums every twenty or thirty seconds. It's the same tone you hear when the tornado siren starts up one town away, before your local siren goes off. I know there's no tornado (obviously), but the noise is driving me nuts. Also, the narrator of this show says "robut" instead of "robot." I don't care how Asimov thought the word should be pronounced. Saying "robut" sounds damn silly.

What else is going on? I'm back at work now, and it's much easier going back than I expected. It helps that in the morning the kids are usually half-asleep when they head off to their grandma's house. If either one made me feel guilty about work it would be harder. Tears would probably break me. But as it is heading back to work has been easy. Work itself hasn't gotten any better since I left in October. If anything, it's much more Big Brother-like than before. Thankfully a lot of the bullshit flying around the office is in other departments. Since my department is viewed as one where all the employees could probably be replaced by monkeys, upper management leaves us to ourselves. On the one hand, it sucks to not be taken seriously as a worker who has legitimate skills which we needed to learn via college and that we have Thoughts and Opinions which are based on Applied Knowledge and Experience. On the other hand, the fact that upper management doesn't view us as worthwhile employees also means they leave us the hell alone and none of the bullshit trickles down to us. A lot of my friends in the editorial departments are now feuding with one another and keeping gossiping to me about each other. I've basically taken up the role of Switzerland, where I'm happy to be a sounding board if they want to bitch, but I'm not getting involved unless someone slights me personally.

Can you believe I've only been back two weeks now? Sheesh.

What else is up? The kids are doing well. MDR is still growing like crazy. The other day we had to put him in 6-9 month clothes. He just had his three-month birthday on Thursday. My child is huge. This also means that he's outgrown the beautiful baptism gown that my mother made for VEE. I was hoping he could wear it when he's baptized next month but there's no way we can get his thick neck or chunky arms through the holes. It's a shame because it's a really gorgeous gown: classically elegant with just some simple pleats and very non-girly lace used very sparingly. Mom even made a bonnet and bib to match. But MDR is just too big. :( So we got him a little white romper to wear instead. It has a little vest with a diagonal pattern. Sadly, no cap. But that's okay.

VEE alternates between being the cutest, sweetest little girl in the world to being a horrible tyrant monster. I describe her behavior as Jekyll and Hyde. Thankfully when she's good she's just so much fun. And she makes me laugh really hard sometimes. This morning she was telling her father that she had a boogie in her nose but she didn't want it so she put it in my nose. What? It was just so weird I had to laugh. She's also really big. She's in 5T clothes now even though she's barely 3 years old. I ran a few calculations about how tall she'll be when she's fully grown. Based on three different formuals, she's estimated to be between 5'11" and 6'2". That's my girl! Oh, and she's finally starting to sporadically use the potty. Hallelujah, there may be an end in sight! I can't wait till I only have one kid in diapers.

Okay, that's really about all I've got right now. I hope all of you are doing well.
eee1313: (Hit-Girl)
Some days my daughter drives me nuts. We had to go shopping today so that I could a) pick up last-minute gifts and b) get her out of the house so the Scientist could wrap our Christmas presents. While we were out, she wouldn't stay with me in the department store. She instead ran away several times for fun and then proceeded to shriek at the top of her lungs when I grabbed her and held on to her forearm. Then she told me I was a "bad mommy," to which I replied simply "too bad." I had already told her several times that she needed to stay with me so that she wouldn't get lost or worse that someone would take her from me. Since that didn't seem to sink in, I couldn't care if she thought I was a bad mom. "You're making me angry!" "Tough." (And with that response, I've officially turned into my mother.) Later once we were home, she wouldn't let me change her pants and her father was busy and couldn't help her. Rather than let me help her, she proceeded to scream at me and try to hit me. Oooooh, bad move, kid. There go your TV privileges for the afternoon. And as I was changing her pants, she informed me that she didn't like me. Great. Thanks. It's like an early Christmas present from my three-year-old monster child.

Maybe my son will be better...

(In her defense, she hasn't napped today and she didn't get a good night's sleep last night. Now she's being all sweet. She's like Jekyll and Hyde, I swear. Sometimes toddlers are the worst.)
eee1313: (Fruitcake!)
Next weekend we're having a Christmas party. I don't really think we're prepared. All of the decorations are up (save for my big china nativity) but the house needs major cleaning. I'm not sure what all food we're serving. I'm not even sure how many people are coming. This year's turnout looks to be pretty small, but that might actually make it a little easier.

My daughter is being a typical 3-year-old PITA. She won't eat her lunch, she won't take a nap, she won't follow directions. We were going to take her to the zoo this afternoon for their holiday light display, but she was being such a pain that we're not going any more. She tried to tell me that MDR was excited to go to the zoo. Nice try, kid. We're still not going because you're not being good. I know she's acting this way because she's tired and needs a nap. But if she'd only go to sleep instead of fighting us, perhaps then we might actually go. So it's her fault if it doesn't happen. Tough luck, kid.

I'm tired. This week has been hard because I've been sick since what, Tuesday? Major sinus congestion, coughing, sneezing, etc. Cut for gross stuff. ) So now I'm feeling better, which is good. My voice is still a bit goofy from too much coughing and I'm still congested, but I don't feel as if I'm going to collapse any longer, so that's good. The Scientist caught it as well, though he bounced back much faster than I did. Anyway, it's been a long week and this coming week won't be much better because of trying to get the house ready for the party. At least I can breathe now.

What else is going on? I saw Mockingjay Part 1 last week. I thought it was good. But I agree with every person who said this film consisted of middle, middle, and middle instead of a beginning, middle, and end. The entire film is setup for Part 2. If I hadn't read the books, I'd probably be pissed by this film. I also finally saw Edge of Tomorrow, or as they're now calling it on the Blu-Ray packaging, Live, Die, Repeat. Frankly, that title probably would have brought more people into the theater. I mean, come on, who doesn't want to watch a movie where Tom Cruise gets killed again and again and again? Especially when a bunch of those times are Emily Blunt putting a bullet directly in his head? But it's a good movie and I'd definitely recommend it. It's like Groundhog Day with aliens.

Anyway, that's life here. I hope you're all well.

LOL! The cat just popped a balloon accidentally. That was hilarious. Stupid cat.
eee1313: (SV - smells like hand)
Today I have the rest of the morning and a good portion of the afternoon all to myself. I'm strangely excited about this. The Scientist just took off with VEE to go to the zoo, and his mom will be going with them. I packed them all up a lunch of PB&J sandwiches, pretzel rods, apples, cheese curds, and pepper slices. Oh, and ABC animal crackers. I hope they have a nice time today. The weather is clear and crisp and lovely.

I, meanwhile, will be doing whatever I want at my own pace. I've considerably slowed down in the past week and I feel as big as a house. Seeing as how the baby is due TOMORROW and my sciatica flares up if I walk/stand too long (what a great side-effect of pregnancy), I thought skipping the zoo was a good idea. So I'm going to straighten up the house a bit, run some errands, etc.

Tomorrow is my last full day of work for 2014. I'm taking a half-day on Tuesday and am kind of glad I didn't take the whole day off as now they're doing a catered lunch for the office. As soon as I'm done eating, I'm outta there. See you in 2015, suckers! And then it's spending the rest of the day with VEE and getting the house ready. No food or drink after midnight on Tuesday (technically Wednesday morning) as I'm heading to the hospital bright and early for my c-section. It's really, really surreal to think that in just a few days I'll have a son. That's just... wow.

In other news, my kid has been falling asleep early the past few nights which has resulted in catching up on TV shows. I finally watched the last episode of The Musketeers and we also caught the first episode of The Flash. Seeing as how I know nothing about the Flash other than what I've seen on the Justice League TV show, I'm going into this as a total n00b. Which is kind of fun, honestly. But it's still weird to hear the Flash speak and have it not be Rosenbaum. Much like it's wrong to watch any animated Batman and it NOT be Kevin Conroy. Anyway, I digress. Back to media. Last night I was feeling out of sorts, just uncomfortable and awkward, and the Scientist suggested we watch a movie. Nothing sounded good until he mentioned The Rocketeer, which I've never seen before. So we put that in (despite his having seen it 30+ times) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's directed by the same guy who directed the first Captain America movie, and it has that same nostalgic, glossy, big-hearted feel. I can't believe I'd never seen it before.

So yeah, that's what's up around these parts. I hope you're all doing well. If I don't post again for a while, I'm sure you can all guess why. Till then, take care, people!

Ugh.

Sep. 16th, 2014 07:47 pm
eee1313: (BSG - Starbuck's ovary)
Tonight I am super-uncomfortable. I'm eight-plus months pregnant, so of course I'm uncomfortable. But tonight I'm really aware of it. Bleh.

Things are fine otherwise. Work is slow. My boss doesn't want to give me any real big projects, as I only have 3½ more weeks of work this year. Understandable. The problem is that the work I do have will run out very soon. So I'm going to work s l o w l y in the hopes that I can drag stuff out and not get stuck working on someone else's crappy project. My department has six people in it (plus my boss), and of those six people I'd say only three are proficient in Adobe Illustrator. Actually, more like two. There's one lady who is absolutely terrible at it, to the point where she literally cannot take geometric shapes and create a face with them. I'm not joking; I sat next to her in training when we upgraded to CS5. And no, we're not on CS6 yet and probably never will be. *sigh* Anyway, this lady is terrible at doing any kind of computer illustrations, and so she'll go to the book editors and whine if a picture is too complicated for her to draw. Either she'll demand that they replace it with a photograph or demand they remove it entirely. I'm not kidding. I come from the school where if an editor gives you a photo of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling and wants you to recreate it, you do it because that's your job. Anyway, I fear that if I get all of MY work done, I'll be stuck doing the crap illustrations from that lady's book because she's incompetent and I'll have to pick up the slack. And to answer the question I know you're all thinking, why don't they fire her? Because she's been with the company for decades, and my company won't put their horses out to pasture. They just let them limp lamely around and clog up the track for everyone else.

So other than that, I'm fine. I want to pack a bag for the hospital and keep it in my trunk, just in case. I know it's way too early for that -- I'm not due for 28 days still -- but I think it would make me feel better to have things I need on hand.

In other news, the other week my kid slammed her face into the entertainment center and gave herself a black eye. The bruise is gone and the puffiness has gone down, but she has this red circular swollen spot on her eyelid that looks like she got stung by a bee. I think I'm going to try to get her an appointment at the doctor for Friday night or Saturday morning to have this looked at. But then yesterday she tripped and fell and landed chin-first into the arm of a sofa. This left her with what's essentially a rugburn-like scrape on her jaw, along with another giant shiny bruise. If people didn't know better, they'd think we beat her or something. In reality, I think she's hitting another growth spurt. She's been exceedingly clumsy lately and has been sleeping a lot. She won't be three till November but she's already in 5T clothing. Thank God the clothing resale is coming up so we can buy her more pants and heavy shirts for fall/winter...

Man, I'm sleepy. I had to wake up early today to go in to work early to bank hours. I have a standing appointment at the doctor every Friday until the baby arrives, and I can't afford to take any more time off. Right now I have just enough to get me through the end of the year on short-term disability (my maternity leave) and vacation so that I'll have pay coming in through the holidays. If I take any more time off, I'll have to file for at least one day of FMLA and that's just dumb. Of course, if this kid comes early or if I have natural birth and not a c-section, then it will be FMLA no matter what. Fingers crossed he takes a cue from his sister and is late, because then I'm guaranteed a c-section and all is well. Because obviously, this is all about what's the most convenient for my bank account. Heh.

Hi, LJ!

Aug. 3rd, 2014 09:52 pm
eee1313: (Zoolander - jitterbug)
Once again, I've let way too much time go between updates. I'm sorry about that. As always, I've been reading but not commenting. But hi to all of you who are still here!

Life has been very busy the past few weeks. Cut for length. )

Anyway, that's been life around these parts.

Catching up

Jun. 8th, 2014 05:09 pm
eee1313: (SWINTON)
Yesterday I had friends over for a pre-birthday lunch/hangout. [livejournal.com profile] aj came in from the city (thank you!) and at the end of the afternoon I drove her back to the train station. As she got on, a woman got off who looked so much like SWINTON I couldn't believe it. Except she had the front part of her hair dyed pale pink, was wearing flip-flops, and rode off on a bicycle. Not that I doubt SWINTON would ride a bicycle, but not in flip-flops nor in the west suburbs of Chicago. Still, an almost-SWINTON spotting made me smile.

Things at work have been super-bonkers this past week. My bro-worker is on vacation, so I've been covering for his projects. He was also managing our temp, which meant that all last week I had to manage her workflow on top of his work, on top of my work. At the beginning of the week I was seriously going nuts; I had no idea which end was up by the end of the day. But thankfully by Friday it was all old hat and much calmer.

My cat is currently chewing on her back toenails. She does this every six months or so, and whenever I catch her doing it I have to laugh.

Today the Scientist and his sister J went out to north-central Illinois to pick up wine from a winery there. (It's really good stuff, so we're members. This means every six months we have to drive 1½ hours one way to pick up our box.) So while they were out, VEE and I went to the library. She got some look-and-find picture books, two Disney fairy books, and one about polar bears. Then she and I went to the outlet mall in the far west suburbs so I could hit up the maternity store for new pants. It appears that my work pants have shrunk considerably since I last wore them, and I end up feeling like Pregnant!Urkel while I'm on the job. So I went to see if I could find anything that fit. Between needing tall AND plus size, finding maternity pants that fit is a bitch. Thankfully I found one pair (red-lined, no less), so I'm going to see if they have them in other colors online and buy them ASAP. Because Pregnant!Urkel is not a good look for me. VEE was a good girl the whole trip and even helped me pick out a new shirt (buy one, get one free). So that's pretty awesome.

Cut so you don't have to read about my daughter's sickness unless you want. )

What else is going on? Next weekend is Father's Day, so I have plans for the three of us to celebrate. Then later this month we'll be going up to the Wisconsin Dells for a long weekend with the Scientist's family. I'm also going to see Queen + Adam Lambert, which I'm totally looking forward to because he's pretty much the only person who could potentially fill in for Freddie Mercury and make it work. Then come July we have our friends' son's birthday party, which VEE is very excited about. (She got an invitation and everything, which is super-cool for a two-year-old.) I'll get to see [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl and her family, which will be great since I can't remember the last time I saw her. So my summer is already starting to fill up, which is nice.

That's about all I can think of right now regarding the state of me. I hope you're all doing well!
eee1313: (Firefly - hey you)
Man, it has been FOREVER since I last updated. There's been both a lot and nothing going on in my life. Let's see how much I can remember and crank out in a limited amount of time...

So work continues. That's something. Morale at my office is absolutely TERRIBLE these days. I'm lucky that I have my boss as a boss, because he seems to be one of the only level-headed managers around these days. Everyone else is either hiding their heads in the sand or are completely oblivious to the fact that we're doing everything completely backwards lately, and that's not likely to turn us much of a profit. I mean, really, if we're not getting product out the door and in the hands of students, how can we stay in business? I really don't know.

I went to go see my parents in Michigan this past weekend. I think it's the first time we've seen each other since Christmas. There are phone calls all the time, but face-to-face visits are different. We went to the Gilmore Car Museum where my dad volunteers once a week as a docent. Despite the fact that he's been working there for about three years, this is the first time I've ever gone. I know absolutely nothing about cars other than "ooooh, pretty!" but I actually really enjoyed it. If you're ever in Central Michigan, I'd recommend checking it out.

There have been A LOT of trips to the zoo in weeks past. Many, many zoo trips. We actually upgraded our membership a while ago. My sister and her family get us a family pass every year for Christmas, and we definitely get our money's worth out of that. But a few weeks ago we got a letter from the zoo saying we could upgrade to the "family unlimited" pass for a prorated amount. So for an additional $35, we now get EVERYTHING at the zoo for free (save for food and souvenirs). VEE loves it, as this means unlimited rides on the carousel for her. We met up with one of my coworkers and her daughter a few weekends ago and in that one day we almost made our money back. We've also discovered now that the Scientist must smell delicious to stingrays, because whenever we go to the stingray petting pool they're all over him. I'm talking SWARMS of stingrays piling on each other to get to him. It's both hilarious and bizarre.

My pregnancy is coming along well. I'm officially in the second trimester now and I'm starting to show. At the same time, I'm also dropping weight like crazy. I think I'm one of the few people around who actually loses weight when pregnant. In the last month I've lost another 8 lbs. I think overall I've lost around 30 thus far. Rock on, me! Of course, it would be nice to actually EAT, but whatever. The baby can eat my food; I'll live off my fat like a polar bear. Anyway, all is well with Baby 2: Electric Boogaloo. Genetic tests have all come back clean. Next week I go in for my ultra-long ultrasound where they do all kinds of measurements and look for any abnormalities. We should find out the gender then.

I know I have so much else to talk about, but I just can't remember right now. Man, I stink. But I'm also tired, so there you are. I hope you're all well, and I miss you all very much and wish I had more time to play online with you all.
eee1313: (Squirrel Nutkin)
I honestly can't tell you how glad I am that spring is finally here. To say this winter was brutal is an understatement. Even for us tough Chicagoans who view winter as a yearly "character growth" opportunity had it with this winter. So I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it was to have a few days where it was warm enough for short sleeves and no jacket. Hooray! Of course, a cold front blew in early this afternoon and it's been raining ever since, but after all "April showers bring May flowers." And our flowers are starting to come up, which makes me very happy.

Things have been good around here. VEE has thoroughly enjoyed the past few weekends. First there was an Easter Bunny visit and egg hunt/free-for-all at church last weekend. She dressed up in a pretty navy blue with flowers dress of her own choosing and then wore her bunny eared headband. Then this weekend was the Easter Bunny party at our association clubhouse, to which she wore a yellow dress with flowers and her bunny ears again. Both times the Easter Bunny was very excited to see another child with pointy ears, which made VEE very pleased with herself. Next weekend there's yet another egg hunt (sponsored by our local Lions Club) and then Easter itself. Hopefully she won't fuss about wearing her pink smocked dress on Easter Sunday, as it has a matching pink hat that her grandparents gave to her. We'll see.

Yesterday we also went to the zoo again. It was lovely weather; sunny and warm but with a nice breeze to keep anyone from getting hot. I'm sure the crowd was crazy earlier since the weather was so good. Thankfully we didn't get there until nearly 2:30, so a lot of people had already left. VEE was very happy to see her beloved clownfish in the "seas" exhibit.

Today I met with an old high school friend for brunch. She only lives a mile away, but she's always insanely busy so we only see each other about once per year. It turns out she's also a zoo member, so we may end up doing a zoo trip with her now and again. That would be nice.

What else is going on... Work is bonkers, but I'd rather not talk about that.

I'm finally starting to show, pregnancy-wise. As of yesterday I put on my big-paneled pregnancy jeans (so comfortable, OMG) and a maternity shirt, and my belly's definitely changing. I feel much firmer than before, which is weird. Tomorrow I go to the doctor for a check-up and to get the results of the genetic testing (looking for trisomy 13, 18, and 21, aka Down Syndrome). Hopefully all will be well there. I may finally be feeling better, otherwise. I'm able to eat more, which is good seeing as how I was basically eating cereal and juice in the morning, snacking on fruit during the day, eating a small lunch, and then barely choking down a few bites of dinner. Thank God the first trimester is over. TERRIBLE.

So yeah, that's the news around here. Oh, and I saw Captain America: Winter Soldier and loved it. I wanted to go see Noah and Divergent, though I never got around to either of those.

Now I have to go out and try to find new shoes for work. I just want a pair of nice, comfortable day-to-day shoes. It seems all they sell out there these days are flats and wedges. I want neither. Why won't loafers come back into style? Even the name is applicable to my lifestyle: loafer. Oh well.
eee1313: (Golden Compass)
::points to icon:: I wish I had a polar bear that would let me ride on its back. Getting around these days would be much more fun. And a polar bear wouldn't need new tires, which is what's going on right now in my world. I'm at the car dealership getting 2 new tires. God bless the free wi-fi here.

So, what's going on with me? This past weekend I did something I've never done before: I went to Chuck E. Cheese. It was the Scientist's nephew's birthday, so that was the chosen venue. Good God, is that place loud! Growing up, there was a place near my house with a similar concept called Enchanted Castle. I thought Chuck E. Cheese would be the same, namely, the restaurant area would be separate from the arcade. Noooope. The poor adults are stuck right there in the middle of all that madness. But the kids had fun, and VEE had a blast in the toddler area. All she wanted to do was "drive" the Stuart Little car. Every day since then she's asked to go back to the birthday party. If only it weren't so loud, kid.

What else? Work has been weird lately. I thought morale was bad before, but it gets worse daily. More and more people openly vent about how they hate upper management, how they hate the way people aren't appreciated, etc. Except that no one is willing to leave because we have steady paychecks and insurance. I just want to be left alone to do my work. Right now I'm doing okay at work because they're letting me test InCopy with my favorite editor. It's nice to not feel stagnant with my skills. Thought I need to take advantage of the Lynda.com account I have for the rest of the month and do more tutorials for Photoshop and Illustrator.

My daughter is still obsessed with all things Peter Pan. We've watched the original Disney version and its sequel about a jillion times in the past week. Of course, she'll now be getting a plush Peter doll for either Valentine's Day or in her Eastser basket (depending on when it arrives in the mail). I guess we're not helping her obsession...

That's pretty much it for me. I hope you're all doing well and staying warm in this cold. An aside: today it's warmer in Alaska thanhere in Chicagoland. Wheeeeee!
eee1313: (Sesame Street Fever)
The kid woke up about a half hour ago, calling for me. I found her half-asleep, running from room to room and asking to sleep with us. She was still asleep enough that I had to physically lead her around because while she could make it through doorways, she wasn't recognizing what room she was actually in. And now I'm wide awake. Boooooooo.

Yesterday was my sister-in-law J's birthday celebration. We went out for all-you-can-eat sushi at this place she loves. Holy good God, it was the slowest service I've had at a sushi place in ages. It took us 2 hours and 45 minutes to be properly fed. They'd bring out one roll for the group of us, then we'd wait 20 minutes for the next one. Ugh. I'm never going THERE again. After that it was off to Lynfred Winery, where she's a member. We got a few bottles of wine for the group of us and then went to the members' tasting room, which I'd never been in before. I hope to never go there again, because it's a tiny room with no soundproofing and we were all shouting to hear one another. It was like being in a bar. That said, the company and the wine was good. We ended up buying only one bottle for ourselves. After that was a screening of American Hustle, which the Scientist isn't interested in seeing. So he stayed home with VEE while I went to the movies with J and all of her friends. It was a good movie. Best movie of the year? I don't know about that, but it was certainly good and entertaining. I spent a lot of time wondering how much double-stick tape was applied to Amy Adams' breasts to keep her shirts from falling open and exposing her. Anyway, despite my griping about the slow sushi service and the loud winery, I had a good time yesterday.

As for today, I have no idea what we're up to. Frankly, we should stay home and clean the house. I'd like to get a little shopping done for myself. But at the same time, it's supposed to get up to 42° today, so we COULD take the kid to the zoo for the first time in a month. She's been craving a zoo trip for weeks now. Oh, I just remembered that we're supposed to Skype with [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl and her family today. Perhaps we won't go the zoo... I dunno. I should to some laundry and try to clean up the house a bit.

Anyway, that's really all I've got. Sorry I'm dull this morning.
eee1313: (HIMYM - Robin Sparkles)
Last night, VEE slept in her own bed in her own room all night.

HALLELUJAH!!!

That is all.
eee1313: (Peter Pan)
It's not a snow day in my house today -- it's a black ice day! Normally it takes me 25 minutes to get to work. Yesterday it took me 50. The highways were covered in blowing snow, and I saw a ton of cars on the shoulder facing toward me (having spun out), stalled cars, and one instance where paramedics were pulling someone from the ditch where they'd spun out. But I went in to work, because my office is run by management who'd rather not lose money than employees. BUT WHATEVER. Today I woke up to find the traffic reports were twice as bad as yesterday's. While the roads may look clear, they are covered in black ice. No way. No freaking way. My job isn't worth dealing with that. When IDOT is saying "Please stay off the roads if you don't need to be out. They're really dangerous" then I'm going to listen. So I called in.

Of course, the Scientist had his work cancelled on Friday and yesterday, so considering today was a noon start he was chomping at the bit to get back to the lab. I can't say I blame him. After four days essentially stuck in the house due to the cold, I'd be stir-crazy as well. Add on the fact that he likes being at work, and I'm sure he's happy as an old mole in soft dirt right now.

I've been spending the day semi-warm (even with the heat on, the house is still cold). I've tried to organize VEE's room a bit. After her birthday in November and Christmas in December, our house looks like a toy factory exploded in it come January. There are books I need to pack up and books I need to reorganize. There are games that need to find a home. There's just so much. I also need to go do some more laundry and put away dishes. But the postman delivered the bed rail for VEE's bed, so I got that all in place and changed her bedding. Right now she's napping in her bed and won't fall out, which is wonderful. Hopefully now she'll like sleeping in her big-girl bed and won't want to sleep on a nest of blankets on the floor of our bedroom any longer. Fingers crossed, people! She's all excited to go to bed now because "Peter Pan comes at night." For weeks now she's been on a Jake and the Never Land Pirates kick, which has recently morphed into an old-school Peter Pan obsession. She wants me to read books about him over and over, and any toy she has that is green (dinosaurs, dragons, etc.) are now all named Peter Pan. Oh, and Peter Rabbit is now Peter Pan as well. Hey, if thinking Peter Pan is going to come at night take her to Never Land is all it takes to get her to sleep in her own room again, I am all for it.

So what else has been going on? I feel like all I ever talk about here these days is work or the kid. But then, that's pretty much the extent of my life right now. The holidays are done. We got 98% of the decorations packed away over the weekend and the Scientist returned them to the garage rafters yesterday. But we keep finding little things we forgot to pack up, like the Santa and reindeer rubber ducks in our downstairs bathroom. Whoops. This weekend we're celebrating my sister-in-law's birthday with sushi and and a winery visit. That's really about it. Oh, we've been battling our cable since mid-December and it's finally fixed. Hooray! It seems the last three technicians/installers who came out set up our TV input incorrectly. So now we just have it all plugged in to a different jack and everything's working great. Plus, they gave us three months of HBO to make up for our hassle. Of course, it's not Game of Thrones season, but good enough.

Okay, I gotta go take advantage of my kid being asleep and get some work done. I hope you're all doing well. I have been reading your entries -- it's just hard to reply coherently on my phone's tiny keyboard.

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