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With surgery on Tuesday coupled with the winter blast closing all local schools for two days; things slowed down this week for the project. I wish things were moving faster. Personally, I wish I could do more but I take each day as it comes. This week I started on improving the data entry system [...]

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And now I’m pinned.

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Andrei begins to get better, Aiden proves he’s an impressive engineer in his own right.

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Playing on vacation

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Life… Don’t talk to me about life.

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Even with religion as complex and personal as it is in our family; there’s always time for some warm, holiday, family ritual.

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To answer many questions, the result of our 3 1/2 year battle over Heather’s injury doesn’t go as well as we liked in court. Details in the post.

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First off my apologies for an unending supply of "Undisclosed location"s.

The story goes back to April of last year.

To soften my paranoia of nobody showing up for my 40th birthday, I threw an Aries Bash for all the local Aries births. We had about 5 guests of honour with Aries birthdays. But beyond my wildest dreams of people appearing for my party; no surprise was as sweet as the one that was planned entirely behind my back. For about a month a small contingency pooled their resources and brought SJ Tucker and K out by plane for the weekend from Arkansas.

The story was briefly mentioned in a blog post from that weekend. Sooj and K showed up while we were labouring with Aiden in a high chair. It was cursed by many that a camera was not available to show me not merely with jaw on the floor, but rendered speechless (for one of the rare times).

Sooj and Betsy Tinney (2/3 of Tricky Pixie) took over the basement and gave an amazing house concert. Two things then transpired that night. [livejournal.com profile] stealthcello, [livejournal.com profile] s00j, [livejournal.com profile] omnisti, and plan instigator [livejournal.com profile] ladydrakania were made 100% officially family to us. I made them Freeple certificates and all. Secondarily, I looked S00j in the eye and told her that one day I would exact revenge when she least expected it.

Okay Sherman, out of the Wayback and back to 2009.

I have been interviewing with a company in St. Louis, Missouri. I will admit, this was not where I would ever have seen myself going. I have been through St. Louis _once_. I was driving from Pittsburgh to San Diego to move. I stopped to see the Arch. I don't remember what prompted me during the interview process to check; but I remember noticing that SJ was planning on playing St. Louis at some point.

As things proceeded with the interviews for the company; I thought... okay.. wouldn't it be hilarious if I could some how make a trip out there when she is playing there. And then the call came that they wanted to fly me out for a face-to-face. The original plan was to fly out on a Thursday night and leave Sunday. That wasn't going to work because one of the people that wanted to interview me wasn't going to be in last week. So they decided to have me come in Friday and interview Monday. The reason for the weekend was to let me poke around the area and see what I thought of the area. This turned out to not merely be the weekend that Sooj was performing in St. Louis. But it was her birthday weekend.

Knowing that it wouldn't just be my decision, I quickly got tickets for [livejournal.com profile] jnanacandra and [livejournal.com profile] aiden_freeman to join me. Well, now we obviously had to keep it secret from SJ & K, but had to make sure we knew where the concert was. And well, we can't keep a secret either; so we had to tell a few people. Then Heather made the long post about "undisclosed locations" and many people started asking. We contacted the host of the tonight's concert a few days ago.

As it turned out; we showed up at her house pretty much as K and SJ were unloading the truck. Knowing that the camera was the essential bit: I pulled up to the curb, jumped out, and yelled, "Hey, can I help you carry some of that stuff." K looked back at me, confused and said sure. Then there was a pause followed by... "Wait.." and then a full on Gypsy, "Heeeeeyyy" And there was hugging.

Well, Sooj was watching from the door but may not have seen clearly. She came out and there was much more hugging. Our surprise was a great success. But lest we leave out the birthday end of things. Heather is a contributor for the Ravens project. She's done an amazing pen & ink based on a VERY popular photograph of Sooj. (Yes, that one; and if you don't know what I'm talking about; you'll find out.) Heather presented the original to Sooj as a gift. The result (albeit blurry) we think conveys the emotion we were shooting for with great success.

We will have more pictures tomorrow as we will probably spend the day with SJ and K and then attend her birthday concert. We were unable to stay for tonight's due to a prior engagement which may wind up being another extended post altogether. The whole night was intense. There will be many photos of the St. Louis b'day concert and maybe if we can pull it off, other added treats.

Thank you again to everyone who helped.. even if it was just to be in on the secret.

SJ and K are seeming to be enjoying St. Louis very much. Seems we are too.

Edit
I almost blew it chatting with K earlier in the week. He told me he was in Arkansas... I said reflexively.. "So, are you going to be popping up on my doorstep unexpectedly?"

He assumed I meant the last time he was in Arkansas. :)

Edit2
Put in the link for the Ravens Project which you all know about now. RIGHT?!?!?!
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For now on my Facebook account.

More later.

Edit: Sorry, you'll need a facebook acct to see them for now. Will move them here when I have time
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So, the weekend started with me doing a presentation on programming in a new language to my team. My first presentation and about 80% of my team is in there. Lots of people. No pressure ;)

Afterwards we had a Friday celebration for a really cool guy on the team that has now been in our group for 10 years. I spent the bulk of that period discussing Doctor Who and Highlander and explained that Highlander IV was actually a really amazingly good movie.

I get to the car. There is reggae music playing. [livejournal.com profile] shimmeringjemmy really doesn't like Reggae... so... weird.

I get in the car and she looks at me and says, "Sorry I don't have room to get down on one knee... but, would you like your ex-girlfriend's ring." Which she then placed on my finger.

This unto itself requires explanation.... A really cool person I was involved with about 1 year and a half back and I exchanged rings. After we broke up she asked me to keep the ring she gave me. And I wear it daily. I took it in last week for a cleaning to a jeweler we use.

H picked it up today while I was at work. But, in our family sense of humour.. she couldn't merely hand it over. So, she came up with the contrived sentence above. Which between the reggae, the class, the discussion on Highlander, and everything else... my brain went FWEEEEEEE!

Guess it's time for a new Doctor Who... At least that'll make sense. It's not like unexpected relatives are gonna pop up out of nowhere for the Doctor.
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I haven't posted one of these in a while... But this one was fun:

lordandrei: Leaving campus
shimmeringjemmy:LwwlllllwmnpaA0pa00
shimmeringjemmy:E
shimmeringjemmy:e
lordandrei: Hi Aiden
shimmeringjemmy:
shimmeringjemmy:
lordandrei: Does mommy know you're typing to me?
(pause)
shimmeringjemmy:she does now
lordandrei: heh
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Heavenly Sleep
Heavenly Sleep
Coming to bed, this is what I found. I consider myself very fortunate and very, very blessed.


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I hear him breathe. I wonder if it is normal breathing. I lay next to him wondering if I am doing enough...wondering if I'm not missing something obvious and important.

Was that grumble to hoarse? Should I be checking him for fever? Are we over/underfeeding him? is that a bister, a rash, allergy? Will I always be strong when she needs me?

I find myself impatiently waiting for the time where I'm searching for the answers to everyone of his questions. But now... I just hope I make it day to day being there when and as needed for them.

As I lay down... I see myself wantimg to be 6 again. I lay in my fiberglass, racing car bed. I see my room growing up...my desk, my windows...

But the safety of that time is gone... I am a little boy grown up...

I hope I am doing this right.
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Please understand.. I love my [livejournal.com profile] shimmeringjemmy more dearly than I can ever express. And the fact that she is 20 weeks along is a wondrous thing.

That being said, she is a territorial sleeper. The bed becomes the board for a game of risk that she slowly annexes through the night. About 10 minutes before she awoke, I realized that she'd rolled herself to cordon off about 70% of the bed.

Her first general is a big, black, ball of fur that often walks into the center of the remaining space and sits in there holding the contents immobile while her leader rolls to annex more space.

This is usually the clue that it's time for me to abandon my loosing battle for bed-space and go downstairs to perform my task at private, last-class and give refill the food bowl for the aforementioned "Big, black, ball of fur."

And yet.. it's more amusing than anything else.
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In engineering as in many other jobs you are sometimes given a project you really love to work on. It's the thing you like doing and this unto itself is a good thing (tm). However, this project usually is delivered with 2-5 other projects that you hate. Furthermore, these projects are far more important and (of course) need to be finished by last week.

My happiness is that I've just finished all but one of the 'icky' projects and may now go back to working on my baby. I can't really talk about it in this open forum....yet. But I'll reserve bragging rights for later :)

All in all, life has been okay. I'm still happy with my cleaning efforts. A friend came by the house and gave me the requisite, "Am I in the right place?" This was sufficient to make me happy. I'm also finally getting a chance to tear into old packed boxes from my first Calif move. I found all my old genealogy stuff and am hoping to get in touch with my local relative before she gets too old.

Things are still a mess with my natural family. At latest count my maternal side of the family is positive that my father died in August, my paternal side is positive that he is doing fine. Personally, I don't have the energy to even bother with it anymore.

So this was just a quick breather while I prepare to dive into my pet project for the rest of today. Wish me luck I'm on a tight time frame :)

-me

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