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I'm so far behind everyone else in starting this, that I shall do it in one post. I'll try and put notes with each song, and feel free to ask me about any of the songs.
With one exception, all the lyrics are in Welsh, and I've tried to find videos with the English translations to help you.

for your exploration )

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Jul. 27th, 2017 01:00 am
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So Kiddo is coming home tomorrow from his cross country hell trip (as he's been calling it) with his dad. Grump backed out of the "pay for you're own food" bullshit thanks to his mother. I knew I wouldn't get through to Grump but his own mother found out through kiddo and she was seething. Also I told Bug that if he needs to he could text me anytime and rant....even swear if he has to. (He rarely swears but I figured if I give permission to let it fly because letting him vent will probably help and it has)

His visit with his Paternal Granddad went well and he enjoyed the visit. Apparently his Granddad is very impressed with his BBQing skills on the last night and cooked everyone dinner.

But other than that its been a shitty time. They're basically driving both ways non stop or with as few overnight stays as possible so Bug has been sleeping in the van and every time they do a pit stop everyone has to get out and walk a bit. Doesn't matter if you were sleeping. And when there is full stoppage they camp and Grump forgot (or was too cheap) to bring air mattresses or camping pads so its just the sleeping bag on the tent floor.

But what has Bug really upset is that his birthday just came and went and neither his father or stepmom acknowledged it. Not even a "Happy Birthday." He's hoping that when they get home there might be a present or special meal but he's not holding his breath. I got a text from him that night saying:

"I feel like I was brought along on this trip to fulfill legal obligations from the custody agreement, not because they wanted to."

Poor Bug. :( I feel so bad for him and so fucking angry at his father over this.

I told Bug it may not be big and splashy, but Matt and I are going to try our best to make a good birthday for him when he gets home, even if its a bit late. And he knows that his Grandmother will probably have something done up for him too, along with his War of 1812 Reenacting group. But still when its one of your own parents, it hurts deep.

Productivity FTW!

Jul. 25th, 2017 10:45 pm
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There's nothing quite like knowing you got Stuff Done, is there? I so rarely feel that way, or my "getting stuff done" feels more like running a million errands, or doing routine laundry and stuff, which isn't quite the same.

But! Today I:

1) Ran 3 miles with the dog, then walked my niece's two dogs for another 1/3 mile as part of my cooldown. Ok, the running was a routine thing, but at least I did it.

The rest of my day was spent doing yardwork that has needed doing for ages.

2) Took the lawn tractor trailer, full of small and large rocks from the removal of some landscaping back in April, and repurposed them. The small rocks went around trees where their rocks had gotten thin, and the large rocks went to line the front walkway.

3) Went along the fenceline, twice, once with the dark gravel and once with the more decorative stone, filling in low spots around the posts and the fence itself.

4) With MiniPlu's help, spread more decorative stone around the back yard roses.

5) With Two's help, weeded, pruned and harvested the vegetable garden, which took ages. Ended up with a huge pile of weeds. Also, we're being snowed under by cherry tomatoes, and we're going to be snowed under by regular tomatoes probably just in time for us to go to Hawaii. :P

Yes, I bribed both kids with some money to help me, but it was definitely a worthwhile expense.

By the end of all that, I was in desperate need of a shower and a nap, and my back was killing me from the combination of shoveling heavy rock and weeding. But it felt so, so good to get that all done!

(Less successful: summer bbq at church. It was dry alllll day, and then rained right as food was about to be served. We ate in the Knights of Columbus meeting room in the basement of the church office. Our priest joked we were like the early Christians, hiding out in catacombs.)

Also done today: coaxed MiniPlu to whittle down her packing list because, for a 10-day trip, no, she does not need four black tank tops, 14 tops all together, two pairs of nearly identical brown sandals....

My other Maine niece is currently visiting with her two dogs and one of her best friends. While this means, yes, having houseguests yet again, this one - the younger sister of the one with the toddler - is really laid back, her dogs are well behaved, etc, so it's really no trouble to have them all here.

For your daily laugh: Funny tweets from parents about summer vacation. :D

Visit, movie and books

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:53 pm
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Life continues apace, nothing really that exciting going on. I did spend the day in PA on Wed, attending two TKD classes and visiting a friend. This was both good, and concerning. )

Otherwise, it's been steadily hotter and hotter all week, reaching about 96F/35.5C yesterday, and only slightly better today. I skipped exercise class last night because it was still about 100F/37C with the humidity, and even in the shade, exercising outside just didn't seem like the smartest move. On the other hand, our neighbors have been very generous with their pool, and I took the kids over twice this week for some cooling relief. The two youngest kittens (sibs) were spayed/neutered yesterday. I get that the cats are her children, but the amount of worrying Karen does when something like this comes up (from isolating them so they don't eat before surgery, to worrying if the vet techs are giving them enough love, to thinking something might be wrong with the girl kitty because she wasn't hungry right after surgery) is enough to drive me batshit. Oh, and she called me in the middle of the day today to ask how they were doing. Thankfully, they're both pretty much normal at this point.

This morning, Will and I took Two to see the new Spiderman: Homecoming movie. Overall view: I liked it, but didn't love it. But I think that has more to do with where this Spiderman is in his life than as a comment on the movie as a whole - it was definitely done well, but... )

In books, I finished reading Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee, which [personal profile] hamsterwoman gave me for my birthday. I'm now re-reading it to Two, because of some of the LGBT themes in the story ) The first part of the book takes awhile to get going, with a lot of worldbuilding and character establishing going on, but I'm only really noticing that when I'm re-reading it aloud to Two. When I was reading it for myself, it didn't really bother me. Of course, some of the "plot twists" in the story you could see coming from a mile away, but that was ok, too. Anyway, I enjoyed the book and will be on the lookout for the sequel, which will seem to be Bells' story. Thank you again, [personal profile] hamsterwoman!

And speaking of reading aloud to Two, we finished reading the second Apollo book by Riordan, The Dark Prophecy. Not too much to say there except that it was typical Riordan in that it blended mythology, adventure and smart-ass humor. Apollo is finally starting to be less of an ass, a trend that I hope we continue to see in the next book, whenever that comes out. Apollo starting all the chapters with a haiku is pretty amusing, too. Anyway, we liked it.

Currently reading Raven Boys #2: The Dream Thieves. Still at the beginning, but I'm enjoying it.

Other than that, it's the usual: prodding kids to do homework, being followed around by Two every moment, chores, errands, exercise, worrying a lot about an flister friend, and trying to sneak in some time for myself now and then. An exciting life.

#tbt: Moar space history (pre-2006)

Jul. 20th, 2017 01:12 pm
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[Image of a Cassini spacecraft model inside a black gimbal structure comprised of three concentric rings, mounted on a plexiglass stand and sitting on the corner of a desk.]

Now that I'm back at work, I present another of my Rare Objects from Space History for #tbt. This is a model of the Cassini spacecraft, mounted in the centre of what I can only think to describe as a gimbal. The high gain antenna is pointed toward the bottom of the photo. The model was distributed to instrument teams to aid them with pointing design. It can be rotated around three axes within the gimbal. Each circle of rotation is marked in degrees, so that from a set of numbers indicating its orientation (eg "RA & dec"), an instrument engineer can work out which way the spacecraft is pointing.

I have no idea when it was originally given to our team but it predates me joining the Cassini project (ca 2006).

Birthday and camp, Part II

Jul. 15th, 2017 11:41 pm
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For MiniPlu's official birthday, last Thurs (13 Jul), she had one request: for me to take her and a couple of friends to the beach. Beach, lunch, and dinner - the good, the bad and the ugly )

So, kind of a mixed bag for MiniPlu's birthday, but hopefully the positives outweighed the negatives for her.

One thing that was weird, though: Twice - both on the way to the beach and on the way to dinner - Google maps decided, about 3/4 of the way to the destination, to randomly *change* the destination and start giving me directions that made no sense. Fortunately, both times we pinged onto that and pulled over to see what the heck Maps thought it was doing, and discovered the problem, but still - I have no idea why it was doing that. For the beach trip, the diversion was fairly minor - it tried directing me to a nearby town that was further inland, but not *that* far off track. On the way to dinner, however, Maps suddenly thought I wanted to go to ... Norfolk, VA. I have no idea why.

Friday night we drove up to Springfield, MA, where we stayed overnight so we'd be poised to pick up Two from camp by 10am on Saturday. Yet ANOTHER long road trip, whee, plus some camp stories )

So, anyway, kidlet is back, which is both good and stressful. We dumped the entire cloth-based contents of his duffle into the washing machine as soon as we got home, so at least that's already done.

For those who may have missed it, I posted MiniPlu's birthday and throwback pics at LJ here. You will need to be logged into LJ to see them.


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