So, the imp has let me know that he really likes the Johnny Cash greatest hits CD that my in-laws copied off for us. "Mama, I want to listen to that music. It's got fire. It's got a fire ring. And it burns!" He's listened to it every night in the bathtub since I put the CD player in the bathroom.
I put Within Temptation's The Unforgiving on the CD player in the living room, last night, and discovered that the kids are happier with music to play by than they are with something they have to sit still and watch. They just don't like a quiet house.
Thing is, I not only don't mind a house full of music, I actively like it.
Now, all I have to do is make sure they don't knock themselves into corners of things in the living room while they're dancing. I don't need to be investigated for beating them, when they're hurting themselves because they're not hearing me when I tell them to stop what they're doing.
I ended up having to cut the pixie's bangs last night. They were hanging into her eyes, and she was starting to run into things.
It's really hard to cut her hair--it's got a lot of random curl to it (some is straight, some is...decidedly not, and sometimes the straight and the curly are right next to each other). Her bangs, in particular, tend to curl under. So, while her hair was wet from being washed last night, I combed her bangs down--and wet, they went to the end of her nose, even though they were barely in her eyes dry--and trimmed them to her eyebrows. This morning, with her hair dry, and the curl in full evidence, her bangs are halfway between her eyebrows and her hairline. It's relatively cute on her, but with the uneven curl, she's got some bits that look longer than the rest.
She gets to go pick out a dolly, today. She's gone a whole week without wearing a pull-up.
Now, we just have to wean her off of using the potty chair and onto the toilet, and she'll be completely potty trained.
I'll keep a handful of pull-ups around for times when the kids are too sick to want to get up to go use the bathroom. It's happened, a couple of times.
Does anyone else have a cat that likes to steal foam earplugs (related to, but different from a ferret that eats rubber butt-pads on rifles)? I do. Shadow has stolen one of the pair I keep on my nightstand two nights in a row: she nudges the pillowcase I hide them under out of the way, then she picks one up and slinks off to hide in the new black bookcase. Thinks she's hidden. She would be, when I don't wear my glasses, but for one thing: she purrs loud enough to hear from down the hall when she's got one of my orange foam earplugs.
What she does when she gets it away is funny: she lays it down, pins it under a paw, and nuzzles it.
But. I need those for bad allergy nights.
The pets get shut in the pantry overnights, partially because there's not a door separating the living area from the sleeping area (and the pets are NOISY while the kids are sleeping), and partially because the living room has too many toys that are too tempting for a small dog to chew on.
Last night, Cricket somehow got missed. I got up this morning to find the big, spastic kitty running around crying. I think she woke the pixie, yowling in the hall, trying to find somebody, anybody, to pet her. Or feed her. Or feed her and pet her. When I went back to let the other critters out (and let the dog out into the front yard on her extra-long leash for her morning doody), Cricket nearly knocked me down, running into the back of my knee on her way to the litter box.
The dog...has been a happy dog, except for Thursday, when we had rain and she had to spend most of the day inside. She loves her outdoor pen.
Odysseus wants to try jacking the middle of the deck in the back up, and putting supports under the middle. Does anyone have any experience with doing deck repairs like that? Whoever built our deck to start with built it HUGE (it's 12' from the back door to the steps, and 17' side to side). With only the four corner posts sunk into the ground. There. Is. No. Support. The middle is sagging a good six or eight inches lower than the sides. The whole thing, frame and all, is built of 2x4s and 2x6s, with the only 4x4s being the corners. And the planking needs replaced, and so do the steps. Anybody have any advice on what to do? I'm afraid the wood will split, and we'll just need to tear it down anyway.
This is not my preference, but Odysseus's. I think he just wants to be able to make big deck jokes.
I picked up paper 4 (I teach five per semester) on Thursday. Didn't get around to downloading and grading papers from email until last night. Didn't get around to grading until last night, but still got almost half done. I think tonight may well see me finished, and if not, it won't take longer than Monday to get done. They took the proposal format and ran with it. I've had a few of my excellent students turn in work not quite up to their usual standards, but everybody seems to have done pretty well. So far. I started with the good class, not the one that's not so good.
I'm hoping to be able to send my children's book to my favorite cover artist tonight or tomorrow. I think it may come out about the same time as Pendragon Resurgent. I hope the little girl I wrote it for likes it. I wasn't very flattering to childhood behaviors. I wasn't aiming them at her--I've seen the exact same behaviors exhibited in my own children (except for the cutting of their own hair, since I don't trust them with scissors at all). And I don't like it in any child I see, so I was less than flattering about the behaviors and the whining. But I think I was accurate.
I've decided what I'm going to do about the epilogue for Pendragon Resurgent. I'm going to write it separately, and see if it improves the story, or if it just...sits there. If it doesn't improve the story, I can just cut it, and hold it back for a possible new series in the world.
I do not, however, want to become Mercedes Lackey. If you don't know what I mean, start looking into her Valdamar series: several sets of books, all set in the same world. They are awesome stories, but...after a certain point, it just strikes me as a naked money-grab.
Although, I have nothing against naked money grabs. I could certainly use a chance at it.
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