We went up to my in-laws' house, yesterday. Odysseus's much-older sister and her grandson (our kids' second cousin) visited yesterday, too, and the bigger boy brought water guns. He'd obviously put significant thought into matching his water blasters to my kids' sizes. The three kids had a blast, although the pixie wasn't happy with the aftermath: she got stripped down to the skin, and dry shorts put on (with no underwear). She told me she was "terribly not comfortable" and wanted to go to the store for dry panties.
The imp...well, we had recently watched Guardians of the Galaxy with him. He loved it. Loved Groot, and loved Rocket. The other boy had the refill bucket covered, and squirted the imp every time he tried to reload. The imp, however, was using a watergun with a magazine. Odysseus showed him how to detach it, reload it in the garage bathroom sink, and put it back. The imp slaps the magazine home 'til it clicks, gets this huge smile, and says, "Oh, yeah." Just like Rocket in the movie when he got ahold of a blaster (which the imp's watergun resembled).
It was hilarious.
The imp also had a milestone this week: he lost his first tooth. Poor little guy lost it at recess, and lost it in the rocks on the playground. He bawled. A lot.
(The tooth fairy left him a note that she'd found his tooth on the playground, and brought him money anyway.)
I ordered a 10 pack of Hero 616 pens. They arrived this last week--some of the nibs are slightly off-center with the hood, and in one or two, the nib tines were misaligned, which will make them scratchy and unreliable (but which is easily fixed). I have two of them loaded with ink--green and red--and I'm very satisfied with the quality. The pens themselves are slightly smaller than the 616 my mother bought for me, and have stainless steel nibs, rather than gold (like the one my mom gave me has). They write incredibly well, and seem like they'll be nice, reliable writers.
The cats are still trying to adjust to a different lifestyle and schedule of most of us being gone most mornings. Sometimes, Shadow gets clingy, and sometimes she gets mad and won't interact with us at all. Cricket...I'm not sure she remembers we've been gone after we get home.
I've picked up my first set of papers from my students. No, I haven't started grading yet. I'll be working on grading starting later this afternoon; we'll be going to the local range after babysitting gets here for the pixie. After that, I'll be much more relaxed, and in a far better mood for actually figuring the grades (which is the part I HATE). We'll also likely be watching Clint Eastwood comedies later this evening, after the pixie goes to bed.
I've got about four pages handwritten of The Schrodinger Paradox. I've been too busy this week to sit down and type them up--the handwritten bits were written during a few minutes snatched here and there, while I was waiting for something, or when I had the draft book at hand and nothing else that needed done at the moment. I should hopefully have some time for transcription this coming week.
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