Band Mom

Oct. 10th, 2015 09:42 pm
liralen: Finch Painting (My_hat)
It seems that I am a band mom. *laughs* And not just a band mom, but a marching band mom, which seems a different breed of sorts. And it seems that John and I have done our usual thing, which is just dive in and do stuff.

Jet has had marching band competitions both last weekend and this weekend. Luckily, or unluckily, depending on how you look at it, last year, his high school's marching band placed dead last in the standings, so there really was only room for improvement. And they have improved. The band director is really fun, and really wants his kids to have fun and grow with the experience, so it's been good watching the kids figure out what it is that they can do.

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liralen: (crane)
Jet had a blast with the Middle School District Honor Band. They basically all played together twice, though the big one was that yesterday, which is normally a 'late start' day, he went in at 8:30 and played all day with the band, in sectionals, and then together again. The clinician said that the real payoff for him, was working so intently with a bunch of great, dedicated kids, and the performance was just the icing in the cake.

It was mighty impressive icing.

And there was music... And now there's late hats and pictures.... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Gromit_Knit)
I've spent the last week being a single parent, and as usual, I emerge with all the more respect and awe for anyone that has to do this on a regular basis. Plus a healthy dose of thankfulness that I can choose to do this or not, sometimes.

There were also a few things that happened along the way...

Like accidentally abandoning Jet, cutting a finger on one of my chef's knives, and having to deal with a recalcitrant waterheater. But it all turns out to the good. )
liralen: Finch Painting (socks)
We're going to be recovering for a while, long past just the physical exhaustion. I slept for 12 hours one night this weekend, did naps for two to three hours for the past three days, and still slept a solid eight last night. It's not bad in any sense, as there really has to be time and room made for grief, I think. The real thing isn't going to be quick, but it does seem pretty peaceful, so far.

Small problems seem to be bigger than they were, small sadnesses magnify themselves, but the small joys are also brighter.

One of my joys today was that John had a dinner meeting, and Jet wanted to make pasta. Then, out of the blue this afternoon, he said, "Mom, you could get a sweet potato and make sweet potato noodles!"

I had to go to the grocery store for mizithra cheese anyway... so I took Jet's faith and bought a sweet potato too. I had the very vaguest idea of how to make sweet potato noodles, but decided that if Jet thought I could, I'd do it.

On sweet potato noodles, Jet's grief, browned butter, and a few good tears too. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Default)
I've been painting and knitting a little. *laughs*

Cut for pictures! )

And a bit about today and following 10-year-olds on stunt bikes. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Christmas Me)
I had a very very good birthday, even though it began a little too early, as I had to be up by 7 to get to church early enough to make coffee. But John made waffles and bacon for breakfast, and the boys went with me while I made coffee.

A busy, lovely day. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Christmas Me)
I had a very very good birthday, even though it began a little too early, as I had to be up by 7 to get to church early enough to make coffee. But John made waffles and bacon for breakfast, and the boys went with me while I made coffee.

A busy, lovely day. )
liralen: Finch Painting (dandelion)
My hands have been a real mess this past week. It's been a combination of things, but I've really broken out the dictation software and found that I can make it do what I really wanted to do.

It also helps to change the workload. I've been doing far too many of the Facebook games, and it's really the mouse work that's been messing up the tendons on the backs of my wrists. It didn't help that I was also working on the Caf├ęPress store, chatting in text rather than audio, playing Bejeweled Blitz, and writing the odd 3000 words in one day with Allie.

So I've been taking a little time off. )
liralen: Finch Painting (dandelion)
My hands have been a real mess this past week. It's been a combination of things, but I've really broken out the dictation software and found that I can make it do what I really wanted to do.

It also helps to change the workload. I've been doing far too many of the Facebook games, and it's really the mouse work that's been messing up the tendons on the backs of my wrists. It didn't help that I was also working on the Caf├ęPress store, chatting in text rather than audio, playing Bejeweled Blitz, and writing the odd 3000 words in one day with Allie.

So I've been taking a little time off. )
liralen: Finch Painting (engine)
The last several days have been pretty insane. Much of it because both John and I were trying to let Jet fit in the very last things he wanted to do before he went back into school. And because Darkprism is coming for a week and a half visit, so I'll be kind of busy for a while.

One of the things Jet really wanted to do was get the last fish for his aquarium, and it turned into a two-pronged attack of sorts.

For some reason I'm just not sleeping the way I want to be sleeping, either, so have just been trying desperately to catch up. On the Friday before last weekend, I was so tired that I was just stumblingly stupid for most of the day. I actually got a parking ticket, almost got run over by someone backing out of a parking slot, and Jet was amazing about getting me back on my emotional equilibrium.

Cut for pictures, aquarium nomenclature, and results and some good things along the way, including seeing _Cowboys and Aliens_ and reading _Codes of the Underworld: How Criminals Communicate_ by Diego Gambetta. )
liralen: Finch Painting (engine)
The last several days have been pretty insane. Much of it because both John and I were trying to let Jet fit in the very last things he wanted to do before he went back into school. And because Darkprism is coming for a week and a half visit, so I'll be kind of busy for a while.

One of the things Jet really wanted to do was get the last fish for his aquarium, and it turned into a two-pronged attack of sorts.

For some reason I'm just not sleeping the way I want to be sleeping, either, so have just been trying desperately to catch up. On the Friday before last weekend, I was so tired that I was just stumblingly stupid for most of the day. I actually got a parking ticket, almost got run over by someone backing out of a parking slot, and Jet was amazing about getting me back on my emotional equilibrium.

Cut for pictures, aquarium nomenclature, and results and some good things along the way, including seeing _Cowboys and Aliens_ and reading _Codes of the Underworld: How Criminals Communicate_ by Diego Gambetta. )
liralen: Finch Painting (trees over Jet)
Jet is a very happy camper. He got all packed yesterday and we dropped him off at La Foret today. Got him all registered, unpacked, and set up and then we all gave each other hugs and said good-bye.

I kept looking for him in the back seat. *laughs softly*

The rest of today, Jet's setup, and the wedding we attended yesterday that was a legal lawful marriage between two ladies eventhough same sex marriages aren't allowed in Colorado yet. AND YAY, NEW YORK! )
liralen: Finch Painting (trees over Jet)
Jet is a very happy camper. He got all packed yesterday and we dropped him off at La Foret today. Got him all registered, unpacked, and set up and then we all gave each other hugs and said good-bye.

I kept looking for him in the back seat. *laughs softly*

The rest of today, Jet's setup, and the wedding we attended yesterday that was a legal lawful marriage between two ladies eventhough same sex marriages aren't allowed in Colorado yet. AND YAY, NEW YORK! )
liralen: Finch Painting (sunset)
John's parents are here. They arrived Wednesday in preparation for John and I going to Mississippi on Sunday to rebuild houses, they're staying at the house with Jet, so he gets to go to school, have his friends, do his usual things.

It's also Jet's Spring Break, so there's no reason to have an alarm in the morning on the most part, and I've been sleeping in. The odd thing is that I don't really want to get up, and I feel like I've been fighting a cold most of the mornings. This morning, in particular, I had absolutely no desire to get up out of bed, at all. I felt exhausted, depressed, and just out of it.

I actually did get up... did a 4 mile hike, got my allergy shots, and helped Jet cook an <i>Iron Wok Jan</i> dinner. )
liralen: Finch Painting (sunset)
John's parents are here. They arrived Wednesday in preparation for John and I going to Mississippi on Sunday to rebuild houses, they're staying at the house with Jet, so he gets to go to school, have his friends, do his usual things.

It's also Jet's Spring Break, so there's no reason to have an alarm in the morning on the most part, and I've been sleeping in. The odd thing is that I don't really want to get up, and I feel like I've been fighting a cold most of the mornings. This morning, in particular, I had absolutely no desire to get up out of bed, at all. I felt exhausted, depressed, and just out of it.

I actually did get up... did a 4 mile hike, got my allergy shots, and helped Jet cook an <i>Iron Wok Jan</i> dinner. )

Engineer

Mar. 3rd, 2011 01:25 pm
liralen: Finch Painting (engine)
It was cool, yesterday, during the late start morning, Jet was playing with one of his hexbugs, the Ant, which has wheels and the thing is awfully like a mouse scampering about the room. When it just barely touches a wall it bounces backwards and then goes in a different direction.

It wasn't working. For some reason it was stopping instead of going backward, and Jet thought it might have been yarn that he'd untangled from some gears, something wrong with the control board (which he always kind of defaults to), or something wrong with the sensors in front.

I got the thing, took off my far glasses, and then picked it up. I studied the gears, studied the front sensors, tested to see that, indeed, it made the wheels stop when they were touched. Then I saw the wire on the back, and Jet said, "That can't be it, it's the sensor for when it's backing up."

"Oh?" I asked. "If it hits something with this wire does it stop backing up?"

"Yeah!" Jet said. "So that can't..."

it was amazing just seeing his face suddenly change as he realized what he was saying. "Oh!" He just lit up when he said, "Oh! So if it's always stuck ON....!?"

I just nodded, wiggled the wire, which had, indeed, gotten bent a little and wedged so that the contact was always 'on'. It popped loose. I handed it back to Jet, near-sightedly, and said, "Okay, try it now."

He ran off and I heard lots and lots of whirring, and then Jet yelled, "It worked, Mom! It worked! Wow... I really liked your reverse engineering, that's what it was, wasn't it?"

"Uhm... it might be more like debugging..."

We both giggled at the idea of debugging a bug, and I think it opened up a new way of thinking about things for Jet. That was very cool.

Engineer

Mar. 3rd, 2011 01:25 pm
liralen: Finch Painting (engine)
It was cool, yesterday, during the late start morning, Jet was playing with one of his hexbugs, the Ant, which has wheels and the thing is awfully like a mouse scampering about the room. When it just barely touches a wall it bounces backwards and then goes in a different direction.

It wasn't working. For some reason it was stopping instead of going backward, and Jet thought it might have been yarn that he'd untangled from some gears, something wrong with the control board (which he always kind of defaults to), or something wrong with the sensors in front.

I got the thing, took off my far glasses, and then picked it up. I studied the gears, studied the front sensors, tested to see that, indeed, it made the wheels stop when they were touched. Then I saw the wire on the back, and Jet said, "That can't be it, it's the sensor for when it's backing up."

"Oh?" I asked. "If it hits something with this wire does it stop backing up?"

"Yeah!" Jet said. "So that can't..."

it was amazing just seeing his face suddenly change as he realized what he was saying. "Oh!" He just lit up when he said, "Oh! So if it's always stuck ON....!?"

I just nodded, wiggled the wire, which had, indeed, gotten bent a little and wedged so that the contact was always 'on'. It popped loose. I handed it back to Jet, near-sightedly, and said, "Okay, try it now."

He ran off and I heard lots and lots of whirring, and then Jet yelled, "It worked, Mom! It worked! Wow... I really liked your reverse engineering, that's what it was, wasn't it?"

"Uhm... it might be more like debugging..."

We both giggled at the idea of debugging a bug, and I think it opened up a new way of thinking about things for Jet. That was very cool.
liralen: Finch Painting (jetspictureofme)
John and I are in the midst of magnetism experiments with Jet's class an in a lull, John asked the kids what they thought the smallest magnet might be. The kids said that iron shavings seemed to work, and on that order for a while when Jet popped up and said, "Two atoms."

John said, "Pretty close... one atom works, too."

But it was just really surprisingly cool that Jet intuitively went to the atomic level rather than just the visible level.

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