Ramblings from the Gryphon Rose

Friday, December 28, 2007

Long-ish update

Just realized it’s been more than two weeks since my last update. Wacky. Time’s moving at a strange pace these days—half the time it feels slow as molasses, but then suddenly I look around and go “hey wait, is it really almost 2008?”

Hanukkah was nice, and I got some cool stuff, including a Tardis cell phone charm, a Carbon Leaf CD, a ton of cool movies, and both seasons of Dark Angel. Whee!

We had our big crazy Newscorp City holiday party on the 14th. Jendaby and I had fun wandering around looking at everything, trying the food in each room (the food is one of the low points of the party, unfortunately), having drinks, occasionally bumping into people I knew, and just checking out the crazy décor and wildly varied outfits. Also, big thanks to xochitl42 for watching the kids that night so all three of us could go.

Last Friday we had a holiday party of sorts for just Children’s Books. It was at work, during the last two hours of the day, in the conference rooms, and was a bit weird—half the time no one was around at all, and then there was a brief period where the rooms were jam-packed. And of course it was the Friday afternoon before X-mas, so a lot of people had already left on vacation. Strange.

jendaby attended a Yule ritual that same night, and I minded the kids so she could go. Fortunately watching the kids was pretty easy, since they both behaved during dinner and dessert and bed-prep and once they’re in bed all’s quiet. I took advantage of the time to watch two movies I didn’t think jendaby would want to see: Bloodrayne2 (cheesey vampire Western whose only redeeming features were Natassia Malthe and Michael Pare) and Grindhouse: Death Proof (odd movie—good dialogue but way too much of it, strangely slow except for a few frenetic moments).

I didn’t have work Monday or Tuesday, so we just stayed home and hung out. Our son turned two Monday—time flies!—and we celebrated by watching him open presents and play with all his new loot and then having cake. jendaby had pointed out a few days earlier that it was like a time-activated switch went off in him somewhere recently, because he’s started saying “No! No no no!” to everything. Ah, the Terrible Twos—here we go again.

The long weekend was . . . long. I love my kids but they’re a handful and they both want my constant attention when I’m there, which is sweet but exhausting. It was also grey out most of the time, which always leaves me feeling a little bleah.

Wednesday I was back at work. There were six of us in my division, out of seventeen. There were four designers, out of something like twenty-five. And I was it for DTP. And of course everyone had left the worktable piled high Friday—and most of it was due Wednesday. Busy busy me. But at least no one put anything new on there.

Yesterday wasn’t as crazy. And today’s been fairly calm. So that’s good.

I’ve got Monday and Tuesday off, so another four-day weekend followed by another three-day week. Despite kid-fatigue, I could get used to this.

Tomorrow jendaby is going out to hang with many of her/our friends. Sunday I’m getting together with some other friends to start a new game (I’m playing, not running). Monday night we have dinner with deltagrl, skoobwoman, and qadgop, then jendaby and I will take the kids home, hang out, and ring in the new year. If anyone’s around and wants to join us, let me know.

And that’s about all for now—I’ll probably post a 2007 rundown/reminiscence some time over the weekend.


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