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The best parts of yesterday with many photos

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Yesterday was the first day without the neighbors. The last day with them went about as smoothly as it could've really. The kid held it together until we went home and the family headed to the airport.

This first shot is the photo of the kids. Johnny, Dylan in the middle, and Anna. I couldn't get them to be serious, so this is the last photo of the 3 of them. It's somehow fitting.

Yesterday was loaded with assorted things to do. First, voting. Normally I vote on the way home from work, so the kid is either in school or was at daycare. This time, because he didn't have school and he isn't in daycare I took him along. I was raised to vote. I couldn't wait to register and yes, I'm one of those people who doesn't mind jury duty either. Grandfather fought in a war in part to ensure that "we" would be able to continue with the freedoms such as being able to vote and to have a secret ballot. And women too, risked and gave their lives in some cases, so that women could vote. I am grateful for what they did and I won't waste it. I think my vote means little in that my life doesn't seem to change much no matter who is in office, but it's the only tool I have so I'll keep using it. No pictures from that, but it was cool walking him through the process.

Allergy shots were next. Poor kid thought the DR said he only had to come once a year for them. What was said is that we needed to make his yearly appointment and see if we can go longer between shots.

I took him too lunch at Dairy Queen. I'm glad I didn't look at the nutritional information before we went. I wasn't stressing too much about lunch. I knew it wasn't healthy. I mean, it was DQ. Still, it was much worse than I would've guessed. The highlight from the meal was the "MEGAFRY!!!" as named by the kid. Honestly have never seen one this big and can't imagine what the heck size potato that thing came from.

We talked and got caught up. It was really rather enjoyable. He's always been funny and entertaining and we did laugh, but he's becoming a more interesting person. It's kind of neat to watch and I feel pretty lucky to be a part of it.

The World War 1 Memorial park was next. I used to take the older two here when they were little and we lived nearby. It's a great place and it's improved. Well, unless you happen to be fond of the old death trap playgrounds, which I happen to be a fan of. ;) Still he had fun hanging out with the goats, lamas, deer, etc.


There is a butterfly garden that is in memory of a little girl who died. It's a beautiful place in the warmer weather, but it was still nice yesterday. This is one of the sculptures in the garden. It's a unicorn, just in case you can't see the horn clearly.

This last shot is a place my oldest used to call, "Top to the world" because as far as he was concerned, this was it. Probably was stunning a couple of weeks ago when the foliage was better.

After that, the dentist (no cavities) and then the library where he was formally introduced to NaNoWriMo. Finally went home to write and get caught up. I don't think I quite saw 9:00. It was a productive day.

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JANET552 11/15/2014 8:33AM

    I guess I missed this blog. I think you spent a lovely day with your son. I remember going to vote with my parents and I thank them every voting day that they raised me to take part in each election. I agree, though, that usually my life too changes very little no matter who is in office. I wouldn't mind jury duty either though I've never been called. DH has been called twice.

I love that you had such a great day together!!

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GHK1962 11/9/2014 9:00AM

    Yeahhh for voting. And I too don't mind jury duty!

I like all the photos too ...esp that GIANT LONG fry! Did he stuff it all in his mouth at once? That's what I would have done hahaha.

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WRITINGRUNNER 11/6/2014 10:51PM

    Looks lovely, I miss green like that! Hope your NaNoWriMO is going well.

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TOOTERFISH 11/5/2014 9:24PM

    happened upon your blog.
your area look similar to a place near me. brought back memories of an overlook just as that. mine's in n. att, mass.
small world if same.
thanks for being a sparker

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GEORGE815 11/5/2014 7:41PM

    Great dental check up.

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Tomorrow will be a sad day

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Roughly 3 years ago, our neighbors moved in. They fit rather well with the core group. The N family has 3 kids, the oldest son is the same age as the daughter in the O family. The son in the O family is in the same grade as the younger boy in the N family and my kid.

The O family is moving from our corner of the world (Massachusetts) to Arizona tomorrow. The last month has been a mad dash to get the kids involved in making memories. They marched in the town Halloween parade, had their last trick-or-treating with us, etc.

My kid is going to have a rough time I think. This is his friend that reads and likes to write. They're goofballs, but in similar ways that are entertaining and not obnoxious. We will get to say good-bye before they leave and I'm glad there isn't school the next day. I had scheduled fun things like allergy shots in the morning and a dentist appointment in the afternoon so he'll be busy. I'll be dragging him out to vote too. But I think I need to find something to get him through the first day without his pal.

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JANET552 11/3/2014 12:52PM

    I'm so sorry he'll be losing such a good friend, at leas in terms of proximity. Being able to stay in touch virtually could help but it will be sad. Great idea to keep him busy tomorrow!

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MJREIMERS 11/2/2014 3:16PM

    Luckily with today's technology they will be able to remain close over space. Good luck keeping his mind busy, though. It's tough when friends move away.

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MAGGIEVAN 11/2/2014 2:55PM

    I am sure he will miss his friend. Remind him they can still stay in touch and visit. There could be benefits in the new situation.

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Halloween around my house - a blog of photos

Saturday, November 01, 2014

This was me at work. The other witch is actually from our sister company.

The kid doing homework with his newest friend.

The kid and me before trick-or-treating begins

Mom and me

Mom and dad

The cat spent most of the night chasing things we couldn't see.

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GHK1962 11/1/2014 12:23PM

    Great photos! I especially like the one with your son and his friend who needs to eat a bit more...I'd say his friend is skin and bones ... but he only has bones! I love the way the "kid" seems oblivious to his couch partner.

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SUNSHINE99999 11/1/2014 12:21PM

  very nice emoticon

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A weekend update, zombies, parties, and parades, oh my!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

This Saturday was a true test of the limits to my sanity. The zombie 5K. Just a reminder... I LOATHE running and I'm scared to death of zombies. It also was the same day as the annual family Halloween party. I still have no idea of why I did it, but I can assure you it will NEVER happen again. My new policy for 5K running is that there needs to be Guinness at the end and men in kilts cheering me on while I'm running. The race wasn't chip timed. The race clock was set to the starting horn. I was way far back in the pack, so I figure if you factor that in, it was very likely my best 5K time. My dad took the photo of my crossing the line at 37:23, but my son said it was 37:24. My best time I think was 37:13, so close.

I'm in there somewhere towards the back.

Truck full of zombies. There were far more of them than runners.

The party was that night and I think it went reasonably well. My 9 year old was next door at the neighbors sleepover Halloween party. There was very little sleep I'm told. He saw the sun rise.

I'm the one with the sword.

Sunday, the kid was in his first parade. He belongs to a new group at the library and their first "thing" was the parade. The theme was Level up at your library" to boost the fact that the library also has video games to borrow. He's King Pig and this is the end of the parade. I was worried given he hadn't really slept, but he did okay.

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JANET552 10/30/2014 10:15AM

    Way to go on the 5K and, especially, surviving the zombies. I'm glad the weekend went well for you both!

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GHK1962 10/29/2014 9:06PM

    Ohhh.... if they'd only have let you bring your sword to the zombie 5K, then you would have assured yourself of some measure of safety!

But good going on the 5K! And you KNOW your ran farther than a normal 5K right? Dodging zombies will add a few tenths at least to your run length.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 10/28/2014 3:04PM

    that looks like a total blast!!!

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NUTRON3 10/28/2014 8:03AM

    I have been wanting to do a Zombie Run

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Quick update and photos from New Hampshire

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

First, Spot the tick. The nurse said it was a female dog tick and another group said a female black legged deer tick - probably. Either way, the meds should eradicate anything either one might have passed along. Those antibiotics have wreaked havoc on my digestive system though. Should have gotten some probiotics. In any case, it looks fine.

On a better note, we went camping in Hew Hampshire this past long weekend. Now I'm going to flood this blog with assorted photos. We took the kid to an agricultural fair and we also went to a farm to do the corn maze. I like to refer to it as the maze of death (being allergic to corn, it seemed fitting). The kid wouldn't open his eyes on the Ferris Wheel but later claimed it was his favorite ride at the fair.

Next weekend is the zombie 5K and the annual Halloween party. Day after the party is the Halloween parade and the kid will be marching in that with the public library. Lots going on.

The Ferris Wheel

Beach where we camped

The last campfire of the season

The maze of death

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JANET552 10/20/2014 7:15AM

    Looks like a great place to camp -- glad you all had fun. I MUST do a corn maze. I think I'll put it on my list for 2015.

I'm glad the tick issue is being resolved -- whichever one it actually was.

Is the zombie 5K this coming weekend?? I hope you have fun!

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GHK1962 10/15/2014 11:44AM

    Glad the tick thingy is getting cleared up ... that's scary to me.

And that ferris wheel photo is great ... most would think its cute I bet. Me on the other hand, would save it as blackmail for his teen years!

And the maize of death ... nice!

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