Friday, June 22, 2012

Followers and Other Stuff

I think I've beat my record for lack of posting. As of today, it's been 33 or 34 days since I posted (unless you count "The Ever Evolving Wishlist" page I added two days ago). I sincerely apologize. In my defense, things have been a bit busy in real life. In the past month, I've had two serious claims that required "drop everything and get there now" travel. The Queen managed to wrench a muscle in her back which has really hampered her child care taking abilities. When I'm done doing stuff at the end of the day, it's generally late and I'm too tired to look at a computer.

Bad me.

Before I go further, I'd like to welcome a couple of new followers. A Girl of A Girl And Her Gun has graced this humble space with her presence. I've been following her for a while now. She has an inspiring story for those who have not yet come into contact with her. I would encourage anyone with even a passing interest in self defense to check her out. She takes her training and personal protection we all should. Also, someone blogging at Encourage One Another has decided to hang their hat here. Welcome. Feel free to let me hear from you.

I also received a message on Facebook from a girl I went to high school with who told me she's been reading the blog. It still amazes me when folks I know actually show up here and read my stuff. Welcome, Tracy. Not one word in the comments about my 80s mullet. Zip it. That goes for you too, Tena.

Now, in the midst of life swirling around me the last month or so, I had an email exchange with cyber friend Kymber who came up with an even BETTER name for Little Miss Cobra. Kymber called her the Banshee. So, I am shamelessly stealing her intellectual content while silently cursing myself for not thinking of it sooner. From now on, LMC will be forever known as The Banshee. With her brother, they are Mini Me and The Banshee. Sounds like an interesting name for a band if you ask me. Thanks, Kymber.

While on that subject, Mini Me and The Banshee are still with us. We are making some progress with The Banshee's noise making tendencies. She no longer howls and screams when getting her diaper changed. Huge plus at 7:00 AM when I am trying to get ready for work. Trust me. Car rides are more pleasant too. She still wails like a tornado siren when she is not being held and feels that she should be which is pretty much anytime she is awake and active. Those magical times when she has just eaten or is interested in something like the tassles on my dress shoes are wonderful though, she seems almost angelic...then she turns into Jack Jack at the end of The Incredibles.

We continue our efforts to instruct Mini Me in the fine art of honesty. Please allow me to share a brief scene with you from this past Sunday's Father's Day Dinner at The Cheesecake Factory.

The setting: Mini Me next to me. The Queen across from me with M&M sacked out on the bench cushion next to her. The Banshee plotting revenge in the high chair between The Queen and I. Dinner arrives. Mini Me was ordered grilled chicken, mashed taters and steamed carrots...all things he has eaten previously and liked but not what he wanted to order (hamburger and fries).

Mini Me (after poking at his food): I got a 'tomak ache.

Me: Are you sure? I think you just don't want to eat what you have in front of you.

Mini Me (nodding his head): My 'tomak hurts.

Me: Well, here's the deal. If you really don't feel well, you don't have to eat anymore. BUT, that will be your breakfast tomorrow.

Mini Me: Well, maybe I can eat some now.

Me: Mini Me, you know what you just did don't you.

Mini Me (nodding head): [mumble, mumble]

Me: What's that?

Mini Me: yes, sir.

Me: That's right. You lied. [The Queen], since Mini Me said he was sick, I think we should take him to the emergency room. What do you think?

The Queen: I think that's a great idea.

Mini Me (face draining of all color, water works beginning, sobbing): NO! Don't take me to the doctor. I'll never lie again. I promise.

I wish I could have taken a picture of the look on his face. It was priceless. He HATES going to the doctor. Despises it with a passion. The fear in his eyes was genuine. He wasn't sure we weren't going to take him to the ER until we pulled into the driveway at the house. Yes, it was evil, I know.

While I'm thinking about it, I received a genuine honor recently from fellow blogger, GunDiva. She invited me to be a contributor to a blog she runs called The GunDivas. I haven't had a chance to post anything there yet, but there will eventually be content cross posted here from there. Or vice versa. We'll figure it out. One of the contributors there is a real life, "I get paid to do this", published author by the name of Tara Jansen. So, I am in good company. Hopefully, I can live up to the honor.

There was apparently some confusion amongst the readership on the subject of M&M. She remains in our care. Prying her out of The Queen's hands for a little daddy time is becoming more of a challenge though. She is almost ready to crawl. She is up on all fours and rocking back and forth. She scoots around surprisingly well. She also has a couple of teeth breaking through, and she's started on baby foods. She has a "delightful" habit of "motorboating" while she is being fed resulting in all around her getting splattered with food. It's hysterical until it gets in your eye.

There is a court status hearing scheduled for next week. It is our understanding that a trial on the parents' rights will be set at that time. Such a trial is not likely to occur until the fall at the earliest and could be as late as December. We have some other news on that front as well that I, unfortunately, cannot talk about in detail here yet. The short of it is that the out of state cousin is no longer in the picture. The Queen and I were shocked to say the least. If I ever can post details here, you will see that it really was a miracle and answered prayer.

In the meantime, I am going to try and get back in the swing of posting here more regularly again. I have several ideas for posts. There's the Magellan Award to discuss, there's some thoughts about a political theory I've been kicking around, thoughts about the current state of goverment at all levels, thoughts on cars I've owned and pets that have owned me, and I still haven't gotten around to posting about learning to fly and other things from my murky past.

All in do time.


  1. jeesh - where do i even begin this comment? first off - i am glad to hear that everyone is doing well. next - hopefully the banshee will soon be downgraded to "regular screamer" or "screams at the odd time child". i am so glad the Mini You and the Banshee are still with are teaching them many good things! is the Queen's back ok now? poor thing! lastly - i am super glad that the cousin is no longer in the picture - it puts you guys up front in the running.

    honestly Shepherd - i don't know how you both are able to do this....but i am glad such selfless people as the both of you exist in the world. i can only imagine not being able to take care of my child...can you imagine how that must feel? now imagine that there are people out there who can. you would almost compare them to angels wouldn't you?

    very happy to be - your cyber friend. i am really liking onto my cyber friends...especially when they feel so real! big hugs to all of the kids and hug the Queen for me! you'll be hugging her for me and she'll be hugging you for me. you all are always in our thoughts and prayers!

    your friend,

    1. Kymber, no The Queen's back is still gimped. She's passed out from pain and nausea right now after waking me up at 5:00 AM in a panic. I'm feeding kids and going back to bed myself. Thanks as always for the prayers.

    2. oh no...i am sorry that she is still in so much pain!!! this is gonna sound stupid but does she have a hot water bottle? sometimes that can help with proper meds and whatnot. if she is still experiencing nausea, get her some warm, not quite boiling water and squeeze a slice of lemon in it - get her to try a few sips. later if she is able to - make her some plain chicken broth and try a few soda crackers with it. if she's nauseous she is not going to want to eat but those 2 things will keep her hydrated, provide some nutrients and ease her belly.

      i am so sorry for the panic. you must be tired out of your head! i hope that you get/got some more sleep. and i hope that the Queen is feeling better soon.

      you guys are always in our prayers, my friend!

    3. Kymber, I appreciate the advice. We are house sitting at Mimi's. So, our hot water bottle is an hour away. Mimi does not appear to have one. Besides, The Queen said heat would make things worse. To complicate things further, she can't take proper meds. She was nauseated from the aspirin she tried to take yesterday. Ever since her mystery illness, she has been severely sensitive to just about anything. She seizures at the drop of a hat if we are not careful. Fortunately, her nausea went away. I was finally able to squeeze a short nap in around 1:00 this afternoon. Looking forward to bedtime.

  2. Life with three kids in close age proximity sure is a trip, isn't it?

    1. Auntie J, yea. I trip over them all the time, and their toys, and their...

  3. You two are some of the most wonderful people on earth! Bless you both...

    1. DFW, sometimes I wonder, but thanks for the vote of confidence.

  4. I'd rather post some evidence of that haircut, thankyou!

    1. Tena, don't worry. I'll probably post a picture of myself from that era eventually.

  5. Political theories and flying... I'm looking forward to your posts...

    Dann in Ohio

    1. Dann, I look forward to having time to write them.

  6. You are crazy busy and I'm glad you didn't just virtually shoot me for sending you an invite to be a contributor. The last thing you need is one more project on your plate, but I'm awfully glad you found time for us :)

    Like I told the Ashinator the other day, "you find strength in necessity". Sound like you've found your strength with juggling a hurt Queen and three short snorts.

    1. GunDiva, this is nothing compared to the darkest days of the mystery illness when I was commuting from Dallas to Houston twice a week. A story for another time. I was pleasantly surprised, humbled and honored by your invite. Hopefully you won't regret it.


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