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  1. I miss hearing his stories. He was always willing to try something new or learn something new.
  2. Supervising is honestly more work than doing. They generally help with the dishes, but there's a sheer volume of dishes and food that sucks up time. Plus they're supposed to be doing school, which also requires supervision. I'm looking forward to school ending.
  3. Hardest thing about quarantine with a family of 6, the neverending cooking and dishes. Somehow the kids always want to eat.
  4. I remember a birthday party at daycare when oldest child was around two. All the other kids had cake all over their faces, he just had a ring of chocolate around his mouth. He was a pretty smart kid when it came to important stuff.
  5. Hello again, been busy. Youngest had her birthday on Mother's Day, plus lots of meetings the past couple of days. I mean, I guess I'm not busy 100% of the time, but life seems to be extra exhausting during the pandemic. I really hope I can get my kids to school in the fall, at least part time. This always home business is wearing. Hoping we might be turning the corner on daughters brain weasels. Fingers crossed.
  6. If you don't wash your car once in a while the grime layer starts to get difficult to get off. Plus if you let moss grow along the window seals it causes all sorts of issues with water ingress Looks at ring fit attachment lying ignored in living room. I guess I should play that.
  7. Neighbor downhill from us has a little detached studio she rents out. Yesterday her contractor dude finished removing the roof, including beams, etc. Last night there was a thunderstorm and pouring rain. Today he showed up and tarped it. . Ah well, he did get the tarp up before the hail... Why am I mentioning this? Because it's proof that someone is having a worse day than me today.
  8. Slogging away trying to help all my kids with varying degrees of brain weasels. Youngest has her birthday on Sunday, hopefully that brings us up at the end of the week. For anyone else that has a child graduating this year, Gatekeeper Games has dice where the '20' says '2020'. I ordered a couple of sets in the hope that my little girl can actually get through.
  9. Ka-thud, as Jasonator used to say. Watched the extended edition of Lord of the Rings over the weekend. The 12 and 10 year olds hadn't seen it before and the 17 year old had forgotten a lot of details. Poor 12 year old was crying so much by the end.
  10. Honestly, this could be a huge PR win for Reaper. A big loss for those of us who want to see friends in person, of course. I hope Reaper is prepared for a really big crowd in 2021...
  11. I just saw the ReaperCon announcement in Discord. I don't disagree, and they're doing a lot of awesome things to compensate, but I know a lot of people will be disappointed.
  12. With everyone home all the time there just isn't time to clear the dining table long enough to paint. And all the desks are filled with people. I need to set up a limited palette project so that set up is faster.
  13. You know, I'm getting the feeling that my life has been crazy. I haven't bought anything miniature related in months and still haven't logged into the Bones V pledge manager.
  14. Let me guess... You've got cabin fever? Um, no? But our 28th anniversary is next month, so the prospect of hitting 30 is a bit terrifying. I still half think I'm in my thirties!
  15. Last summer my Dad got flak from my sister for falling off some sort of rickety contraption while cleaning out his gutters. (He's 85.) He's not allowed to clean his gutters anymore.
  16. Emerald City Comic Con was supposed to be in mid March. It was not. I haven't heard anything about other local cons yet, PAX West is also on labor day weekend. My gut instinct is that it probably won't happen. I'm still hoping that we can get some small graduation events and there's a massive size difference between a few hundred teens and tens of thousands of gamers. ReaperCon is a lot smaller than PAX, so I guess there's still a chance. We had already decided not to go this year, but I'm reluctant to even book a family vacation. I don't want to get attached to the idea of a fun trip only to have to cancel it later.
  17. The lab at our university comp sci department was all NeXT stations. They were awfully cool when they were new, but since the line died so quickly they were rather a pain to support long-term. It was a shame. This is incredibly common here. Even dogs get cabin fever and in the spring they get keen to explore.
  18. I mean, back in 1988 I was still in high school, 3.5" floppy disks were new and I think my university might still have been using Punch cards. Things did ramp up pretty fast from that in computer graphics land! As far as flour goes, normally I use a 5lb bag per week. Since I don't want to have too many kinds of flour I just was using bread flour for everything. Unfortunately, with the flour shortages I've had to switch to all purpose flour, which has thrown off all my baking. I think I've sorted it out by adding vital wheat gluten when making bread. Strangely, vital wheat gluten was easy to find at the store.
  19. Seriously, are you going to keep telling us how good it was without sharing the recipe??? . I've never tried to cook lamb before...
  20. Regarding the mask thing, it's more to prevent asymptomatic spread than to protect you directly. Like covering your mouth when you cough. When everyone does it, fewer people get sick. The glasses fog is a pain, though. Wearing a mask also ensures I want to stay home, too.
  21. Groceries aquired. It really takes a lot longer now that each aisle is one way and we're also supposed to avoid everyone. But at least I managed to get everything needed, including a ham for Easter dinner.
  22. Sort of? In that she'd asked a young man who is two weeks younger but one grade behind with the pretext that it was the only way they could be at the same prom. (They are pretty good friends with a hint of 'maybe someday'.) I'm hoping that there will still be some of the events this summer, everyone seems to agree that we should try and do something. The hardest part of having school closed is the isolation and lack of motivation. My girls really need to have that in person time with friends. The high schooler immediately mentioned that her two closest friends have birthdays later this month. I told her we'd throw them a party in May if we could, maybe make some gifts. On the plus side, we had a good conversation with her psychiatrist this morning, we're going to try a different approach since the world is a very different place right now. It's amazing how much just knowing that you've got a team behind you helping instead of blaming makes a difference.
  23. Yup, pretty much sums up parenting, right there. My oldest baby girl tried to convince me that she was 'fine' this morning, which was pretty much contradicted by the fact she was ready to spend the day in bed. Lost my temper, got her out of bed, she admitted she was depressed and I managed to get her to at least play Animal Crossing and eat lunch. Then the governor announced schools are to remain online-only for the rest of the school year. And I'm left hoping we'll still have a reason to have bought that silver ballgown. At least the cap and gown could get passed down to her sister.
  24. My grandfather was a soldier in WWI, but in Denmark which apparently was neutral. (So not the same experience as many others.) My Dad was just a little boy during WWII, but living in an occupied country it had a major impact.
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