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We're back safe and sound, the van is unloaded, and the cats have shown their disdain at the return of the dog. We tried to go see the Midnight Circus at Daley Plaza, but only got there for the last 30 seconds of the finale. Still, we had a nice outing in the brisk autumn air. Hardly any trick-or-treaters here tonight, and Linc made a huge haul (that he kindly shared with his big brother). Bill made some cinnamon rolls, and I've been puttering around unpacking, reading magazines, and fooling around on the computer.

I've been seeing posts about that WIRED article about vaccines, and had several people questioning my decision process about choosing not to vaccinate my own children. Here are some thoughts... )

Anyway, I wanted to put all this into one place, since I've been typing out versions of it recently and thought it would be nice to have a link.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] jedusor has one of those conversations going on over in her LJ.
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A few weeks ago, I read about a local historical group resurrecting a turn-of-the-century Kansas City tradition, the Priests of Pallas Ball. It sounded like fun, but the tickets were $85 a pop... so I called and asked if they needed any volunteers. I wound up helping at the ticket booth, and needed a mask for the event. Here's what happened... )

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...and the update. )

I guess that's about it for now. Nothing earthshaking, just plodding along day by day here in Cowtown.

Bleary

Aug. 2nd, 2007 11:22 pm
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Had a totally unexpected migraine today... hit hard this afternoon, took me out for a few hours. Haven't had one this bad in a long time, and usually I get some kind of warning. I'm not even all that stressed right now... just working on the house, getting ready for a little gathering for Linc's birthday (he's 3 on Monday!).

Clay got back yesterday, and he's been really cheerful and nice to be around (sometimes when the kids get back, there's a day or two of transition time that can be... challenging). He and his girlfriend Kylie and Julia all went to a Fray concert (the one postponed from May), and it sounds like they had a great time. He's about two inches taller than before he left! He is ecstatic about having his own room, which is an understatement.

Julia's getting ready to pack up and head out to California. I'm going out there with Linc first though, from the 10th to the 15th of August, with my sister. Too bad I won't get a whole lot of time with Jules during her last week here. She drove to Target and back last night, and did really well. I'm gonna miss her like crazy.

Linc is pointing out letters and trying to sound them out while we read stories. Wow! This just started happening in the last week... he's really getting it about those little black squiggles being symbols for words, now he's just gotta crack the code. Julia and Clay are clearing out their older books, and I'm seeing all these wonderful stories I'm going to get to read to Linc again: the Indian in the Cupboard stories, all the Brian Jacques books, Roald Dahl, the Little House series, Swallows and Amazons, Phillip Pullman, of course Harry Potter and the Lemony Snicket books, Wise Child and Juniper, Runaway Ralph and Ramona... all our old friends.

Lots of cooking and cleanup over the next few days, getting ready for the party (well, and just clearing up the mess around here... the house has really gotten away from me lately, inside and out). But I'm sort of on low energy at the moment... that post-migraine bleary space. Lordy I hope we're not starting a cluster series...

Hey, Knitter Buddies out there... be sure to sign up for your free Ravelry account! I got on last week... it's a great idea and I look forward to seeing you in there soon!

Update

Apr. 30th, 2007 10:25 pm
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The guy who threatened Julia cannot come back onto campus without going through a series of meetings with the administration... he hasn't shown up at all. Nobody seems very surprised.

Found a shirt for the inaugural. Messed around with plants a bit. Mall is closed up tight still. Volunteered for Forks & Corks, a Harvester's fundraiser.

I had all four kids in the van for a while today. I loved listening to all of them talk about what's been going on (well, Linc didn't have a lot to offer yet). They are all smart, funny, thoughtful, healthy, great kids and I'm an incredibly lucky woman to have been able to stay home with them.

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