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29078. bhelpuri - 8/21/2018 1:38:48 PM

AC - Your holiday sounds great. My own tryst with fatherhood at the moment is part launching pad (the oldest is 18, at boarding school and now applying to colleges very far away from home) and part Papa Bear (the youngest is 10, and we enjoy a significant portion of each day together). The third is 14, and in-between those poles.

Man, time flies. I recall very well meeting your two in NYC when the younger must have been not much older than a toddler!

29079. arkymalarky - 9/19/2018 12:17:25 AM

Yay the Mote's back online! I was beginning to think it was done. I've been swamped since I retired but my parents have everything lined out now and I'm power of attorney and it has been clear to me for the past 2 months that I had to retire. Working locally on gotv through local Democratic party, indivisible, when we all vote, Moms Demand, and a few others that have ways to let people help GOTV

29080. arkymalarky - 9/19/2018 12:17:34 AM

Yay the Mote's back online! I was beginning to think it was done. I've been swamped since I retired but my parents have everything lined out now and I'm power of attorney and it has been clear to me for the past 2 months that I had to retire. Working locally on gotv through local Democratic party, indivisible, when we all vote, Moms Demand, and a few others that have ways to let people help GOTV

29081. arkymalarky - 9/19/2018 12:17:57 AM

*burp*

29082. winstonsmith - 9/19/2018 2:17:29 AM

Yes, I thoughtt it was a goner too. Happy to see it resurrected.

29083. Ms. No - 9/20/2018 4:32:59 PM

Whew! Same here!

My zero-period kids are working on a digital art project at the moment, so I've got a couple of minutes to report.

Mom is doing great --- walking everywhere without the cane, now. No lasting effects from the stroke. On her way to the city at the moment to go play grandma in the arboretum. She's up to 4 miles a day before she gets tired/achy, so I expect she'll be back to full strength in the next couple of months.

Dad is also doing well -- no relapses after getting out of the hospital. Still not smoking (hope it lasts!) and hasn't allowed himself to get sucked back into the toxic work environment that contributed to the pneumonia in the first place.

Attended my first ever women's barbershop chorus rehearsal last night with the Sweet Adelines Sacramento chapter. It was a lot of fun to sing with a chorus again. I was a little rusty with my music reading to begin with, but it all started to come back. Very cool to sing the bass line again after singing solo for so long.

29084. Ms. No - 9/20/2018 4:38:38 PM

In other news, I had a mouse. I say "had" because the exterminator came yesterday and the mouse is no more. So my Sunday will be taken up with scrubbing my kitchen down within an inch of its life to erase any mouse cooties.

29085. arkymalarky - 12/25/2018 5:17:44 PM

Merry Christmas Motebuds! Hope you all have a wonderful day and a wonderful holiday and that we all have a great New Year.

29086. wabbit - 12/25/2018 8:50:49 PM

Hey Arky, back 'atcha!

Merry Christmas to all!

29087. Ms. No - 12/27/2018 3:46:35 AM

Merry Christmas!

Wabbit -- you're not coming to the Bay anytime this year are you?

29088. wabbit - 1/1/2019 4:44:47 PM

Happy New Year everyone!

Hey Ms. No, probably not this year, maybe next year. Some corporate changes being made at the top over the next couple months, we'll see how it all shakes out. I'll definitely be in touch if I find myself out in your neck of the woods, would be great to see you!

29089. arkymalarky - 1/2/2019 2:16:11 AM

Happy New Year wabbit and all the other mote buds! Found out over Christmas that being Grandma rocks. I knew it already but is the first time we spent a couple of days with just us and grandson

29090. Ms. No - 1/7/2019 3:47:53 AM

Woot! Yay Grandma!

Wabbit -- definitely let me know. The City is close, and I'd love to see you.


I do NOT want to go back to school tomorrow. Most of my break was filled with family support as we said goodbye to Nana - my stepdad's mom -- on Christmas day. She came home for hospice the day I got out of school, passed on Christmas, and then the burial and memorial were on the 2nd and 3rd, so I was mostly down in the East Bay over the break.

It was good to be with family, and I was so glad to be able to help care for her and for those hardest hit by her passing, but now I'm feeling a little stressed over the plans for picking back up with the school year.

Ah well, it'll all work out. Maybe I'll find a movie to show a couple days this week. ;->

29091. bhelpuri - 1/8/2019 2:46:42 PM

Happy New Year, to all the Motards.

Last year was a corker for me, beyond any expectation, but am not at all looking forward to this one as my oldest detaches from the parental ship to head to college in Trumpistan (he was accepted early decision to one of the Ivies). Happy for him, but so inconvenient for me!

Grumpily yrs,

MB

29092. arkymalarky - 1/11/2019 5:29:28 PM

Congratulations and condolences! Fantastic and unsurprising your kiddos are doing so well.

Hard to watch them Move where you don't get to see them often. Thankfully we're doing that in the online age. Mose lived near us and worked with me for three years then when her husband pursued his PhD they were several hours away, and now with his new career they're a whole day away. And I'm just thankful it's not more than a day away. I fully expected them to be on the east or west coast, but one European company with one location in the u.s. recruited him and he went there. But we communicate multiple times everyday.

29093. bhelpuri - 1/29/2019 12:59:35 PM

That's very nice to hear, Arky. For the next decade, my main purpose in life will be to launch the kids to locations many thousands of miles from home, and I do hope they will eventually find their way back, or at least not too far from where they started...

29094. arkymalarky - 5/13/2019 11:16:55 AM

Happy late Mother's Day! Mazie woke me up and now I can't go back to sleep. She's 14 years old now.

In other news, y'all who have been to my house may remember our big lovely oak tree that's the Cornerstone of our front yard.... Stan was taking the trash down to the road, looked over at it, and saw light on the other side. It was split in two almost to the ground. So we got it and the smallish pecan tree close to our house cut because it had lost about half of itself and our yard looks very different now. We kept the trunk and limb stubs of the oak standing so it's actually not as bad as just being completely gone, but I don't know how long it will last like that. At least it's not a menace

29095. alistairconnor - 5/13/2019 11:57:27 AM

Grrrrr. Brexit is really starting to piss me off.

Elder Daughter is just installing her graduation exhibition (photography) at the Glasgow School of Art. I'll be going there at the end of the month, once the election is over (see below), to see her graduate, and party like they do in Glasgow. Also to meet her newish boyfriend, a cute Glaswegian who I suspect is partly responsible for the fact that she intends to stay on another year in Scotland in order to claim permanent residency in the UK. Which brings me back to... Fuck Brexit!

In other news,
I am candidate 77 out of 79, running for the European Parliament for the European Spring alliance. (We're so politically correct we're on another planet. We're running in eight countries, and we'll be lucky to get a handful of MEPs)

In other other news... Secret Agent and I are finally getting married, and finally buying an apartment, after eleven years. (The two are not unrelated -- better interest rate.) She's currently back in Morocco taking care of her parents, and buying rings. Oh shit, I need to measure my ring finger.

All in all, despite the underlying futility of it all, life is fucking great.

I hope and wish the same for all of you.

29096. arkymalarky - 5/14/2019 5:56:16 AM

Alastair! Congratulations on all that good news! 11 years... Wow. Time is just Sailing by

29097. wabbit - 5/14/2019 9:59:13 PM

Thank you for our Mote, AC, and congratulations!

Re: Brexit, I can only imagine your frustration, dealing as we are with the orange fatberg. I'm a wee bit amused at the criticism of Theresa May - wasn't she against Brexit and is now forced to come up with a deal for something she never wanted to see happen? Am I mis-remembering?

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