July Part II

The kids got Harry Potter pajamas. I’m not sure how necessary this was, but it happened and they like it.

We had a very busy day. Chilkat’s classmate / our neighbor R had his birthday party at Lake Sammamish in the morning. We swam in the lake, ate their food (including spam sushi, which was surprisingly tasty), walked around, got too much sun, etc. Then we drove straight to Tacoma for B False Alarm’s fifth birthday at Pump It Up. Then we went to Ruston and played in their fountain for a while, then straight home and to bed.

I worked on the new stove again, and I thought I tore my meniscus. I was lying on the floor on my left side, I stuck my right leg straight out, lifted up on my right foot and left hand, which was intended to be followed with bringing my left foot under my hip or thereabouts and coming to a standing position. Instead, there was an uncomfortable and unusual pop in my right (I have a variety of normal knee pops that are well known to me). Afterward, it hurt to put weight on my knee and it hurt more to take weight off my knee, and most forms of knee motion were uncomfortable or painful. Over the next few days, it wavered between hurting a lot and not hurting much at all. I got an MRI the next week, showing no damage. This didn’t make my knee stop hurting. About four weeks of limping later, it seemed to be fine.

We went to two of the White Sox games while they were in town (both of the games they lost). The first one was sans kids, which was nice. We drank beer and watched a game without being constantly annoyed by the kids. Plus there was fireworks afterward (not figurative). The second game was with the kids, and with E and A Dubs, and Big D. Chilkoot dragged me all around the park. “What’s that, Dad? Bum knee? Let’s exercise it on every god damn stair in the stadium!” Chilkat got a little science lesson — we sat down in the shade, and she was too cold (that’s why she’s wearing the four hats above). I showed her where on the field the edge of the shadow was, and told her the sunlight would move toward us, and when it got to us, she’d be nice and warm. So, she was marking positions and checking time against the earth’s rotation waiting for the sun to warm her up. After the game, Chilkoot got to run the bases, and I got to use my gigantic lens to take some cool pictures.

KrisDi got a sous vide device. Right now, we can’t remember exactly what it was, but it was probably a pork loin. It was delicious. Not sure how often she’ll use it, though.

For Chilkoot’s actual birthday, KrisDi took the day off and she and Big D took the kids to the zoo and to Gene Coulon Park. At the zoo, they picked up a big stuffed snake, which they then used to “scare” people by having it “hide” places where it would surprise people. “Hey Dad, go look by the couch…for no reason at all…” “Oh golly! A snake!” “HA HA HA HA”

Edit: Forgot to mention KrisDi’s and my work both had company picnics on the same day, basically back to back, with the same theme — luau. So KrisDi and the kids got dressed in themey clothes and went to hers, and then came up to mine. Did a little hula, ate some kahlua pork, played in the water. It was pretty amusing.

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