October 2020, Part II

October 2020 Part II — click here or on the photo above for more pictures

Bots! rehearsals and recordings for Kettleworks continued. I feel like there should be a lot to say about it because it take a lot of time and we have to coordinate schedules, but there’s not, really. The rehearsals, the kids just go into their rooms and Zoom with Jen and we ignore them. For the audio recordings, KrisDi takes each of them into the closet and they wear headphones to listen to the instrument track and KrisDi records their singing on her phone. For the video segment recordings, we had to set up little recording studios in their rooms, with a sheet stretched taut behind them and lights shining on them, and then they Zoom with Jen and she records them remotely. There were a few occasions where the kids were whiny about having to rehearse (though they never seem to have a problem once they get started). With the recordings, they often freak out when KrisDi tells them they did something wrong and re-record.

I guess it’s also noteworthy that KrisDi got a small cameo as well as a science fair judge. She had been singing along and practicing lines with the kids (and sometimes without the kids), I thought she was trying to get a leading role

We got roped into being the photographers for the production, meaning we got to spend a Saturday in our cold garage with a sheet stretched out taut and have each cast member come in and take head shots in front of it. Here’s Chilkat’s, and here’s Chilkoot’s. Most of the kids also took some goofy poses.

KrisDi scheduled a 20 minute session with a photographer. This time it was at the UW arboretum instead of the tree farm we went to the previous few years. However, the photographer double booked our time slot with another family and rushed through our photos in like five minutes, with Chilkat whining like a spoiled brat the whole time about how cold it was. One of those things where yeah, she was probably a little chilly, but she makes a big deal out of it, and when we tell her to stop she can’t back down from the stance that she’s freezing to fucking death and admit that it’s not really that bad, so she escalates and now she’s sobbing and clearly her whole family hates her. I despair of these creatures ever turning into adults that I actually want to spend time with.

KrisDi expressed our dissatisfaction to the photographer after the fact, and she seemed genuinely apologetic. That same day, she processed and sent all the photos she had taken (the 20 minute time slot was supposed to provide 5, and would usually take a week or two to get them), and offered to redo the session the next day or whenever we wanted at a different location or another time next year. We opted for another time next year. Despite the shortness of the session and the recalcitrance of my daughter, some of the photos turned out OK.

After the photographer was done, we went around the arboretum ourselves and took some pictures. Each of us took at least one turn behind the camera getting pictures of the rest of the family, and we also just took some pictures of the scenery. That was actually pretty fun. Chilkoot in particular seemed to enjoy playing photographer.

Chilkoot has always had some skin issues, primarily eczema starting when he was a baby. Lately, he started developing something similar to hives on his elbows, and something that is vaguely reminiscent of chicken pox or zits on his side and thighs and a little on his armpit, little bumps on the backs of his arms. None of them really seemed to bother him, but it seemed like a lot and inconsistent with previous experience, so we sent pictures to the doctor anyway. This led to a prescription for a steroid cream and a visit with the nurse at the doctor’s office. They said some of it was probably eczema, and some of it was probably molluscum. Chilkoot called the steroid cream “doctor sauce.”

October of course means Halloween. For some period of time, the kids were really into Gravity Falls, so they did their jack-o-lanterns as Dipper (one of the main characters) and Waddles (the main characters’ pet pig). KrisDi did her pumpkin as Bill Cipher, an extra-dimensional super villain. My pumpkin was a hop cone. Chilkoot and Chilkat were Dipper and Mabel respectively, KrisDi was Wendy, and I was Old Man McGucket.

Pandemic Halloween was pretty mellow. We stayed home, turned off the lights, had absolutely no one come to the door, and we reused our Easter eggs to hide candy around the house for the kids to find. Not exactly exciting, but mellow and fun.


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Halloween does sound like fun. I’m glad you had that to juxtapose against the frozen meltdown (ha ha). The arboretum shots look good to me, anyway!

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