2021 February Part II

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We had the False Alarm girls come over to celebrate M’s 10th birthday and pre-celebrate Chilkat’s. It was nice to see them. All three of them (as I understand it) have had Covid-19, though none with any real symptoms. Mom False Alarm has also gotten the vaccine, since she works in health care.

We started sticking some stuff up in our fancy garage storage, and donated some old toys and stuff. It’s nice to have a little more room in our house.

The Super Bowl happened. As far as I’m concerned, it’s an excuse to drink beer and eat food. The fact that Les and D brought me a Cloverdale summer sausage makes the game worthwhile. Add to that the fact that KrisDi made wings and I got an “imperial” version of one of my favorite local IPAs in growler format, and it was a pretty good day.

My neck has continued to be…well…a pain in the neck. ? I set up a series of physical therapy appointments, which seemed like they had been helping, but for the last five days or so I haven’t been able to hold my head up straight or turn it to the right.

The Washington Hop Mob would normally have had their week-long series of events by now, but of course covid19 ruins everything. Happily, several brewers decided to go ahead and brew Hop Mob beers and release them in cans, and I was able to find two mixed four packs, and my friend HB also got the same two mixed four packs. We’ve Zoomed three times now and drank a pair of them each time to talk about them.

Kids went to the dentist. Chilkoot hated it, he says. According to KrisDi, Chilkoot was so-so, and Chilkat was great — not doing her nervous stuff at all, even though she didn’t like it. They now have electric toothbrushes.

They had an online dino thing featuring Sue from the Field Museum. Chilkoot says it was fun learning about dinosaurs, and KrisDi says they both really enjoyed the material.

I got Krisdi flowers for Valentine’s day. I usually do it several days early rather than on the day of because (1) it’s a little bit more of a surprise, (2) doing it late might also be a surprise but would seem like I forgot, (3) usually flower selection is better. She seemed to appreciate them.

Chilkat made a poster for school pleading for people to stop littering. Apparently she has gotten into drawing balloons.

Not exactly a food truck a I understand it…the neighbor(s) who is getting food trucks to visit found a Mexican place that delivers empanadas, but would only deliver as far as our neighborhood if the order was very large, so the neighborhood pooled a giant order. They were good. Each of the shapes is a different filling. I think we got 8 or 12, I can’t remember, so I guess we have some stuffed in the freezer somewhere.

KrisDi continued (or started) to prep for Chilkat’s movie theater themed birthday party.

We got a little snow. It started out slow, but it increased pretty rapidly after that, impacting the following…

Chilkoot’s boy scout troop had a day camp event at Camp Sheppard that Saturday. Since it’s in the mountains and we had forecasts for a lot of snow, we had an exciting preparation the day before: (1) We learned Chilkoot’s boots didn’t fit him any more, (2) we thought we should get Chilkoot a coat with a functioning zipper if he was going to spend a day outside in 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and (3) we thought I should, too, since mine broke last year at Camp Sheppard and it was forgotten because I haven’t needed it since. So Friday, while I was working, KrisDi ran out to the store and bought them. Apparently finding boots in Chilkoot’s size was particularly challenging. No idea why.

We also had an exciting morning of, with all the scout parents texting each other and trying to decide whether to brave the roads out and risk not being able to come back. One parent contacted the camp and reported that plows were plowing; I’m relatively confident in my snow driving, and I figured that if most of the snow was mostly done accumulating and plows were running, I was likely to be successful with KrisDi’s new AWD Subaru SUV. We packed lots of food and water and a pair of sleeping bags, just to be safe. Assuming we made it to the camp, they had cabins.

Most of the roads had been plowed and most of the rest were pretty decent (by my standards). We didn’t have any trouble and there weren’t too many morons out yet (though there were some, and I’m looking at you white Buick tailgating the cautious driver in front of you).

Camp Sheppard had been set up with a series of activities starting at 10 and going until 5.

  • Playing in the snow. Making a snowman, turned into throwing snow and making snow angels.
  • Simple obstacle course — just running around stuff in the snow, basically.
  • BB guns. This was a pretty dismal failure. The combination of cold, masks, and safety glasses resulted in Chilkoot not being able to see anything through the fog. Additionally, I couldn’t fit in the seat next to him to really guide him on even holding and aiming, so he got nowhere with it. A few shots, no hits. Again no photos, because I was helping.
  • Archery. No photos, because I was helping the boy. He only got a few shots off during his turn, and didn’t hit the target, but he did get some power behind one and shoot it right over the target.
  • Lunch. They provided hot dogs, chili, and macaroni and cheese. Chilkoot ate none of this, eating kabanosy and Cheetohs instead.
  • Tubing. Chilkoot decided this was his last activity and he wanted to go home (which was fine with me because I definitely wanted to leave in time to get home while it was still light). He got to go down a fairly steep slope maybe eight or ten times, and about halfway through he switched to a tube that was much faster.

So he missed crafts, scout skills, and something else. Chilkoot came home saying it was the best day ever. The drive home had clearer roads, but more morons.

Meanwhile, KrisDi and Chilkat got to have a mommy-daughter day at home, also with snow. KrisDi made a big fort using tupperware as a brick mold. This was Chilkat’s favorite part. They wandered the neighborhood seeing the snowy sights. Chilkat made a snowman. They also put food dye in some bubble mix, as you can see on the featured photo above.

That sure seems like a lot of stuff for a just a regular week.


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What’s the story with the bubbles?

No idea. KrisDi or Chilkat got the idea somewhere, I think with the intent being to create the little star-shaped color pattern on the snow when it pops.

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