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November 2021 Part III

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On November 17th, I dumped a couple ounces of nearly boiling water on my wrist. I think I’ll post separately about that, but you can assume that all of the activities in this post were done with a big burn on my wrist that was visible (at least as bandages) because I couldn’t put a long sleeve over it.

Chilkoot’s Scouts pack had a “Campsgiving” event — all the kids got together and did camp-related activities (that just happened to be close in time to Thanksgiving).

We took the kids to see a Broadway production of Mean Girls at the Paramount theater. They had a “48 hour negative PCR test” requirement for the unvaccinated (kids), which is a pain because PCR tests don’t guarantee an answer back until 72 hours. So, KrisDi got them tested 48 hours before and hoped and stressed. We got the results in time. Then when we were entering the theater, “Oh, we don’t need to see their test results, we’ll trust the parents.” WTF.

In general, I’m unimpressed with Seattle’s vaccination requirements, especially compared to NYC. Everyplace I went in NYC wanted to see both the vaccine card and the ID, most places seemed to actually pay attention to it. Most places here are good about asking for the vaccine card, though few places look at it closely, and very few places even ask about an ID.

After the show, we went to Rose’s (Monocular Ben’s daughter) birthday party. Or at least the tail end of it. Of course, we forgot her birthday present at the house when we went out the door for the show. They have a big dog named Karma that the kids really liked.

That Sunday, the whole family went out to Original Pancake House for breakfast. In the afternoon, I went to my friend Mr. JJ’s house for his 60th birthday surprise party (which was mostly just a bunch of people showing up unannounced to him). That was a lot of fun.

We hosted Thanksgiving with our new kitchen. KrisDi’s parents, brothers and their families, + Pixel Chick’s mom. We got to use the new oven to cook the turkey and have the old oven to bake and reheat. We had plenty of counter space for everything. I forgot to do tequila shots with D, but we drank plenty of beer and a little whiskey. Everything turned out great.

As usual, we went Christmas tree shopping and decorated it shortly after Thanksgiving. The kids picked a somewhat smaller tree than usual (which I think is a good idea because it actually fits comfortably in our tree stand and doesn’t rub against the ceiling. KrisDi had the kids pose for Christmassy pictures for use in the 2022 family photo calendar.

Chilkat’s friend D and both her parents got Covid 19 shortly after Halloween. D had the mildest symptoms, C (the dad) and J (the mom) had somewhat worse symptoms. Both lost smell/taste completely for a while, but C got it back pretty quickly, and J’s seems to be recovering more slowly. Chilkat was nervous about going over to play, but still wanted to, and ended up settling on a fairly short visit.

I guess I didn’t include a photo of this, but it was fun: One of the things I got from my beer-shipping activity was a bottle of Moxie, a regional cola-like soda, which I shared with the family.

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November 2021 Part II

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We were the photographers for the kids’ theater group’s headshots for their playbill. We set up an ad hoc photo studio in our garage and created a series of appointments for all the kids. Of course, some came in groups and some came early and some stayed late and their was a fair amount of overlap, which leads to larger groups of excited children, resulting of course in chaos and noise.

We then were requested to come to the rehearsal and take pictures. Less chaotic, but lots of activity.

We finally had parent-child day. Chilkoot and I went out for breakfast at IHOP, then met up with KrisDi and Chilkat for a pedicure (I had a Miller Lite). We got there early, so we got coffee/hot chocolate and then went shopping at Barnes & Noble, where we bought him a Lego set. Once our toes were beautiful and of matching color, we went for lunch at the Trail’s End in Snohomish, across the street from the Snohomish Aquatic Center, which was our next stop. Some of Chilkoot’s nail polish chipped/scraped/soaked off in the pool, which temporarily ruined Daddy-Son Day. Ice cream at Salt & Straw and watching the movie Ron’s Gone Wrong in theater seemed to have saved it. After the movie, we went to Zeek’s Pizza for dinner, and that was the day.

Chilkat and KrisDi had breakfast at Original Pancake House. Then Barnes & Noble (same one Chilkoot and I went to, just earlier). Then we had the pedicure all as a group (KrisDi had champagne). Then they went shopping in the Totem Lake area and had lunch at the new ramen place, Silverlake. More shopping, and then they also watched Ron’s Gone Wrong (earlier showing than mine). Then Salt & Straw. They headed back toward home and stopped at a toy store and had Korean BBQ for dinner. One more stop at Target and they were done for the day.

KrisDi had several days where she had to go into the office. At this point, this seems unusual and burdensome.

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November 2021 Part I

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One of Chilkoot’s friends had a birthday party at Defy, a warehouse filled with trampolines and obstacle course type of stuff. I found out from one of the moms that Chilkoot had a crush on a girl there, whom we’ll call N. Overall, I was impressed at how considerate the kids were, taking turns on things and making sure everyone got a chance to try stuff and it seemed like everyone was being equally included, which was awesome. I did notice that Chilkoot and N were pretty well inseparable, and Chilkoot seemed to be especially gentlemanly toward her. Afterward, I asked Chilkat about it while Chilkoot wasn’t around, and she laughed and said something like, “He has so many crushes I can’t keep track of them!” Chilkoot has been remarkably nonchalant about N being just one of his friends with whom he likes to play.

Miss K had her baby shower, and we were invited. Chilkoot wanted to dress up and match me, hence the white collars and striped ties above. Everyone was supposed to be vaccinated (I mean, we didn’t go around checking cards or anything). There was a TON of food and some of it was really interesting (Miss K’s family is Filipino). We also got to re-meet a couple of the teachers from the old day care. Of course, they dutifully couldn’t believe how big the kids have gotten. Overall, it was cute and fun.

Chilkoot tested for his blue belt. He passed the test, but just barely (I don’t remember what the issue was — speed of some of the moves or position or something? I’m sure KrisDi remembers), but something about whatever sensei said after the test sent Chilkoot into a bit of a spiral and he had a mopey meltdown afterward.

My office kindly decided to send everyone in the company gift baskets from Harry & David. However, twelve of them, including mine, went through a FedEx Auburn facility which has been trapping packages unexplainedly for a week (experienced several times with beer packages). My office called to complain and bullied H&D into sending new ones with next-day shipping to those twelve. I don’t know which one I got first, but I got both of them within a couple days of each other. They both contained something like eight pears, so Chilkat and I were gorging ourselves on those. We still have a bunch of stuff from those baskets — they were huge!

The kids got there first vaccinations! KrisDi took them. Apparently they were both really good about it. Chilkoot said his never hurt at all, and Chilkat complained for a few days that her arm hurt. No other side effects that we noticed.

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2021 October Part III

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Chilkoot had to take a second trip to the dentist to finish filling all his cavities. He was really good about the dentist visit. Now if we could get him to actually pay attention to what he was doing when he was brushing and flossing, so he could actually do a good job…instead of bickering or playing with his sister.

Chilkoot wanted to help make pancakes for breakfast on the new stove. Incidentally, the new stove beeps a bunch, which the kids have decided is what it sounds like when the stove talks. Also incidentally, I finally got to start parking my car in the garage again.

I have no idea why, but the kids got it into their head that they wanted me to photoshop them somehow. So they had me take a picture of them with one on the other’s back, and then we Googled around for a photo of an impressive tree, and then I edited them into it the tree.

KrisDi planted a bunch of bulbs in the yard. Hopefully we’ll see a bunch more color in the spring.

And, of course, Halloween happened. Chilkoot mostly picked this year’s family theme: The Wee Free Men (from Terry Pratchett’s book). Chilkat was Tiffany Aching, Chilkoot and I were Rob Anybody and William the Gonnagle (two of the Nac Mac Feegles), and KrisDi was the Kelda. We went over to Chilkat’s friend’s house and hung out with them for a while before coming back to our neighborhood to trick-or-treat. I had a flask of special sheep liniment as part of my costume (I had toyed with the idea of making a giant cardboard flask with a real flask inside of it, but thought it would be too unwieldy and too much work. Also, one of Chilkat’s friend’s parents’ friends brought cigars, so I ended up smoking that as we made the rounds through the neighborhood. One of the kids was an inflatable skid, but she kept deflating. Chilkat’s friend lost some steam and chilled at our house while the rest of the kids finished the rounds.

Then we went inside to warm up and tried a bunch of my whisk[e]y.

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October 2021 Part II

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While I was in NYC, KrisDi and Chilkoot dressed up as Harry Potter and Bellatrix Lestrange for his scouts’ Camp Halloween, which included archery, sling shots, BB guns, haunted house, some kind of a banana thing over a fire, scavenger hunt, arts and crafts…had a good time, though it was reported by KrisDi to be a bit cool.

KrisDi cleaned the house very thoroughly while I was in NYC. Les & D came to take care of the kids when she flew out to meet me. This is, as usual, very generous of them, as we would not be able to have vacations like that without their help.

Kids finally opened a present from last year: A red and a blue robot that follow a black stripe, and a set of tiles with black stripes on them that can be arranged to make tracks for them. Red one was named Rob, and blue one was named Bob. Bob was defective out of the box. His gearing didn’t allow one of the wheels to move. I disassembled and found a cracked gear that I could not repair.

So, of course, the kids decided they needed to have a funeral for Bob. They put little ties on Rob and a bunch of stuffed animals and got a “coffin” and had a little service where we put paper flowers on the casket.

We had one of our traditional PNW fall wind storms which of course made us worry that the Admiral was going to fall on us and destroy our house. That didn’t happen, but we had a bunch of branches land in our yard or on our roof.

We went to Bob’s Pumpkin Farm again this year. Prices keep going up, and more things are “additional fee.” It was cold and rainy this year and we didn’t really stick around very long. We took the hay ride to the second section which is mostly just pumpkin patch to pick our pumpkins. Kids ate donuts and drank hot chocolate. We went through a corn maze. Chilkat picked a GIGANTIC pumpkin. My back was acting up and I couldn’t lift stuff. Chilkoot decided we needed to get a tiny pumpkin for Apple Bear to carve. We went to Trail’s End for beer and lunch afterward, and stopped at Salt & Straw for ridiculously large ice creams on the way home.

When we got home, it was time to work on Jack O’Lanterns. The kids decided to actually carve for the first time — all previous years, they only painted their pumpkins. They were dutifully grossed out by the guts-removal step of the process, and despite some frustration and drama, the kids did a really good job. Chilkat carved Jack Skellington, Chilkoot carved a penguin, Apple Bear’s pumpkin got carved as Apple Bear’s face (I didn’t realize he was so self-absorbed), KrisDi used some new painting technique, and I tried to do a pumpkin with beer bottles for eyes that was drinking a beer (which turned out OK, but not nearly my best).

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