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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-12-09 05:25
Subject: [personal] Dreaming the weird
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Tags:cancer, child, dreams, family, friends, health, movies, personal, tech
Last night's dreaming was strange, even by my standards. I'm not sure I can reconstruct it coherently now, but it involved 1960's French automobiles, geological processes, some kind of LARPing so real it was mandatory, self-reconfiguring architecture, and uncomfortable parental musings on [info]the_child's future dating and sex life. Oh, and there was screaming. A montage, in other words, Miami Vice video editing by way of the landfill that is my subconscious.

Speaking of [info]the_child, she is cogitating her high school choices right now with a varying mixture of astonishing maturity and predictable teen drama. This has led to various conversations about process, ambition, careers, and her particular learning challenges. Just lately I've really been wishing she'd come with a user's manual. Or maybe a 1-800-HELPKID hotline.

On the topics of whinge this week, the heater has gotten more expensive. I'm very grumpy about the cash outlay, which will leave me broke for a while. Nonetheless, I elected the pricier higher efficiency option, as that will save money over time, and triggers some offsetting tax credits that mostly make up for the extra cost. Except the cost is now and the tax credits are later. To the good, I think I'm getting a cool Internet-linked thermostat out of the deal.

Likewise the still-missing MacBook Air. The original shipment has never turned up, but according to the FedEx tracking site, the replacement managed to make it to Portland overnight. Hopefully that means delivery (and more to the point, receipt by me) today. We shall see. Given the whole heater debacle, I debated returning the computer and recapturing the funds, but I think I'm going to sit tight.

This weekend is the new Muppet movie with [info]mlerules, early Christmas with my family, and a bunch of the usual low-key sitting around. I am supposed to have brekkies this morning with [info]kenscholes and Mrs. [info]kenscholes, but they have not yet confirmed.

And, well, the big deal... a week from today is my last chemo. I am looking toward that with steely-eyed determination and great reservoir of potential relief for it to be done.

What's up in your world?

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User: cathshaffer
Date: 2011-12-09 13:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My friends with girls all seem to have lots of drama. I like girls, but I'm finding the male adolescence pleasantly un-tumultuous.
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User: fledgist
Date: 2011-12-09 20:54 (UTC)
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Male adolescence has its dramas, but they don't seem as, ahem, dramatic as those of female adolescence. Having seen two sons through it, I think I can speak with reasonable assurance.
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User: nojay
Date: 2011-12-09 15:12 (UTC)
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"Just lately I've really been wishing she'd come with a user's manual. Or maybe a 1-800-HELPKID hotline."

She did. You're it.

What you want is the second-level support phone number and I can't help you there. Sorry.
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User: e_bourne
Date: 2011-12-09 15:17 (UTC)
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Congratulations on your last chemo. It's been a long, exhausting travail. And whoa, high school! Life, the adventure, continues.

May it all go as smoothly as possible.
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User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2011-12-09 15:39 (UTC)
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Hooray for the end of chemo. Sympathies for the loss of your parenting handbook. What, you never got one? You can have mine. Hmmm. Where did I put it? I know it's somewhere.
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User: sheistheweather
Date: 2011-12-09 15:49 (UTC)
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This weekend will be marvelous things, including picking up my cello again after years and years of neglecting him (his name is Robin Goodcello), having Chinese food that most likely I am not allergic to (being allergic to nuts/peanuts is a pain with a lot of Asian cuisine), having our last White Wolf gaming session of 2011, and doing laser-cut gingerbread experiments at vixyish's house, although I think it'll just be gfish and tereshkova2001. Maybe also tfabris, who knows?

In other words, a lovely weekend. Last night, we saw Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, which was delight and is fueling my earworms this morning.

I hope you enjoy the new Muppet movie. It delighted me to no end. Hug mlerules for me, would you, please? I miss her face.
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User: mlerules
Date: 2011-12-09 17:51 (UTC)
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Oh my. Damnation, now this has invaded my mental space. Heh.

*fingers x-d that MacBook Air appears today* Oh, and if'n Murphy's Law kicks in and they try to deliver when you're at lunch, lemme know and I may be able to getcha to the FedEx office to snag it.
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User: nicosian
Date: 2011-12-09 20:19 (UTC)
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Good to hear on the last chemo round. a friend just finished up his, and is doing well.

Me? end of a term of highs, lows and the occasional urge to wallop a classmate with a jewelery hammer, and almost done the full finished rough draft of a novel that has in some form or another, wanted to be written for over a decade. I started writing it this time after a 7 year break, when my internet in the netherlands went out and i was too chicken to go down stairs in a dark house alone to reset the router.


And lo, 6 months later, its nearly done.
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