New Year New Start

Sooner or later I am going to fix that image at the top. I tried to update Word Press. It did not take but messed up my existing blog appearance so now I’m all generic until I find the time to sort it.

End of year updates for the family.

Havoc is doing well in 9th grade for the most part. He is in the forensics club. For years I drove by the high school where it often had a sign outside congratulating the forensics club for being state champs & I always thought it was incredibly progressive of our tiny high school to teach that kind of science.

Yeah, it’s not crime forensics. It’s a sort of speech/drama thing.

Mayhem is struggling in 8th grade. This is down almost entirely to turning in homework. I can stand over him and make him do it. I can cut off the internet, take his phone, etc & not let him do anything but breathe until it is complete. But I can’t make him turn it in. I can’t turn it in for him. And I’ve told him, many many times, the only person he’s hurting with this little power play is himself. He’s about to lose both computer & phone for 6 weeks if his report come back with any Ds or Fs on it.

DH is liking his new job. He’s not liking the commute, which went from a 17 minute drive with no stoplights to an hour long one with 22 stoplights. Now he has to drive into “the City”. About half his time is spent out and about, fixing things, setting up things, monitoring things, etc. And half in the office. This is more out of office time but no tower climbing & little actual outdoor time. He’s finding time for his hobbies. Playing with electronics, welding, building things.

Me, my new old job is going well. The thing I really love about this job is it’s adaptability. It’s sort of a choose your own adventure type of a job. Yes, I have to deal with forced customer interaction on the phones, but it’s not constant & in the gaps I can do this or that, pick up responsibility for that thing but not for the that thing. There are a lot of “Special projects” I have my fingers into for bits & pieces of them. I’m “Admin”, which means whatever you want it to mean. I too am finding my way back to hobbies that have been long neglected.

For instance the last time I edited my photos, really edited them, not just adjusted them for Instagram, was sometime toward the end of 2015. I got a new computer a few months back and this past week I reinstalled my Lightroom which is so far out of date they don’t support it anymore (Yeah, like I’m going to pay monthly for it, dream on Lightroom) and imported all my photos since Dec 2015. It’s about 700 pics all told & no doubt 20% of them are crap but every weekend I am doing a month of pics, sometimes 2 months if there aren’t many and I am going to get caught up.

While I would love to say I am going to do a photo a day, that’s a bit more ambitious that I can commit to. I’m going to try but we’ll see how it goes. I’m also getting caught up playing my large stock of match 3 and hidden object games.

I’m back to better meal planning as well.  This is loosely what we are having the next 2 weeks, plus takeout & leftovers.

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