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Last night was date night, which means Tai stays with his Grandma (read: Ba) while Tom and I get dinner and a couple of drinks.  I talk about my novel, about what I'm reading (the Twilight series *shudder* - why am I still reading this?) and what Tai is up to during the week, and Tom talks about work.  Sometimes his stories would have a better audience in a computer geek, but last night he had a good one.

One of his employees - I'll call him G - is a gun-nut and a survivalist.  He's ex-Army Special Forces.  I will admit he makes me nervous, in theory, but in practice he's a nice guy.  Anyway - he does hardware as well as software work and he likes to play around with hardware.  One day Tom came back to work and the courtyard was closed off.  There were security and office emergency volunteers posted around the perimeter.  He wondered what was going on, but didn't ask.  Later he found out - G had made a solar powered battery charger for some of his computer equipment.  He'd left it in the middle of the courtyard to see how much of a charge he could get during the day.  Someone saw it out there, a briefcase full of wires and assumed - bomb.  When G went out to get it, they'd already called in the bomb squad.  Fortunately the situation was defused before anything got out of hand.

Later, on a trip to China, G picked up some new supplies, including a solar panel that is about as big as a piece of notebook paper.  He installed it in an army-green folder and created a new solar-charger for other equipment.  One afternoon he was carrying it into work, when Tom and another friend of theirs, H, met up with them.  

H says, "Got another bomb, there, Hurt Locker?" 

I about lost my shit.


Dec. 13th, 2009 11:56 pm
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I am so excited for Christmas this year.  It's the first time that Tai is really able to participate, even in the smallest way.  He recognizes Christmas or 'Disnis' decorations - especially snow men, santas and lights.  He loves to point them out.  He wasn't thrilled about sitting on Santa's lap the other weekend, but we managed to get a good picture before he started to cry.   Which was better than last year, when he wouldn't even let us put him on Santa's lap before freaking out.

Most of all I'm looking forward to when he opens his presents.  I know commercialism has 'ruined the holidays' but I love finding just the right gift for someone and seeing their face as they peel back the paper... I'd be perfectly happy to just give presents, I don't need any myself.  (Though I wouldn't complain if someone felt the need to get me a gift certificate for a massage or a weekend away or something.  Heh.)  Tonight Tom and I went out and shopped for Tai.  He's starting to get to that age when he notices things and remembers - so I didn't want to do the shopping while he was with us.  (Though I did buy some clothes that were on sale at the Outlet Mall in SoCal when we were down there.  I figure he isn't going to be into clothes yet, so that doesn't matter.)  Fortunately Sunday night isn't a big shopping night, even in San Mateo.  So we were able to brave the store without going utterly mad.  Unfortunately they didn't have the tricycle that we wanted (which is the main portion of Tai's gift) so we're going to have to order online anyway.  Ah well.  I mostly wanted the hands-on experience of checking out the toys before purchasing them that one just doesn't get with online shopping.  I suppose I'm old fashioned like that.  Same way I like to write with pen and paper before transcribing to the computer.  Or I prefer paper books to reading online.

So my shopping is mostly done - I have stuff for Tai, for Tom, for my brother, and we're going to do Photo books on iPhoto (of Tai, of course) for several family members, so that takes care of them, too.  I just need to get something special for Mom.

I am totally in the Christmas spirit, even if I did have a stomach ache earlier.  
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I am exhausted.  Don't worry - I'll quit writing that soon.  I'm just wishing that Tai would, one night on his own - magically, sleep through the night.  Either in our bed or his, I have no preference.  Just no 1, 3, and 5am wake up calls for boobie.  No nightmares and following desires to play robots (I'm not sure he was awake when he suggested the robot thing).  Just sleep.

 I fantasize about sleep the way most guys fantasize about sex.  I dream about solitude and a king size bed with soft, clean sheets, piled with pillows and blankets with a night stand big enough for a glass of water, a pile of books and a notebook.  No need for an alarm clock in my fantasy.  I could sprawl out - arms and legs like a starfish.  I would open the window at the head of the bed and let the cool air rush in.  If I get chilly, I can just curl up in the blankets.   I could get lost in novels and when I start feeling sleepy I could just lay the book down and sink into the mattress.  

Of course, I'd settle.  A full size bed.  A cot.  A chaise lounge.  A couch.  A tiny night stand.  A single book.  One blanket and pillow.  Wrinkly, scratchy sheets.  But please, just some quiet and a luxurious 8 hours of solid sleep.  I haven't had that in more than two years.  I miss it.

(But not enough, apparently, to consistently try sleep training.)
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I haven't updated in ages.  I hope to get back on track, so I'm just getting some words down on the screen to break the block.  It's funny, I have had posts in my mind, but haven't actually sat my butt down to write any of them.  I'm not sure what that's about.  

Tai and I are down in the desert with Mom, McGee and Quin.  Tom's in China - he left on the 25th and he won't be back until March 7th.  Hopefully he won't have to stay longer, which has happened several times in the past.  We're having a good time.  Tai loves hanging out with his Granddad and his Uncle.  He's in a phase where he's always wanting to hang out with other guys.  We went to a Child Observation class last week and there was one dad among all of the moms and Tai wanted to show him everything.  

Tai thinks the desert house is the best - there's so much room to run around.  He's walking and walking - I had to buy him a new pair of shoes because the little ones we got at Mervyn's are totally falling apart.  He also digs the pool.  He took to it instantly - if we let him, he'd just dive right in.  He doesn't know how to swim, but he loves to float when someone's holding him and he playes on the stairs, climbing in and out.  (He is such a fan of stairs.)

He's a little sports fiend, too.  When we were at the park the other evening he spent a bunch of time watching a group of guys playing basket ball. He would have wlked right onto the court if I had let him.  When we all went out to dinner at the Yard House (for my birthday) he was engrossed by a basket ball game on TV.  The minute he found his football here, he held it under one arm and held the other arm up so Grandma could say 'touchdown!'  I have no idea how Tom's genes combined with mine to make a sports fan.

He is eating a ton, too.  He has three meals a day (yes, I know - just like the rest of us) and some of his favorite things are: omlettes, mushrooms, pasta shaped like Elmo, burritoes, Morning Star Farms veggie sausages, yogurt, bananas, apples, strawberries, kiwi, broccoli and whatever you're eating.  He hates it when we're having something he can't.

I'm taking time to enjoy the sun, read a bit and consider writing.  Next up: a real journal entry and work on the novel.
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Without Holidailies to keep me honest, I'm just not so good at getting journal entries together.  Add to this the fact that I forget a thought almost as quickly as I have it, I'm going to stick to bullet points in this entry.  We'll see whether I come back to any topic or not.  I'll do my best!

Read more... )

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[personal profile] twirlgrrl posted this a couple of days ago and, since I can't think of anything deep to write, I figured I'd answer these questions:

You know how sometimes people on your friend's list post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think "Wait a minute! Since when are they working THERE? Since when are they dating HIM/HER? Since when???" And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you *should* already know? It happens to all of us sometimes.

Please copy mine below, erase my answers putting yours in their place then post it in your journal. Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration!

1. First Name: Aubrey

2. Age: 32

3. Location: San Francisco

4. Occupation: Short answer - stay-at-home Mom (!).  Long answer - aspiring novelist (still working on an as-yet-untitled novel that I started about 5 years ago.  It's starting to get moving, finally.  And I may have a title).  And I'm considering going back to school (again) to get  a nursing degree so I can be a certified nurse-midwife.  (There's an even longer discussion about that.)  I've got a lot of feelings around not having a paying job right now.  I still need to figure that out, because even if I do get a paying job tomorrow, any money I make would end up going toward child care.

5. Partner?: Husband, Tom. 

6. Kids: My son, Tai, who is 4 months old.  I *still* can't believe I  have a son.  It's amazing.

7. Brothers/Sisters: One younger brother (4 years younger).  He lives in Southern California with a roomie and three dogs (plus his roomie's dog).  He's got a job as a home theater installation tech.  I admire him for how he's found his own way in life, even when it hasn't been the easiest, or the safest.  And I know he's always got my back, just like I have his.  When we were kids we'd fight like cats and dogs, but the minute anyone tried to get on either of our case, we'd unite and take them on.  I wish he lived closer. 

8. Pets: Currently two dogs, Luna and Cocoa.  They're a bit sad to have been displaced by the baby.  I try to show them I still love them.  And they seem to have no problems with Tai. 

9. List the 3-5 biggest things going on in your life:

1 - 3: Tai.  Sometimes I might feel overwhelmed by taking care of him, but it's so worth it.  Watching him learn and grow day by day is like nothing else in my life.  I love playing with him and showing him the world.  I love watching him take it all in. 
4: My spiritual search - I'm feeling confused about this, but it's a need that I can't walk away from.
5: My writing - slow, yes.  But moving along.

10) Where and for what did you go to school?:  I went to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for my freshman year of college, then transferred to UMass Amherst.  I majored in English, preparing me well to be a SAHM.  Then I went to New College of Cailifornia (since closed!) and got my Masters in Psychology (Feminist concentration).  I got some hours toward my Marriage and Family Therapist license, then burned out.

11) Parents?: My Mom lives half time in San Francisco, half time in Southern California.  She's not working for the moment - she's in recovery from a job from hell.  She's trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up.  My step-dad lives part time in DC, part time in Southern California, and visits SF.  He's retired.  My Dad and step-mom (number 2, heh) live in Michigan.  He's retired, used to work in the GM truck factory in Flint, MI.  My Mom and I are very close.  Dad and I are working on our relationship.

Questions?  Feel free to ask!  I love to babble.


Mar. 31st, 2008 09:37 pm
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In other, non-Tai related news (shock!  I know...)

Margaret Cho is hot.  Very very hot.  (and hilarious, of course.) Why did I not know this sooner?

That is all.  
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(From -  Sent to me by my ever-understanding partner)
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Tonight Tom and I were watching the Colbert Report.  (Not as good as Daily Show, but still makes us laugh).  So - apparently Matthew McConaughey lost his place as People's Sexiest Man.  In an attempt to remind Matt that he's 'still beautiful', Stephen Colbert showed a bunch of pictures of him and gave a little inspirational speech. 

I happened to glance over at Tom and noticed he was typing away on his laptop.

Me: You're not watching this part?

Him: I don't need to see the ... mantage.

Me: *cracks up*

Yes, we are total geeks.


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