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Happy 12th, everyone!

8:08 am – Coffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffee.  It’s not quite the same as getting the real thing at the shop, but it’s better than nothing.  (Dunkin, you’re welcome to start opening up West Coast shops any day now.  We miss you.)

9:23 am – I’m mildly obsessed with Blomqvist and Salandar these days.  I wonder if I’ll be able to hold out for the third episode to be published in paperback.

10:44 am – An R2D2 playdough set.  I could not resist it when I was shopping for Kalen’s birthday.  As expected, it was instantly embraced — not only for its playdough possibilities, but also as a vehicle for the Lego Star Wars guys to ride in.

2:51 pm – Nicolas working on his new “Color Your Own Graphic Novel.”  Hound of the Baskervilles, no less.  The child adores Sherlock Holmes.  (I’m laughing at the pile of books next to him.  Guns, Germs & Steel and The Giving Tree.  A family assortment, obviously.)

3:49 pm – A quick snack before heading off to work on bike-riding skillz.

3:59 pm – I was sufficiently proud enough of my accomplishment to document my own mad skillz.  In this case, the “I don’t need instructions or a man around to figure out how to untangle this contraption I’ve never touched before and get it properly mounted, dammit!” skillz.

4:37 pm – Unfortunately, between our lost bicycle pump and our friends’ broken one, the biking didn’t happen.  The boys weren’t too disappointed.

4:53 pm – Jason stopped by to drop off the bicycle helmets that were in his trunk.

5:34 pm – He also dropped off an iced mocha, which was not long for this world.  Thank you, sweetie!

6:47 pm – The real reason we needed the helmets.  The boys had their first-ever ice skating lesson.  Considering the tears of frustration from Kalen at an ice skating birthday party two months ago, I was surprised to see such a happy face for the whole lesson.  Surprised but thrilled!

6:48 – Is this the boy who wouldn’t try anything new or difficult for so many years??  I was bouncing on the bleachers to see them putting in such good effort and having so much fun.

6:58 pm – With their buddies at the rink.  I think we can mark this day down as a win.

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  • May the 4th be with you!  Happy Star Wars day, everyone.  If you don’t celebrate, feel free to skip this bullet point.  I’m not sure I really do much to “celebrate,” either, other than typing “May the 4th be with you!” on various social media sites and my blog.
  • Have I mentioned that I’m a bit on the geeky side?  Embrace it, I say.  Besides, It’s much less perilous being geeky when you’re 35 than when you’re in high school.  Anyway, I hadn’t really blossomed into full-blown geekhood back then.  I suppose being in marching band was enough to put that particular nail in my coffin, though.
  • So we went to a birthday party at the ice rink on Sunday.  The last time I ice skated (and I use the term loosely), I was 18.  I was thin(ner).  (“Thin” just doesn’t describe my body type at any weight.)  I was in much better shape.  Even then, I couldn’t skate without holding onto my friend, Kelli’s, hand – or the wall.  You can see where this is going.  I’m really, really glad I have an appointment with the chiropractor tomorrow.
  • On a related note, I’ve decided to sign up for ice skating lessons.  Seriously.  (You may stop laughing.  Now.)  It’s a good workout…it’s a particularly good workout for someone very overweight and out of shape.  And, dammit, I want to beat this thing.  Falling hurts too much not to learn how to skate around the rink and remain upright.
  • Cancer sucks.
  • Cancer really, really sucks.  We are getting more and more bad news about what cancer is doing to people we love and people our friends love, and it’s making me angry.  I am still taking donations for the Relay For Life…please click that link if you can help.

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