Re: Day One...
(blows dust off TAM keyboard...)
Hey, just checking in. All still going great for us. Off to California for 10 days on Friday (wave as we fly past, ok!), and having our silver anniversary party just before Xmas. M'Lady is having a blast, getting to do all the stuff she didn't get to do the first time. Making and sending invites, planning decorations. To the point where we now refer to it as the "NWW" (non wedding wedding...)
My sister is a wedding planner, and knows someone with a wedding dress shop. So Saturday M'lady, my sister, my Mum and one of M'Lady's friends spent the day playing "say yes to the dress". Tears all round.
She's not actually wearing a wedding dress, but decided to get a non-wedding dress made for the day. Which my Mum promptly paid for. More tears.
Fortunately, I only got to hear about it all later. As I'd chosen to go spend the day out in the woods, chainsawing and splitting firewood!
Work is going great. Still quiet as we wait for things to shake out, but patience may be about to pay off as my role, and my teams, may be about to expand a lot. The company that bought ours out has fingers in several other pies. Including Police and Ministry of Defence. We've sent in our security clearance paperwork, once that clears we will be working on other clients and sites, not just our own.
Still have a full house, with both kids back home. Youngest is really enjoying being a police officer, and slowly seems to be realising that "angry" is not his only available emotion. He thinks and rationalises instead of reacts, a lot more. Still has his moments, but no longer with us. I think that's because he see's that we have a new 'toolbox' for dealing with issues and he tries to follow our lead. One time I don't mind the kids borrowing my tools!
Oldest has been in daily contact with his girl, and they seem to be working things out. From what I gather she was tired of "same old same old". Which is probably fair. Eight years is a long time, especially for a couple kids. The 'romance' wasn't there. But, again, they seem to be following our way of rebooting after D-Day. To go back to basics, start dating again. She's back from California today, so we'll see how that goes.
Not a lot of playtime recently, with the kids in and out of the house at random times. You never quite know when is 'safe'. Also, M'lady has sprained her back, so along with her knee's, is in some pain. Dr's appt today, so we'll know whats she's actually done. Also, her head is all over the place, between counselling, the trip to California and her fears of meeting her sisters, and the NWW planning, playtime has not had room in her thinking. But, she does take the time to let me know I'm still in there somewhere. The other day I was in the shower, and she suddenly stepped in with me. Which is a rare occurrence. Soaped me up and 'gave me a hand', but no happy ending as I could tell she was in pain. So I cleaned her up, towelled her off and gave her a massage instead.
Still a regular at the the gym, but beginning to wonder if I'm an endomorph, as my gains, even with some advice from the instructor seem to be minimal, no matter what routines and weights I try. In good shape, I think, even had positive feedback from the USAF kids I 4-wheel with ("you're pretty spry, for an old guy"! ), but I don't gain weight, lose weight or change much physically.
So, yeah. That's about where I'm at, We're at.