R.I.P. Carrie Fisher

While we are big into recycling and re-purposing in our daily lives but I don’t usually re-use photos on the blog. Today is an obvious exception, as this photo of Sweetie from Halloween 2015 pays homage to Princess Leia Organa (Skywalker), as portrayed be the late Carrie Fisher.

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I find Carrie Fisher’s life fascinating. From fame to relative obscurity back up to sci-fi royalty; fighting battles with fictional villains and real-life mental health ones. There is admittedly, more to her than just this one character.

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We talked about this in front of the girls. And even though Sweetie chimed in on the conversation, she didn’t get what was going on. We try to talk about death as just another part of life, but it is still sad. Thankfully, fan response has been strong. In one tweet I read, the author wrote “Be Princess Leia in 2017…be a [general]”. And wife’s sentiments were, “In a world of Barbie dolls and damsels in distress, thank goodness there was Princess Leia.”

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October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you all out there! Snow shoveling, winter break, tree decorating, gift buying and wrapping; it’s all been leading up to today.

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Our family has much to be grateful for this season; good health, financial stability, employment, family, and yes, you, our readership. I was just telling Brother Mechanic that it is good to be a member of our family right now. So we send out well-wishes to you and yours for a safe and happy holiday, whatever holiday you celebrate. We hope you enjoy the loving support of family and the warm embrace of time spent together. Merry Christmas.

First Day of Winter Break!

Today was of first official day of Winter Break 2016! At 30º and sunny it was a great day in Chicago. After sleeping in a bit, some breakfast and some cartoons, it was time to venture out.

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The girls and I started out with a “quick” trip to Jewel (named such for how much we were purchasing, NOT how long the walk took). After stretching the walk from five minutes to fifteen we headed back to the apartment for some snow fun.

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Besides being a warm, clean, safe and affordable place to stay during our remodeling project, our temporary-home two-flat sits on a deeper lot than we have at home. This gives the girls a larger backyard to run around in – great for days like today when they need to air out a bit. And the yard is surrounded by a locked fence, so no worries about the girls getting into the alley or the street.

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Between older cousins and older siblings, both girls have gear for the snow. And we are not afraid to spend on warm clothes, so the boots and mittens are overkill (REI, Sorel, North Face, Columbia, etc). Besides being safe from the cold, it is more fun playing in the snow when you’re warm.

img_1873The weather forecast calls for more snow over the Christmas weekend, and frankly, we are okay with that. We laid the foundation for a snow fort, and the girls are all about “helping” with the shoveling (anyone who has tried to shovel with a child understands).

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After an hour in the snow it was time to head inside to eat and nap. The girls played well together, which is always a relief. Yesterday was an early dismissal from school, which meant a long afternoon. It was not a good preview of two weeks spent together. But today’s master plan worked, and two worn out girls with full tummies laid down for long winters’ naps, allowing me to knock out some insulating projects and some laundry. BTW, can you dig the “chalet” look of the kitchen? Yeah, remodeling that is on the post-move-out-to-do list.

For some of you winter break started today. Others, like CPS, will wrap tomorrow. Regardless of your holiday schedule, I hope you have plans both grand and small and you can enjoy your time together. Our winter break adventures are just starting!

We Interrupt This Program…

Yeah, they do that when you don’t pay your registration fees.

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Can’t quite see…

So those of you who stopped by on Wednesday may have gotten a screen with just an error message on it. No worries, nothing happened, I just forgot to pay for the next year’s hosting. That’s all, minor oversight…and we went dark.

Really? You didn't pay the bills?

Really? You didn’t pay the bills?

Anyone else out there distracted? Holiday shopping, decorating (going on our fourth day and we’re still not done), visiting with friends and family? Well, just be sure to take some time out for you. Getting us back up and running took one minute, exactly one minute. So make sure you take at least one minute for yourselves.

Ha! Silly Daddy!

Ha! Silly Daddy!

So you’re probably wondering what these pictures of the Cricket have to do with a lapsed registration fee. Honestly, nothing. I just figured I would pepper an otherwise boring post with her pictures. Just gratuitous cuteness. Enjoy.

I love holiday cookies!

I love holiday cookies!