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20th Aug, 2009 | 12:49 pm

Some kind of nasty got a hold of a bunch of us on our weekend down the south coast. I don't know who brought it with them but it sure has done a number on me. What I thought, at first was just a hangover turned out to be some kind of pig of a flu. I seem to be coming out of it now. Being sick is no fun, but I've actually really enjoyed the last two days of sick leave, just staying at home with bastardang and Ruby. Nowhere to go, nothing to do. Spending time in the house with my ladies. It has made me even more aware of what I am missing out on while I'm at work and how much I wish I could just spend my time with the people I love the most.

We're TV-less right now, which bastardang is not enjoying, but I'm finding quite liberating. Last night we just all hung out together and played a board game and talked and watched some things on my lap top. It was all quite nice and I appreciated the monotonous chatter of the TV disappearing from our evening. I'm not a big fan of TV. I like a lot of the shows and movies that I can watch on it, but the advertising, the background noise it creates and the general ubiquitousness of it gets to me. I feel guilty because I know how much bastardang enjoys her TV, and I feel like I'm taking pleasure in her misery. But when it's absence makes her feel like the time is grinding, I feel like the time is no longer slipping by. That I don't come home from work just to fall into a TV coma and wake up the next day to go to work all over again.

This is especially important to me right now as Ruby is growing at an alarming rate. Not so much physically, but mentally. She's putting words into sentences and using them imaginatively. A great example of this was last night when Ruby put on a pair of polar bear ears then walked past us saying "I a bear, rawr!". The sheer volume of cute radiating from this kind of thing makes me want to choke. Add the strange pride in seeing her learning things like language, animal noises and pretending ... I could barely take it. She was also able to name almost every letter of the alphabet

I'm really looking forward to spotshouse's visit next month. I'm taking over a week off work and I'll be able to spend all that time just with my family, having fun, going places and just being together.

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cmariewt

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from: cmariewt
date: 20th Aug, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
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Sounds like your family is doing very well. That is fantastic!

When we moved my main concern was getting the cable back. It took two weeks. And two out of three tv's still don't have it because of various issues. I was very suprised to learn that not having tv didn't really affect my life. I hardly even notice it to be honest.

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Gravy Dan

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from: danox
date: 20th Aug, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
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we used to have cable, but we gave it up after we took a 3 week trip into the desert and barely felt like watching TV after we got back.

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Splinter in the mind's eye

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from: infinitecomplex
date: 20th Aug, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
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I sympathize with how you feel about going out to work. I've been acting in a senior position for the past three weeks, and because it's a really unusual position I've gotten to work from home one day a week (working from home isn't normally possible in our workplace.)

That doesn't sound like much, but it's been so great; I've just loved getting to be at home, in this beautiful space, with Jen around. It doesn't even matter that I've been working my socks off (yesterday I was so engrossed I completely forgot to take a lunch break) - just the fact that she's here with me, and I'm here, is awesome. And it's not like I hate going out to work: I enjoy my job, and have great coworkers, and love the building I work in. I just like being with Jen most of all.

(Just as a bonus, lack of interruptions and the fact that my network at home is exponentially faster than the work network (not its fault - severe bandwidth problems due to huge demands on the public wireless) also mean that I'm at least twice as productive when working at home. However, my acting position ends on Monday so no more working at home for me. C'est la vie.)

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Gravy Dan

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from: danox
date: 20th Aug, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
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I get to work at home once a week which is nice, I take ruby swimming and I have lunch in the park with bastardang but I still have to do actual work for the rest of the day. Just being able to spend all day hanging out was really nice.

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Heidi

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from: remlap
date: 20th Aug, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
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It's so nice to read about Ruby growing up and hearing you guys being all happy, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

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Gravy Dan

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from: danox
date: 20th Aug, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
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it is nice! I'm enjoying it despite all the complaining I do.

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spotshouse

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from: spotshouse
date: 21st Aug, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
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I can hardly wait!

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Gravy Dan

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from: danox
date: 25th Aug, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
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same! wooot!

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bring me the rest of alfredo garcia

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from: sunnytea
date: 22nd Aug, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
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i agree with you about tv. although i do enjoy my 'farmer wants a wife' tv time...
i wish i could have seen the ruby bear!

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Gravy Dan

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from: danox
date: 25th Aug, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
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HA!

the ruby bear is pretty great. I'll try and get some video of it.

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