Three positive things, day nine

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A quick one because I'm late for bed.

First off, for my trip to NYC Camp tomorrow I was bumped from a standard sized car to an SUV. That'll make the 4+ hour drive (each way) a little more comfortable. And I never knew there could be so many different buttons for controlling the contours and position of the driver's seat ;-)

Secondly, picked up a surprise gift for a friend and her husband who married recently. Of course if they read this first it won't be much of a surprise ;-)

Thirdly, our 8yo cried for half an hour going to bed because he was going to miss me. He also had me pack one of his favorite toys to remember him by. I'll be back in two days, but it's still nice to know I'll be missed ;-) Our 11yo also gave me a small token to take, but he's seen me travel enough (once or twice per year) that he's comfortable with it.

And now - to sleep, perchance to dream. But they'd better be short dreams because I have to get up in 5 1/2 hours!

Three positive things, day eight

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Three quick things tonight.

First off - yes, kittens. Today we left the basement door open, instead of keeping it closed. Our upstairs cat, Bolt, appreciated this as it meant he could go have some food or use the litter whenever he wanted, instead of waiting for us to open the door to the stairs. The two kittens explored a little bit, but were a little apprehensive of the huge open space so still stayed up stairs, where they spent almost the entire day bouncing around, jumping onto counters, and climbing the curtains. Because kittens.

Secondly - dinner. My awesome wife found a recipe last year that's a recreation of a lettuce wrap dish from a popular Asian-American restaurant. After she tried it one she realized it needed some improvements, so she added a few more ingredients to the second batch, and it has become or family's favorite meal ever since. And it's rather amazing with some Sriracha sauce.

Finally, while I was getting Kian ready for bed and I was carrying him around the bedroom, he pointed at the ceiling and looked up. I touched the ceiling and asked him if he wanted to touch it. He said he did. So I carefully lifted him up, allowing him to touch the ceiling, and he gave this wide-eyed look of awe. He then kept asking to touch the ceiling until we put him to bed - it became his new favorite thing. This honestly isn't too surprising, given he likes being upside-down so much.

Three positive things, day seven

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So, today was rather work-laden again, but

The first thing was... (drumroll).. kittens. Yes, again :p So we've had them for about a month but we've been keeping them in the main upstairs bathroom while they were getting a little older, and recovering from a bit of an eye infection they carried home with themselves. Over the past week we've been letting them out more and more, each time for an hour or two, gradually getting them used to the house and the big things that stomp around the place all day. And trying to get Kian used to them, specifically getting him to be gentle with them. Anyway, today we actually had them out since about six am until near bedtime, and it went fine! We had a few awkward Kian-vs-kitten and kitten-vs-fridge-door moments, but we're learning to always expect a kitten to be under our feet pretty much at all times. So they're pretty comfortable at this point and we're all adjusting rather well.

The second thing was the start of a movie called "From the Dark" that's set in County Offaly, which is closed to where I grew up and where several school friends lived. While the movie may end up being a pile of.. something.. it was fun seeing old familiar road signs, a car with the driver on the right side, etc.

The third and most positive, and amazing, thing today was that I saw my mum on TV :) There's an independent Irish "TV" station available online called "Irish TV" and they have weekly segments from different counties. Today's segment on County Westmeath was focused on

Three positive things, day six

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(This should have been posted last night but I forgot. Doh.)

A work-laden day still had some good stuff.

The first positive thing was - you guessed it - kittens. They were let out for a few hours around lunchtime and again after dinner time. One thing that was particularly cool was watching them play on Kian's small indoor slide - perfectly, disgustingly cute :)

The second positive thing was taking the kids to the park after dinner. We had a pretty good time playing, and then the family we met last week showed up out of the blue so we got to hang out with them for a little bit.

The third positive thing was having our ~24,000 photos finish uploading to our iCloud account so that they can be properly sync'd with both of our laptops. After the recent discovery that I'd lost three years worth of photos, including the first two years of our eldest's life, I was determined to ensure the photos were accessible from more than one computer. And now they are.

Three positive things, day five

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Today was a rather relaxed day, though we still got up to some fun.

The first really positive thing was going blueberry picking at Monadnock Berries in Troy, NH. It's a pick-your-own fruit farm where they specialize in blueberries, but also have raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries, multiple types of currants, etc. We've gone there almost every year since moving back to NH and we've always come away with just a whole load of exceedingly tasty fruit. We had organized to meet up with my wife's best friend and her son, (who were mentioned in my third 3PT post) so that added a little more to it.

The second really positive thing happened while we were picking blueberries. My wife was at the other end of a plant row than I was and she heard this familiar voice that she hadn't heard in several years. She looked around to see where it was coming from and spotted an old friend (& boss) she used to know, and work for, back when she was in college - over fifteen years ago! While they had briefly bumped into each other a few years ago, this was the first time we got to chat with her at any length. Furthermore, her husband was wandering around picking berries too, so he (finally) got to meet our children. And we're going to invite them over once I get back from visiting NYC.

The third positive thing was.. yes.. kittens. Tonight before dinner we let them wander around (much of) the upstairs, and we left them wandering for well over an hour. While we kept Kian busy with dinner, reading and Kipper, the rest of us kept an eye on them as they explored and frolicked. The duo also got to interact with Kodiak, our 80+ lbs black lab, and Bolt, our patriarchal "upstairs" cat, and they all got on just fine with lots of playing and submissive gestures (in cats, in dogs).

More tomorrow!

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