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Question for the Flist...

So, my not-quite-five-year-old has a sudden interest in history and I was wondering if anyone on my friend's list had any suggestions on books (or apps or videos or whatever) on history that are good for young children? I know some of you are real history buffs (or history teachers!).

She's particularly interested in things people have done and what they have made as well as how things came to be like they are now (i.e. "How was the first building built before builders knew how to build houses?" which led to talk of adobes and igloos and caves, which kinda blew her mind). She doesn't seem to care to narrow her interest to a specific region or era. And, I neither want to wash over things like... English settlers intentionally giving Native Americans smallpox to kill them and steal their land... nor do I want to explain it like that... obviously. So... suggestions are more than welcome! Thoughts, anyone?


So, I've been getting some writing done. Not as much as I'd like and not necessarily in the fics I'd most like to be working on, but it's still a good thing. Finished a 5k Revolution fic (IDEK, it hit me and it needed to happen) today. Awaiting a beta before I post it. It's the closest to slash I've ever written, honestly. More Monroe/inferiority-complex than anything else but definite undertones of Miles/Monroe throughout. Anyhow, it has lots of skewed navel-gazing and parenthetical asides and metaphors and I mostly am pretty darn happy with it. It's called Toy Soldiers and I expect I'll post it here in a couple of days (though if someone on my flist is secretly a crazed Revolution fan and wants a sneak peek, I wouldn't say no to a second beta on it).

Next writing project is back to working on my Castle meta fic (Death of a Fangirl). I need to rewatch "Sucker Punch" because I'm using the Westies in it and I wanna get Finn Rourke's voice right (darn... such a trial rewatching Castle. :-p). I'm about 5.5k into the fic, which I plan to run about 25-30k (as if my plans ever actually happen).

In non-fanish news... Tuesday after swimming class, Shawn (who is three) slipped and face-planted on the wet floor of the bathroom and completely shattered a front tooth. I'm not gonna lie, I panicked. Kinda stupidly. He's fine now, but he did have to have what was left of the tooth extracted and they won't know if there was damage to his permanent tooth until it comes it. Tooth fairy brought him an etch-a-sketch and me a six-pack of beer (I feel I earned it; thank you, tooth fairy).

Otherwise things are good. My parents got back from their three week cruise/vacation this week and the kids are over the moon that they're back. Ava misses school (which has been out for almost a month now), but I've been keeping the kids pretty busy so she's coping. OH and she's OBSESSED with the Sims on the ipad (this is genetic, maybe?). The ipad version of the sims has them do everything in real time. So, like, if they sleep for eight hours, they sleep for eight hours. She will sit there and watch them do this. She also has started walking around speaking Simlish, which is hilarious. Pic below was taken this morning.


All of the things (a total mishmosh)

1. I'm visiting andacus in a couple of days. Cannot. Wait. For srs. It'll be warm and sunny and I'll have my bff and wine and other assorted alcohols and yummy food and a bit of a break from my adorable munchkins. Let me tell you, this is appealing so, so very much.

2. Ava is continuing to love her gymnastics class and is progressing fast enough and showing enough promise that they've asked her to join the new competitive training class. It's meant to teach the basics early on to start a good foundation for kids who want to do gymnastics competitively later and it's invite-only. I'd never push her to do a sport competitively if she didn't want to, but I'd like her to have a good foundation in case she wants to. Plus the class is twice as long (which she would love) and small with lots of one-on-one attention. So, I think we're gonna try it out and see if she still likes it. If it's too much pressure or not enough fun or whatever for her, we'll switch back.

3. I'm writing some. I've made slow but visible progress on "Four Girls Sirius Black Could Have Fallen In Love With (And One He Did)." I'm still not entirely certain how that fic has turned into such a long one, but it is. It's not flowing as easily as it did last time I was working on it, but honestly I'm just pretty proud to have come back to a fic a year after taking a break from it and making progress on it. It might help that it's existed in my head one way or another for six years now... That's a hell of a thought... Shit, i need to learn to write way the hell faster.

4. In my headcanon, "Girl on Fire" is Castle's personal theme song for Nikki Heat. This makes me laugh every damn time it's on the radio. Yes, I know I'm a total dork. This is not news.

5. Everyone in my immediate family is illness-free for the first time this year since mid-January - which is fantastic and well overdue - but my extended family isn't doing so hot. My uncle's in the hospital with heart problems. My grandmother's mental faculties are... poor and she fell again (this time breaking her clavicle, but at least it wasn't her hip and at least she wasn't on the floor for two days before someone found her this time). She is finally moving to an assisted living home. It makes me sigh and feel old.

6. I've read so many fanfics in the last few weeks that they are actually starting to blur together. You'd think that would make them less enjoyable, but no. Not really.

Um... that is all, I think. Other than a hello. HELLO!

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So... they did total our car. We're getting a lot more for it than we expected, but we still might hold off on buying a new one for a bit. We're under a lot of financial stress lately, so hearing that they were giving us literally twice what we expected helped a lot. I'm still stressed, but it feels less apocalyptic. Anyone have a recommendation on cars I should check out? Definitely would prefer a four door with some good cargo space (trunk is fine if its roomy) and I'd love something that handles well in the snow. It's gotta have good crash test ratings. At or under $10k (preferably under... by a few thousand if possible). Obviously something a bit older is fine but I'd prefer not more than ten years old. Any thoughts anyone?

Also, while I'm asking for advice... Does anyone know a good resource for talking to young children about death in a non-religious way? Ava has been asking questions for months (which we've been answering as best we can) about death and since we are agnostic and don't believe in heaven or hell it's a pretty difficult conversation to have with a four-year-old... not that I expect its a terribly easy question to field no matter what you believe. I think the root problem is that I don't have the answers I know she's looking for, so I can't give them to her and I'm not going to lie... so she keeps asking. I'd prefer a book or something to a website with a comment section (because I can only imagine the bitter feuds that would go on there). Thanks in advance if anyone has any suggestions!

 Ummm... I wanted to write more things but my brain isn't working right now.

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So Ava turned four last weekend! Yeah... I'm not really sure how that happened either...

It was a joint birthday party with her best friend Annika, whose birthday was also last weekend, at a really awesome park nearby. Almost their whole class came (many with siblings). Annika wanted a princess themed party and Ava didn't care. As anyone who knows her might expect, Ava was more interested in being a pirate princess than any of the Disney ones...

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Some of you might remember that our house backs up to her preschool playground. Well, the next day, which was her "family party" with presents and waffles and Uncle Joey (who showed up an hour and forty minutes late, the ass), the church who owns the land the preschool is on had a big "meet your neighbor" party in that park complete with bouncy castles. Ava looked out back and thought she was having the best birthday party EVER. Obviously, we went over. And, other than being quietly handed a pamphlet as we left, were shockingly not talked to about religion at all (for which I am super grateful). 

In other news, it looks like Dan will probably be furloughed in December, but only for 3-4 weeks. We never really know until it happens, but that's what he thinks will happen based on the buzz around the office. It's a terrible time to be furloughed but at least it's short. More like an unpaid long vacation than anything else. We can manage, but it'll be a stressful Christmas. 

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1) I am home sick today because (unsurprisingly) I've caught whatever the kids have had. Low-grade fever, nasty rattling cough and very achy muscles. Calling out on a sunny "weekend" day at work during a one-day-sale when I had a nine hour shift and already called out for all my other shifts this week? Maybe not the best. Good thing I'm thinking I'm not gonna be there much longer anyhow. 

2) prisonbreakfic.net is down again? This makes me super duper sad. Hope its up soon because... I need my fix and I've read like 90% of what's on FFN and most of whats on LJ. 

3) Was there never a Prison Break blooper/gag reel? Whhyyyyyy??? If I'm just missing it, please someone tell me?

4) Recent kiddo pictures just because it's been a while...

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5) Off to attempt to write... if that fails I'm having a mini marathon because I really would prefer to be curled up on the sofa anyhow and the kids are at my parents' house...

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So Shawn turned two yesterday! 

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This was taken shortly before my daughter nailed him straight between the eyes with a t-ball that she hit PERFECTLY. I'm gunning for a sports scholarship somewhere in her future. (Please, universe?)

If the sports thing doesn't work out, maybe photography will? She's gone batty with the iPad's photo capabilities. More shots behind the cut.

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In totally unrelated news, I'm working on my Prison Break fics as I can (which is to say, nowhere near often enough) and I might possibly totally be going to play a Prison Break neighborhood in Sims2 just as soon as I find my disk... Which might take some doing. What do you mean writing-as-i-can and playing-sims-2 are in complete contradiction to each other? Pfft... Pfft I say.

One of these days I also need to finish up my "Four Girls Sirius Black Could Have Fallen In Love With (And One He Did)" since I have like 75% of it done and a solid 15k words not posted yet... But, um, PB has priority at the moment. Michael and Sara have taken over my brain while Sirius and his girl appear to have left my brain and gone on vacation for the first time in - oh - five years or so. (They've earned it) 

Also, while I work tonight (3:15-10:15 yuck), I have Sunday off! In fact, I have the next THREE Sundays off! This is amazing and will never ever happen again. 

A list! I know, you can't contain your surprise...

1) Today, my daughter informed me that when she grows up she wants to be a duck-billed platypus.

2) The above was super adorable up until she asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. This made me wonder... how many people actually become what they dream about being when they're kids?

3) I had the hilarious crossover crack!fic idea of Dead Like Me/Prison Break where George keeps somehow missing when she's supposed to take out Sara or Michael or Linc and is like "HOW can this be this hard? I got axed by a falling toilet seat but they're in like... mortal peril on an hourly basis and still won't die." I absolutely won't write it (in part because there's no good way to end that plot, but...) mostly because I have too many legitimate fic ideas bouncing around my head.

4) Speaking of said fic ideas... other than that Sara's mom died when she was young due to her alcoholism, do we know anything about her? Name? Age? Hair color? Anything? I'm thinking not, but just want to check.

5) Haven't seen Vampire Diaries yet, so shhhh...

Stuff and Things

In list form (just because)... 

1) I am still here (Hi all!)
2) Ava turns two tomorrow! (OMFG, whut?) Her party is Sunday and shall be Elmo themed because he is her favorite thing in the entire world. She occasionally uses full sentences now ("I don't like Shawn crying"), has learned the power of the word "please" and still could give a damn about toys and blocks because things like kicking a ball outdoors or pushing her doll (whom she's renamed Baby Shawn) on the swing are a billion times better. 
3) Dan goes on furlough next friday, but could be back to work as soon as sometime in October. This is actually good. If only we had the money, we'd totally go somewhere (anywhere) on vacation. Alas... we do not.
4) I am doing quite well at work and there's at least one other manager who wants to steal me away from my current position (no offer of a promotion or raise yet though). 
5) THE HOUSE FINALLY SOLD! HELL YES! The check came through today and now the estate just has to be settled. We're getting WAY less for it than we'd thought (had to replace the roof amongst other things... and housing prices dropped like woah). But our cut, when we get it in January, will certainly more than pay off our car and our credit card debt. 
6) Shawn's started on rice cereal (with banana in it today) and is in love with eating. He makes very happy noises and tries to grab the spoon and shove it in his mouth because I'm clearly not fast enough at feeding him. 
7) On a note related to number three, I spend too much money. 
8) Ava is possibly attempting to give up naps (this one I will fight for. Sorry kiddo. Naptime is more for mommy than for you).
9) Um... that's it.