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I'm sorry I don't have a photographic memory, but my brain is too busy being awesome.

I keep thinking "oh, hey, I should post on LJ about this" but... um... I never seem to. So, hi! Happy New Year and all that.

I haven't posted a picture of the munchkins in a bit so.... see below. They are all big and stuff! (JC Penneys did the card style thing. I am not that crafty or that dedicated...).

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They had a great Christmas. Not only did they clean up in the toy department (trampoline AND a cat... granted it's our own cat that my brother had living with him for a while, but they don't know that... ), but they got to facetime with my grandmother twice, which was hugely exciting both for them and my grandmother.

Dan is FINALLY going to be officially converted to a permanent employee at the IRS later this month. This is GREAT news for us (no more unemployment! YAY), but we also have increasing bills and dwindling savings, so I am probably going to have to go back to work. I'm not thrilled, honestly, for a lot of reasons, but if I have to then I have to. There's also a definite possibility that my parents could have to move out of state this year and if THAT happens, then I can kiss my free childcare goodbye with them. I've made a decision not to stress over it, though. I just can't.

I haven't been writing in about a month. I haven't wanted to, honestly. But I want to want to... if that makes sense. I did already write the next ficlet in my meme (like a month ago), so I'll probably post that here in a bit and I'm going to try and make myself start on the one after. Might happen, might not.

As I do periodically, I was hunting for new shows to devour. And I struck gold. Twice! One day, after the cable went out briefly and the menu had yet to reboot itself, I was channel surfing just by hitting the channel up button and tripped past oodles of infomercials and right up to Nathan Fillion being on my TV. Naturally, I went "MAL!" and recalled that several people have mentioned Castle as being pretty good. I wholly agree with them. I watched the entire series thus far in just over a week. Yeeeeeah. That was a lot of marathoning. After I finished it (and rewatched some with andacus as she's watching it now, too), I was twiddling my thumbs and bemoaning the length of the winter TV hiatus until I found that the entirity of Suits was On Demand and free. Now, I didn't expect much (on account of USA is a reliable network for fun, watchable shows that I will regularly tune in for but not really get hooked on), but holy shit did that show hook me (as evidenced by the awesome quote used in my subject line)! There will be more on these later. I am sure. But for now, this post is getting long. Anyone else watching Suits out there? Also... WHY isn't there a single Suits/Castle crossover on the whole of the internet? I just want Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) to be Rick Castle's (Nathan Fillion) lawyer... with some kind of unexplained, vaguely-alluded to past that could totally also be Firefly. With all the nerds on the internet, this can't be too much to ask, can it?

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My ability to post with anything approaching consistency is clearly fail.

First, I'm a jackass for not saying this earlier, but thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday last month.

Second, regarding fic writing... I haven't written anything in months. BUT, I have a new goal to finish "Four Girls..." before the end of the year. After that I'm either going to work on the next fic in my Prison Break series or work on something original. We'll see...

Speaking of writing, Ava (who is four) made up a story about the clouds pushing the moon across the sky so that it could see the Christmas lights before it went to sleep for the day. I'm wildly impressed by this. Also? It's super interesting how close that feels to something from mythology (you know, minus Christmas lights).

Dan ended up not going on furlough this year, which is great financially but I was kinda looking forward to him being off. It also looks like he'll finally be perm converted next month so that would mean no more furlough ever. This would definitely change his schedule around so that he works later in the day (right now he's on the 7:30-4 shift which means we need to leave the house by 6:40 every morning)... probably to the 9:30-6 or 10:30-7 shift. There are pluses and minuses to this. I hate getting up early but I do love having him home for dinner and getting the kids to bed... and they will most certainly fall asleep in the car if I'm picking him up at 7. With a later shift I'll be able to sleep in more which means I can stay up later, which works well for my writing. It'll just be an adjustment really.

My mother has been doing family history research and we've found out that my great-great-great-great grandmother's name was Walburga. Andacus said this means I'm a squib and I whole-heartedly agree (also I'm grateful that that side of my family doesn't name their kids after their familiy members).

Speaking of Walburga and Harry Potter... I'm playing an epic game of Sims where I took every character I care about (both canon and RPG) and made ancestors for them back to the same era as Phinneas Nigellus Black and I'm doing EVERYONE'S family trees. Yes, this is huge and crazy. Also? I got medieval era stuff and don't allow their households electricity. And they all have period clothes. It's excellent.

So... how is everyone? Life good? Done Christmas shopping yet?

Why is it always lists?

I haven't posted in... too long. So, here's things.

1) Dan will be on furlough (probably not for terribly long... a month or so) starting somewhere between ten days from now and November 22nd. Honestly? I'm kinda looking forward to it. Also? He shaved his head. I'm not certain, but I think it might have been partly due to much talk about how Wentworth Miller is ridiculously hot... It looks good, honestly. He's had the same haircut since he was 16 and it was making him look younger than he is (not in a great way).

2) Ava has been.... let's go with 'challenging' lately. Extremely argumentative, a little bit of regression in maturity, clingy, somewhat agressive (bit the hell out of her poor brother yesterday) and generally wildly frustrating. Screaming in my face is not okay. Copying everything I say is annoying as all hell. Acting like a baby is just ridiculous. And kicking/hitting/biting is seriously a problem. I know this isn't abnormal for a four-year-old (even though it's totally not acceptable) and I'm coping and working with her, but I won't say the frustration hasn't reduced me to tears a couple of times.

3) I have done zero plotting for my next story in my Prison Break series. Ooops? I was going to do it for NaNoWriMo, but frankly I don't know how that works with two preschool aged kids (especially when Ava is acting like this). I don't have three or four hours a day to commit. I just... I don't. Really, I don't know how I did it last time. And honestly I really want finish "Four Girls Sirius Black Could Have Fallen in Love With (And One He Did)" because it's been sitting 90% finished for like... eight months. So... yeah that's coming first (probably after the canon ending I'm writing an epilogue with AU endings because DAMN but canon is depressing like woah). So... it'll happen. Just probably not by the end of the year (though possibly I'll get a good chunk done once Dan's on furlough).

4) So, I'm watching Vampire Diaries (of course), Walking Dead, Revolution and Arrow (for now) this season. Anything rocking I'm missing out on? Vampire Diaries' premiere underwhelmed me (but their premiere always seems to?), Walking Dead was pretty great (though I desperately wanted to point out to Lori that if she dies in childbirth and comes back a walker, her baby is dead no matter what because it's not like they have baby formula lying around), Revolution feels like it's still finding its footing but I think it could be great if Charlie became less unrealistically naive and irksome, and Arrow... well, you just keep doing half-naked gratuitous excersize scenes and I'll keep on watching, mkay?

5) Guild Wars 2 has kinda fizzled for me. Loved it to start with but high end content is madly lacking and people creating drama is absurdly annoying. Don't they play these kind of games to get away from drama in their lives? I'm kinda wanting to play some Sims? Lets pretend I have time for either of these things.

6) The Twelve (sequel to The Passage) came out Tuesday! I was there when the bookstore opened to buy it. I've only had time to read the prologue so far, but I'm super excited about it. I do wish I hadn't loaned out The Passage though because I feel like I really could use a refresher...Anyhow, if you like zombies or apocolypses, go get these books. For srs. It's good stuff.

I know there's other things but my brain doesn't work today... So, anyhow, there's a brief update on my life. FUN TIMES RIGHT? I lead such an exciting existence...

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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. 

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.