August 26, 2016

Flashback Friday


For the last week, while Grandma and Gichan have been enjoying their turn with the Major and Q-Bee in Hawaii, we have been dog-sitting.  It’s been enlightening, to say the least.

When Talli first came into our lives, in April of 2014, she was about 5 or 6 months old – a fairly large puppy.

Rerun and Talli

Now, she’s 2 and a half, and is a puppy trapped in a big dog’s body.

Big Talli dog

She’s actually adapted pretty well to living here, though it is kind of comical to see her walk backwards down our hallway occasionally.  If she follows someone to a bedroom, and then backs up as they come out, she has to keep walking backward because she’s too big to turn around in the hallway.

Oh no, I am puppy

See… she’s just a tiny puppy!  Look how small a ball she is?  HA.


The kids have done really pretty well with her – other than the one incident when Rerun tried to “fight” her by jumping on her.  He needed a couple band-aids.

Talli is a sweet girl with a large bark, and she sees all of us as “her” people.  I think the kids will miss her.

(The Webmaster will not miss the fur.)

August 25, 2016

Another Race To Run


This now makes four 5Ks that Ane has run this year.  She ran this one last Saturday morning.


The Webmaster went to be her chauffeur/cheer squad/moral support this time, instead of walking the course.  Ane finished the race in a very respectable 38 minutes.

Now to get her paperwork pulled together for cross country!

August 24, 2016

7th Grade Orientation Day!


Ane spent most of yesterday (and props to the Webmaster, he was there with her) at her new junior high, getting registered for stuff, getting her picture taken and her ASB card, and seeing what her schedule will be for next year.  She got most of the classes she wanted, but is mad because she opted for two PE classes (only one was required) and she only got one.  And they gave her an art class instead – which I think was dead last in her elective choices.  But she did get computer aided design and robotics, and found out that a good friend was in her science class.

And we found out that we had to get her a sports physical in order for her to participate in cross country this fall.  ????  I didn’t think that started until high school!  Fortunately, because she had her physical within the last year, the doctor’s office just fills out the forms and signs off on them.  *whew*

Ane and her friends

I can’t believe I have a 7th grader.

August 23, 2016

Indulge the Spectrum


There are days when you don’t argue with the autism spectrum. There are only the days where you can hope to appease it and wear it down. And if trampoline jumping while watching YouTube videos of the 20th Century Fox fanfare on a loop is what the spectrum demands, that’s what happens.

Thumper jumps

Thumper loves the fanfare.  I blame the Star Wars soundtracks that he’s listened to since he was born.  Fortunately, there are people on YouTube who have made videos of the 20th Century Fox logo and fanfare that cover the entire history of the film studio (which started in 1914), so I can find videos that are 6 to 9 minutes long that just play the fanfare over and over and over and over and over again.

Ane officially now hates the fanfare.  It actually sounds like white noise to me, so I can tune it out fairly easily.

But I’ll be glad when this particular craze passes, and he seizes on a new favorite piece of music.  Maybe one that lasts longer than 21 seconds when played through.