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Today in Excellent Problems to Have:

ALL the ebooks I had on hold through the library came in and downloaded today.

TWO WEEKS to read them. TWO WEEKS.

Tags:i can do this, read all the books!, seldnei's life
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One of the anchors for the storm shutters came out of the wall when Mr Seldnei took them down, and now we apparently have a bee hive in it.

(Mr Seldnei found a guy who will remove the bees safely, no worries.)

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So the boy has a cross bite, and we’ve known for, like, seven years that he was going to have to have some major orthodontia–and now the day has come.*

Stage one is the spacing device thing that will adjust his bite. He got that today. My baby whose extremely clear enunciation has been A Thing since he was two now has a lisp and sounds perpetually nasal. (I imagine some of this will go away as he gets used to the thing.)

But even better? Mr Seldnei and I get to use this wacky little pick device thing to adjust the spacer every morning and evening! Scott showed me how to do it today. It was weird and tricky and when Scott was done he asked Z if it hurt–nope, nope, just pressure between his eyebrows right above his nose.


The boy is fine.

“Can I give you a hug?” I asked.

“Sure. Why?”

“I need to comfort you.”

“I’m fine, Mom. It doesn’t hurt.”

“I know. But comforting you will make me feel better. It’s a weird mom thing.”

“Oh. Okay. You want some snuggle time?”

(He then patiently answered all my questions–the pressure goes away almost immediately; one tooth kind of aches but not terribly–without the usual eye rolling I get when I’m being too mom-like. And then we started in being goofy and yelling about TWENTY ONE PLAYS OF ‘WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT’ so all is well.)

*it’s started affecting his adult teeth and causing him pain.

Tags:the joys of mothering a zweeble, seriously we're rearranging his skull this is some frankenstienian shit right here, seldnei's life
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Welcome!  To the Cone of Uncertainty!

Keeping a wary eye on Irma, so prepare yourselves for intermittent storm venting over the next few days (or just mute “stormy weather,” which is my tag for this crap).

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I’ve been aggressively self-caring for the past few weeks. I’ve pruned Facebook and Twitter, I’ve been rationing my news intake, doing yoga and flossing, brain-dumping when needed. About the only bad thing I’ve done is caffeine and sugar in the evening, so I suppose that’s next to address. That and walking more.

I think it’s starting to work? Maybe? I mean, I only just finished pruning Twitter, so I guess we’ll see in a few days whether my brain and anxiety are a little more zen.

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1. Perfectly comfortable snuggling with my sleeping kid this morning. That never happens as he is made of elbows and knees and very little else.

2. I was singing along to the prologue to ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ in the car (free Sirius XM this week, so BROADWAY CHANNEL); as I pulled up to the light the signal went out, but I kept singing. As I turned the corner the signal came back and I was still perfectly in time with the song. (I have no idea if this is an accomplishment, but I feel accomplished, so.)

3. Mr Seldnei has new glasses. Hello, there, husband … how *you* doin’?

Tags:mr seldnei, apparently i have a thing for glasses?, music, the joys of mothering a zweeble, seldnei is a dork, seldnei's life
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Okay, all this rain would be a lot easier to deal with if it didn’t wreak havoc on my sinuses.

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So we’re spending the weekend under a tropical wave thing that’s supposed to dump buckets of rain on us through, like, late Saturday/early Sunday and possibly beyond–it started last night and this morning our road flooded out: Mr Seldnei got the boy to school and came home to discover himself floating down the road a bit, whoops! Happily, we flood easily but also drain quickly; we got a lull around 3:00, so by the time I drove home from work it was deep but navigable. Mr Seldnei was very happy once the boyo and I were both home today.

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I used to be super freaked out by the idea of getting sick, and I think there are two reasons for this:

1. When the boy was 2, we all caught swine flu. He and the husband went down with it within 6 hours of each other, and mine held off until they were both recovering, but there was a *lot* of vomiting and a *lot* of laundry. Then later that same year, the boy got salmonella. That was scary as hell.

2. For quite a long time, I was our only income and I had no paid sick leave, so me getting too sick to go to work was A Problem. I’ve worked through some seriously nasty colds.

Lately, though, I worry a lot less when the boyo starts sniffling and I hear something is going around. And I think it’s partly having been through a number of kid-illnesses now, but also I think it’s finally sinking in to my lizard-brain that I have paid sick leave and a boss who would prefer it if we didn’t come in when we’re ill.

(Also possibly the fact that I managed to work myself into bronchitis last year, but I honestly thought that was allergies until the cough wouldn’t go away.)


Tags:seldnei's life, anxiety, some triggers are not permanent, i realized my 'worry' was more like force of habit than actual worry, and then of course i worried i would worry more because why not?, my brain sometimes
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Time for another round of everyone’s favorite game show, ALLERGIES OR COLD?

Tags:the kid's stuffy and mr seldnei and i are sneezing, could just be that it's going to rain for the next day or so, could be the viral thing that's supposedly going around, we shall see!, seldnei's life
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One of the great joys of motherhood is making my son roll his eyes at me.

Today we were discussing how old we would both be during the next big eclipse. I said he’d have to lead me outside with my walker, and I’d regale my grandkids with stories of how when I was a girl, we sacrificed people to the volcano to bring the sun back during an eclipse!

Which then evolved into my decision to convince my eventual grandchildren that I’m 4,000 years old and dated Billy Shakespeare for three months. (“Your grandpa wasn’t fond of Billy, called him a silver tongued devil!” Because if I’m 4,000 years old, so is Mr Seldnei.)

Tags:the joys of mothering a zweeble, seldnei amuses herself, seldnei's life
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Okay, so lately when the news is too much, and I just need something to do to pass some time and take a break, I’ve been looking at, like, “how I work” articles/blog posts/etc by different writers. Some of this is bullet journaly, some of it is just life hacks and software and notebooks and brain hacking.

I *love* reading about other people’s creative processes, and I hadn’t done it in a while, so it’s been lovely to get back into. And I also realized how little thinking time I’ve been giving myself lately. Well, thinking time about anything besides the news.

And so I’ve been stealing ideas for bullet journal layouts and writing notebooks and commonplace books and work processes. Today I sat down and kind of outlined what I want to do.

With any luck, tomorrow I will get to sit
In my office, uninterrupted, and put together a whole bunch of project notebooks. Okay, three. But I’m super excited at the prospect!

Tags:seldnei is a dork, seldnei's life
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So my parents and I went to see “The Dark Tower” today (my mom liked it, I … did not).

The order of previews was

1. Manly Soldier With PTSD and All the Attendant Cliches Prestige Movie

2. Kingsmen 2

3. Manly Firemen Prestige Movie Starring Dude from Manly Soldier With PTSD Movie and All the Cliches the Manly Soldier Movie Didn’t Cover

4. Polyamorous D/s Creator of Wonder Woman Biopic

And, like … someone did that on purpose, right?

Tags:seldnei's life, things that make me laugh like a loon
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Very last elementary school open house today.

They were funneling everyone to the cafeteria for teacher assignments. Team Z, fifth grade family, said to hell with that–they always put transportation sign up in the library and the first week of school walk-in passes are in the STEM lab, let’s get those and let the teacher assignment line go down!

Had a moment of pure panic when his teacher’s name was NOT what we had expected, but the assistant principal was right outside the door and let us know that they have a new 5th grade gifted teacher this year (I swear to god, Z’s class is this school’s equivalent to Defense Against the Dark Arts–they’re either the teacher’s last class at the school or their first class at the school).

New teacher looks younger than me, but she taught for 20 years in New Jersey. She had glitter on for open house. Gave her the info she needed, found the kid’s desk, and headed out.

Got there at 1, out by 1:35.

Tags:seldnei's life, gifted class ain't no goddamned joke, the joys of mothering a zweeble
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“Why would this invasive mega-fish thrive?”

My hypothesis: since it’s *invasive,* it has no natural predators in its new environment, and apparently it is FUCKING HUGE, so.

Tags:the hell are we watching mr seldnei?, seldnei has had it with basically everything and this poor terrible river monster tv show is gonna bear the brunt, seldnei's life
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Some random photos from July.

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(This is almost as good as the main kid in Ready Player One wishing he’d grown up in the 80s.)

(And I think when I was actually living in the 90s I would not have thought of a movie set in the 60s as a “period piece,” so this may just be my own connotations, but still. FLANNEL AND NIRVANA /=/ BUSTLES AND BEETHOVEN.)

And all you youngsters need to get off my lawn, too! (Pets her 263$363637383&,!4738 hairless cats.)

Tags:seldnei is old, and is feeling it today, seldnei's life


Jul. 3rd, 2017 02:47 pm
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Got my IUD replaced today. Am now on the couch with the heating pad, ibuprofen ingested, easing the cramping with daydreams of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell both feeling inexplicably ashamed today, as though somewhere, somehow, a woman got to control her own reproductive system.

Tags:fuck you you fucking fucks, seldnei's life, excellent start to my vacation whee!
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Okay! You feel flat and ick and blah and very ‘what the fuck is the point?’ today. And that is actually kind of not shocking at all because …

1. Vacation next week, BUT FIRST! You have ALL THE WORK so you meet the deadlines that hit during vacation PLUS two meetings AND an all-day conference on Friday! That you are 70-85% running! WHO DECIDED YOU WERE AN ADULT NOBODY CONSULTED YOU ON THIS MATTER WHAAT? Not to mention random other junk.

2. Mr Seldnei is still in Ohio. Now with possible bonus pink eye!

3. Just … sad. Grief sucks and does not end.

4. The boyo is still at the grandparents’, which is cool and all, but you miss him.

5. What the fuck, backache? Really?

6. The news is alternately scary and pissing you off. Twitter currently is an anxiety attack in app form.

7. Stuff I’m not going to mention on the internet, nothing super terrible, but I have to consider doing a few things that make me uncomfortable for my greater good.

8. The novella’s finished, aside from proofreading and posting. The end of a story always feels weird.


So it all makes sense. You’re not weird or a jerk or anything else. My darling Self, you are *tired.* of course you are; look at that list.

You can do all this, and you know it. Just play some music, eat a pretzel today (it’s therapy day, so we get a stuffed pretzel!), talk it all out with C. tonight, and come home and watch some Glee.

Tags:motivation, seldnei's life
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I am now fully immunized. Hooray. Also ow, that one stung.

Tags:seldnei has no spleen and needs booster shots woo, seldnei's life


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