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06 July 2014 @ 02:19 pm
Summer Days, Drifting Away!  
So I didn’t put up a 4th of July post, because I was very busy celebrating, but I hope you all had good holidays/Fridays!

It has been a crazy few weeks here. Last weekend I had lunch with my friend C and her daughter on Saturday and then later, my youngest cousin (by which I mean 26 years old), the big gamer in the family, came over with some new strategy board games for us to play. My sister is a strategist and my cousin has spent his whole life determined to beat her at something - I think it’s only happened once. Haunted House On The Hill (I think was the title?) was pretty good - my sister liked it the best because you can betray the other players. I liked Smash Up, which was kind of like War but with more strategy. I highly recommend you check them out if you are a tabletop gamer. My cousin apparently heard about them from Wil Wheaton’s youtube channel.

Then I spent all week working on The Nephew’s art piece of his superhero team and the accompanying story. I started them last fall, right before I got sick with bronchitis and finally, finally, they are finished!!! I am so happy about it! I took pictures, so I can post them here.


This weekend, hiyacynth and Co arrived Thursday night and my sister got The Nephew on Friday morning. When I woke up on Friday, The Nephew and Munchy P (hiyacynth’s 3 year old boy) were playing in the big wading pool together. They were having so much fun! We had a smaller 4th of July cookout this year than usual. It was me, Sis, The BFF, The Nephew, my mom, her dog, hiyacynth, her geek husband, her boy, BFF’s dad, her brother, sis-in-law and their 11 month old boy. Much less than the 40 people we usually have, but actually much nicer that way. The BFF’s nephew is the cutest thing ever, omg! He has the bluest eyes I have ever seen and super long eyelashes and curly hobbity hair and is all smiles for everyone, all the time! The BFF’s brother and Fam live in Australia so this is probably the only time I’ll get a chance to see her nephew until he’s like, at least, a teenager, so I’m really glad they came!

The Nephew was pretty good when Munchy P was playing with him, but when P got tired and went inside for some down time, TN was super jealous that all us adults were sitting around talking and not paying him any attention. Especially The BFF, who usually gives him her undivided attention, but instead had family here. So after the cookout, we played a game of Clue with him, to give him some time with us. Then he got his special surprise - he especially approved of the superhero version I drew of him. Then we all put on a crazy amount of glow sticks and turned off the lights and watched The Lego Movie in the dark.

The next day, while I was still asleep, they took the kids to the family pool area here in town and TN learned how to swim! He also went down the big water slide and was really proud of himself for doing it! After I got up, the girls took The BFF home and I played video games with TN and then another game of Clue - (I finally won, which is good, since he kicked my butt at the video games) - before his dad came for him. Then I spent about an hour playing on the IPad and coloring Spiderman pictures with Munchy P - (downloaded some new toddler games for him to try) - and talking about comics and Marvel with Geek Husband. After that I was pretty wiped and just spent the rest of the night chillin’ and talking with the girls.

Now the houseguests have all gone and my sister has banished me to my room while she cleans up. And, despite how wiped I am right now, I actually made it through this weekend without fainting or getting overly dizzy or just plain having to crawl into bed and miss out. That, itself, makes me happy. Plus, all the above listed awesomeness!

How have your summers been going?
 
 
 
Kate: James in the rainceitfianna on July 6th, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a wonderful Fourth and smaller can be wonderful. We didn't have any parties here just some friends over to watch the fireworks from our deck. I had a visit to NYC to see one of my oldest friends that was great though horribly hot. The storm that hit here cleared off the worst of the heat but its slowly starting to come back.
dodger_sister: miscdodger_sister on July 13th, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a wonderful Fourth and smaller can be wonderful. We didn't have any parties here just some friends over to watch the fireworks from our deck.

Smaller is better in my family, just because the larger the crowd, the longer people stay. You know, sometimes our family things can last for like 8 hours of insanity., This year we are doing smaller weekend cookouts with just one or two people every weekend and I like that better.

Oh, watching the fireworks from your deck sounds lovely! When I was a teenager, living with my mom at her old house, we could see the fireworks from the front porch. My brother's friends would come over and they would climb up on the roof and watch from there.

The weather here is okay now - 80s but a little bit muggy, but not stifling. Did the heat ever drop off for you?
Kate: starsceitfianna on July 13th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
It did clear off since we had a lot of rain though its creeping back up again.

Decks are the best, my parents built a lot of them into their house so they could hear and see the ocean. The one we watched the fireworks from is like a widow's walk all the way at the top of the house. The top railing is the highest a building can be built in this area. We could see fireworks all the way around us because its popular to buy and set off fireworks here.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on July 6th, 2014 09:36 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had an awesome time - I'm looking forward to seeing the superhero art, too!
dodger_sister: miscdodger_sister on July 13th, 2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
I did have a really good 4th, thank you! I have got to stop bing lazy and get that superhero art posted!!
lindahoylandlindahoyland on July 7th, 2014 02:21 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday.
dodger_sister: miscdodger_sister on July 13th, 2014 08:27 pm (UTC)
I did have a very good holiday, thank you! How has your summer been?
lindahoylandlindahoyland on July 13th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
I don't go away but I had a nice day at the sea and enjoy strolling round my local area. Harry has given me much joy this summer.
dodger_sister: miscdodger_sister on July 13th, 2014 09:04 pm (UTC)
I had a nice day at the sea and enjoy strolling round my local area.

That sounds like just the perfect level of fun!

Harry has given me much joy this summer.

He is a daring kitten! People underestimate the joy a new furry loved one can bring. It can make you feel lighter inside. <3s
lindahoylandlindahoyland on July 13th, 2014 09:46 pm (UTC)
He always makes me smile with his antics. I don't know if you saw the photos I posted, but just holding him makes me smile. Sadly he is now more independent but still an adorable kitten!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on July 7th, 2014 04:30 am (UTC)
I am having this crazy summer where I am traveling every other week (vacations and work conferences). So far: Barcelona, Rome, Denver, South Lake Tahoe, Vegas. Next up: Costa Rica, Portland, and Seattle. But when I am home I am too busy catching up with work and my life is completely boring. I did nothing this weekend except work, do laundry, clean house, and pack. Oh, and work on some of the story art due later this month.

You sound like you are doing better. I am glad you had a lovely weekend with your family.
dodger_sister: miscdodger_sister on July 13th, 2014 08:37 pm (UTC)
I am having this crazy summer where I am traveling every other week (vacations and work conferences). So far: Barcelona, Rome, Denver, South Lake Tahoe, Vegas. Next up: Costa Rica, Portland, and Seattle.

OMG, woman, slow down. You're making me tired just reading this. Was the Vegas trip for a con? I'm glad at least some of that is for fun vacation time! I know you are on vacation with your niece right now too - hope that is still going well!

You sound like you are doing better. I am glad you had a lovely weekend with your family.

I am doing better, thank you - new anxiety meds and warmer weather and no more dizziness or coughing all really adds up! It's been a pretty good summer so far, but man am I exhausted!