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18 June 2011 @ 11:52 pm
Things. (I'm sucking you in with this thrilling subject line).  
What have I been up to the last few days? Well, I already talked about my sister's birthday on Wednesday. So, Thursday...

I had physical therapy, so I woke up early enough that we could watch some "So You Think You Can Dance" before I had to go. Except, after I got showered and dressed - the doorbell rang. It was The Boy Cousin - (my cousin's kid who is 11). He was at his grandma's around the corner and decided to ride his bike over and "have a visit". I ate breakfast while we caught up with each other. I asked how his summer was going and he said that it was boring. "I thought school was boring but this sucks. I'm so bored." I think maybe I am going to have him over one afternoon a week this summer, just to break up his routine.

After I ate, I still had time to kill, so we played some cards. He wanted to gamble but he also wanted to play "War", which isn't really a gambling game. Maybe next time we'll gamble. He said he has started taking drum lessons. I told him drums were the coolest and he said, "I know, that's how you get all the hot ladies." I said, "Damn straight, you do." I'm probably a bad influence. It's weird to be having like grown-up conversations with him - like, when did he get all grown-up? Also, apparently, everyone is giving him shit because his hair is down to his shoulders almost, but I say if he keeps it clean - (and he does) - then leave the kid alone. It's awesome that he is finding his identity like that.

Then The BFF and I went to see my grandpa at the nursing home and my uncle was there. We used to see my uncle more, because he lives right down the road from The Farm, but now that Grandpa is in the nursing home, we never go out there. So that was nice to see him too. And Grandpa was having a really good day too. It's clear now that he will never go home, but he is alert and awake and even contributing to conversations occasionally and always has a smile when he gets a visitor - so we count those as good days.

Then I went to therapy. Kevin, my physical therapist, is still a sadist, but I can finally feel it starting to help. Plus, I've been using the machines and I can't wait to get some muscle back in my arms.

He's been having me do this obnoxious thing where I sit on this giant ball and he gets behind me and tries to push me off. The goal is for me to use my thigh muscles to stay balanced. Keep in mind that there was a time (ages 13-19) when every other word I directed at him was a curse word - (I was a miserable little punk-ass, after all). So, he is pushing me and I'm moving, which I shouldn't be and we have this conversation...

K: Come on, baby, you're not even trying.
Me: Jesus Christ, Kevin, mothe...ugnfggggh <--which is the noise I made as I tried not to curse because I was suddenly aware that there were other patients in the room.

What do I get for attempting to use my filter? Kevin mad-chuckling behind me like a loon. It generally goes like that, "Stop moving." - "Stop pushing me then, you ass...ughafu!" and then Kevin laughing. Apparently, he now finds enjoyment in grown-up-me trying to filter myself.

Also, his 16 year old daughter is working there now - one of the ones that watched the SPN dvds I loaned Kevin and she got totally addicted to it. So he introduces us. Bold move, when he knows the things that come out of my mouth. I was actually a little flattered by it though. He specifically called her over to introduce us and watch us squee about SPN together. We get on about John Winchester and she is going on about how angsty John's death was and I said, "Plus, too bad, cuz John Winchester is a hottie."

And she says, "Oh, yeah," and then she suddenly jerks back and blushes, because she just realized her father was still standing there. Kevin was just looking at her with one eyebrow raised. It was lolarious. I thought maybe we should end that conversation and she decided maybe she should get back to work.

I did things yesterday and today as well, but I'm hungry now, so...That is all.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on June 19th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
I love hearing about your various family members, and your therapist and his daughter.
dodger_sister: familydodger_sister on June 23rd, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)
Thanks! There always seems to be something going on in my family - we are never dull for sure! My therapist's reactions to realizing his kids are all fangirls amuses me to no end.

I <3 your icon, bb!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on June 23rd, 2011 04:58 am (UTC)
*grin* Thanks!
ranua: this is loveranua on June 21st, 2011 11:19 am (UTC)
"I thought school was boring but this sucks. I'm so bored." lmao! It's so funny when kids realize school can better than sitting around at home. And it sounds like having him over once a week would be a nice break in routine for both of you. I envy that your family lives close enough together for ya'll to do that. With me in Nebraska and most of my family in Minnesota, I don't get to see them all very often.

Glad to hear Grandpa is doing well, even if it is now apparent that he won't be making it back home. Have they moved into the assisted living place yet or is that off the table now?

I've said it before, PT people are sadists. They go into the field so they can get paid to do mean things to people. *g* That is cool that he introduced you special to his daughter like that. Makes it seem more of a friendly relationship, specially since you've been seeing the same guy for so long now.
dodger_sister: kidsdodger_sister on June 23rd, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
The Boy Cousin - I tried to think what I used to do at his age during the summer, to give him some ideas of hobbies. I wrote a lot, played piano, watched soap operas and read. None of those things really interest him. He's more of a sports/video game kid. Plus, I had three siblings and two other families with kids on my street - so there was always someone to run around and play "Star Wars" or "Alien Invasion" or "Wild Wild West" with, you know. I've been thinking maybe he's ready for his first Dungeons and Dragon type game - probably not D&D, but something made for younger kids. They must have something.

Of course, he'd have to come play it at my house with me - cuz I doubt his grandma would play D&D. ;)

Grandpa - Have they moved into the assisted living place yet or is that off the table now?

He was in the assisted living place for awhile, but Grandma refused to move in there too. Then he got pneumonia and after he got out of the hospital from that, he went back to the nursing home. They moved him from the rehab clinic (short-term) into the care facility (long-term) - which is where I imagine he'll stay. Grandma is still making the 40 minute drive back and forth every day, which is not good. But Grandpa is still aware of everything around him and still reads his newspaper everyday.

Physical therapy - I've said it before, PT people are sadists. They go into the field so they can get paid to do mean things to people.

God, yes. I always think, "Hey, if you like causing pain, go work in a sex club. I hear they pay good money for that kind of thing," but I think that might not go over so well with him, so I filter myself. He has no idea.

That is cool that he introduced you special to his daughter like that. Makes it seem more of a friendly relationship,

I met his family a few times back when his kids were all teeny-tiny, but it's been years now - so I was stunned to see this one all grown up. All the years spent together when I was a teenager lead to a slightly familial relationship. Like the much older cousin who teases you endlessly and then throws your cigarettes in the trash in an effort to get you to quit. It's nice - it makes the painful therapy torture much more bearable.
ranuaranua on June 26th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
D&D - I work in a comic/gaming store on the weekends, so I can tell you there's not anything made specifically for younger kids, but lots of parents who game let their kids play in the campaigns as young as 7-8. It's all about adjusting the levels for small attention spans and stuff. I let The Boy buy his first players guide when he was like 10 or something.

Sorry to hear Grandpa had pneumonia, that had to have been nerve wracking. And Grandma being so stubborn. *sighs* you know we'll all be just as bad as we get up there in age. But it is good to hear he's still up to visitors and reading his paper and stuff.

PT- lol, it always throws me for a loop when I re-met people I met as small kids. It's like 'how the hell did you get older, I didn't!'
dodger_sister: kidsdodger_sister on June 27th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking maybe The Boy Cousin is ready for RISK. We have a version that you don't have to play until World Domination - that you just play a certain number of rounds before you end it, so it would be closer to a hour and half game. And with just two of us, it wouldn't be long waits in between turns. Maybe we'll try that when I get back from vacation. It's been so long since I played D&D, I don't think I have any of the stuff anymore. I'm going to have to invest in some new things if I want to introduce him to that.

Grandpa and The BFF did a crossword puzzle together the other day - it was the most involved and engaged and alert that I have seen him in months!

Dude, it throws me for a loop when I don't see The Nephew for 6 weeks and he grows another inch on me - imagine my shock to se my PT's kid who was still in diapers the last time I saw her, now all grown up with boobs and a driver's lisence!
ranuaranua on July 1st, 2011 10:39 am (UTC)
I've always enjoyed RISK even though I don't think I've ever won a game. lol As for the D&D stuff, they're up to version 4.5 I do believe and lots of things have changed if you haven't played in years. I'd recommend looking for the books used if you're unsure.
Deni: Dean - SMOOTHdenig37 on June 21st, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
I totally love your stories from the therapy :-D...That guy seems awesome! I love him :-D...And his daughter too for that reaction :-D

Aaaaand your cousin is cool :-D
dodger_sister: smiledodger_sister on June 23rd, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
I always want to share my therapy stories with my Flist, because I'm always struggling at my sessions not to just curse/be perverted/talk about fandom squee all the time. And then I end up doing one of those things and my physical therapist's reactions are always hysterical. I figure I'm just getting him ready for when all of his teenage girls reach that point of no return on their own clear and present Fangirl tendencies. As in evidenced by his daughter's reaction to John Winchester. lol

The Boy Cousin is really the coolest kid ever - but I attribute that to the fact that I was his one solid babysitter for the first 5 years of his life, so clearly I shaped him well!! ;)
Deni: Chuck/God - God loves the fangirls!denig37 on June 23rd, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, JDM is the reason daddy!kink exists :-D

Hahaha, you subconsciously shaped him Winchester style! :-D Good job :-D
dodger_sister: tie kinkdodger_sister on June 24th, 2011 04:59 am (UTC)
JDM is the reason daddy-kink exists! By the time I was the same age as my therapist's daughter, I was already TWO years into my A.D. Walter Skinner-obsession. (did you ever watch the X-Files?) Skinner is the reason I have a daddy-kink, for damn sure. Of course, I didn't talk about Skinner in front of my own father, so I can understand the poor girl's embarassment. lol

The Boy Cousin is a Winchester! He had his hair long back when he was about 8 and if you asked him why he grew his hair out, he would tell you that he wanted to be like Sam Winchester! Now I think he just grew his hair out this time because he is a drummer and wants to be a cool rocker-dude.
Deni: Jensen - laughs/hidesdenig37 on June 24th, 2011 09:38 am (UTC)
LOL...didn't exactly watch it...I was a little kid back then (about 4 or 6 years old) and X-Files kinda freaked me out (had nightmares too) so I avoided it :-D...I watched the movies when I grew up...and watched a few episodes :-D...but I see where you're coming from :-D

Hey, being a Winchester and a cool rocker-dude definitely goes hand in hand :-D
dodger_sister: tie kinkdodger_sister on June 28th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
I was fourteen when X-Files started and it freaked me out. There was this one guy who eats people's livers in the first season and I was so freaking scared by the episode. And the creature that lived in the sewer - yeah it was scary and I'm a good ten years older than you!

You should try the whole first season now that you are older. It has a very good feel to it, much like SPN's first season, a lot of Monster--of-the-week and cute banter and less alien conspiracy than other seasons. Of course, no Skinner in season one. :(

Well, anyway, Skinner was always yelling at Mulder and getting in his face - and then when Mulder would leave the room, Skinner would turn around and go to his superior agents and totally back Mulder's play. It was just so bad-ass. Not to mention, man, don't fuck with his agents - only Skinner is allowed to fuck with Skinner's agents, thank you very much.

Um...yeah...so I have a thing for Skinner. 8)
Deni: Jeffrey Dean Morgandenig37 on June 28th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
Will do when I will get the chance :-D

Oh, I love me some BAMF doing "I'm the only one who gets to fuck with what's mine" :-D

Definitely see your point :-D