Disney 2021

Disney 2021

Oh gosh, what a trip. Even before we left, things were crazy. My mom was in a car accident and my parents couldn’t go, so we changed all their reservations to my MIL at the last minute. And thank goodness she came. I don’t know what we would have done without her. It would have been way more stressful, that’s for sure.

Owen is pretty much the ideal theme park companion. He loves everything, he’ll go on any ride and never complained that his feet hurt. Feeding him was slightly more challenging, basically he had a lot of mac ‘n cheese. Glenn on the other hand, well first of all, he wasn’t tall enough for half the rides. He had a lot of fun on things that weren’t even attractions. Getting him away from the model car at sci-fi was a feat. And the milk, omg, I know he was over stimulated because he would not stop with the milk.

It turns out he is the kind of kid that will fall asleep in a stroller, but they were very short naps, so we still had to go back to the hotel in the afternoon and chill, which was fine because it was crazy crowded. He did unfortunately sleep though a couple of lightning lanes I paid for. Oh well.

Speaking of, I really liked the ILLs. They were totally worth the cost, especially Rise of the Resistance which is the coolest ride ever. Genie+ however sucked because you couldn’t choose the return time which made it worse than the old system that was free, so boo. The standby lines weren’t as bad though.

We really missed the character meets. They had a couple roaming around. Glenn was bummed he couldn’t hug Pooh. I told him Pooh didn’t want to get sick and he said, “but I’m not sick. ” I felt so bad.

My only other gripe, twice we were waiting for a ride and it broke down. We never got to do everest and we waited 30 minutes for Mickey and Minnie’s runaway railway at rope drop for nothing. So that was a bummer.

Otherwise we had a great time. We did way more than I expected us to. The new rides were amazing. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway was a big hit with everyone. Counter service meals have gotten very good. Our best sit down meals were liberty tree and Il Mulino. The 50th anniversary dessert at San Angel Inn was so good.

The weather was almost perfect. We even had a good swimming day. It absolutely poured all day Friday. We still went to the Magic Kingdom and did a lot considering. We just got very wet.

Owen and I took advantage of the end of DLS and went to the Magic Kingdom Saturday night for the fireworks. It’s been years since I’ve seen the fireworks in the park. Owen really enjoyed them. Glenn, Grammy and Dada watched from Grammy’s room.

I wish I could have done more shopping, Glenn made that difficult. There also seemed to be less merchandise than usual, especially 50th anniversary stuff due to supply chain issues and people selling stuff on eBay.



LEGOLAND New York opened this year and we were of the first to stay in the new LEGOLAND hotel this past week. The kids are really into Legos so we figured we couldn’t go wrong. Glenn had heard us talking about it and kept asking to go to Lego Land every day even though he had no idea what was in Lego Land. I was nervous because the merry-go-round and train at the zoo were such a disaster, but the whole trip went very well. I really appreciate a place that caters to little kids and their parents.

The hotel is really cool. It took us less than 90 minutes door to door to get there. Kids were angels in the car. Before we even got our room, the kids were having a blast in the playground area playing in the lego pits. The hotel itself is really cool looking, very colorful, tons of details.

Lego Land hotel
Lego Land Hotel
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For the First Time in Forever

For the First Time in Forever

Last post I wrote that Glenn was sleeping better. That didn’t last long. They’ve been driving me nuts at night and Glenn’s been waking me up again. I wish I had any idea why. I hope it’s just a phase.

Now that Bryan and I have been vaccinated, we’re venturing out of the house again. We went to Seamus’ birthday party on Saturday and they were over our house the weekend before that. It’s so funny watching Glenn interact with other kids because he just has no clue. He spends the first 20 minutes terrified and then decides he loves Seamus and hugs him. We had to have a little conversation about consent, but it was still pretty adorable.

Speaking of adorable things, he’s dubbed chocolate chips, “batka drops.” Because batka = chocolate and he’s familiar with yogurt drops.

And Owen and I are sick for the first time in years and Glenn is sick for the first time ever. I had to get Owen tested for Covid yesterday which was an adventure. Considering I’m vaccinated and I’m sick, chances are it’s just a cold.

Nothing too exciting at work. I finally got my code running on Azure. AT&T doesn’t own Warner Media anymore, which is a bummer in the sense that we don’t like own batman, but otherwise meh. I think I’m going into the office in a few weeks for a group meeting, so I’m looking forward to that. It’ll probably be just like 3 of us, but still. Hope my access card still works.

Glenn is Two

Glenn is Two

I can’t believe my little baby is two already. Glenn cracks us up. My MIL was telling him, “you can’t be two, we have to go backwards now” and Glenn proceeded to walk out of the room backwards. He just told me a knock knock joke: “boo” “boo who?” “Boo boo, ha ha ha. Boo … boobies.”

He’s getting very good at riding Owen’s old balance bike. It’s one of his favorite things to do. He likes duplos and hats and shoes. He plays with his stuffed animals and trucks a lot too. He still loves ducks and Baby Yoda.

He’s been sleeping better. He sleeps in Owen’s room now, at least the first half of the night, but sometimes all night. So I finally get some time to myself. Mostly spent watching Netflix, but good to know I can finish up work or chores if I need to.

Bryan and I both got our first vaccines, so we’ll be all done by mid May. It’s a big relief that would be bigger if my dad wasn’t the last hold out. Dude refuses to get vaccinated because he still thinks Covid is a hoax. I mean, if the world’s governments could really conspire to make everyone believe there was a worldwide pandemic because ??? then they should be putting that power to better use like to save the bees or something useful. Even if it was only as bad as the flu, the flu is really bad and I get a flu shot every year, so I don’t get that argument either.

I’ve been doing Azure stuff at work. I thought I knew everything because I did the developer certification, but of course, of course AT&T has to make everything as complicated as possible. I know we have to make everything super secure, but there’s got to be a better way to document this crap. I love that I’m getting to rearchitect my stuff anyway I want, but I’m pretty frustrated trying to get anything running.

Covid Toe

Covid Toe

I have covid toe. No, not really, but the dr I went to thinks I might. I explained I haven’t been exposed as no one around me, including four other adults have gotten sick. He still wanted me to get tested, even though my toes had been like this for six weeks. And he prescribed me medicine and then told me not to use it when I asked if it was OK if I’m breastfeeding. Yes, I’m breastfeeding, it was in that 12 page questionnaire you had me fill out. I didn’t go back for my followup. I have chilbains. It’s cold, I don’t get out, I wear shoes a lot less.

So… that’s my exciting news. It’s snowed a lot. Another reason my toes are cold. I think Owen’s tired of sledding. He also says his new sled works too well and is scary. He liked the 89 cent one over the $53 one.

Glenn’s been sleeping a lot better. He’s down to nursing once or twice a night now. Night weaning him has been much easier. We talk about it before going to sleep and then he actually tries not to have milk. I told him it’ll taste better if the milk sleeps all night. I mean, it’s kinda true, right? He’s still “too skinny,” but his dr said he doesn’t need milk at night.

He starts off the night saying “night night Owen, night night Mama, night night Dada, night night baby yoda, night night ducks, night night poop … he he, night night poop” 💩 He sleeps with four ducks and I have to sing the duck songs before he goes to sleep.

Owen was all for sharing a room with Glenn for a while and then he changed his mind about it because “he’s too little to protect me from monsters.” So I missed my window.

Work has been interesting. We’re working with graph neural networks which are pretty cool, but like all things, it’s been hard to get data. After spending all that time on my azure certifications, I’ve done nothing with azure so far.

I’m taking a break from training for now. I’ve been spending my free time planning our Disney vacation at the end of the year, picking out a printer and doing our taxes. Crazy stuff.

New Year Survey 2020

New Year Survey 2020

1. What did you do in 2020 that you’d never done before? Stayed home for months.
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Um, apparently I didn’t make any last year. But I got two azure certifications this year, so yay me anyway. Next year I want to carve out more time for myself.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Nitika
4. Did anyone close to you die? My uncle
5. What countries did you visit? … NA
6. What would you like to have in 2021 that you lacked in 2020? Must get out! Must go do things!
7. What date from 2020 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? March in general. How we thought we were going to be home for two weeks and it lasted all year and then some.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Finishing that soap service? Probably the azure developer certification.
9. What was your biggest failure? Screaming at the kids
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? One good thing about never leaving the house, we haven’t gotten sick in a really long time. I did sprain my wrist though.
11. What was the best thing you bought? I bought a lot of stuff this year. My new vacuum, Glenn’s new vacuum. New phone, galaxy watch. The boys really like their christmas presents. I’d say the wooden blocks were the best investment though. They play with them every day.
14. Where did most of your money go? Groceries, baby stuff
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? The vaccine! Trump losing the election!
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
l. happier or sadder? I don’t think anyone is happier
ll. thinner or fatter? I actually lost weight
lll. richer or poorer? Richer
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Sleeping
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Yelling
20. How will you be spending Christmas? Our parents came over our house
24. What was your favorite TV program? I watched all of Supernatural. The ending was pretty satisfying. The Queen’s Gambit was very good.
26. What was the best book you read? I guess one of the Magic Tree House books… I’d be hard to pick one though.
28. What did you want and get? Passed my microsoft exams
29. What did you want and not get? sleep, to go … anywhere
30. What was your favorite film of this year? I actually really liked Superintelligence. Still need to see the last Star Wars movie and Bill and Ted
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 35 and ordered food for just myself from a fancy restaurant
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Not being stuck at home all day every day
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2020? PJs and yoga pants
34. What kept you sane? My MIL and Owen’s teachers
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Fauci
36. What political issue stirred you the most? omg. Racism and Covid shouldn’t even be political issues, but somehow they were. And then of course there was the election.
37. Who did you miss? Literally everyone
38. Who was the best new person you met? Owen’s teachers
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2020: Secondary emotions are a thing and I shouldn’t feel guilty for feeling what I’m feeling.
41. Summarize 2020:

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42. What are you most looking forward to next year? Getting this vaccine so I can go places and see people again
43. What were your predictions last year? Planning our Disney trip was not stressful, because I never got to. Glenn starting walking a little early and oh look at that, I am indeed still breastfeeding and this kid will never let me stop.
44. What are your predictions for 2021? Dude, if we don’t get to go to Disney next year, I’m, I’m going anyway. Even if they’re closed. I’ll be put on boring migration work. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll go back to my office? See my friends again? See family?

Last Bit of Summer

Last Bit of Summer

I had a dream last night that not only were we dealing with the pandemic, but nazis too. Then I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep because I realized it wasn’t all that far off from reality. A few years ago, I thought the one thing everyone could agree on was that nazis were bad.

I don’t understand how racism and mask wearing became partisan issues. To me, we’re taking the very basics of being a decent human being here. I just don’t get it.

This hasn’t been the best summer, obviously.  I’m glad we’re safe and healthy, I still have a job,  but, 2020.

Our dryer broke a few months ago and we’re still waiting for the new one to ship. I think I wrote about the bathtub breaking and calling the emergency plumber? My car needed a new alternator and our AC flooded our basement. We’re looking to replace our water heater before that decides to explore.

Salt water from the ocean seems to have killed my fitbit as well. And my phone only charges via wireless now. My phone i can live with, but I really need a new smart watch and can’t decide if I want anther fitbit or the galaxy watch. I think either will be huge on my tiny wrists.

OK, enough negativity. Owen started virtual school last week and the first day was rough, but now he really likes it. He gets super upset when he’s not called in to share (they call on him a lot) but otherwise, he’s doing great. He still wishes it was in person, he can’t really make friends this way, but he’s making the most of it. Very proud of him. He also lost his first tooth!

He filled out a thing for gymnastics about himself and said he wants to be a police officer when he grows up. A very controversial career at the moment. He just wants to catch bad guys and make the world a better place. I hope with everything that’s started this year, we’ll create a better future where he can do just that, if he still wants to. We do tell him about what’s happening in the world. We talk about racism and how some cops aren’t good guys. I don’t know how much sticks, but we’ll keep taking too him because raising good people is our most important job.

The Stinky Cheese Man

The Stinky Cheese Man

Glenn got his MMR vaccine a couple weeks ago and was soon a pile of misery for days. He had so much trouble sleeping and eating. It’s been rough. He seems to be pretty normal now.

And then our bathtub broke and we had to call an emergency plumber.

And then this storm hit and we lost power for seven hours. We’re lucky though, a lot of people still don’t have power.

But I took Owen to the beach and he loved it. Almost as much as video games he says. So we’ll be going back next week. It’s nice to go somewhere for a change.

I bought myself this rocketbook panda planner and it’s great. I didn’t realize how badly I needed it until I got it. So much swimming around in my brain, now all down in there. Plus the gratitude stuff is a really nice way to start the day. I ask Owen what he’s grateful for too.

Glenn is talking a lot. I swear he says one or two new words a day. This morning he said “butt cream.” Can’t make this stuff up.