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Our first picture together – by a waterfall off Route 6 on the road to Tillamook

As Veronica and I lay awake at four this morning listening to Thomas cough, something we had been doing since two since he is still terrible at blowing his nose and instead sniffles, allowing everything to go into his lungs and give him a raspy cough, I reminded Veronica that it was now the 12th of September.  “I assume that’s important,” she said.  “It means eighteen years ago today you were wearing sunflowers.”

That’s a reference to the sunflower dress that she was wearing the first day I met her.  Yes, I remember what she was wearing.  I remember the really cute manager I met on my first day at Barnes & Noble, the one who was all excited about the firemen who came into the store in full uniforms, the one I thought was 31 because she was a manager and in charge and so mature (she was 23) and who, I would later learn, thought I was 19, because of my youthful exuberance, I am certain (I was almost 25).  The manager who I picked out in the Secret Santa exchange (after putting two other names back) and who, when I was waiting for her to leave the breakroom so I could put her final present in her locker, looked at me and said “Are you waiting for me to leave so you can put my Secret Santa gift in my locker?”

We’ve survived through working together at five different jobs, through autism and diabetes, through far too many moves to mention and through a lot of early mornings wishing Thomas was asleep so that we could get back to sleep.  But I wouldn’t have wanted to go through this with anyone else for these last 18 years.

Our most recent picture together. She’s still wonderful. I’m still me.

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So, Thomas is home and adapting.  He’s adapting to the needles better than I am and better than he’s adapting to the food changes.  Do you know how many carbs are in a blueberry bagel?  Holy crap!  But he’s adapting well enough that we’re still heading out west for my mother’s 75th birthday later this summer, although now that’s a plane trip (uggh) rather than a drive.  But Veronica prefers that and it means we’ll be home for both the season finale of Doctor Who and the season premiere of Game of Thrones.  Yes, we’ve plowed through six seasons of GoT in the last two months, thus leading to the picture above (no spoilers) and below (spoilers for season finale of Season Six).  Veronica spent one sleepless night at the hospital plowing through Peter Dinklage’s Facebook posts, which, if you watch GoT, are generally hilarious. (more…)

img_1574Well, 2016 is almost over and it’s about damn time.  But there’s still time to open presents and relax for a day (or, maybe more, since Veronica and I left work early on Friday after the idiots doing construction at UMass Boston cut the water line to the Mass Archives).  The picture is Thomas opening his annual ornament from Great-Aunt Melinda and Great-Uncle Dave (who is home for Christmas after a rough year, so that’s something good).

img_1575On the left is a picture of our breakfast.  It’s baked French toast, which Veronica baked in her new Dutch oven, a gift from my mother.  Later today, well, later today we will sit around and probably open the pile of presents and later watch some football.  Later in the week, Veronica and I will be headed down to the City, because, you know, HAMILTON!!!!!!  Woot!  And 2017 might hopefully be better, because, you know, Baby Groot!  And more Star Wars (I’ve seen Rogue One three times so far)!

Oh, and as for why we thought 2016 sucked?  Well, part of it should be obvious.  And part of it is made more obvious with the embedded video below, just one of the gazillion people who died this year.

IMG_0336IMG_0334When we began this blog, oh so many years ago, it was the spawn of a graduate school project that Veronica had done.  It was mainly designed to keep our family updated with what Thomas was doing (before my writings about movies and literature took it over).  Well, we still like to give you updates on Thomas, and this is a big one, because he turned 12 today.  So, for all of you who have known him since he was small or even a baby, it’s time for you to feel old.

Veronica made him an Inside Out cake (with a color and sticker for each emotion).  We also measured him and he’s just under 5’2″ which means by the end of the summer, Veronica will go back to being the shortest person in our family.

Uncle John

John and his soon to be-wife Susannah.

Uncle John #1 is gettin' hitched.

Uncle John #1 is gettin’ hitched.

Well, I don’t have the next Nighthawk Awards post done.  Nor do I have the next Adapted Screenplay post even close to done, which is why I pushed up the next Great Reads post, which I had wanted to do closer to 1987, when the film is listed in the Nighthawk Awards.

And, now we’re off to Oregon for the rest of the week.  Our best friend, John is getting married up by Mt. Saint Helens, so we’re hoping it doesn’t decide to erupt.  John spent the entire weekend at the hospital with us when Thomas was born, getting some sleep on the couches and he was part of our wedding ceremony.  So, returning the favor, Thomas is going to be his ringbearer, which means of course we’ll be dressing Thomas up like Frodo for the ceremony.  Do you think I’m kidding?  More importantly, does John think I’m kidding?

John providing some very needed balance.

John providing some very needed balance.

Anyway, we’re off on an early flight and we won’t be back until next week, so hopefully at some point I’ll get to the next posts.  In the meantime, I’m off to Powells to buy me some books and Del Taco to have some del classic chicken burritos.  Oh, and family, friends, all that stuff too.

2015-12-25-bestWe hope you had fun.

As ever, still my favorite Christmas song.  Thank you, John Lennon.

We are not roasting chestnuts on an open fire, because 1 – I don’t particularly like that song, 2 – we don’t have a fireplace, 3 – I don’t like nuts, and most importantly, 4 – because it’s too friggin hot!  It was 70° yesterday!  70!  On Christmas Eve!

For once, all the presents haven’t been opened yet, which is causing Veronica much consternation.  We combine various Christmas traditions – there’s no way she’d go for my family’s old tradition of actually spreading things over 12 days but this is the first time in years I’ve managed to keep some of the presents until after lunch.

So, a Happy Christmas to everyone who celebrates it.  Happy late (C)Hanukkah to others.  If your thing is not one of those two, we hope you enjoy that as well.

We got Christmas Eve on Sesame Street watched last night.  We watched Mickey’s Christmas Carol (which we gave to Thomas this year so we wouldn’t have to keep checking Disney every year to find out when it will air).  I’ll be cueing up A Charlie Brown Christmas after I post this.  We also headed to the theaters to watch The Good Dinosaur, a fun movie but one of Pixar’s weakest. (more…)

Thomas and Alison enjoying their time in the rink.

Thomas and Alison enjoying their time in the rink.

Hopefully in the next few days, I’ll get the next Great Read post up (All the President’s Men), followed by, a planned order of Nighthawk Awards: 1976 (which will prominently feature All the President’s Men), Adapted Screenplay: 1947, Nighthawk Awards: 1977, RCM: Superman, Nighthawk Awards: 1978, the next great read and then the 1979 awards and the Oscar decade post.  Other things might get in the way, especially since we’ll probably hit Christmas by then.  Also I’m working on the 1948 Adapted Screenplay post and that’s the year the WGA began their awards and there’s a lot for me to read.  I didn’t catch up during the Bond posts as much as I had hoped.

As for the Best Picture – 2015, that may or may not get done by the time the Oscars happen.  I still haven’t seen hardly anything.  For most films that’s not a problem, but for films like The Martian or Steve Jobs, which are expected to contend and are now exiting theaters, that’s much more problematic, since if they’re out of theaters before I see them, I have to wait until they’re available on DVD and that might not happen before the Oscars on February 28.

Meanwhile, I may supplement with some things like a Star Trek post (once we finally finish going through the 3rd TOS season, which will be soon since I won’t start watching Jessica Jones until we finish Star Trek and V is really anxious to get her Tennant fix on) or a For Love of Books: Tintin.  The 3.0 version of the Top 100 Directors is taking shape, but there are certain films out (Carol) or coming out (The Revenant) that will play into that, so I can’t imagine it will come out before January at the earliest, and depending on certain films, possibly not until March or so.  The Nighthawk Awards will keep rolling on no matter what.

As for the delay, well, family hit town for this most family oriented of holidays which just went gobbling through and thus we have the picture on the left.  Also, until January, pretty much no work on the blog gets done on Sundays after 1 pm, or on Monday or Thursday nights.  After January 3, that frees up the two nights but the weekends are still pretty much written off.

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