So much stuff happened over the break. Not like momentous Earth-shaking stuff, but I just feel like I've been on break forever. I haven't really had a chance to catch up on my blogroll reading, much less write my own stuff. But let me let you know what to expect/not expect from me/us moving forward:
What not to expect:
- The Year in Review - Maybe I will someday, but I get so sick of lists and wrap ups and top 100 for 2011 shows on TV, I can hardly justify subjecting other people to it. Also, considering I just started this blog in September, it just doesn't work.
- The full recap of the holiday - I'll definitely touch on it. I think we learned some things about our little Lily, and how to best optimize her holiday experience, but soooo much water has gone over the dam at this point that I feel stressed out even thinking about trying to give the break its "due" in writing. I will broad brush it, for sure, and post pics, and tell specific stories. But it's wearying me even thinking about covering the two weeks it seems like I've been off.
What to expect:
- EEG Results Discussion - We know nothing. But I sort of suspected we'd know nothing. We meet with the pediatric neurologist on Thursday. I expect to hear something then, and the something I expect to hear is. . . "nothing" and by that I mean, Lily has a long history of not having anything outside the norm to point at or to that suggests more appropriate treatments for her symptoms. That is to say, she's not Fragile X, all her blood levels are more or less normal, her MRI was more or less normal, etc. Every new specialist we see tells us there's nothing special about our special little girl. That said. . . I also wouldn't be terribly surprised to learn something, but that's not been my experience to date. "She's a puzzle." Yeah, no shit.
- Some stories about the holidays: Church, Holidays at the various houses, the extended break from school. They're sort of backing up in the queue, and I need to write them out before my failing memory transforms poetic license into outright fabrication.
Some random tidbits:
- I bought my wife "Wit and Wisdom", which is the book to which it seems 90% of my blogroll contributed. She really likes it. It's actually like a perfect storm for her, bookwise. She's always been more of an emotional reader, more apt to get involved in writing that touches her heart. These stories obviously do that, but what makes it even better for her is. . . and I'm half kidding here. . . she's borderline narcoleptic. I mean, she's actually not narcoleptic, but Leslie loves her sleep. In the past when I've recommended books to her she's started them and stalled about a 100 pages in because she can't read more than a couple pages before ZZZZZZZZZZZZ. In fact, sometimes she can't finish my blog posts (when I get a little wordy) without smelling salts and toothpicks holding her eyelids up. Although that may just be the writing. . . hmmm. . .
- She bought me, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon. Or, more accurately, I bought it for myself and she asked if she could wrap it because she bought me this kickass North Face coat, and tapped my budget dry, so I really didn't have anything to unwrap on Christmas. I read it in three days, but it could EASILY be read in a couple hours given enough guilt-free reading time. I recommended it to her. We'll see if she can make it past the 100 page zzzz-boundary.
- I don't really blog when I'm at home with my family. It's just not convenient. I know it seems ironic that I blog at work, but I write on my lunch break in my office while I eat, saving the long posts to finish on subsequent days, and I just don't ever really have that sort of free time at home. Even when I'm free to write I feel guilty doing that over spending time with the kids or getting something constructive done. So I'll tweet occasionally, or play words with friends, but I don't really blog much. Nor do I read blogs when I'm at home. So I'm soooo far behind now, I'm probably not going to dig myself out of the blogroll rut I'm in. If you have a post you're particularly fond of/proud of, please let me know. I'd still love to read it, I'm just too far behind at this point.
- My New Year's Resolution was to lose 15 pounds. I'll be watching my diet a little more closely, choosing the least evil option, for example, or managing portions more reasonably. And I'll be running. I'm not a marathoner or anything. A few miles here, a few miles there, working up to something along the lines of 3-5 miles at a time, 3 - 4 days a week. I don't want to burn out on it, but I think 15 pounds is a reasonable goal, and hope to make it more once I've met it.