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    om namay padmay om

    [ Wednesday, March 06, 2013 ]

    Jay is 14

    months old now.

    Good Morning!
    This is Jay sitting in the bucket we use for his dirty diapers.

    Posted by karan on 03/06 at 10:27 AM

    [ Tuesday, February 19, 2013 ]

    On speaking

    Jay is a purveyor of words...he’ll dish ‘em out like crazy and often at great volume. 

    Of course, we don’t understand most of them but somehow through accompanying grunts and pointing, we figure out what he’s trying to communicate to us.  Most of the time, I don’t think he even cares if we get it.  Most of the time, it doesn’t matter to us either....it’s just fun to listen to him.
    nah-nah-nah-nah BAH
    Yesterday he shared a new word that we totally understood = nah-nah-nah-nah BAH with a big loud accent on the BAH.  Of course we delivered. 

    Posted by karan on 02/19 at 10:52 AM

    [ Friday, February 15, 2013 ]

    New wheels in Flummelville

    Yesterday I took my 2000 Honda CRV in for a repair review...you know, to chose between fixing and ditching.  After hoisting it on the rack and poking and prodding and peeking into places dark, the mechanic called with the news.  For only $6,000, after bushings and head gaskets and electric window motors and oil and lubes and other things mechanic are restored, this car will once again be a fine running machine.

    Today, Leonard and I headed out to buy a replacement car.
    New Wheels in Flummelville
    Despite the whole working 40 hours last week, this is a scary prospect for us. We’ve spent five years doing our best not to spend money.  Except for the new roof.  And except for the new plumbing.  And the new dryer.  And that wee grandson.  Yes, it’s true, our not spending has faced some major challenges and this one is the biggest push against our not spending.

    After doing some research, we decided to buy a car that would provide us with great mileage, a comfortable commute and long distance tripping and finally at this point in our finances, allow us a low monthly payment.  We bought a 2013 Honda Civic Lx.  It’s a the basic version of this model, but oh my, how fancy it is.  And oh my again, how high tech it comes. 

    Even though I traded in my car, this new ride will be Leonard’s commute machine. He’s passing over his car to me and I’ll use it to bop around town.  I’m OK with the swap because in the end, I only want a safe car that will get me from hither to thither.

    Now if only we can win the lottery. 

    Posted by karan on 02/15 at 06:37 PM

    [ Tuesday, February 12, 2013 ]

    OK…I thought the thought

    I thought it, “it sure does seem like Spring is on the way” and that is a sure sign that we’ll be seeing snow before the end of the month.


    Posted by karan on 02/12 at 11:09 AM

    [ Saturday, February 09, 2013 ]


    Last week marks the first time in almost 5 years that Leonard worked 40 hours!

    It’s almost too scary to say it aloud...this terrible economy might really be getting better.
    It’s almost too scary to think that we’ll soon be returning to normal. 
    And it’s almost too scary to think about how much ground we need to make up...but finally 40 hours.  HOORAY!

    Posted by karan on 02/09 at 07:20 AM

    [ Tuesday, February 05, 2013 ]

    New schedules

    Because she’s on state aid and now that Jay is a year old, Rejjie is required to choose a work or an educational effort toward self-sufficiency.  She managed to convince her case worker that she needed both so her required time was split and she was placed in a funded job and enrolled in a program that moves her toward a GED.  I think it’s a good program and within the limits of our volatile relationship, I’m doing all I can to encourage and support her efforts.  Last week, Rejjie started her first day at work. It’s no glamour job but instead what I like to refer to as incentive to work toward something better.

    Of course this meant that Jay needed to find a daycare experience that supports his mom’s effort toward said self-sufficiency. Because I can’t work when I’m watching him, I made myself only available in emergencies which led to his enrollment in the same daycare center that Rejjie and El Jay attended and yesterday marked Jay’s first day.  It was like old home week for us...many new faces there but the directors were the same. We like them very much and are glad to enroll Jay. I suppose this makes him a grand-student there!

    We were very nervous about how it might go because his preparation for a day away from his mom has been limited to a few days last week when he spent a few hours alone with me and never has he been away from at least one of the three of us, Rejjie, Leonard or me.  Also...there’s that whole never yet getting put to sleep without his little nursing moment.  Daycare means, no family and no breastfeeding his way to a nap. I was so afraid he’d be terribly traumatized leading to a life of crime and cannibalism.

    Jay managed it pretty well.  He cried whenever someone arrived and it proved not to be Rejjie but the tears were brief and eventually he got the idea that it was a futile effort. He fussed a bit at nap time but went to sleep and stayed that way for 2 hours. He liked the new toys, he liked eating with the other little kids and he loved playing outside on the big toys!  We were all relieved and more importantly, I’m more hopeful that there won’t be a Donner burger in his future.

    On the down side...last night at about eleven, Jay awoke and was inconsolable for three hours.  He didn’t seem to be sick.  He didn’t want to be comforted and the best we can assume is that he’s either teething in coincidence of his first day at daycare or he was super over-stimulated from the big day.  Who knows?  This morning he seems fine, fussy, but much better and to daycare he returned.

    More later.

    Posted by karan on 02/05 at 08:08 AM
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