Well isn't that just horribly passive aggressive?
While it wasn't under the best circumstances, it was really nice seeing the guys again. Tommy, of course, and Toby and Travis. The last time I saw Tommy was a few years ago, and the last time I saw all three was at another funeral for a former Young Marine some years back. I also finally got to meet Tommy's just about hubby, Roland. He's really great and we get along so well. It's was nice seeing so many people from my youth that I may have lost contact with. Again, not the best circumstances, but it was nice.
Funerals suck. I was out at the Los Angeles National Cemetary this morning for a funeral. Mr O, someone who I've known since I was what, 10 or 11? Well, he passed away last month and they had the service today. It's hard, man. I didn't think his death would hit me that hard, but he's been like a second father to me. He's Tommy's adoptive father, Toby's real dad. So, he's been an ever present figure in my life since before I even joined the Young Marines. He's always been there for me when I needed him. When things at my house weren't great, I'd head over and stay at his house with the boys and he never said anything against it. I'd spend weeks there sometimes. So, knowing he's gone hurts. I'm going to the celebration of life at the VFW later on today, it's closer to home (literally right down the street from where I live), so it'll be easier. I had to wake up at 6 this morning just to make sure my dad and I got the the service on time, given LA morning traffic. It's hard... We're all growing up and this is going to be a more common occurrence as we just get older. Toby -Mr. O- will be very much missed.
Anyone with kids ever try KiwiCo? Little monthly subscription boxes for kids that have fun STEM and STEAM projects they can do. I was looking into them since Christmas will be here in a few short months and I want to do something a little different for Lucas this year instead of just getting him toys, he's got enough toys. But I don't know, since I've never tried them and I don't really have a lot of friends who want/have kids so I can't really ask them. It looks fun, like something Lucas could enjoy. But he's such a peculiar kid, and I don't know if it would really interest him. But, I want to encourage that love for learning, the thirst for knowledge, the fun of creating something with your own hands. He likes to read, so I think he's got a good imagination and he likes to color. I'm gonna look into it more, read reviews, see what people have to say, though from what I've already seen, it's all pretty positive. And, they have boxes for every age group, so if they're good, I may even get a few months for Gwen since she's getting so big and curious about the world around her.
I've not heard of this one... My niece really enjoys/enjoyed getting the Little Passports monthly box. Just to throw another one to look into out there for ya.
I wasn't a fan of them. My kids wouldn't play with them, as they were too easy to do.
Good to know. I'll definitely be checking out Little Passports.
My sister-in-law, I swear. I love Liz to death, I truly do, but she can be so fucking extra sometimes. Gwen's birthday is next month and we're throwing her a party, of course. But Liz just sent me a link to an Etsy shop so I can buy a matching shirt that says Aunt on it. A $22.95 (excluding shipping) t-shirt. It's a cute design, I guess, but nearly $23 for a plain white t-shirt that simply has a bunny and says Aunt on it is a bit much. But... I kinda have to get it because her dumb family will be wearing them and my mom and I don't want to be the ones who say no. It's gonna be like, a $30 t-shirt when all is said and done and taxes and shipping is factored in. I just think that's a bit much.
I went and saw Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings today. It was really, really good. If this is what phase four and onwards is going to be, I'm sold and here for the ride. I'm pretty excited to see what The Eternals has to offer. Marvel has been really on it lately with their stuff. Granted, I haven't seen Black Widow or Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but Loki, WandaVision, Shang-Chi, they were all pretty freaking great. So, I'm still very much here for the MCU.
You know, it's so stupid, but I used to be terrified of going places on my own. The movies, out to eat, shopping, etc. But now I'm just like, fuck it. If I want to go see an awesome movie on my own, I will. If I want to go have a nice meal by myself, I'm gonna. I'm at a point and age where I honestly don't care what strangers think of me. Now i can fully enjoy being on my own and having a good time. I don't need someone to be with me. Next step: to be able to go to Disneyland on my own, when I feel comfortable with it, that is.
Holy cow, Bungie did something right with Destiny for once. Trials of Osiris, the competitive PvP game type, is actually fun to play! I don't think I've ever said that about Trials before. But man, with all the changes they put into place it's become less a toxic, sweat-filled slog and more fun, like PvP should be. Trials has always been plagued by cheating and recoveries, and all the other dumb shit that made playing it hell for a lot of the player base, myself included. But, doing account recoveries can now get you banned, cheating seems to be non-existant. Tyler and I ran a card and we did pretty well. I like that it's now matchmaking, so you don't need a full fireteam to play. Though, it does make communication difficult. We picked up a third from one of our games, he was really good and we did really well with him, even without being able to talk, since he was on Playstation and we are on Xbox. But yeah, I am really liking the new changes they made. It's made Trials so much fun. I love 3v3 PvP, so I live for game types like Trials, but with the way it was before, you couldn't pay me enough to go into it willingly. I've played a few weeks, here and there, but now I will probably be playing every weekend, time permitting. I have never had as much fun in Trials as I did tonight.
First day back to work since getting Covid at the beginning of August. It was... What I expected it to be. They have me working part time this week, since I was off for a month and they want to make sure I'm okay. Really going to start looking for something new, since I have major anxiety about work and dealing with the public. So... Yeah. Things to deal with. But, at least I'm finally feeling normal again.
Liz sent me a text this afternoon, asking if it's okay if they invite some of my dad's family to my niece's first birthday party next month. While I appriciate the fact that she asked, it's really not my place to say who can and can't attend. If my brother feels like he's in a place where he's okay extending an invite to them, all the power to him. I'm not there, though. She really only asked to see if I'd still go should that part of my family show up. Of course I'd still go. It's my niece, I wouldn't miss her birthday party. But, I will not speak to my aunts or my grandmother, if they even show up. The only person I've spoken to on my dad's side of the family since all this shit with my parent's separation came about is my aunt Betty. I haven't spoken to my grandmother since Christmas 2018, and I got in a fight with my aunt Stephanie on Facebook because I was venting about my father and my feelings about him. I'm just done. I don't care. And I hate saying that, as I am such a family oriented person, but my dad's family picked their side, and they locked my brother and I out. So, fuck them. If they show up, I simply won't acknowledge them. I won't start anything, I won't make a scene, I will simply carry on like they do not exist. They're content not speaking to me, I'm content not speaking to them. Though... It will be interesting to see if they even show up. I know my brother is not going to invite my dad, so, maybe they won't even come because of that. If they do though... They best keep their mouths shut on the whole situation.
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