Smooth Sailing . . . What Do You Mean We Lost the Engine?

The week started out so well.  I finished writing Raven’s Wrath and scheduled it for October, which means I’m only doing editing and idea tinkering for the rest of the summer.  That’s if I get around to it though because my son finished camp this week, so he’s home all day.  He got his second blue stripe in martial arts and they said he can go up a level in gymnastics when we sign him up in the Fall.  A lot of progress there and he’s getting better at multiplication and division, which is something that we were having a lot of trouble with a month ago.

I’m trying to delay that ‘bad news’ slide here, so I’m trying to think of all the good stuff that happened.  They’re doing a fun ‘Young Scientist’ series at the children’s museum, so we went to their second program.  The first was creating a compost box with worms, which hasn’t been going well.  We’re trying to keep them alive, but they’re having a really hard time with the humidity and mold growing over the food.  The instructions didn’t give us any ideas with the second issue.  At least the project this week is just a build and hang around the yard thing.  It’s a place for hive-less bees to lay their eggs, which is really a bunch of bamboo strapped together.  Fingers crossed that this one will work.  There are two more sessions, which are a cow eye dissection (I’m guessing computer instead of handing kids a scalpel) and a owl pellet dissection.  The little guy wants to go to both, which is fine by me.

We’ll end on a good note about the future, so let me get to the other stuff.  Time to add humor:

  • The eczema on my shins started growing, but I got to a dermatologist right away.  It’s probably been affected by  stress and humidity.  Joy!
  • To be safe, they did a skin biopsy.  Now, I have two ugly stitches on my shin and a vacation coming up.  Joyous of joys!  Plus side here, I didn’t feel a damn thing after the numbing shot.  Probably could have stabbed me . . . Well, they kind of did, but it was more of a coring.  It is so strange seeing that be done along with stitches, know you should feel something, and not feel anything.  I go back in two weeks to get the stitches out, learn the results, and figure out what to do.
  • I got my permanent crown in and it took maybe 10 minutes at most.  My ride disappeared during this point, but only because he thought I would be in for 15 minutes.  Means the root canal saga is over . . . and replaced by the issue of my sleep apnea mouthpiece no longer fitting.  I get an adjustment in two weeks, which means I can’t use it until then.  Honestly, I saw this coming, but it’s still a little annoying.
  • Why did I need a ride?  On the way to my second anxiety therapy session and on the same day as the biopsy, my check engine light went off.  I dropped the car off the next day, but the mechanic was packed and couldn’t get to it until Friday.  So, I had to get a ride.  Plus side here is that they said it was a lean code, which they cleared.  I drive around and wait to see if the light comes back.  Then I bring it back.  No charge, which is a nice change of pace from things.

Maybe that wasn’t as comical as I’d hoped, but it gets the mess out of the way.  Today is my son’s 9th birthday, so we’re celebrating a little because tomorrow is the party.  Just going to unleash him and his friends on a spray park then get pizza brought in.  Here’s where more insanity turns up:  This party is much bigger than we expected.  It went from 5 pizza estimate to an 8 pizza set up and now it’s a 10 pizza finale.  I’m one step away from imitating Daffy Duck when he loses his mind and we haven’t even reached the event.  If there’s one day this month that I’m going to end with a drink, it’ll be that one.  I expect there to be fun for the kids and hard work for me, but it’ll be worth it as long as the little guy is happy.  He’s already had fun helping me make the favors, helping mommy make his sign, and telling the pizzeria that he can eat 4 slices in one sitting.  They got a good laugh at me immediately saying “You share your birthday pizza because you need room for cake.”

Next weekend is going to be a quiet one because it’s a long overdue vacation for me.  I will still be handling tweets and schedule stuff for the blog, but I will mostly be active in the early morning and at night.  The laptop might be coming with me in case the kid wants to watch some Battlebots before bed.  I’m still deciding on if I want to do a goal post or just hang a sign that I’m out for the day.  Probably do a small one and then try to figure out what to leave up on Sunday.  Tomorrow is about October posts and Teaser Tuesdays, so maybe I’ll make the poll if enough people like the connected idea.  I don’t mind too much since summer has been fairly slow and the most active posts lately have been my Anxiety Journal.  Wow, this post is getting big.  Let’s wrap this up.

Goals of the week:

  1. Son’s birthday party.
  2. Build Lego sets.
  3. If any money or gift cards gained then go to toy stores.
  4. Build more Lego sets.
  5. Pack and prepare for the trip.
  6. Build more Lego sets.
  7. Possibly start editing Derailing Bedlam
  8. Maybe tinker with the superhero stuff.
  9. Put Quest of the Brokenhearted up to $2.99 on Wednesday.  Only a few days left for the sale.
  10. Schedule a few posts for next week to take the edge off after vacation.

Final note on this hefty post, I do feel a little sad about writing the final adventure for Dawn Addison.  This is the ‘monster’ for The Raven Series and she’s now being filed in the same ‘complete’ folder as Legends of Windemere.  Unlike the champions, she probably won’t be making any cameos since she was in her own pocket world.  So, October will be a final good-bye for her.  Kind of sad even though she was only on the blog and didn’t get as much love as my other ideas.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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25 Responses to Smooth Sailing . . . What Do You Mean We Lost the Engine?

  1. I have three days, but it’s not starting out too productive. I’d like to get my draft in the fermenter, then work on some October blog stories.


  2. Happy birthday and many happy returns 😀


  3. Happy Birthday to the Little guy. Happy Vacation to you. (I loved the line “to take the edge off vacation.”)


  4. Happy birthday to your son, I hope the party is fun for everyone tomorrow.
    It sounds like you had a productive week and a lot planned for next week. Good luck with everything.


  5. Sounds like a productive week. Glad the dentist issue is sorted, and the issue with your legs is potentially not serious. Also glad the engine trouble was something quick and free to fix.

    Happy birthday to your son, and well done to him on the martial arts, gymnastics, and maths progress. Hope the party goes well, and he enjoys his pizza party. Pizza and cake though… What’s not to love?

    I hope the party goes well from your point of view too. Enjoy the vacation, and good luck with your goals for the week.


  6. Thank goodness for public parks with splash pads, right?


  7. Jennie says:

    Happy vacation, Charles. I hope your son’s birthday party goes well. You can’t beat pizza and a water park.


  8. L. Marie says:

    I hope your son had a lovely birthday. Glad you got the crown done.

    Maybe Dawn could be like Jason of the Friday the 13th series. She rests for a while, then returns years later.


    • He had a fun birthday and now we have 10 Lego sets to start working on. I don’t know if Dawn will ever come back. She may have run her course here since I set out to give her closure. We’ll see if it works in October.


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