Goal Post: End of the Longest Run of the School Year

Man, this was a week.  I’m just drained both physically and emotionally.  The week didn’t end on the best note with a project screw up.  Don’t you hate it when you work hard to set something up, it moves on to someone else, and they just let it crash to the ground?  It makes my heart hurt to see my hard work get destroyed by the callous narcissism of another person.  Let’s categorize the week.

Parenting

My son had his next two tests.  He passed English Language Arts and Math the previous week, so we were on to Science and Social Studies.  Health made a last minute appearance yesterday, but that test was beyond my reach.  Basically, he was already with his mom at that point.  I got him ready for the other two though.  Passed both with stellar grades.  He passed the health one too, so he went 5 for 5.  Only thing that went wrong was a project that didn’t work out so well.

Last weekend, my son and I did get to have some fun.  He was annoyed at there being no promise of video games.  Yet, we enjoyed walking through a nature preserve, bought a bunch of Star Wars Lego sets, and he got to have a playdate with a friend he hasn’t seen since his birthday last summer.  Really glad we finally got that to work out since it’s been routinely undone.  I think we did get some video game time in with studying and some art.  He’s working on another collection that will be posted at some point.  School has been busy, so not much drawing time.  Hope that changes soon, but we have two months left.  Things show slow down a bit in June.

The video game situation did backfire after he passed his other two big tests.  No homework mean Lego DC Villains.  I forgot to take my Dramamine since the screen goes wild, especially since we learned how to switch characters and unlocked some fliers.  I made it an hour before I could barely function.  The things I do to make my son smile and enjoy life.  I mean, I don’t regret it at all.  He’s happy and that’s worth the nausea and ensuing pain.

School/Work

AP Exams!  For those that don’t know, these are big subject exams where the scores are sent to colleges.  Not every student takes them seriously, but they all have to take them if they’re in an AP class.  I was one of the proctors and this was a more grueling job than I imagined.  Don’t get me wrong.  It was nice to be chosen and it breaks up the usual schedule, but you spend most of the day silently watching students and a clock.  I have a full week of it coming up, but we get Thursday off.  I assume for the release of ‘Castlevania’ Season 4 . . . Okay, it’s really for Eid.  I’m just going to binge watch the final season of ‘Castlevania’.  This got off-topic, but I can’t really go into details here.

Car

Blasted thing had a slow leak in a tire.  I can’t be without a car, so I had to keep refilling the tire every time I got home from work.  Finally brought it in for repair and yearly inspection last night.  So, I’m without a car for today.  That’s fine.  Family is visiting for Mother’s Day, so I’m not going anywhere.  Get to spend some time with my niece, which is always fun.

Writing

This is an author’s blog.  I think.  Do I still hold the title?  I got a little bit of outlining done, but I kept coming home tired.  The best I could do was a few chapter outlines over the course of breaks during the testing.  Might get more done next week.  I’m running into challenges with ‘Tales of the Slumberlord’.  Well, at least with the outline I’m working on now.  The heroes already got to where they wanted by the end of the first act, which means I have two more to work with.  It’s tough working with a character who stumbles into success because they can’t have extended plans.  It might be a short 1st and 3rd act with a weaving 2nd one where they try to avoid getting in trouble.  I do have a lot that needs to happen with a few jobs, villains stumbling into their demise, twists, turns, and Darwin driving at least two people mad.  Might finish this one tonight and move on to the next tomorrow.  Fingers crossed.

With the blog, I did some of the June posts.  I hope to finish those next week, but it’s slow going.  Making a poem for each of my stories is harder than I imagined.  Trying to make a topic list for July too.  All I’ve got now is writing a post to explain the term ‘Plot Armor’.  Are there any other literary terms like that?

TV

Nada.  It was on at some points, but I kind of tossed on the news and stared at the ceiling fan.  I started watching ‘Rosario + Vampire’, which is a harem anime.  Basically, bunch of attractive girls are trying to seduce one guy who meets his true love in the first few minutes anyway.  It’s a real anime thing that’s done primarily for laughs.  The twist here is that the main character is a human who accidentally enrolled in a school for monsters.  So, you have a vampire, succubus, witch, and ice fairy that are interested in him.  I liked the manga because they were really creative on the monsters and the plot was good.  The anime is more about skirts being flipped up and jiggling.  It’s stuck on my ‘Continue Watching’ list and I need something to sacrifice as background noise.  Just stalling until ‘Castlevania’ Final Season, ‘Lucifer’ Final Season, and ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’ Season 3 that come out in the coming weeks.

Goals

  1. Finish at least 2 outlines.
  2. Watch ‘Castlevania’
  3. School/work
  4. Biking, but without draining myself like last week
  5. Time with family
  6. Work on a puzzle that is already missing pieces (I can order the missing ones if I know which ones they are.)
  7. Laundry . . . Crap, that’s what the buzzing is about.

Final bit of fun is a Lego set I made specifically for myself. He’s sitting on my desk now.

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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27 Responses to Goal Post: End of the Longest Run of the School Year

  1. Jennie says:

    Very cool Legos.

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  2. ospreyshire says:

    Wow, I haven’t heard Chvurches in a long time. That Carnage Lego head looks cool.

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    • It’s been a few years since I heard them. This one popped up on the radio recently. Took a while to realize it was them, but I’ve never been good at identifying artists by sound.

      Carnage was a fun build.

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      • ospreyshire says:

        Same here. I remember seeing a livestream concert of theirs years ago. That was back when I was way more into the music scene and binge-listened to various Daytrotter sessions which they did one over there.

        It certainly looks like fun. That also indirectly reminds me of when they announced Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 a decade ago and I made a wish list for new characters. I thought they should’ve brought Carnage if they weren’t going to bring back Venom.

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      • Carnage would have been fun in that game. Can’t think of any time he was in a fighting game.

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      • ospreyshire says:

        Definitely. He totally could’ve worked. I was a huge fan of that game series and I used have the first two games on Dreamcast. I don’t think he was in a fighting game.

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      • No fighting games. Looks like he was playable in a few Marvel games.

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      • ospreyshire says:

        I see. I remember that Maximum Carnage game back in the 90s as far was videos games he was in. Who were your favorite characters to use in the MvC series?

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      • That was one of my favorite games. With MvC, I was basic. Wolverine, Spider-Man, and Mega Man.

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      • ospreyshire says:

        No way! That was one of my favorite game series when I was younger, too. I’ve played all of them except for Infinity which looked disappointing and going back to the 2-tag system. Nothing wrong with using those characters. Some of my favorites in the first game were Strider, Gambit, War Machine, and Jin. MvC2 has too many to count for different combinations of teams I would use.

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      • Sorry. I meant the Maximum Carnage game. I actually only played the MvC stuff in arcades. So, my experience was fairly limited. I do remember using Gambit a bunch. Was Juggernaut in that or the X-men fighting game?

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      • ospreyshire says:

        No problem. I remember playing the first two games in arcades, too. I remember beating someone older than me in the arcade with the first game. Haha! Gambit was such a good character and meshed well with other characters. Jin and Gambit went really well together with their fighting styles. Juggernaut was in the X-Men fighting game (Children of the Atom) and he was playable in MvC2.

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  3. The Carnage head looks like a difficult Lego puzzle. Here’s to a good week, although proctoring is going to be tough.

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  4. Carnage is looking good.

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  5. noelleg44 says:

    My 37-year-old son and father-to-be would LOVE that Carnage lego. He has an entire storage unit full of legos he is hoping to sell one day.

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  6. Does he have a trophy case or shelf where he can keep his completed Lego sets?

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  7. Victoria Zigler says:

    Sorry about what happened with the project, but grat news about your son’s results.

    Sorry it was another draining week. Enjoy the time with your family, and good luck with everything on your goal list for this week.

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