No Way Home

So just a couple months since the physical release I’m celebrating here when we went to actually see No Way Home in the theatre.

Naturally we were still using masks as not everyone (Newbie) was vaccinated yet, but by going a few weeks after release during their Christmas break we made sure to minimize covid contact as much as possible.

I’m pretty sure the girls just didn’t want to bother smiling for the picture so they put their masks up instead.

It was a fantastic end to the three movie establishment arc of Holland’s Spiderman portrayal and I look forward to whatever comes next.

(As I’ve scheduled this the Love and Thunder trailer came out just this week and Multiverse of Madness was still unrated to give folks a hint as to when I actually scheduled this post.)


Lost Daughter: Context

So from the summer of 2020 to Labor Day weekend of 2021 we hosted Redflare’s brother and daughter in our home.

She joined Thunderer in school remotely and those who closely follow the blog (if there’s anybody out there that actually does).

He had been already living with us for quite some time at that point, I’ve lost track really, and I don’t want to think about it much because I just don’t like him.

Lost Daughter

I never officially had you.
You were never really mine.

But here I am missing you, child.
For I cared all this time.

I watched you learn and grow
for only a single year.

I watched you gain a sparkle
and I watched you shed some tears.

I can only hope that you remember
Family doesn’t come from blood.

Family is from love
not from just the mud.

First to say good morning
first to say good night.

Your smile won’t be forgotten little one
I hope you don’t cry in the night.

I was powerless to keep you
Know I had no choice

If it were up to me
I’d have kept you safe

to listen to your voice,
a daughter through love and choice.

Think of us, I hope you will.
We miss you little one.

No matter how time bends
You’re always welcome here.

A safe space.
Warm bed
and something clean to wear.
A place to grow your hair.

I look forward to the day
I can see you laugh again and play.

Five Gallons!

Now technically this is gallon 6, but Red Cross doesn’t care that my first gallon went to a regional blood gathering organization rather than them, so here we are now with the five gallon pin as of July!

Still a milestone to be proud of. 🙂

TJ, meanwhile, just got his 1 gallon pin!


Just… One… More… Turn… (Happy Birthday Civ!)

Welp, thanks for making me feel old…I started playing Civ from Civ II with a demo.

Sometimes seeing how fast I could “beat” the demo (by discovering gunpowder) and sometimes seeing how long I could avoid beating it (by avoiding gunpowder at all costs). Alpha Centauri, a spin-off game, saw a full play-through the night TJ was born because Redflare was in the hospital in a shared room so I couldn’t stay over and be with them.

Too excited to sleep, I spent the whole night from turn 1 to victory playing that game, waiting until visiting hours were available so I could go see them again. Through the years, Civilization games are my default go-to when I’m pinned down holding a sleeping baby. From TJ and Little Miss to Fireball and Potato.

I believe I held Superman while playing Civ IV, for example with Newbie likely sleeping with Civ V and Thunderer while playing “Beyond Earth” (another spin-off).

Hard to believe the game now celebrates its 30th anniversary.

So off we go now, for just… one… more… turn…


Birthday Candles

My birthday came and went again this year (May 23). There were a few unique aspects to the day, however. One of them was that I managed to prank myself accidentally. I’m the one doing the grocery runs so when I bought candles to stock up I didn’t pay attention too closely and ended up with a small supply of trick candles.


Another unique happening this time around was that my probably future daughter-in-law is the one to make the cake. Redflare had her hands full with little Potato (he’s hiding in the background on this picture held by Little Miss) so she went on a baking adventure after volunteering as tribute.

I had a boxed cake ready to go, but she accepted the challenge and defeated it masterfully.

Also featured on my lap but barely in the frame would be Fireball. I think her sippy is more in frame than she is, but you can see a sweet little chunky arm.

Mario Karting and some D&D board gaming filled a majority of the day when I wasn’t grilling. I’m not quite sure the picture order messed up a bit, but oh well.


Final Surge

My second to last surge can. When they made a return I stocked up, but now I can’t find them anymore. 😦

I had the last one in my stockpile back on my birthday and the second to last one on Dad’s birthday before that.

Hopefully it comes back again someday, just like peanut butter twix.