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Life and other stuff [Mar. 17th, 2011|07:11 pm]
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So, yesterday (it's actually taken a while to write this, so a day or two ago, in fact) found time/energy to post, and to deal with a couple of emails. Most non-child/household related stuff I've managed in a while.

Last night, MaybeZoe kept me up until 1:30, then kept Sharon up until 4:30, then Lex awoke at 8:30. And the sleep I had was broken.

So, now I'm zombie boy. And Sharon is zombie girl. But both our children are awake and happy!

Lex is loving Doctor Who. I have a great picture by a fellow named Paul Hanley that I show him, and he picks which Doctor he'd like to watch. Then we spend the next few days working our way through the story, and when done, he picks another.

He occasionally asks specifically for a story with Daleks, Cybermen, or K9, but more often he asks for a "cary one," which is how he says "scary one." Most of the time the biggest reaction he'll have to a frightening one is to edge his way onto my lap, which he does with everything. However, Stones of Blood got a solid fear response out of him at one point. Was it the big stones attacking people, or the scene where they drain the campers' blood? Nope, it was the moment when the flashing lights that represent the Megara exit their cell. Lex not only jumped, and made an involuntary squeak, he then froze solid for several seconds until he got used to them.

Here's a link to a youtube clip, Lex's terror started at 5:12, and it was about half a minute before he relaxed.

MaybeZoe's six teeth of doom have now become seven, hence her keeping us awake last night. She's still almost but not quite crawling. Like Lex at that age, she's generally a pretty cheery child.

At the moment I also have a full beard happening, a reaction to having to shave right through December because I was playing Father Christmas, and MaybeZoe loves it. Nothing delights her more than grabbing my facial hair with both hands and pulling it as hard as she can. I let her do it, and she knows I love her doing it from what must obviously be tears of joy in my eyes.

Feeling very depressed, probably because of all the recent health issues. Of course, most people can't tell when I'm down. Was walking around singing various made-up songs to Lex today, and mum said, "Gee, Daddy's happy." And I thought, no, I'm really depressed and want to curl up in a ball in the bedroom and cry, but entertaining my kids is something I enjoy and it takes the edge off.

Am enjoying wearing my usual colourful and mismatched socks when I take Lex to preschool. For Lex it's the norm with dad, the other kids just stare at my socks for the first few minutes that I'm there :)

Getting the urge to write again, which feels nice. All the post-stroke issues with mixed up words have mostly passed, but the hit to my confidence still lingers. But I've never stopped having ideas. Plus, working my way through Reasoning With Vampires, which the utterly fabulous fearofemeralds posted a link to, has shown me that technically I'm a much better writer than Stephenie Meyer.

The end of season three of Being Human totally kicked arse. I've also seen the first five episodes of the web spin-off Becoming Human and that's quite good as well. I'm curious to check out the American version of Being Human, but will have to wait a few months to make sure I'm not judging it unfairly against the awesomeness that was season three of the original series.

Oh, and it's worth reminding people again. If you need to contact me, and it's important to you that I receive your message, SMSing is not a good idea. I consistently get messages days after they were sent, and if someone sends me two messages close together, I will often get the second one, but not the first. If I reply via SMS, you may not receive it either.

Ringing me on the mobile is also fairly useless. I've been told by a number of people that it rang out at my end when I know I had the phone next to me the whole day. Landline is the best option. I'm always happy to ring you back so you're not footing the cost of the bill.

whitepages.com.au - bastard, Cooma, NSW

When I sing (well I call it singing, it's closer to Dory talking to the whale in Finding Nemo) at Lex about stuff, I don't try to rhyme, I just try to maintain a mostly consistent tune. So I'll sing, "Noooo, you can't touch my computer, because you will stuff something up, like you always doooooooo..." What's great about this is Lex now tries to answer in a sing-song voice. "Want plaaaaay dad's pootaaaaa..."
"No nonono nonono nono nono"
"Yeeeeessss, yes yes."
And so on.

Have nearly finished watching/listening to season four of original Doctor Who for this year's Swancon. For various reasons, I have not experienced most of these stories in a non-novelisation format, so it's been great to go through them. It's been many years since I read most of them, so my knowledge of many is basic at best. What all that means is this - I am getting to experience new Doctor Who, and it's all Patrick Troughton.

Interestingly, that combined with some of the stories I've watched with Lex, have really helped nail some of the sad omissions that the pacing of new series Who has for me. Not to mention elements introduced with RTD and continued by Moffatt (so far) that while being really cool, don't sit right.

I'll give two brief examples before moving on.

If the new series were to do something like Ribos Operation I doubt very much we'd ever get the 'they'll say Binro was right' scene, which is one of the most beautiful moments in the show's history. But I suspect it would be considered too long and too slow. I hope to be proved wrong in seasons to come.

Picture the most popular Doctor from the original series, Tom Baker, saying this, "Didn't anyone ever tell you? There's one thing you never put in a trap. If you're smart, if you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow, there's one thing you never, ever put in a trap... Me." It really doesn't sit right, does it? Nor do some of the superheroics foisted upon Tennant's Doctor.

That said, having seen what a manipulative, genocidal bastard the second Doctor can be, I can almost hear him saying those lines, and being really quiet and almost friendly the whole time.

Finally, here's a few photos of the kids -



Lex Zoe_0004a

Lex reads to Zoe_0002a

Lex Sleeping with TARDIS_0001a


[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2011-03-17 09:22 am (UTC)
Has MaybeZoe contributed her own chewing marks to the cot? Or still not enough teeth for that?

Great photos!
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[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2011-03-17 09:26 am (UTC)
As to whether Tom Baker's Doctor would say that line, probably no. Nor Peter Davison's, but I could imagine both Colin Baker's and Sylvester McCoy's saying it.

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[User Picture]From: bunny_m
2011-03-17 01:19 pm (UTC)
I can definitely imagine the second Doctor saying that, though sadly I have never seen or heard any of his adventures, only read many of the books.
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[User Picture]From: tikiwanderer
2011-03-17 11:17 am (UTC)
Love the picture of Lex asleep clutching a Tardis. That's just awesome. (Several of the others are pretty good too :-)

Thanks for the reminder about SMS/MMS. I don't tend to send you stuff but have done once or twice without thinking when something was particularly cool, because it's less effort and time to deal with (for both you and me) than email. But I will try to remember email is more reliable :-)

It'll be interesting to watch Dr Who with Sparrow when the time comes. She's seen a few short excerpts of Matt Smith in this last series but in general we've watched it without her because she hasn't had the attention span for it so far. What she *has* been watching - and demanding - is Muppets. We're almost halfway through the second season now and she's still totally captivated. And she's started "playing" the piano again after months of ignoring it, because she sees Rowlf doing it all the time. She also is starting to get movies, usually on the one night a week I go out tutoring and I'm gone for a couple of hours. She and James are working their way through the Pixar films. I had this great theory that we'd start her off with nature documentaries and visually slow-paced stuff. It was a great theory :-) Tonight I came home to find her totally uninterested in my return because the Incredibles were on and NOTHING was better than that. One little girl was so incredibly hyper afterwards... :-)
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From: gutter_monkey
2011-03-17 01:01 pm (UTC)
"Picture the most popular Doctor from the original series, Tom Baker, saying this..."

Yeah, it just doesn't work. He'd never ever say the "if you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow" part. If he'd just escaped from a trap and somehow foiled the bad guy's plans in doing so and was explaining to Romana how he did it he'd probably say the rest of it, sporting a huge grin as he did so.
If he was ever in a position where the bad guy was about to put him in a trap and was threatening the Earth he wouldn't say anything like that.
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[User Picture]From: drew_bowie
2011-03-17 02:10 pm (UTC)
Ok, Lex hugging that TARDIS is possibly my favourite (not mine) kid's photo ever :)

As for imagining Tom Baker saying that? Maybe not. But can you picture anything you said at around age 10 being relevant to you at age 30?

Of course, you may excuse that as fan boy reaching excuse if you wish.

Also, I have always enjoyed hearing your perspectives on fatherhood. It's something that I'm only rediscovering now. There's a whole sorry, sordid take there I may get into with you should our meatspace paths ever cross again, but take it from me, I got to experience the first few years of my boy's life and missed the next 7.

I'm experiencing fatherhood and step-fatherhood now. It's great, it's fantastic and is currently redefining my life. I'm enjoying the now and looking forward to my 15 year old son growing up here with me in Sydney. But nothing will ever replace those years I missed for reasons we will one day discuss.

Parents aren't two dimensional. Some of us learn this only after we become parents ourselves. Whatever you're feeling, however you are and whatever you're going through, you're still daddy to those kids and they will do anything to remind you of that even if they aren't aware of exactly why you may feel down.

But whatever you're feeling, I'm sure you already know that a look from your offspring like in the photos above can just sweep all those worries away. One day you'll even be able to sit and talk to them about why that was important.
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From: fe2h2o
2011-03-17 02:24 pm (UTC)
We've started showing the kids Doctor Who. We're starting right back at the beginning. The kids are loving it (you should have heard the squeals when they discovered a Doctor Who display at the library!), but I must say that I'm finding the first doctor rather challenging... he seems kind of helpless and annoying. Still... it's early days yet... we're in the middle of the first dalek story:-)
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[User Picture]From: linstar
2011-03-17 10:20 pm (UTC)
Love the photos of the children hon.

Miss you lots!
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[User Picture]From: transcendancing
2011-03-18 02:57 am (UTC)
*sending love*

Wonderful to read the update as always.

Photos are gorgeous!!

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[User Picture]From: micheinnz
2011-03-20 08:02 pm (UTC)
Getting the urge to write again, which feels nice. All the post-stroke issues with mixed up words have mostly passed, but the hit to my confidence still lingers. But I've never stopped having ideas. Plus, working my way through Reasoning With Vampires, which the utterly fabulous fearofemeralds posted a link to, has shown me that technically I'm a much better writer than Stephenie Meyer.

The Weasel, who haaaates Twilight with a passion and looooooves Reasoning With Vampires gave you a round of applause.
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[User Picture]From: meljane
2011-03-30 10:06 am (UTC)
The photo are great and I love the one of Lex hugging the tardis and Zoe with the cheeky smile on the floor .
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