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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Cassie's Journal - December 31, 2016



Happy New Year’s Eve Day!

I’m about to head to the Inn to work the dinner and party shift, and won’t be back home tonight; so I’m taking care of the update now and will add the New Year’s Eve report to the New Year’s Day update.

My morning was a crazy blur of fun and work after the Tai Chi calm that started our day out with a bit of quiet ahead of the familial storm.  We fed our gang of weekend guests; some shopping or alternate play time was an option for everyone in the family; and we took turns doing the work to get ready for our family Christmas luncheon dinner and the afternoon gift exchange and play time.  Michael worked the breakfast shift; came over in time for that lunch; and stayed for the gift exchange and some of the football bowl game watching going on in the living room.  We also supervised the junior cousins for lunch in the sunroom; had a bit of play time in the lounge when we could do that; and now Michael’s at home getting ready for our shift at the Inn too while I’m multi-tasking my usual bedtime computing with getting ready for the dinner, party, and work tonight too.

I’m skipping a lot of details here, but really don’t have much time; and there are too many kids and teens in the lounge next door for me to try a time phase to make the extra time I’d need for the entire report.

Doing something closer to a double-update tomorrow is an option, though, so let’s do that instead; and I’ll just wrap this up and go on to find out what’s going to happen in my life between now and then!

Until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Cassie's Journal - December 30, 2016



We’ve had a fun day, but I’m wiped out; so let’s keep this very, very short.

First up, I did fall asleep during the movies last night; but Michael still went home when Rowen and Tim did – after helping to get the twins and their besties into bed for the night; and leaving me napping on the sofa in the lounge.  Our morning was fairly normal with Tai Chi and breakfast in the sunroom; though Michael was working the breakfast shift at the Inn and missed out on both.  I spent the morning helping Mom around the house; had another play afternoon with Ethan, Ehlana, Naomi, Aiden, and Michael; and then worked the dinner shift at the Inn.  I didn’t work until close, so I was home by the time the Rice clan arrived; and I spent the evening hanging out with Dawn and the rest of our family.  Michael came over after work and hung out with us for a while too, but headed home by midnight because he’s working the breakfast shift in the morning again.

Dawn and I sat up and talked for another hour and a half; Violet was with us for the first part of that before heading home with Dillon; and I had a bit of family business work to deal with after Dawn moved on to her room and was ready to get some sleep.  There isn’t anything major to report from the work, and nothing on the email front; so that’s pretty much the news for today in a nutshell without any of the details.

Life is going to get busier for me starting in a few hours, though, and I really need to get all of the sleep I can get; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Cassie's Journal - December 29, 2016



Here’s another quick update coming your way; but that isn’t because of an early bedtime tonight – I’m doing my nightly computing now ahead of a movie night in the lounge that might end early for me if I fall asleep while hanging out with Michael, Rowen, Tim, and our four junior movie night buddies.

My morning was spent working around the house and in the kitchen with Mom while the twins were at the lab with Uncle Adam and Dillon.  Yes, Violet and Dillon are back home from Woodvale, but haven’t been mentioned in my journal because I haven’t seen them much – even when we were at the lab yesterday.  Mom and I did more cleaning and prep work for our incoming weekend guests; we pre-cooked some dishes for the holiday meals; and made up a shopping list so that Mom could do groceries this afternoon while Michael and I went out to play with Ethan and Ehlana and kept out of her way.  Michael had to work at the Inn for a lot of the day, but isn’t working close; so he’ll be here soon for the start of our movie night.  His afternoon break was the majority of my play time with the twins – and Naomi, Aiden, and Sophia; so we biked the park trails again and had some playground fun before wrapping up his break with a visit to the Emporium for snacks and drinks before we dropped him off at the Inn and headed for home.

I helped Mom with an easy dinner for seven that was ready when Dad got home; we ate in the sunroom; and then I was set free without helping with the clean-up so that I could get ready for our movie night.  I have the lounge set up already; and am multi-tasking my computing with getting freshened up and changed before Michael, Rowen, and Tim get here.  Naomi and Aiden are spending the night for a last sleepover ahead of the holiday weekend, but we’re not doing a teen sleepover too – mostly because Michael, Rowen, and Tim are all working in the morning anyway; and that will be another breakfast shift start to the day for Michael.

Yes, there’s a small chance that Michael will end up staying if I do fall asleep on him, but I don’t sense that’ll happen tonight – while I also won’t be surprised if I do crash, nap, and miss parts of the movies.  I’ll mention here that the boys get points for us actually having a movie night, since it means that they’ll be settling for only keeping an eye on the college football scores during intermissions or on their smartphones; and Rowen and I appreciate their sacrifice!

I also need to wrap this up because they’ll be here any minute, and I don’t have anything else to add tonight anyway; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Cassie's Journal - December 28, 2016



Let’s make this a quick update because getting a decent night of sleep is an option; and I’m going to take advantage of the opportunity.

Tai Chi was without Michael this morning while he worked the breakfast shift with his parents.  I spent the morning at the lab and in the archives with Mom, Ethan, and Ehlana; split my time between playing with Ehlana in the lab and then hanging out with Ethan in the archives; and had a bonus visit with Grandpa Grant and Grandma Eleanor that included a chat about their plans for the winter archives retrieval trip.  We were home for lunch; Michael joined us for that an another afternoon of play time with Ethan, Ehlana, and some of our collective friends that was again at the park and included biking and playground time.  The temperature reached the low-fifties this afternoon; so those hours of fun were comfortable as well as entertaining.

Michael worked the dinner-to-close shift too, so while he was doing that; I helped Mom with making dinner at home; we also worked in the office when we could; and I used a time phase for the after-dinner work in the office that Mom and Dad took advantage of while Ethan and Ehlana were happy to have the extra time for playing in the archives and working on a lab project respectively.  We were completely finished the work by eight-thirty; I came up to my room; and had some quality Jacuzzi time without any multi-tasking.  I’ve done a quick email check since getting into bed with Mandy; there wasn’t any work that came up since wrapping up the fun in the office; and I’ll be in nap mode within minutes of wrapping this up.

Hanging out with Michael would have been nice after he was done work, but he sensed that I’m wearing down; and was thinking about me when he suggested that we take the night off because he can’t keep up with me going day and night every day.  He is tired out too, but since he’s right that I need the down time; I’m okay with the plan – and we can get back to spending more time together again tomorrow.

That is it for now, though, and I really don’t want to waste this big chance for a solid night of sleep; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Cassie's Journal - December 27, 2016



Michael and I got to have our sofa sleepover last night, but I also fell asleep as expected during that movie; and we had four junior chaperones because my brother, sister, and their best friends camped out too – all four of them on the floor with piles of pillows and blankets that they’d been using for nesting while watching the shows.  Naomi also cuddled with Ethan for at least some of the night; while Ehlana and Aiden only slept close to each other without the cuddling.

Our wake-up call was fairly entertaining; Tai Chi was fun with the bonus exercise buddies; and we had a hot breakfast in the sunroom before Michael went home and Dad headed for work while Mom and I took care of the clean-up.  The guys did cook; so don’t take that the wrong way when it was our turn to do that work.  It was also my turn to do a morning of chores with Mom too while the twins played with their best friends.  Michael was working at home anyway; we’re both way overdue for helping out around our houses; and we preferred to help out all morning and then we took the rest of the day off to play.  I cleaned the top two floors except for Mom and Dad’s room; helped out with the laundry; and helped out with a bit of the work on the main floor once I had the easier jobs out of the way upstairs.  We had an easy-lunch; and then Michael came over and we went out to play with the twins and their friends for the afternoon.

The temperature climbed into the high forties this afternoon, and while we didn’t have snow to play in; that did mean that biking and playing at the park ere options for us – and we did really love getting to bike some of the trails in the park when that normally wouldn’t be an option in late December most years.  Okay, we haven’t had all of those trails at the park for years yet; but you know what I mean.  We took a picnic snack along with us so that we could stay outdoors longer without returning or going elsewhere for that snack; and ended up having that little picnic on benches by the falls on the park side on the way back from the trail riding.  We followed that up with the playground action and got to do that with quite a few friends from school – both kids and teens that were enjoying the nice weather play opportunity.

Michael and I were at his house for dinner, and since his parents had the day off from the Inn other than the visit Miranda made there to deal with some supply ordering issues; they wanted to have a family dinner with all of their kids – including Lucas and me.  Lucas had worked all day on the farm, but they wrap up before dark whenever possible; so we didn’t have to do a late meal – and six-out-of-eight of us were very happy to be there for the gourmet meal that included dishes that Jacob and Jake cooked up for us with a bit of a mini competition between them that required voting on the dishes by the ‘judges’ at the table.

I’m sorry, Jake, but your Dad did win tonight, and if you really think the vote was rigged; then make it a blind taste test next time so we don’t know which of you cooked each dish! ;^)

Taking care of the clean-up was a small price to pay for the awesome dinner; Michael and I stayed for some chat time in the living room once that work was done; and then we headed over to my house again to spend the rest of the evening with the twins.  Mom and Dad both needed to do some work in the office; so we came up to my room; the twins joined in for some music time; and then we wrapped up our day with some video gaming in the lounge because the boys were overdue for getting to pick the fun for the night.  Michael also kept an eye on the football games, but he’s been really good about that this bowl season; so I’ll cut him some slack on that too.  Ehlana and I played some games too, but we were happy to sit and talk when we weren’t taking a turn; and I was good with cuddling with Michael all of the time.  Even though it isn’t a school night; we decided to wrap up the play time at eleven; Michael headed home after we took care of getting the twins tucked in for the night; and I only had a short visit with Mom and Dad when they were packing up and heading to bed before coming up to my room again and getting my Jacuzzi ready for some quality tub time for me.

I multi-tasked that with my bedtime computing; ended up with more family business work to deal with than I’d expected to have tonight; and the work continued after I was in bed with Mandy except for the break I took while getting my hair done and ready for bed after getting out of the tub.  I didn’t use a time phase tonight because I’m trying to rest up – even if that’s not working out very well for me so far this holiday.  We do still have three-quarters of the Christmas break still ahead of us, though; so maybe I will get some rest between now and when we head back to school.

Okay, with the family Christmas on the New Year’s Day weekend in between now and then, that’s more hopeful than likely; but we’ll see what happens!

My work tonight was of the boring business variety, so there isn’t anything newsworthy to report; and that’s pretty much it for tonight.  I won’t get much sleep before it’ll be time to get up and going again, but some self-healing will be an option, and some of us are going to get to mostly have another play day tomorrow anyway; so I’ll survive the lack of rest.  I am ready to nap now, though; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!