I felt so bad for the kids this afternoon. I let them sleep in. In the interest of getting the grocery shopping done before the afternoon and avoiding the pre-Patriots game rush, we skipped having our traditional Sunday breakfast at Donut Fresh Express with a promise of lunch once groceries were unpacked.

CBear and I brought everything back and together with Abita and Timbo we got everything unloaded. We decided that at 1 o'clock we would go to Chili's in Nashua and from there over to the Nashua Conway Arena for ice skating. Everyone got their stuff together. We were about to load into the van and I opened the garage door.

  Perfect black ice conditions

What a difference that hour made! When CBear and I came home from Mahket Basket, the roads were dry. Now suddenly they were... shiny. And not just wet shiny. I stepped out to judge the driveway. It was slick ice underneath rain.

Earlier in the day I had already broken the news to them that the dinner at a friend's house was cancelled because of an illness there. Now I had to tell them that we can't safely leave the house.

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck

We improvised some last minute lunches. CBear and I tried to make something of the afternoon by watching Roman Holiday. It was amusing watching the opening credits: "and introducing Audrey Hepburn". The twins played some video games. But Timbo found the movie "boring". Yes, sorry buddy. It's not as exciting as Top Gear or Doctor Who.

After the movie CBear helped Timbo get out of his funk by bringing out pastels for them to work with. Perhaps we'll have a Just Dance marathon later. I just pray that this ice doesn't build up and cause power outages. After the movie this afternoon I did a quick scan of Teh Bookface and saw numerous incidents reported locally. I believe skipping the trip to Nashua was probably a good idea.

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Click to watch on Netflix

Click to watch on Netflix

Since Abita went out with her best friend tonight, CBear stayed home and watched this with Timbo & I. We had been discussing Audrey Hepburn earlier today and I'd mentioned that my faves were "Sabrina" and "Roman Holiday". Netflix doesn't have the latter, but I enjoyed seeing this again. Bogart and Hepburn. Classic!

Bit o' Trivia: Audrey died back in 1993. In my earlier discussion with CBear I couldn't remember whether she was still around. (I mean, Mickey Rooney only died this year)

When Michelle lost her shoulder length brunette hair to chemotherapy [thank you Adriamycin, Cytoxan, & Taxol], her shorter hairstyles when it started to grow back afterward often reminded me of Audrey.

The younger four children all head back to school tomorrow. You can only *imagine* their excitement! :-P CBear is doing full dental assistant shifts at Greene & Torio in Nashua on Mon/Wed/Fri this week. After this nice Christmas break it's going to be a bit sad for me to start thinking about 3D rendering and image texture mapping again. ["Must render with less milliWatts..."] Did I mention I spent the whole midwest visit NOT bringing a laptop or tablet with me. Just my phone and my eBook reader. It was kind of nice not having carry on luggage for the flights.

One last shout out before bed: A Happy 15th Birthday to my nephew and godson William! Seems like only yesterday I was holding you in my arms after your baptism. How can you be taller than I am already you son-of-a Tarpey?!

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Remember the night we broke the windows in this old house? 

Busy day yesterday. In the early morning I watched the second half of "It's a Wonderful Life" that I'd started earlier Friday before bed. I know it's almost cliché, but I love that movie.

I took the kids to Hampshire Hills in the morning and to Cafe on the Oval for a big brunch afterwards. Lots of laundry to do when we got home and I paid for CBear's spring semester at NHTI and bought the textbooks she'll need. ($$$)

We wrapped it up at St. Patricks. 4pm was the Youth Mass and Abby played her clarinet with the youth band. After Mass they had a teen night in the church hall. We had pasta & meatballs. The kids made Christmas cards, decorated cookies, did a Yankee Swap, and had some time for prayer and reflection.

In a strange twist I ended up with the gift I had bought for the Yankee Swap. When we got home I did more laundry while watching a sentimental Christmas romance movie on the ION channel: "Golden Christmas 3". If I didn't already have five children from a very happy marriage, I'd say watching a movie like that is almost a Man Card revoking event.

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I just finished up from cleaning up after dinner. Tim and I are downstairs: he's using my ChromeBook because it's so power efficient, especially when watching videos. Tonight he's studying CSS. I've got Michelle's ancient netbook. I'd given it it's weekly software updates earlier in the day and wanted to try to use it to write tonight. The funny thing is that the netbook's screen is small enough that SquareSpace shows me the mobile phone version of the site.

It's been a busy week, as it often is, but especially as Christmas approaches. I got to Mass most mornings except Tuesday when I had to go to an IEP meeting for Michael. I got to Body Step classes Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning, Thursday afternoon (and hopefully tomorrow morning with the family). I had an Opus Dei Circle Monday night, CCD classes Tuesday night, the Twins' winter chorus concert Wednesday night, and Abby's winter concert band last night. This is the first evening where I feel like I can sit by the wood stove, relax, read, write, and tinker.

Work has been a bit nicer than usual. I'm in a phase of refinement and polishing what we've built, rather than the rush to "get it working" by some tight deadline. When you're pushed for time you often feel as though "if I had more time, I'd love to..." and now I have a bit of that. I've been speeding things up, making them more accurate, analyzing coverage reports, considering enhancements for derivative products, etc.

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After Mass this morning I was having eggs and pork pie at Cafe on the Oval, sitting at the counter next to my friend Paul. Somehow in the course of conversation we got onto the topic of Ramen Noodles. I mentioned that while I've had them before, I'd never actually made them. It's not that they're difficult, but even with all of the cooking I've been adjusting to lately, I'd not made simple Ramen Noodles. They're only slightly more difficult than Instant Oatmeal. How did I ever get through engineering college and grad school without doing so?! Well, keep in mind college students didn't usually have microwave ovens back then. Remember kids, we didn't have Google, Wikipedia, or Internet either.

So today as I was working from home, I thought, "Sure, why not?" I knew we had some in the cupboards from when Michelle did grocery shopping. Holy cow! We had 15 packages of Ramen! How on earth did Michelle maintain such an enviably low blood pressure?! Maybe Michelle just stocked up to assure herself that I would have emergency food when all else failed. In her last months of life she knew my utter lack of cooking ability.

We've been blessed with two brought meals this week. Between what we made and what was brought over, I decided tonight we should work on reducing the leftovers building up. Claire tends to get annoyed by too many leftovers anyway. I think tomorrow I'm going to try to make a barbecue beef roast. I've done traditional pork pot roast with veggies before and thought this should be similar. We'll see.

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