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The Many Looks of Lulu

It is poll quiz day. Lulu is not only our blog editor/model/surly housemate. She is a complicated lamb. Which look does she do best?

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Image courtesy of my dreams

I think David Bowie said it best when he sang:

Turn and face the strange. Ch- ch- changes!

I am sure everyone’s feathers are ruffled over the recent change to our site! Calm down. It is Okayyy. We did it on purpose. Wait, did I just hear you think what change? Honestly, some people! We reworded the teeny-tiny tagline under our blog title.

Yes. We have faced the facts. This blog hasn’t been about inane baby news and trying-to-conceive musings in ages. And we decided we kind of like it that way.

We’re still set on adding to our family (and I’m sure some “Dear Future Baby: Your Future Parents Are Presently Idiots” posts are in our future) but that is no longer our primary focus and thus, no longer the focus of our blog.

Image courtesy of my 2nd grade nightmares

To leave you all with a gem of baby-centric fun, here are some lyrics to David Bowie’s Magic Dance (from Labyrinth). I think you will find they apply.

Dance magic, dance
Dance magic, dance
Put that baby spell on me

Jump magic, jump
Jump magic, jump
Put that magic jump on me
Slap that baby make him free

…Or not.

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Whew. It’s been a busy month. It’s been especially busy on my beard. Growing that thing sure has aged me…

This beard now comes with its own zip code. And animal sanctuary.

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My previous NaNoWriMo update motivated me to get back in the game. In a week I wrote over 17,000 words and caught up to the masses! I was right on target to finish on time.

I promised myself a NaNoWriMo gift if I met the 50,000 word count by Dec 1. Impressed with the strides I had made, I took a look at the online NaNoWriMo gift shop for the first time and chose a ceramic mug that would serve as my completion trophy. I envisioned taking large hot gulps of coffee from my trophy as I worked on re-writes and first edits throughout the months of December and January. Those were the good ol’ days…

After my fantastic week of writing and constant stream of crap story plots (with a few good ideas thrown in there too), I let Thanksgiving festivities get in the way. A short weekend to my mums followed by a Thanksgiving week of fun has set me back considerably. So now I am eating dust again. Dust that tastes an awful lot like my regular old coffee mug.

My New Miserable Stats

Total Words Written: 33,628

Words Remaining: 16,327

Days Remaining: 5

Words Per Day To Finish On Time: 3,265.4 (sob!)

The Trophy I Wanted

My precioussssssss!

Now I’m Gonna Kick Some Ass – My Own Ass!

I want that trophy! It will be mine! So update, Universe, this is going to happen! I will finish NaNoWriMo. Skyrim is dead to me and we have enough leftovers to last us the week. No excuses, no nothing. If you need me and you can’t find me know this: I am in the zone. The writing zone. I will not return until December 1st at the stroke of midnight with a printed* receipt of an online NaNoWriMo ceramic mug order in my hand and the dust at my heels.

*I’ll really just save the receipt as a pdf on my computer to save paper, but that sounds less dramatic.

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Yesterday, we took an unexpected trip to the Yankee Candle Village. What started off as a suggestion made in jest became a 1.5 hour romp around the YC Village of candles, ornaments, candy, toys, and everything else you would ever need for a PERFECT Christmas.

First we took a whiff of the candles…

What does a “be thankful” command smell like? I don’t know. But it looks like this…

To cleanse our nostril palates we explored non-candle areas of the YC Village

There was toy area…

This is for you, Heather D!

REENACTMENT: Skyrim horse attack

There was Bavarian Town. Huh?

There is stately...

...and then there is stately!

Then we got lost…

Where are the flipping candles?

I tried one last candle before I left…

No. These yankees are crazy!

We finally left with our sniffers intact (and more-or-less functioning) and some gifts for the holidays!

Safe to say they HATED it.

I’m thankful for these two goons. They always make me laugh! And they know how to make a flipping candle mall loads of fun!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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It was just a regular trip to Connecticut… Many people do not  realize it, but dinosaurs live in northeastern Connecticut. You always have to keep an eye open for T-Rex. He watches the street, waiting to attack a ripe looking car or minivan. When we spotted T-Rex this weekend he was wearing a Santa hat and bearing gifts!! What could go wrong?

Ho! Ho! Rawr!

It was all fun and games until Patrick taunted him. He took it too far…

Don't tease the T-Rex! We thought that fencing would protect us...

It was too fast and horrible for me to take a pic, but T-Rex bit down on Patrick’s teasing torso and carried him away. But I have not given up hope…

I'm tracking that dino!

To think, Patrick thought turkeys were bad… The shame of it all! Anyway, this is why I was late getting to my mum’s house on Saturday.

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When I was a young boy, I always dreamed of being a Viking. I preferred Thor and Norse mythology, with its tough no-nonsense gods, to the namby-pamby gods of Rome and Greece.

Self-portrait, Age 4

When I grew older, I became an avid reader of the Conan series by Robert E. Howard. Conan was a tough, no-nonsense barbarian who embodied that Viking spirit. Just like me.

Even today, when I play video games, I create characters that embody the rugged-man-of-action-and-fewer-words ethos.

It's almost as if I'm looking into a mirror...

So, I’m proud to say, now that I’m a little over two weeks into my No Shave November pact with Gilly, that at last I have achieved my lifelong desire:

We call this look “The Viking.”

Stay tuned for next week’s update.

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