Today was a day with mom, as we went up to Aunt Helen’s where she was hosting the Sperske holiday gettogether. Last year was skipped as everyone was pissed at each other, but I guess things are better with some this year. Well I guess Mary wasn’t happy so she didn’t come to the event, and of course Barbara wasn’t there. As much as I was dreading it, and the associated drive, it wasn’t as bad as expected. Luckily there was no rain during the drive as otherwise the Cajon pass could be a fucking nightmare. Mom was okay for the most part. Obviously not her old self, but she managed to engage with people for the most part, but she really is just not all there. I think that it has to do with her psych meds, and I want to investigate whether we can reduce those with it being much time passed. I loved getting to see my cousins (and cousins in law) – Lisa, Cindy, Erin, even Bob – and Helen was doing good as was Lori. I just can’t help but resent everyone for living their lives they way they have and Larry gets cancer. It’s fucking awful. Didn’t get home until about 5:45 as it was a lot of driving – Larry was in no state to be able to go to the Chinese Theater to see Rise of Skywalker, so we stayed in and tried to keep him a little calm. Not quite successful, but did the best we could. We did watch Eddie Murphy’s SNL that night and it was fantastic. I hope he enjoyed it.
First, the stress of yesterday’s PwC event at Magic Mountain proved to be mostly needless. Of course I’m glad that felt compelled to be prepared, so that’s good, but it was such a welcome relief when it was time to do it and then sure enough, I was done. Even got decent feedback after the fact. The reward for making it through was then we got to go enjoy Six Flags! The weather was pretty much perfect for a visit to the park, and better yet, there were like NO lines. It’s likely the slowest time for them as most schools have started back up and it’s not really a hot time for tourism, I guess.
Friday, Jan 12 – PwC at Magic Mountain
The rundown of rides this day was basically all extreme. And a day later, I’m still kinda feeling sore. But we went on X-2 TWICE, which holy hell. Riding in the last row of that ride is one of the most insane things you can do. Then we went to Viper, then on to Tatsu. Tatsu…is ridiculous. It’s almost more intense than X-2 as it really feels like if your harness were to snap, you’d just get flung out to your death. And it would be quick as you’d be a splat on the ground before you know it. But what a ride! We then followed that up with Gold Rusher which is great, as always, and ended the visit at Twisted Colossus. So Twisted Colossus ended up still being my favorite of the coasters and there was an insane thing that happened: One of my coworkers was in the seat in front of us, and as the train went inverted, the carabiner he had his keys on disengaged! He immediately realized this but we were also on a rollercoaster that was currently barrel-rolling. The keys managed to get lodged into the area by his feet, which was a miracle, as it was still a small gap, but the thickness of one of the keychains saved him. The carabiner was long gone, but his keys weren’t. He said that as they were flying away from him, they had been floating in front of them for a moment like they were in space Lucky lucky man.
Today, Larry & I took my mom over to see the model homes at the Glen LA so she could get to see for herself what the general layout of the house will look like. It was the formal grand opening this weekend, so we of course saw most of the sales team, but we also saw plenty of potential homebuyers and actual homebuyers. We ended up meeting a member of the family that will be living directly next door to us, and then we met a couple who will be living across the driveway from us. All seemed very nice and it’s exciting to get the sense that this will be a fun neighborhood. Fingers crossed.
Saturday, Jan 13 – At The Glen LA with Mom
Those are the most recent pics and I think it could be fun to try to capture periodic shots from the construction site in order to eventually capture a time-lapse of the progress. Easier said than done, I’m imagining.
Anyway, the rest of the weekend should be nice and relaxing, hopefully. I figure while I’ve got energy and the time, here are some picture sets from December, mostly from around Christmas stuff:
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 – Christmas at Mom’s House
It was a fun time to spend Christmas at Mom’s with Stacie and Trent. The food was great (and happily, our overbuying for Thanksgiving helped as we just froze this ham and then used it a month later). And wine is always a winner.
I love making chocolate chip cookies as they turn out so damned good. It’s just a lot of work. I ended up making cookies throughout the entirety of watching Die Hard, which is a long time. But so worth the effort. The recipe for these cookies I’ve shared on this site previously and is slightly weird in how it does things, but the results can’t be argued with.
I think the last thing I’ll post about as I’m getting antsy and want to do something else besides type on my blog is the pictures from the Sperske Christmas Even that my cousin Erin held down in Carlsbad. Happily, it was held in the early afternoon, so we didn’t have to stay down there overnight. It also meant a LOT of driving for one day. But it was worth it to see family again. Erin & Eric’s house is perfect for these kinds of get-togethers and their recent renovations inside are fantastic.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 – Christmas Eve in Carlsbad
And that’s that. Time to play some video games and shoot some Nazis.