onward and....onward

sunday i worked 12 hours, an exercise in frustration having trouble with what used to be the easiest parts to run en masse. the overtime will come in handy. i'll be getting a bit more tomorrow, as i'm starting at 5am to pick up the slack caused by our supplier's damaged punch die. no die = no parts for us, and that puts us on a backlog. the last two days have been pretty uneventful, though i did manage to get Loren's birthday shopping finished and his birthday/Memorial Day weekend plans ironed out. to wit, i'll pick him up friday evening after work and he'll stay until we leave for his (and Phoenix's) birthday party at a roller rink in Marysville. when the party breaks up he'll be heading to his mother's house for the remainder of the evening, and slumber party with a bunch of the kids. he'll spend much of his actual birthday at his mom's too, and sometime in the afternoon the last of the guests should be headed out; he'll be coming over around dinner time, and staying through Monday.

finished my latest book, A Darkness At Sethanon. it was very good despite far too many editorial gaffes, and provided a fitting end to author Raymond Feist's Riftwar Saga. a review of this and the other books i've finished since i last updated my recommended reading page are forthcoming- though i have no specific timetable in mind. the teeming multitudes waiting eagerly for my latest flawlessly executed Wax Eloquent upon the literary works occupying my attention of late will have to wait a bit longer it seems. some of the reviews are written but i've not found time to update the page yet. tonight i started Prince of the Blood, another novel set in Feist's world of Midkemia, this one taking place approximately 20 years after the end of the story in the first four books. this one is meant as a standalone. Loren finished Magician: Apprentice and started on Magician: Master. i think he's worked his way through at least half the book by now, which means he's enjoying them as much as i am. big smiles from the Dad here. his GPA is the best it's been since his last report card was issued. he's still got a way to go before kicking this school year to the curb but with a modicum of luck he'll improve his grades enough to warrant the return of his video game priveleges. i'd like to see it happen- he's worked much harder than he did before, the fact that i've pushed him much more notwithstanding.

other than that there's no news worth the espousal of great detail. working. paying bills. trying to wrap my mind around the finances and my losing a week's pay at the end of June. i'm really not in much of a position to be out the money....hope there's a bit more OT to be had at work in the meantime. regardless, broke or no, i go to NY to spend time amongst Pelkeys old and new, and introduce them all to Loren.

time to hit the hay, 4am comes early. till next time- enjoy.

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