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Wednesday, 2 March 2005

March already?

Ella in her welliesI've not written a 'stuff going on' entry for a while, have I? We've had snow practically every day for over a week now, although it hasn't settled, meaning that it's been possible to get out of the house to go to work, and get some general fresh air (braving the cold wind to splash around puddles in wellies is fun!) without the Snow Day happening. Yet.

The children are both much improved - Ella's tummy is back to normal (in fact, she's going through one of her serious eating phases, which is reassuring) and Christopher is a patient and tolerant big brother, considering that she has already started on the Terrible Twos behaviour. I wasn't witness to it myself, but she did the rather troubling "breath holding until she passes out" thing that children of that age are occasionally wont to do, despite how unsettling it is for the poor parents!

Christopher and I are still very much 'into' K'Nex - a system has developed where one of us will come up with an idea, I'll make a start on it, and then, once it's begun to take shape, Christopher will adopt it as his own, and make all the customizations necessary. Take, for example, our pinball machine (the 'slideshow' format is mean to look like a feature on a Playstation game that I tend to spend a bit too long on when it's out!) - we're quite proud of how it ended up looking.

On the subject of collaborative play (is there any better sort?) I chanced upon a CD-ROM of a game called "The (even more) incredible machines" in a charity shop the other day. I had a vague recollection of it as an intriguing 'Heath Robinson' type of game, and it was an instant hit with both of us - Christopher absolutely loves it. I've subsequently discovered it is available at an Abandonware site, although I would warn that it's not really very Windows XP-friendly, being a 15-year-old DOS game (the old ones are the best, eh?)

Two more days of work, and then another few days off! Hopefully I'll have a little more musically to show for it; I have had a bash at writing some lyrics, but there's more that I could (and should!) do in my spare time (instead of playing 'iSketch')...

Posted by james at March 2, 2005 1:47 PM

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