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Sunday, 7 December 2008

Goings on...

I'd be hard-pressed to write down everything that's been going on over the past few weeks, but I'll have a go at summarising. Firstly, Beth's brother has had his operation; it's one of three that he needs to have, but at least he's embarked on the path to resolving the situation that's caused him to be laid low for the past year.

I don't know if I'd mentioned this, but Beth has also been diagnosed with a fairly rare condition, called "Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome" - once again, it's good that it has been diagnosed, but the road to recovery is a slow and quite bumpy one, since it also involves surgery. We're waiting for an initial hospital appointment to come through, which will doubtless be after Christmas. There's a very interesting video about it here: www.chiariinstitute.com/video-popup.html. Fortunately, Beth has some medication that inhibits the painful spasms she's been getting, so there's some relief in the meantime.

Otherwise, though, we're all doing quite well. I think I've been fighting off a bug for a couple of weeks, culminating in a rather unpleasant headache just behind my sinuses, but in the scheme of things, that's quite minor, isn't it! I think there's been plenty going round at school, especially with the cold weather, so we're trying to stay warm and well.

Christopher had another Cubs sleepover last month, in the Arndale Centre for the NOAH Enterprise homeless charity. We've recently carried out an upgrade on his PC, since he was struggling with an four year old Dell PC bought for a bargain when they made a pricing error. It means he can now play the excellent Portal (probably my favourite computer game ever) and the Spore Creature Creator.

He's also really into design applications like Phun, and more recently Incredibots.

Eleanor has her own computer now, but doesn't use it as much as Christopher plays on his! She's more into dancing about and make-believe, and has taken up after-school drama club, gymnastics and now cheerleading - perfect for burning off all that youthful energy!

We're preparing for Christmas now; I've recently attempted to make some space by Freecycling some of our unwanted things, and, given the amount of gadgetry we've bought this year, and combined with the potential for harder times ahead, it's probably a good idea that 2009 is a "appreciate what we have - and no new tech" year!

This afternoon we decorated the lounge - the Christmas tree's up, and it's started to look - and smell - festive. Yeah - I know, there are eighteen sleeps to go till Christmas, but half of the enjoyment is the anticipation, and it's lovely to see the children light the Advent candles at church every Sunday.

That's about it, really... I update my Twitter feed with interesting site links I find during the course of the day (there's also a handy archive, too) - and I'm trying to get into the habit of using del.icio.us for my 'handy' bookmarks. All this "Web 2.0" stuff is high maintenance!

To close, here is a couple of photos of the children on the green, enjoying the autumn leaves!

Christopher - playing 'Goalie'!
Christopher, playing 'goalie' with Eleanor about to kick the ball (not in shot!)

Eleanor and her home-made flag!
Eleanor and her home-made flag.

Posted by james at December 7, 2008 5:38 PM

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