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I’m still alive! Things that have taken up my time lately:

-Kiddos. For some reason two kids is much more mentally tiring than one. A. started daycare in January so we’ve all been adjusting to that. E. is probably doing Too Much Stuff, oh well, and I feel like logistics for her takes up a lot of my mental and spare time space. I can’t wait until I have to do logistics for both of them.

-After winter break which was great because we didn’t see many people (we saw D’s sister’s family and parents, which was really fun) and therefore were actually healthy for the ENTIRE WEEK following the break, we are continuing our side hobby of getting sick on a regular basis. I shouldn’t complain, because by this time we all have really great immune systems and so it’s actually not very bad much of the time (kids get cranky, I feel mildly crappy, D ranges from feeling mildly to fairly crappy, but it’s a far cry from when E started daycare and we all felt horrible with horrible cold symptoms for weeks at a stretch), but it is still annoying and takes up more time in reduced efficiency and dragging around than any actual enjoyable hobby we have.

-I have been called to be Gospel Doctrine teacher in my ward. It’s a lot more work than my previous calling (teaching in Relief Society, the women’s class) — I’ve been sinking kind of a lot of my free time into it -- and some weeks have gone much better than others, and I just really love it and feel like I’m meant to be doing this, like I can really add something to people's lives. Relatedly, I’ve also been spending a lot of time in the last week or so writing a lot of email to G., a woman in my ward who is having a lot of the issues with belief that I had about 10-15 years ago. I might post some of the stuff about faith and belief (and the rather quirky LDS theology thereof) and how I deal with flat-out contradictions.

So… one thing I haven’t been doing is reading SF published in 2016. I have So Like the Lightning, The Obelisk Gate, and Necessity on my list to read. Anything else?

Date: 2017-01-14 09:03 am (UTC)
luzula: a Luzula pilosa, or hairy wood-rush (Default)
From: [personal profile] luzula
I'm glad you're alive! : )

This is actually a 2015 book, but I recently read The Watchmaker of Filigree Street and loved it. Have you read it?

Date: 2017-01-14 09:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] philomytha
Two children: definitely more mentally exhausting than one, or even more than 1 + 1, somehow. I think it's because as well as looking after each child individually, you have to manage the interactions between them. Anyway, I commiserate! Also on the bugs, because it seems like we've been host to every interesting virus in the region this winter so far.

Date: 2017-01-15 03:51 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
H and J have a song that they sing sometimes: "Teamwork! What's gonna work? Teamwork!" Whenever I hear that, I know they are up to no good! I'd love to hear your musings on faith and belief and so forth. - Emily

Date: 2017-01-15 06:22 am (UTC)
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Yeah, the two-child thing seems exponential, definitely not linear.

I don't know how dark your reading prefs go, and from a couple of reviews this seems at least moderately dark; I've just started reading Yoon Ha Lee's Ninefox Gambit (2016), and it's very cool so far. First of a trilogy.

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