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I took off Thursday and Friday to enjoy a long weekend, and spent some time with my niece, who is still struggling with jealousy about her baby brother. We had a fun Thursday visiting with her friend (and her friend's mommy, who is my friend :)) and going to the waterpark. Trying to get all of our schedules in alignment to hang out is pretty tough, so I'm happy we were able to work it out. Afterwards I took her out for ice cream and took her home. When I tried to leave, she followed me out the door and started to cry. I took her to the library and the movies on Friday, and she cried when it was time to leave. I'm a total sucker, it kills me when she starts to cry like that. It's also a new thing, and I'm not sure why it's been happening. She's also way more scared of stuff in movies than she used to be. I took her to see Wall-E and she insisted halfway through that it was too scary and she wanted to leave.

Saturday we had a fun game night and scheduled our next two game nights, which is good since weekends are starting to fill up. Sunday I went to brunch with my mom and we saw the play Deathtrap, which we both really enjoyed. The actors were excellent and we had good seats. Neither my mom nor I had seen this show before, so we were both surprised by the many twists and turns (as were our fellow audience members, given all the gasps and murmurs). I'm really glad we were able to go, it was a lot of fun for both of us.

While I was gone on Sunday, Zen replaced our back door. It was in bad shape (dry rotted) for a long time, and then a week or so ago he locked himself out of the house with no phone or anything, so he broke into the house by cutting a hole into the door. We had it covered up with additional wood and tape, but my mom had brought over her old front door several years ago with the intention of replacing the back door with it. Zen said it took a couple hours but now it looks really nice, and it feels very solid. I was surprised he got it done so quickly, and pleased (I've always been paranoid about someone breaking into our house, so feeling like it was so easy to get in the back door was making me extremely uneasy). We got into a discussion about painting the door and to my delight, Zen offered to paint it like a Tardis! He's got a list of other things that he's working on, but I'm very excited about this!

Today when I came in to work, I discovered that someone had tidied up my desk a bit. I don't know who or why. It wasn't a huge mess, but they wrapped up the cords neatly and put all my binder clips in a container and all my pens in one cup, and hung up a little bag someone had gotten me. I might not have even noticed if it wasn't for the cords and the bag. I have a friend at work who might have done it but she's been totally swamped so I can't imagine she took 20 minutes out of her busy day to make my desk more tidy. Just not sure what to make of it. This happened once before and no one ever claimed responsibility.

Date: 2016-08-15 06:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spikesgirl58.livejournal.com
They know just when to turn the waterworks on, that's for sure! It's great that she loves being with you so much - you must be a fun Aunt!

The new door sounds very cool. Perhaps you need to hide a key outside next time, though. That's a sort of drastic method of getting into the house. Painting it to look like the TARDIS, though, that rocks. You will have to take photos of it when it's finished.

Gosh, I wish someone would tidy up my desk. Instead it acts as a giant repository for everyone's crap. Enjoy it while you can!

Date: 2016-08-15 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sleepybadger.livejournal.com
She does love being with me, and I love being with her. I think she especially likes that I take her places and don't take her little brother along. ;) She says things all the time that make me laugh, even just little things, like when I took her to the movies and I was getting her a "kid meal" (popcorn, water and fruit snacks), and while the guy was putting it together, she, out of nowhere, shouted at him "I'm 4!"

We do need to figure out something else for in case we get locked out. Poor Zen, the day he did this I had a horrible day at work and came home all stressed and pissed, so I was really upset when he showed me what he did. I worry a lot about someone getting into the house (I should clarify - I don't live in a high crime area, this is just one of those things that I worry about) so we've talked about some options. My last suggestion was that we get a key that unlocks a box that has some kind of a security lockbox in it. But then I worry someone would get in and steal the lockbox.. Yeah, I'm a worrier.

Date: 2016-08-15 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spikesgirl58.livejournal.com
It's so hard when you are that age. you are sweet to take extra time with her.

What if you put an extra key some place in the car? We have a couple like that.

Date: 2016-08-16 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sleepybadger.livejournal.com
I'm the oldest in my family, and my brothers (twins!) arrived when I was about her age. I don't remember how I felt about it, but I'm sure I would have been thrilled if my aunt had taken me places too (I did have an aunt who loved to take me places, but she got married and had her first baby a little less than a year before my brothers were born). Plus, I truly enjoy her company, and it's so much fun seeing how excited she gets about everything.

I thought about it but we always lock the car, and our house and car keys are on the same ring, so that wouldn't help. The other thing is we also lock the outside garage door, so we couldn't just hide it in the garage. There's probably someplace we could tuck it away, I just have to figure out where I'd be comfortable with.

Date: 2016-08-16 03:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spikesgirl58.livejournal.com
I'm the youngest, so I can't say much. My sister wasn't thrilled about me, though. :D

Good luck! The trick is to not forget where you put it!

Date: 2016-08-16 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qwentoozla.livejournal.com
You sound like an awesome aunt! It's so special for kids to have an adult like that to pay attention to them. I wonder if her extra fearfulness has something to do with her baby brother too.

I think you have a desk brownie! ;)

Date: 2016-08-16 03:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sleepybadger.livejournal.com
I try to be an awesome aunt :) Plus it's so much fun to take her places and do things with her because she gets soooo excited. I wonder if "being scared" and stuff like that makes her feel like she gets more attention. I'm sure it will just take some time for her to get adjusted, I just wish I could do more to make it easier.

Desk brownies are welcome here! :)

Date: 2016-08-16 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meathiel.livejournal.com
A Tardis door? Coooooooooooooooooooooool!!!

Date: 2016-08-16 03:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sleepybadger.livejournal.com
When I came home last night, he had already painted the door blue! Now we just need the details. So exciting!

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