Me, Myself, and the Voices in My Head

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7 Ps Rule needs to include “Patience”

You know the 7 Ps Rule, right?  If you were in the military, I’m fairly certain that you’ve heard it multiple times.  If you teach school, you most likely had to memorize it during your Master’s degree classes (except they usually did the 6 Ps to omit the one “questionable” word).  And if you ever need to remember how to prepare for something, it’s one of the best rules to keep in mind.

Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance.

Yes, I know there are many different variants on this mnemonic device.  But, this is the one I learned first both from sitting through graduate-level courses when my parents were getting their Master’s/Specialist’s in Education degrees and by having military members in my family.  Over the years, it’s served me well.

However, today Youngest Son needs to add the word “Patience.”  More grammatically correct, it should be “Patient” as in “Patient Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance” (deleted the objectionable word since he’s still not allowed to swear).  In a few weeks he’ll be celebrating his birthday and we’ve agreed to allow him to invite over his closest friends for a pizza party and then for them to go to the movies that evening.  The female guests will have to be picked up by their parents after the movie while the male guests can come to our house for a sleepover.  He’s been texting all of his friends today and bugging me for specific details, such as start time, menu, etc.

He’s forgotten that his father and I have not finalized any plans.  He’s also forgotten that he’s still grounded at the moment and if he doesn’t earn his privileges back in time there won’t be a birthday party.  His friends are all trying to arrange their schedules and make suggestions for things to do and ingredients for the pizzas but we don’t have anything confirmed at the moment.  Big shock for him and his buddies if it’s all for nothing!

I admire his desire to be sure to plan early enough in advance so that all of his friends have the opportunity to check with their parents/families to ensure if they’d be able to attend.  I’m just not happy that he’s getting their expectations up for something that may or may not happen.  Plus, the parents also won’t be very happy if they change their schedules around to accommodate something that isn’t happening.

Oh well.  Not much I can do about it at the moment.  I told him to be sure to let everyone know that nothing has been confirmed yet and that he’s just checking to see if they would be able to attend.  That way, we can also plan for how much food and how many tickets we’ll need to buy.

We’ll see what happens.


Happy Birthday Husband!!!

I’m using this post on my blog to wish a very, very happy birthday to Husband.  He’s 15 years older than me though at times you’d never know it.  I think that’s one of the things that makes us great together.  We’re matched both intellectually and psychologically very well (I’ll let you guess which one represents whom).

Last year I bought him a rifle.  This year I got him a 2-year subscription to a magazine he likes (not adult-only).  I told him I felt bad at the difference between the two gifts but that I also blamed him for it because he wouldn’t give me any suggestions of what he wanted.  He and I both agree that we’re getting to the point where we have what we need and just buying something because we want it isn’t practical.  Youngest Son didn’t know what to give him either so he dedicated his last band concert of the year to him.

So, here’s to another year of good health and happiness to Husband!!!  I love you very, very, very, (continue repeating very ad infinitum) much!!!

Sleepover time again!

Just a quick post ’cause I’m trying to get things ready for tonight/tomorrow.  Youngest Son is having a friend over for the evening and to spend the day with tomorrow.  He attended his friend’s birthday party last weekend and bought him a present that has had the friend fascinated all week.

Husband, Youngest Son, and I enjoy playing the miniatures game Warhammer 4000 (also known as Warhammer 40K).  It’s a fun strategy/tactics game played with miniature figures and vehicles on a tabletop that you “decorate” with obstacles and terrain to make it look like you’re “invading” another world.  Husband plays the Space Marines — humans, and has his battle suits painted with the 35th Infantry Division patch on them.  Youngest Son plays the Eldar — an alien race that is very powerful and has a special character called an Avatar that can basically walk-through the playing area “killing” anything in its path.  I play the Tau — an alien race somewhat based on the Samurai/Bushido code where they believe everything is “for the greater good” and use highly specialized weapons that don’t require the soldiers to be close enough for hand-to-hand combat (VERY long-range weapons).  Youngest Son’s friend was looking at different types of characters and picked the Tau as well.  The gift Youngest Son gave him was the Codex for the Tau — a book published by Games Workshop (the publishers of the game system and who make ginormous sums of money on the expensive figures, paints, books, and accessories to play the game) which explains who the Tau are, what they do, how they fight, what they believe in, and then specifics on each type of character and the weapons, vehicles, and other accessories they can use during the game.

In the game, teams or individual armies face-off on large tabletops and roll dice to determine if they can move and/or attack and must remain in-range of other persons/items/equipment, if required, and everything is based on whatever you roll on the dice required for the type of movement or attack you’re attempting and a chart in the book that tells you if you’re successful or not.  Simple, huh?

Yeah, I’m still trying to learn it all and this game has been out since the 1990s and Husband used to play it a LOT back then.  I never got involved with it and probably wouldn’t be now except that Husband lucked-out on an entire Tau army with additional personnel, vehicles, and lots of extras that had the whole set been sold at a gaming store or online would have cost over $400, easily.  He found it at a thrift shop for $18.  For that low of a price, how could I resist?  Plus, if I ever get tired of it, I can sell-off the items for the going rate and definitely more than double my money!  That is, if Youngest Son doesn’t try to get them — he keeps asking me if I want to trade armies with him.  He just doesn’t like it because my basic strategic move is to set-up my armies at the far corner of the table and shoot at everyone from there because I have weapons that have a range of 36-inches and most tables aren’t that big.  That means, almost no matter what I roll, I’ll hit them.

So Youngest Son and his friend are going to attempt to play the game tonight since his friend is really, really desperate to see how it all works.  I told him I’d loan him a few figures to play with so he can get the idea.  Then tomorrow when we go out-of-town to get the huge bags of dog food I need for Celeste and Harley and to take Husband for an early birthday lunch, we’re going to swing by the gaming store so that his friend can spend some of his birthday money if he wants to on an army (or parts of one).  Then the two boys will be able to play each other at their houses once school is over and might be able to enter some of the tournaments at the gaming store during summer vacation.

I’ve tied the voices in my head to the back of my skull for the day.  I’m not in a manic mode today and I’m holding well on keeping myself out of falling into the depressive side.  I’m sure they’ll get free and the story will continue again sooner-or-later, but for now I have to decide which figures I’ll let the kiddo borrow for the evening.  Fortunately, my metal figures (which they no longer make) are really too powerful (and expensive) for a beginner and he can use my plastic figures (which are easy to repair if one should accidentally fall off the table and break).

And, yes, May the 4th be with you!


Happy whatever to me….

Yes, it’s my birthday.  No, I’m not going to tell you how old I am.  Yes, I went out to lunch for my birthday.  No, I didn’t do anything else special (at least as of 5:30 p.m.).

Youngest Son had a great time at his friend’s party last night.  They played Laser Tag and other games before going back home and watching endless episodes of Big Bang Theory before they fell asleep.

Eldest Son called me from college to wish me a happy day.  Fortunately he’s doing well this semester, doesn’t have to have a roommate in his dorm, and weathered the big storms that rolled-in a few days ago and yesterday very well.  It’s been drilled into him what to do in case of a severe storm/tornado/etc. and his weather radio is on to tell him where to go.  I worry, but at least I don’t have to worry as much when it comes to things like that.

Anyway, that’s all for today.

See….if I’d started this last year like I kept promising myself I was going to I’d be done now.


Where do you get squirrel-flavored cake at this hour?

Today’s post is going to be very short because I have two birthdays to celebrate today.  And, as anyone who’s had to organize birthdays for a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old will know, it takes a lot of time.

Fortunately, though, these two celebrants aren’t going to mind that there are no decorations, cakes, or overly-expensive presents with which they’ll never play.

I’m sending Happy Birthday wishes to Harley and Celeste, my pet and service dog respectively.  I know Celeste’s birthdate because of the papers that came with her since she’s an AKC registered dog.  Harley is a shelter rescue and we can only estimate when she was born based on her age the vet gave us when we adopted her.  So, why not have them share a special day?  Makes it easier on us owners who have a lot of dates to remember!

Happy birthday to them both!  They’re both two of the best dogs I’ve ever had in my life and I’m very thankful they’re here.


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