fasted58 MegaDork
Jan. 14, 2018 1:18 a.m.

Went to fetch the mail at 1:30 a.m., 10° and 85' walk to the box. 

Somebody cleaned over 100' of my sidewalk after a previous night of freezing rain and then snow. Gotta be a neighbor but which one? 

I treated 'em all good clearing walks and driveways when out w/ the snowblower last year w/ 20" of overnight snow dump. 

Nice to have good neighbors. 

Knurled. MegaDork
Jan. 14, 2018 5:12 a.m.

In reply to fasted58 :

I went to clear the driveway yesterday morning and the next door neighbor already did it for me.  The most I ever do in return is not be a complete a-hole.  Which, from some peoples' rants, may be a larger favor than I give it credit for.

KyAllroad (Jeremy) PowerDork
Jan. 14, 2018 3:56 p.m.

Loaned out a spare car.  It came back freshly washed, gassed up, and with a very nice bottle of bourbon!  Very pleased laugh

SnowMongoose SuperDork
Jan. 14, 2018 6:50 p.m.

Pulled a half second out of my ass on the last run of the day.  

Good enough for top raw *and* top PAX.

mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
Jan. 14, 2018 7:17 p.m.

Mrs. Deuce made a chocolate cake so good that 3/4 kids couldn't finish it. 

Duke MegaDork
Jan. 15, 2018 9:11 a.m.

Got all our chores done on Saturday, so DW and I spent Sunday playing Diablo III together... and other things.

dropstep SuperDork
Jan. 15, 2018 11:59 a.m.

Got more snow then expected last night, got to drive too work in fresh powder before the plows and traffic turn it too mush. I love fresh snow.

dculberson PowerDork
Jan. 15, 2018 12:32 p.m.

This might belong in its own "major win" thread, but ...

I have had NINE MONTHS of very little sleep. I love my little daughter but a sleeper she is not. I haven't slept more than a few short hours in a row since last April. We've tried various sleep training methods with little success.  She had a nasty stomach virus -> cold -> RSV chain of illnesses that made the last few weeks really, really rough on all of us. Then on Saturday we tried the "Ferber method" of sleep training. We were reluctant as my wife is not excited about letting the little one cry. I mean, who is? But we all need to sleep so she needs to learn. We made it official - even shook hands on it - and decided to just go on Saturday. No "recovery" period from the illness or anything. We were prepared for a week from hell. And what happens? NIGHT ONE: One hour of crying at bedtime with the required short comforting trips in defined intervals. She falls asleep finally, and so do we. Midnight rolls around - already this is an unusual amount of sleep to have - and she cried for three minutes so I go comfort her. DO NOT pick her up, DO NOT spend more than 1-2 minutes in there, don't even put her pacifier in, she has to figure out how to do that. Instead I put the pacifier in her hand and she immediately puts it in her own mouth. She's asleep before I leave the room. Next thing I know it's 6am and she's ready for a morning feeding. What just happened?

NIGHT TWO: One half hour of crying at bedtime. OK, great, she's doing better. 11pm rolls around and she has a dirty diaper - dang changing it disrupted her sleep but two periods of comforting her and she puts herself to sleep halfway through one of the 10-minute "cry it out" period. And she sleeps until 8-freakin-AM.

I am a new man. I have slept over 5 hours in a row for two nights in a row for literally the first time in nine months. I don't know what to do with myself. My wife got a run in this morning. I feel like I see a light at the end of the tunnel and I'm just trying to figure out if it's a train or the exit. Is this really working? Am I really awake?

Man, if this really works out this well, I'm sending Dr. Ferber a thousand bucks, this is incredible.

Streetwiseguy UltimaDork
Jan. 15, 2018 12:40 p.m.

In reply to dculberson :

You ain't the first, ain't the last, but oh my sweet calico kitten, the lousy sleep is the worst thing about the little darlings...

Duke MegaDork
Jan. 15, 2018 1:48 p.m.

In reply to dculberson :

We tried that with... moderate success.  They learned how to go to sleep better at night, but gave up on afternoon naps entirely.  I remember sitting at the bottom of the stairs hearing DD#1 crying and calling for us.  You want to have your heart strings tugged?  Listen to your first born sniffling and  saying "All gone daddy..." to herself through a closed bedroom door. sad

Congratulations, seriously.  I am convinced that 20% of divorces happen because parents of young kids just don't understand how badly chronic fatigue berks you up, and how much you need to allow for it in each other.

wvumtnbkr UltraDork
Jan. 15, 2018 2:14 p.m.
dculberson said:

This might belong in its own "major win" thread, but ...

I have had NINE MONTHS of very little sleep. I love my little daughter but a sleeper she is not. I haven't slept more than a few short hours in a row since last April. We've tried various sleep training methods with little success.  She had a nasty stomach virus -> cold -> RSV chain of illnesses that made the last few weeks really, really rough on all of us. Then on Saturday we tried the "Ferber method" of sleep training. We were reluctant as my wife is not excited about letting the little one cry. I mean, who is? But we all need to sleep so she needs to learn. We made it official - even shook hands on it - and decided to just go on Saturday. No "recovery" period from the illness or anything. We were prepared for a week from hell. And what happens? NIGHT ONE: One hour of crying at bedtime with the required short comforting trips in defined intervals. She falls asleep finally, and so do we. Midnight rolls around - already this is an unusual amount of sleep to have - and she cried for three minutes so I go comfort her. DO NOT pick her up, DO NOT spend more than 1-2 minutes in there, don't even put her pacifier in, she has to figure out how to do that. Instead I put the pacifier in her hand and she immediately puts it in her own mouth. She's asleep before I leave the room. Next thing I know it's 6am and she's ready for a morning feeding. What just happened?

NIGHT TWO: One half hour of crying at bedtime. OK, great, she's doing better. 11pm rolls around and she has a dirty diaper - dang changing it disrupted her sleep but two periods of comforting her and she puts herself to sleep halfway through one of the 10-minute "cry it out" period. And she sleeps until 8-freakin-AM.

I am a new man. I have slept over 5 hours in a row for two nights in a row for literally the first time in nine months. I don't know what to do with myself. My wife got a run in this morning. I feel like I see a light at the end of the tunnel and I'm just trying to figure out if it's a train or the exit. Is this really working? Am I really awake?

Man, if this really works out this well, I'm sending Dr. Ferber a thousand bucks, this is incredible.

It works.  It usually only takes a few days too.

 

This caused more fights with Momma and Me than any other thing.  She cried more than the baby did that first night....

KyAllroad (Jeremy) PowerDork
Jan. 15, 2018 6:18 p.m.

In reply to dculberson :

Yeah, we knew from day one that sleep was gonna be important.   The baby mamma would go to sleep at 9 pm (cause she could) and I'd stay up taking care of the little darlings till midnight.  Then went to sleep myself and at the 3 am feeding, BM would have had 6 straight hours of sleep.  Which she'd follow up with a couple more after the feed and I'd get up at 6.  

Both kids took to this schedule immediately and within 8 weeks for the boy and 10 for the girl they dropped the 3 am feed and we were golden.  Pacifiers went away by 3 months as well, no good comes of getting into that habit.

G_Body_Man UltraDork
Jan. 15, 2018 6:53 p.m.
KyAllroad (Jeremy) said:
G_Body_Man said:

The school's looking into getting me press passes for the Toronto Autoshow, and I'm going on a date on Monday!

So how did the date go?

Really well. We're both into a lot of the same music, so that's good. We still have to find time for a second one, but hey. Take things one step at a time.

 

Also I realized that the G35 will have payed for itself by the end of next month so that's pretty sweet.

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