Well Sergey is out of diapers during the day, but at night he is still in a diaper, so that he will not wet his bed.
Yesterday he woke up with a dry diaper, and asked if I wanted to know a secret?
“Yeah, good job, how did you do it”, I asked?
“I peed in the bathtub last night”, he said with a smile.
The bath with all three boys in the tub.
Well at least it’s sterile.
Well Damien has been diagnosed with a “Language Disorder”, rather than a “Language Delay”. A language delay will go away with time, however, a language disorder is there forever. On the plus side we know what we are dealing with and while language will always be difficult for Damien, he would still be able to graduate from college, some aspects will just be more difficult for him.
If you think about language as a brick wall, most people use various bricks to build the wall they need at the moment. Damien is having a hard time seeing the bricks in the wall, he just sees walls, so he tends to build prefabricated walls.
The way to help Damien is Speech Therapy, which will help give him a wider range of prefabricated walls to use, as well as special tools for Damien to begin building his own walls.
Originally our insurance was not going to cover the the Speech Therapy, because even though Damien was diagnosed with a Language Disorder, the insurance company classified it as a Language Delay, which they don’t cover.
Well Olya kept after the Insurance company, and no we have the go ahead for 40 sessions next year. Our doctor is suspicious though, so she has scheduled only three of them so far, and they take place every other week, just in case the insurance company changes their mind on covering it, at least we won’t be out too much money.
I am just happy that Damien is getting closer to getting more assistance that aid him in communicating with his peers and brothers.
Happy Birthday to Xavier
Why it seems like only a year ago when you were Zero years old.
You were such a happy little sucker.
Remember the good old days when you were Less than Zero
Well now you are all grown up and standing so tall (relatively speaking), and doing your Tai Chi in the park.
And standing comes in handy when
stealing er… liberating your brothers toys.
Grats to you Xavier, you’re now older than zero, many happy returns.
Well maybe next year Uncle Dan will get you a cousin, but only if you’re good.
Had a killer head aches last night, when I got home.
The only thing that worked was a really hot shower, which was great until the hot water ran out.
So I went to bed.
The majority of my day was spent helping a fried set up a store, with most of my time spend labeling small boxes of dice. I think I spent hour just sorting and labeling, them.
Today I am getting the mini van ready to loan to a different friend for a family vacation.
Then on Friday I am helping yet another fried with her computer, she doesn’t like Vista (canpt blame her on that) so she wants me to down grade it to XP, I’ll have to check with Dell to see if I can with that model (I assume yes but the paranoid in me want to check anyway).
Well I had another interview with the same company.
This would be the forth interview, but the first one that was in person.
So I figured that I only have one first impression, so I put on slacks, and then a white shirt (sans the colorful under shirts I like), and then a tie, and then suit coat, and then nice shoes. The shoes were skuffed, and I thought “only one time to make a first impression”, so I got out the polish kit. I didn’t want to redo my wardrobe, so I didn’t take it off, just polished extra careful. To top it off I wore my great coat, good thing I shaved and showered.
I arrived early, had all the info on me to fill in the paperwork, and some time to go over my resume.
Then the interviews started, I was supposed to have one with HR, one with the CEO, and a Tech interview.
Change of plans, it was to be one interview with me sitting opposite four people, HR, CFO, CEO, CIO, and the COD (chief operating dog).
Well I wasn’t about to say no, to the firing squad, or the dog, but since they all had copies of my resume, I pulled out mine, and my dote book, and wrote their names down as they introduced themselves. I got mentally ready as best I could and kept myself as colm and positive as possible.
The first question was a multi part question from the CIO which covered Networks, Exchange Email, and User Accounts. I was interupted 5 times during that questoin, and it took me over 5 minuets to finish, answering evern part and filling in all the details for each interruption. After that I was parched and got a Mt. Dew, and it was all smooth sailing from there. and one point I asked the CFO if she had a question becuase, I hadn’t heard from her in a bit. It lasted two hours, but we would have all spent more time, if none of us had other things to do.
At the end it was me and the HR guy and I asked him how he thought it went. He said I look like a good fit for the company personality wise, but they were not sure where to put me.
Still waiting on a call back, but hope to hear from them soon.
When I went to pick up the boys, it actauly took a few seconds for them to recognize me, because they are used to seeing me in my winter coat, and Russian hat.
well in an effort to save money I am trying to make home made pizza.
My basic technique is to steal other peoples recipies, and using them as my own.
Like this guy for example.
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
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In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes.
Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of the flour.
Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour. Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Use for your favorite pizza recipe.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). If you are baking the dough on a pizza stone, you may place your toppings on the dough, and bake immediately. If you are baking your pizza in a pan, lightly oil the pan, and let the dough rise for 15 or 20 minutes before topping and baking it.
Bake pizza in preheated oven, until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.
well I had another phone interview with an HR manager, and it went well, so hopefully I will have anohter one soon with the President of the company. I can’t say who it is with because hireing me may mean that they will let someone else go, and he does not know about it.
I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.
I was able to get through to Unemployment, and made claims all the way back to the Christmass week, and I was able to get my name and address all sorted out.
Well we are hosting Christmas Eve at our house.
Starting around 6-6:30.
Since I have never done this I decided to set up this post so we all have a place to talk.
I’ll be serving ham, cheese and rolls for sandwhices.
If someone wants to bring a salad ro something else like a dessert, that would be great.
There will be diet coke, and juices for the kids, so you may want to bring your own beverages, because we don’t drink much here.
Who will be showing up?
Sergey B. (aka Russian Grandpa)
Larisa B. (aka Russian Grandma)
Kathy D. (Kit/Grandma)
Denise R. (6-6:30)
Others to be anounced when I find out
Who can NOT make it
Others to be anounced when I find out
Who can bring folding chairs, and how many?
Note: we have Tables (one for each kitchen chair)
Denise R.: 2 folding chairs
Joe D.: Chairs, number unknown
Will anyone be able to bring some food?
Dianne D.: signature cranberry walnut tofu salad (The PINK)
Rules for gift giving is that the recipient must be a child well under the age of 18.
(If the kids name is on the list please post some ideas for toys)
Nate W. (is that facial hair I see, that might disqualify him)
Non Relatives welcome to stop by, it’s Christmass.
Could be Tonight we have the kid, could be in a few hours actually.
Olya says she feels the contractions, but not to rush there is time.
Called Mom she is on her way over to watch the kids.
24. Pumpkin Walk
Damien walks around with a jack-o-lantern on each foot. I should probably mention that they were plastic trick-or-treat buckets that were only made to look like jack-o-lanterns.
Not sure how he managed to maintain his balance.
This is only second-hand knowledge, but supposedly there is digital evidence.