Home for the holidays

It's 8:32am, and I'm sitting in my chair winding down from my day. I know you're thinking – you're up at 8am and functional? What gives?

Of course, I'm still up from yesterday. I'm about to go to take a nap in a few minutes to try to adjust back to the ways of the followers of the daystar today, and hopefully get in my Christmas shopping. Starting at 7am today, I'm off on vacation until 9:30am on the 31st, and then I'm only there for a few hours, then I get the 1st off, then I'm back to work for a full day on the 2nd.

Billy's vacation starts today, and is a bit longer than that.

I'm a bit apprehensive about the lack of structure. For both of us. There's going to be some winds whipping us around a bit, some holiday events here and there we have to attend to, but for the most part, we've no structure in our days. This has the potential of being awesome, or getting us into trouble. Billy got pretty weird on Thanksgiving with the lack of structure. He was getting very confused and upset about why there was no school and no "apple box day", which is how he refers to our weekly fruit and vegetable delivery service (in part because I use an apple in his visual schedule to indicate it's coming today, and it's been a tradition since he was born that he interacts with the box upon arrival, and he's been snacking on it immediately since he could have solid food (in fact, his first solid food ever was a result of him sneak attacking a blood orange I was eating from the box – he bit it right out of my hand when I wasn't paying attention).

We'll have to play this by ear. I'm hoping I can find some way to give him a bit of structure. I just need to figure out how.

The likelihood of my child's ability to read is 99.9999818366832%


My child yesterday was watching me play Draw Something, and when it was time to draw for another person, he pointed at my iPad and said "Dada, pick 'Cry'" and pointed at the first entry – "Cry".

Now, I've suspected for some time that he recognizes some words, as he'll spend significant time sitting looking at books, and he's remarkably adept at figuring things out. He asked to play "Words" (iTouchiLearn Words) on my iPad, and I forced him into the game that makes you identify the word that matches the picture (he ordinarily prefers to match up the scrambled letters with the silhouettes of the words). He for 3 rounds of 5 questions each, selected the correct answer last, choosing the other two words first. Except for the last one, he chose it second. What's the odds of my child selecting the right answer last, 14 times in a row? 00.0000181633168% (That's .33^14). It randomizes the order of answers, and he always takes a different guessing strategy that chooses the right word last.

Why last? He likes to hear all the answers. He does it in his tablet's "Buddy Bear" app too, that's supposed to teach cause and effect. "Buddy bear wants to wash his hands? What should he use?" and he'll click the pictures of drumsticks and crackers first, before choosing soap as the last option, despite obviously knowing exactly what he needs to wash his hands.

So odds are, that Billy can actually read many basic words just fine, no idea what his comprehension is, but I definitely wouldn't put up a sign saying "turn this knob to escape this room" any time soon hoping he can't understand it.


The Knights of Columbus arranged for a Santa to visit school and take pictures with the ECSEP kids in a safe and friendly environment, with snacks and presents. It was pretty okay. Billy generally enjoyed himself.

Here's one of the pictures where he wasn't freaking out and acting stiff as a board trying to slide off Santa's lap.

Uh wow. The second CD from the FBI arrived today…

Ok, the second CD from the FBI arrived today. I just popped it into the drive and haven't read it yet.

When I guessed there were things beyond the original case in my file, I didn't quite expect the stuff I found.

There's an entire CD they've refused to provide based on a second grand jury investigation I didn't even realize happened.

I'm starting to figure out why they've stalled releasing my stuff back to me. Not that I think it's justified, but their odd responses back in 2005-2006 make more sense in context now. Ugh.


More to follow. Sorry it's vague, I haven't even read everything yet.