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About fifteen and a half years ago, I decided to ask a question. That remains the best decision I ever made. And a few months after that, Kestrell formally said "I do." I look forward to at least fifteen more years!
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For Kestrell's bedtime reading-aloud-to, we have started in, at long last, on Girl Genius. Tonight, she found out that any plen vhere hyu lose hyu hat iz a BAD plan :-)
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Been meaning to post these for a while; just now getting around to it. Last weekend, [livejournal.com profile] kestrell and I went to see Avenue Q at the Lyric Stage. It's a great show, highly recommended. There are two characters who you might not be familiar with from the soundtrack, as they don't have any songs of their own: The Bad Idea Fairies. In appearance, they are teddy bears with high, squeaky voices; their character is that of the 'friends' who tempt you into doing incredibly stupid things. After the show, one of them (and her puppeteer) was posing with people for pictures, so I got a shot of them with Kes. Incidentally, Kes thought the puppeteer sounded a lot like former roommate/terror-twin, B :-)



On he way back, we remembered that Kes wanted a photo of herself in good sunlight, to show off her eye color, so here's that:

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Feb. 29th, 2012 09:03 am
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This morning's conversation:
[livejournal.com profile] kestrell (excitedly): Do you know what today is?
Me: Fredric's birthday! [1]
Kes: Do you know what *else* today is?
Me: ...No.
Kes: It's Sadie Hawkins Day!
Me: Oh!
Kes: Will you marry me?
Alexx: Yes!
Kes: I've got a hunch it will work out well.

[1] Today is Fredric the (sometime) pirate's 39th birthday. For a few months back in 2004, I had the same number as him.
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As of tomorrow, [livejournal.com profile] kestrell and I will have been married for ten years.

I recently, while backing up some old files, came upon the photos from the wedding. It was quite a joyful day.

Since the wedding, the people who were there have undergone (at least) 3 deaths, 2 divorces, 4 marriages, and 4 births. The balance of change remains good. And our marriage, though changing in flavor somewhat over the years, remains most excellent.

Neither of us particularly memorized the vows. But we clearly chose them well, because we pretty much kept to them despite that:

I promise to be your lover, companion and friend,
Your ally in conflict,
Your greatest fan and your toughest adversary.
Your audience and your entertainment,
Your comrade in adventure,
Your student and your teacher,
Your consolation in disappointment
Your accomplice in mischief,
Your strength in your need and
Vulnerable to you in my own,
And most of all,
Your associate in the search for enlightenment.

I still think that asking Kes to marry me was the cleverest thing I ever did. And I still think every day how lucky I am. (Even if I don't make a pun horrible enough for Kes to say, "You are SO lucky I like you!" :-)

I'm writing this after she's gone to bed. By the time she sees it, it will be our anniversary.

Happy Anniversary, Kestrell! Let's have many more of them!
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I think it was one of [livejournal.com profile] kestrell's friends who said "You don't really own a prosthetic until you've modded it." Kes recently acquired a hearing aid, but felt it wasn't quite 'hers' yet. The available space was not large, so she wanted an iconic image, that was still recognizable at small size. I made one for her :)
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[livejournal.com profile] kestrell has new eyeballs! 10 months of angst is *done*! (Save for another few followups, but hopefully those should be trauma-free...) Photo-essay follows. Fewer disturbing images than the last one, but still worth putting behind a cut.

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There were several more rounds of test fittings of the wax forms, but the pictures are pretty repetitive, so I'll only include a few that stand out in one way or another.

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That was pretty much it. [Kes: total time for all these processes, approx. 2.5 hours.] We return on Thursday the 8th to pick up the finished product!
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At long last, [livejournal.com profile] kestrell was able to get fitted for her new prosthetics. She asked me to document the process, so I took lots of pictures. A few of them may not be for the squeamish!

The ocularists are still a little un-hip about the whole 'Delerium eyes' thing, so have been largely cropped out of the photos.

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Wow, this uploading process takes a long time, and I'm paranoid that LJ will eat the post. So I'm going to split this into multiple parts.

ETA: Locking comments due to spammers. If you want more info about this, please contact me privately.
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We're in postop. Doc says she did well and can come home after a bit of rest. She is snoring gently now while I hold her hand. Expect her to be completely out of it for at least a few days, and low on spoons for a few weeks.
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[livejournal.com profile] kestrell & I went to the doctor the other day. At one point, she had to get some lab work done, so we were hanging around in the waiting room for a while. I don't remember what we were doing or saying; nothing out of the ordinary. But after a while, a nurse came by who needed me to take care of some paperwork, so I got up and left Kes to wait by herself for a bit.

Later, she told me that, just after I had left, a woman with a Caribbean accent had leaned over to talk to her.

"'Dat your husband?"
"Yes."
"He *love* you. I like to see dat."

So now we have some new catch-phrases around the house :-)
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The other day, [livejournal.com profile] kestrell and I were on the way home on the T. Across from us was a small girl, around 10, accompanied by an older woman, possibly mom or elder sister. The girl was playing with a small stuffed alligator.

I mentioned this to Kes, and speculated (quietly) about the possibility that the young girl was a witch. Since, after all, everyone knows that stuffed alligators are one of the de rigeur props of the proper witch. We then chatted for a while about where this custom might have originated.

[Digression: I have since searched online. Surprisingly, Wikipedia failed me. Google Books did turn up a reference in _The Fatal Gift_, by F. Frankfort Moore, 1898, but it seems to be a well-established trope already by then.]

At any rate, Kes started talking about how, despite her large collection of gothy and/or fearsome stuffed animals, she as yet had no stuffed alligator, and should probably remedy this.

The little girl, meanwhile, was wandering up and down the aisle with her toy. We were no longer speaking particularly quietly, and I guess the girl's mom/sister(?) overheard us. When the little girl next came by, the older woman whispered in her ear for a bit. Then the girl stepped across to us, holding out the alligator to Kestrell.

I said, in some wonderment, "Kes, you are being offered a stuffed alligator!" There followed some confusion and miscommunication, as Kes wanted to pay for it, and the girl wanted to give it away as a gift. Eventually Kes was convinced to accept the alligator.

Kes spent the rest of the ride playing with it, opening and closing its (spring-loaded) jaws. She said she felt a little guilty, but I said, "You're smiling, I'm smiling, and the little girl across the aisle is smiling to see us smile. I think we're good here."

So now my sweetie has a stuffed alligator. Anyone have any ideas what it ought to be named?
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The other day, [livejournal.com profile] kestrell and I were on the way home on the T. Across from us was a small girl, around 10, accompanied by an older woman, possibly mom or elder sister. The girl was playing with a small stuffed alligator.

I mentioned this to Kes, and speculated (quietly) about the possibility that the young girl was a witch. Since, after all, everyone knows that stuffed alligators are one of the de rigeur props of the proper witch. We then chatted for a while about where this custom might have originated.

[Digression: I have since searched online. Surprisingly, Wikipedia failed me. Google Books did turn up a reference in _The Fatal Gift_, by F. Frankfort Moore, 1898, but it seems to be a well-established trope already by then.]

At any rate, Kes started talking about how, despite her large collection of gothy and/or fearsome stuffed animals, she as yet had no stuffed alligator, and should probably remedy this.

The little girl, meanwhile, was wandering up and down the aisle with her toy. We were no longer speaking particularly quietly, and I guess the girl's mom/sister(?) overheard us. When the little girl next came by, the older woman whispered in her ear for a bit. Then the girl stepped across to us, holding out the alligator to Kestrell.

I said, in some wonderment, "Kes, you are being offered a stuffed alligator!" There followed some confusion and miscommunication, as Kes wanted to pay for it, and the girl wanted to give it away as a gift. Eventually Kes was convinced to accept the alligator.

Kes spent the rest of the ride playing with it, opening and closing its (spring-loaded) jaws. She said she felt a little guilty, but I said, "You're smiling, I'm smiling, and the little girl across the aisle is smiling to see us smile. I think we're good here."

So now my sweetie has a stuffed alligator. Anyone have any ideas what it ought to be named?

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