March 16, 2018: Friday Before Guest

Friday. The sun is out again today and it is just a beautiful day.  We still have all of the windows open.  We had them open all night.  It was so warm we considered air conditioning during the night.

Liesl spent the day mostly watching YouTubers on the living room television.

Dominica did a lot more cleaning around the house today.  It is starting to look much better.  But there is so much to do.  With everyone being sick for so long, the mess has really piled up.

I worked in the office all day.  Dominica has found a new British gardening show that she really likes and from time to time throughout the day would have me pop over to take a look at it with her to get some ideas for our back yard.

This evening we did a little more family gaming with Cruise Director, the hidden object game.  We didn’t get to play even an hour, though, as Luciana decided that she was tired and was ready for me to put her to “bed” on the couch at the foot of the bed in our room.

March 15, 2018: Big ML Day

Thursday.  Not really any flu improvement today.  But no worse.

The sun is out and it is a gorgeous day.  So nice that we were able to just open all of the windows and have fresh air, all day.  Dominica got up, showered, and went on a run to the grocery store first thing this morning.  The house has been pretty empty of food since we got back from traveling.

I spent the day in the office working.  It is so nice out, we are loving the fresh air and bright sun with the windows open.  Supposed to be nearly eight here today!

Found out today that Paul is moving down to Dallas on Sunday.  So we expect to see him on Sunday evening.  He’ll be moving in and looking for a job here in town.  So we have a roommate again.

Dominica and Paul spent much of the day scheming on the phone about ideas for retiling the girls’ bathroom.  Dominica also tried to do some cleaning today and got a bit done.  The house is still a mess from all of the stuff that we brought down from the storage unit in New York.  We were so sick when we arrived back here that it all got put by the front door, more or less, and left.

We got the second dresser put into the girls’ room, in the closet.  So Liesl and Luciana each have their own dressers now, and room for their clothes.

I was super busy all day working on MangoLassi which we believe hit its busiest day ever, at least as far as viewership goes.  One hundred and sixty four thousand full thread reads for the day!  All organic traffic, no spikes or special events driving traffic to the site for the day.

For dinner this evening, Dominica made backed cod, salt potatoes, and asparagus.  We watched a little Allo, Allo second season while we ate dinner.  That show amazes me because it feels like a BBC show that would have only run for one season, maybe six to eight episodes, been a funny joke and that would have been it.  But they actually made nine seasons of it and even though it always feels like a show from when I was a little kid, it was still running new until I was a junior in high school!  The show lasted twice as long as the war on which it was based.

I was working this evening and Luciana requested some family game time.  At first I was going to say that I was too busy for that, but then thought better of it and we all played Cruise Director together for an hour or two.

We got to bed at a good time, in bed by eleven.  I was tired and really looking forward to getting some sleep.  But my sciatica played up something terrible and I was not able to get to sleep until two in the morning after soaking in a hot bath and taking some Ibuprofen.

March 14, 2018: On the Road to Improvement

Wednesday.  Starting to feel a little better today.  Still super sick, and maybe I’m just adjusting to sick as the new normal, but it feels like I am much more functional today.

Dominica must be a little better as well, as she attempted some cooking and cleaning today, with large bouts of resting in between, of course.

The kids are both happy and perky today.  They were running around and playing all day, quite a good change.  They managed to kick this flu very quickly.  Dominica and I definitely got the worst of it.

I ended up working a lot today, working until three in the morning.  I was just too tired to keep going at that point.

I did get an article written today, and I managed to get YouTube videos uploaded for my channel enough to keep it busy into next week.

The weather is nice, we opened the window again tonight.  Luciana continues to sleep in her own room, she really enjoys having her own room.  Liesl has been sleeping in our bed.

March 13, 2018: Day Two of Peak Flu

Tuesday. We were all still so sick today.  Both girls have fevers.  Liesl is around 101, and Luciana is nearly to 103.  Surprisingly, both of them are in good spirits and don’t seem to actually be feeling all that badly, just really tired and unable to do anything.  They have no energy and Liesl has a headache.  But overall, they aren’t showing the regular symptoms of the flu.

We worked on the girls’ room today.  We’ve been sick, but cannot avoid working on the house for forever.  So today we finally removed the closet doors in their room that I have been saying that we needed to just get rid of for quite some time.  They are awful, broken, and constantly get in the way making the room messier and the closet harder to use.  Dominica finally agreed and we took them down.

With the doors out of the way, we were able to move Liesl dresser, the one that we just brought down with us from New York last week, into that closet and get it set up with Liesl’s clothes.  Their room is looking so much better already.

Dad found this picture taken in the barn from 1979, one of the three baby raccoons that we kept in the barn after their mother had been killed on the road in front of the farm.  I would have been three years old, one of my earliest memories is those little raccoons.

Barn Raccoon, Circa 1979

I still remember the three little babies in their little nest in the straw at the front of the barn.  Their nest is still there, thirty nine years later.  I just happened to show the space to Dominica last week while we were in New York cleaning out the barn, too!

This evening we tried to watch The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrove with Luciana because she has been requesting it for days.  We got started and she was all excited for about ten minutes then she said that she remembered it from when she was little and did not like it and left to go do something on her own in her room.  But Liesl came in and was all excited because she loved that movie.  So she settled in for a second Liesl movie night, in a row.

Bed time came very early here today.  I was not able to go to bed super early myself, given that I slept for fifteen hours last night.  But I still got to bed early.  I was in terrible shape all day, as was Dominica.  But yesterday seems like it was the worst of it.  Today we are at least not any worse than we were.

March 12, 2018: Peak Flu Day One

Monday.  I was so tired yesterday that I lay down a little before seven in the evening thinking that I would likely just take a nap.  Instead, I slept for fifteen hours, not waiting up until late this morning!  That is, as far as I know, the longest that I have slept continuous for my entire adult life and possible all of my adolescence.  I have no memory of ever passing thirteen hours, and even getting past eight happens no more than once or twice a year!  This is unprecedented, but I am certainly the sickest that I can remember being as an adult, except for that whole pesky appendicitis thing, which was almost exactly twenty years ago.

The girls are both sick today, both with fevers.  They definitely caught what we caught.  Luciana spent the entire day in bed, she never got up.  Liesl camped out on the couch in the living room with the Grim Legends hidden object video game trilogy and played it for the entire day completed multiple of the games (some more than once!)

Dad was doing all kinds of familial research and has discovered that my six times great grandfather, David Diffenderfer, served as an ensign in the Revolutionary War, was at Valley Forge, and crossed the Delaware River at Trenton with George Washington.  He also fought at the battles of Princeton and Monmouth, having been injured at the latter.  Once recovered from that battle he re-entered the Army and was captured at the Battle of Long Island.

David’s father’s father (John M. Diffenderfer), I believe, who would be my eighth great grandfather, has also been recognized as the founder of New Holland, Pennsylvania.  He arrived there in 1728, predating most of my formerly known Swiss immigrant family from the Bern side.

Dad was able to trace that line of the family (which is through my mother’s father’s father’s mother’s side) all the way back to the outskirts of Zurich in 1130 to the patriarch Werver von Dubeldorf.  It is unknown if my family is named for the suburb that they are from, or if the suburb is named after us.  Dubeldorf is near the Zurich Zoo, just east of downtown.

This evening Liesl climbed onto the couch with us in our bedroom and we watching Paddington which I have been wanting to watch for a while.  I had the book (audio, if I remember correctly) as a child and liked the story of Paddington Bear.  The movie has a good cast and looked like it would be good, and it was.  I enjoyed it a lot, as did Liesl.  It was nice to have some snuggle time with nothing to do.  Luciana watched some of it, but was not all that into it.

Got to bed on the early side tonight.  Still have a lot of rest to go before my body is going to be able to effectively fight off this influenza.

March 11, 2018: And It’s the Flu

Sunday. My first day back home in Texas.  Finally I get to be home for a while.  No scheduled trips on the horizon.

I woke up a bit late today and I still have the ridiculously horrible cough that I had while I was out in California. Worse today, in fact.  Dominica is starting to feel pretty sick, too.  The girls are okay, though.

The original plan was for the family to go to Houston today and stay there for the week for Spring Break with the Grices.  But once Dominica saw how she was feeling today, she knew that she had to cancel the trip.  So my day of driving is no more.

It is a good thing, after I got going today, I do not think that I could have handled any time in the car driving the family, even if Francesca had met us halfway there.

Luciana had asked me last evening if I would play chess with her today (her No Stress Chess game) so this afternoon she and I played three games of chess together in the living room while Liesl watched and played her hidden object games no Steam.  I won all three, but Luciana does a pretty good job.  She likes her No Stress Chess a lot.  It is a little like a card battle game, mixed with chess.

I was so sick by this afternoon that I was thinking about a nap and by six thirty I crawled into bed to see if I could nap and, it turned out that I could.  I fell asleep and was out for the night.

March 10, 2018: Returning from San Jose to Dallas

Saturday. Good morning from the Embassy Suites in San Jose, California.  I was up at a good time this morning.  No luck on shifting this cough, though.  I went down early to the restaurant and had tea and a bite to eat.  Max came down a bit later and eventually Anton joined us.

We hung out for probably two hours in the restaurant and had our breakfast and I charged my phone while down there.  Then up to our rooms and packed up.

The original plan was to leave the hotel at just before ten as my flight was just before noon.  But I got delayed by a bit so did not need to leave until a quarter after ten.

San Jose airport is so easy to deal with.  I checked my luggage and was right through security.  Turns out I could have skipped checking the luggage this time, this airplane was essentially empty.  But the last one was completely full. There is no guessing.

I was right through security, nice and easy, and had loads of time to wonder about the airport.  We boarded at 12:45, about an hour late.  We got off of the ground and the pilot put the pedal down.  The flight that was supposed to be three and a half hours was done in two hours and forty minutes, not even enough time for the short in flight Disney movie, Coco, to finish (which is good that I didn’t try to watch it, then.)  We went so fast that we made up for all of the delay and landed early!

Dominica and the girls picked me up.  It was about six when we I got in.

On the way home we hit the pharmacy for some medicine.  Dominica is not feeling well either and I’m worse now having flown again.  That does not improve things.

Then we stopped at China One, our usual Chinese place that we normally get to deliver, and ordered our dinner so that we could just take it home with us.  That saves about ten dollars between not paying the delivery fee or the tip.

We took our Chinese dinner home and the girls just watched YouTube while Dominica and I watched some Allo, Allo on Netflix.  It was well after seven by the time that we got home, easily almost eight by the time that we managed to sit down and eat.

I was pretty worn out and was in bed before eleven, which is pretty early for me.  The family is supposed to be going to Houston tomorrow where they will be staying for the week.  So we have to get up and get driving tomorrow.  Then I am going to be home alone for an entire week to, in theory, catch up on work that needs to be done.  Mostly development work.