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Time to catch up.
Good weekend. On Sunday we had one of those stay-at-home days. Not going out all day is still a revelation -- playing games during daylight hours, amazing!

So far, this week
My Netflix got hijacked. I received a warning that my password had been successfully changed. WTF WTF WTF! I was still logged in to the service via my phone, I could see a new email address associated with my account and two new profiles had replaced my own set of profiles. They were situated in Spain, judging by their IP addresses and new language assignment. I got straight onto customer support via their VoIP contact system and immediately grabbed my account back. Very damned strange. I changed all my passwords and set up 2-step verification on my email. I wish I could identify where they captured my password - was it my recent use of Discus, the video editor I trialed or maybe an infected mobile device? Damn, I hate not knowing.


Dishonored 2: Death of the Outsider
Loving it! I knew I would but…
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A day to remember

Yesterday, history was made. Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy launched and recovered successfully - while delivering Elon's own road car onto a crash course with the inner solar system. It's mission to prove that Musk's SpaceX company can get stuff into space at a greatly reduced cost when compared with the likes of NASA.




The Heavy Falcon costs about 100 million dollars per launch. By contrast, the average space shuttle mission would now be closer to 1.8 billion dollars. That's some saving! It's too early to say if this kick-starts a new golden age of space exploration/development.






First visit

On Saturday I took the boys to the new Soft Play centre, located in a huge warehouse in Neepsend: Medieval Mayhem. Pretty good. It has a really exciting drop slide and is nicely laid out -- except that the younger children's area is on the opposite end of the centre, making it very difficult to track both Noah and Leo. In fact, I lost track of Leo for the longest time. I kept my calm because soft play areas seem pretty safe and this one had absolutely loads of staff. I've never seen so many staff attending the actual play area. In the end, Leo confided that he still preferred the regular soft play -- It's smaller and less noisy, I guess it is also somewhere that Leo is now comfortable. Alas, it has been closed for weeks due to flood damage.

On Sunday I found time to start a quick 3D model, a spaceship, of course. It didn't take long, it's been nice to build something with only a loose plan (see the sketch, below). I was toying with the idea of seating a single ast…

Fine weekend

The weekend was fine. Fine, fine, fine.

Saturday, Noah and Leo attended an army-themed birthday party (which offended Clara's progressive sensibilities but allowed Noah to dress in camo gear). I got to stay home and enjoy 2 golden hours of me time. Rainbow Six: Siege, mostly. A Morrisons grocery shopping trip in the afternoon and an episode of season 2 of Stranger Things in the evening.



Sunday, Clara worked a late shift. It was cold and wet so I decided to spend the day at home. I allowed Noah to play some Bastion while I cleaned out the fridge. Leo watched Pepper Pig on my tablet. It's nice to have days at home. I can only think of a handful of weekends where I've not taken the boys somewhere -- to the city for a walk around, or to a soft play centre. Going out is great but it's when you do it week after week, with never a day of rest it can really wear you out. We did go for a quick walk in the mid-afternoon and then we had dinner at my mum's.




Rename

This morning, on the walk into school, Noah told me that he wanted to change his name. I was surprised how much this hurt me --- but your name is great, Noah! I asked him why but he wasn't able to provide an answer. What new name would you want? He said that he'd have whatever name me and mummy wanted him to have. I said that if he really wanted to change his name, he could do this when he was older. Moments later I dropped him at breakfast club, then picked Leo up and ran for the bus -- causing my left knee to 'pop'.

I guess children ask things and say things that rattle parents. I've decided not to get rattled. Who knows, maybe he wants to be renamed Ziggy Stardust which is an even cooler name. Noah had asked me to comb his hair to make him look like a rock star -- actually, his pre-combed hair already has that scruffy-chic quality.



Uneventful

Dear online diary... type thing, nothing really happened. My alarm woke us up unnecessarily early. Naturally, I turned it off and we all overslept. Leo didn't mind, the later-than-usual bus was a double-decker. That's a big win for him.



Wet, wet, wet

Morning

This was the morning in which the heavens opened - and I mean absolutely deluged the place -- and I didn't even know it was raining until I pushed the boys out for the walk to school.  By halfway, our coats were saturated and then Noah asked where his book bag was. *EXPLETIVES* I marched them back home, they waited outside while I tore the house apart, looking for Noah's little blue bag. Turned up on the porch shelf, I'd searched every other bloody place and had just decided that Noah would have to survive without the bag today, before spotting it in the dimly lit space.

We dropped Noah off at Breakfast club, just as the door opened. Providing no assistance or hug, I said goodbye, reminded him that mum would pick him up and promptly scurried off with Leo under my arm.

We missed the bus. It must have been early. *ADDITIONAL EXPLETIVES*

I walked to Hillsborough, carrying Leo. At this point, sky tsunami had been reduced to a regular drizzle. A task that was sufficient…