So, Asha has intermittent exotropia, also called wandering eye, which is a type of strabismus (eye misalignment) in which the eyes drift out from time to time. Asha‘s case is a little unique in that she hasn’t had this problem since birth, or, at least, we didn’t notice it until recently, also, it’s not just in one eye, but both eyes. She’s been twice to see an eye specialist and the only way to fix it is through surgery. The doctor will help us decide in two months whether surgery is advised. Thankfully, here in Canada, the surgery is covered. The doctor said surgery is typically a good idea, especially at Asha’s age, because there are a lot of benefits and corrections when young tend to stick. Here is Asha doing a quick photoshoot in the bathroom after one of her appointments with the ophthalmologist. Wandering eyes or no, I still think she’s perfect and sweet and gorgeous.
I blinked and now you’re 4. You are very sweet and so beautiful, what a joy you are. Hope your day was perfect. Happy birthday, Asha!
Can’t believe our angel cupcake turns 4 soon, I blinked and the years disappeared. Asha is terribly excited about her birthday. For the cake and overall theme, she can’t decide between Skye, Elsa, Wednesday, mermaids, rainbows or unicorns. I made Asha an Amazon Wish List so have a look if you want to get her a gift. Asha loves birthdays and shopping and presents, to the point of delirium. In these regards, I have no idea who she resembles.
For She Doth Looketh
Recently Asha got her first haircut. Dylan was hoping to go full Samson on her, such that all Asha’s strength and beauty would come from her hair, and her locks would ne’er be shorn, but Asha really wanted a haircut, so I inquired at a salon and the lady said she could do it then and there. It was so sudden, I wasn’t prepared, but we went ahead and Asha was a huge hit, she was preternaturally sweet and calm and still. Asha loves the haircut, everybody loves it, for she doth looketh cute as yonder button.
Happy Many Days
Happy many days after Valentine’s Day to my favourite Player 2. I’m outlandishly preposterously late but what else is new. Still thankful and so glad I get to play the game with you. You are the shit, too legit to quit and I am here for it. Thanks for all you are, thank you for all you do. I love you. Happy Valentine’s Day!
But Now I Know
I used to think getting married and having kids was lame, but now I know there’s nothing more important than family and there’s nothing more majestic than love. Happy Family Day!
She Really Turned Us
Asha drew our portraits at school the other day, she was very eager to show off her work and you can see why. I mean but she really turned us out. Dylan’s moustache is particularly impactful and impressive. The likeness is breathtaking.
Winter Concert Potluck
Asha’s last day of school was on Wednesday and the following morning we had a Winter Concert Potluck. Dylan sadly couldn’t be there but auntie Ngoc and auntie Natasha and uncle Jan all came through. Asha calls Jan uncle daddy and she talks about him a lot. The kids performed some special songs with varying degrees of success. All of it was precious.
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is very funny, Eric Appel and “Weird Al” did a great job. Daniel Radcliffe is fine as Alfred “Weird Al” Yankovic. Evan Rachel Wood is so good as Madonna I didn’t even know it was her. Rainn Wilson is lovable as Dr. Demento. Toby Huss almost steals the whole show as Nick Yankovic, Al’s enraged accordion-hating factory worker father. Julianne Nicholson is charming as Mary Yankovic, Al’s estranged mother. Thomas Lennon is fun as the accordion salesman and Arturo Castro is adorable as Pablo Escobar. It was nice to see Quinta Brunson even though her Oprah Winfrey lacked spark. “Weird Al” Yankovic was enjoyable as Tony Scotti and Jack Black was gorgeous as Wolfman Jack. I think Jack Black is one of the funniest people in the world. He just has to show up and you’re already laughing. An amusing, cheeky, ridiculous movie. We loved it.
Here I Thought For Sure
Potty training is not going well. I thought Asha would start using the toilet effortlessly by age 2. Now she’s almost 4 and she’s still in diapers. What the hell. The girl doesn’t want to go potty. She keeps saying tomorrow. I think she’s resisting because she knows I want her to use it so she doesn’t want to use it. She’s quite oppositional defiant. She doesn’t like being told what to do. I wonder who she got that from. Good thing she’s gorgeous and I love her. I’ve got to figure something out though I don’t wanna be changing her diapers until she’s 30. Here I thought for sure I’d be absolutely raising a genius. Guess that’s what I get for hubris.
What Happens Next
And I just don’t care what happens next looks like freedom but it feels like death it’s something in between I guess
Look for the Light
Look for the light in others and treat them as if light is all you see
Things to Remember
The past cannot be changed. Opinions do not define your reality. Everyone’s journey is different. Things get better with time. Judgments reveal character. Overthinking leads to frustration. Happiness is found within. Positive thoughts create positive change. Smiles are contagious. Kindness is free. What goes around comes around. You only fail if you quit.
Free ill.Gates workshop at Cervantes this afternoon! The workshop comes with notes and downloads as well as the chance to win a $2000 VIP pass to EP Boot Camp!
The Videodrome Tour
ill.Gates X Figure: The Videodrome Tour
at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
opening acts Conrank X Drezza
2637 Welton St Denver, CO
Nov. 3rd, 2022
Choose Love Over Fear
It’s wonderful when ill.Gates busts out the philosophy. The stories he tells make it easier to put the pieces together. It’ll be interesting to see what he does at the upcoming 5 day EP Boot Camp in Denver.
The Magic is You
Once you get to a certain point in your life, people start trying to tell you that magic isn’t real. These people are trying to quell your sense of wonder at the majesty of the world, and you mustn’t let them. Because magic happens all the time. Whenever you see something utterly beautiful in nature, and you take the time to notice it, it’s magic. When you recognize the love you have to give and the love you receive, it’s magic. Magic is in the look and touch and nearness of someone who matters to you. It’s magic even when something sad or terrible happens, because there is magic in the very fact that you care, and that you’re still there. Magic happens when you stand up for what matters. Magic happens when you don’t let anything ever beat you, no matter what. Magic happens when you are part of the force of love. It’s magic, no matter how dim the hope, how slim the chances, how great the cost. Magic happens every time you give, every time you love, and every time that you are strong. The magic only stops when you let it. The magic is in you and it is all around you. Because the magic is you.
EP Boot Camp
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