Started with Aaron's seven year old birthday on Sunday July 17, a week before his actual birthday but missing the 17th of Tammuz fast day and subsequent 3 week "mourning period" for the destruction of the Temple (culminating in the Fast of Av). Nothing like a mob of 7 year old boys roaming through the house. From the birthday party, I rushed in to work to handle my major project for last week, (not exactly bucking for the "father of the year" mug this year) which I will probably go into some detail on my profgessional blog. Last week was pretty much 15 hour days, culminating in my cutting out Thursday night to fly to New Orleans. Friday morning I gave a speech to the ACLU plenary on why having only a handful of companies control the mass media and have the power to muck with internet content sucks, called "Outsourcing Censorship" (one of my goals is to type it up and put it online). Got very positive reaction and much interest from local delegates (quite a contrast from five years ago, when techno-deteriminism was at its height). Then flew back just in time for Shabbos (plane delay made it rather dicey. In such situations, I find chanting "all God's children get home for Shabbos" works well). Fortunately, Seth and Karen (writing this too quickly to look up LJ names and link) had invited us over again for Friday night dinner (someday they wiull get tired of us, but since Karen's cooking and presentation are phenomenal I will continue to overstay my welcome until forcably removed).
Then, at about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, a huge storm blasted out the power. We didn't get power back until about 8 p.m. Sunday evening. Since Sunday was the fast of the 17th of Tammuz, this massively sucked. I am a total wuss when it comes to fasting. Doing this without air conditioning, and without any electronic means of distracting Aaron while I went into low energy mode (after the rather fatiguing previous week) sucked even worse. By the end of the fast, I'd given myself a lovely case of dehydration and heat exhaustion which continued to knock me for a loop Monday.
Numerous other major project deadlines to keep me busy until August 11. August 12, I take off to go to Pennsic, although we will not actually get leave for Pennsic until after Tisha B'Av (I'm not that crazy).
Don't look for much from me until after Pennsic. Hope everyone else is having a good summer.