We are starting to work with a financial planner - something I've been wanting to do for a while - and this will be a huge help in budgeting for the coming year. Meanwhile I'm bringing in a few extra bucks doing household work for a friend.
The creative juices are flowing again and more episodes of TQC are in the works. After long deliberation, I decided to put a crow in the last episode ( http://asher63.livejournal.com/232277.html ). I'm thinking there are crows on Shakti, and various other kinds of regular birds and wildlife. That is, it's a planet in an alternate universe that developed an ecosystem largely parallel to Earth's. (For that matter, Earth's ecology is amazingly diverse. New Zealand is almost its own planet! There are almost no indigenous mammals there. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodiversity_of_New_Zealand ) Anyway, I decided to go with Ron Moore's philosophy for Battlestar Galactica and not rack my brains trying to make everything exotic and alien, which would just end up being a distraction - as RDM says, I don't want you sitting there going "So that's what a chair looks like!"
Right now G is sleeping in, and Our Little Bundle Of Insomnia is playing happily in her crib. We've taken her off the Enfamil and she's eating lots of solid food now; her first birthday is coming up in - yikes! - less than a week.