the most awesome of stuff is, of course, the dude. he crawls at just shy of light speed these days. seriously. he can cross the house with a thought. his robotic motions are a hoot and if he weren't always heading off to cause some kind of destruction or mayhem, it would be hella cute. instead, he's usually doing something that makes me want to sigh loudly. no point in yelling and the word "no" means a lot less than his name with a tone attached. but it's good that he's so busy. he's learning to empty all kinds of drawers and then put things back into them. fortunately my video games are (or were) sorted by "last played in that drawer is on the top" so i'm not losing anything and he's having a good time with it all. he's very serious about this business of his.
there are hints at walking (he pulls himself up and will use furniture to get around when it suits him) but the big news is: TEETH! we have four of them now. two on the top and two on the bottom. this means that he is under no circumstances to be fed with anything other than a 5 foot pole. those little choppers are sharp and they can inflict some real pain! he's all about the solid food now and mealtime can be fairly entertaining most nights.
it's really hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that he's almost a year old. from the first day we brought him home i have been taking pictures of me holding him using photobooth on the lappy. i run back through those pictures now and it's like watching a time lapse segment of plants growing. he's such a big little guy now!
in other news on the homefront, the dog and the dude have reached peace. for a while, the puppy was actually scared of him. see, he grabbed her ear just right and actually hurt her so she lost interest in being around him. but about a week or so ago, we had the cutest breakthrough ever. the dude was holding "the gator" (a canvas alligator toy that stands up well to large dogs) and he waved it at the puppy. she came over and engaged him in a game of tug. 100 pound rottie vs. ~22 pound human. it was a draw. she tugged so gently and let him keep his grip. i was really impressed. now he picks up her toys and bones and gives them to her. she spends more time with him and, i think, feels safer with him around. unless he has the big, white, plastic kitchen spoons. when he has those, she's the only one smart enough to leave the room.
so the kid is great and will be one on st. hulver's day!
with the first birthday of the dude comes the second anniversary with the wife. we decided to do something family-friendly and fun for said occasion and as such, we let the dude play with his grammy and we went bike shopping. we both have mountain bikes that aren't really geared for pulling a trailer around the block and the general bikepath lifestyle that we're heading toward so we thought some hybrids would be good. besides, we love biking and never get to do it so what better way to dive back in than to get some gear?!? we went to three stores and should have saved ourselves the time by stopping after the first. our salesdude was one of those 40-something dudes who has been working at a bike store for his entire life. he looked at us and gave us exactly what we wanted/needed. he'll get our money. of course this means that we'll be out biking on some path at o'dark thirty next weekend because who can possibly buy a pair of bikes and then NOT go riding (even when it's hotter than ass out)? great stuff!
and even better stuff: my partner. she's amazing. even when she's being a silly butthead i live in awe of her. she makes everything better (especially the things that were already great). she is, quite simply, the best thing that has ever happened to me. she rocks.
as to things that suck? heat. damn this place is hot. it's generally 81F in my fucking house because the sun is only 5 or 6 feet away and the blanket of wet air that hovers over this town traps the heat, smothering me every time i set foot outside. totally. fucked. up.
at least i have plenty of books and i've been recording every night. i might hit my october 3rd deadline yet! we'll see.
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