Saturday, January 24, 2004

Today's been a lazy sorta day, but the perfect day off if you ask me. The little guy decided to let me sleep in till ten, and when I walked into the room this morning a cheery little boy looked at me and gave me the sweetest little grin.

We're having a lazy kinda day, and I've confined him to his crib currently because typing with one hand is near impossible to get any kind of momentum going. Besides, since he's letting out an occasional yelp once in a while, I'll be taking typing breaks to check on him to make sure he hasn't, for example, swallowed his foot.

This week has been a little trying on all of us, what with the husband of a friend passing away, and my sister-in-law being in the hospital. Turned out she has fibrous muscular dysplasia, which to my limited knowledge should be treatable because she's getting out of the hospital today. As for our friend whose husband just passed, I'll be busy for the next few nights putting together a photo montage for them. I've met him only a few times, and he does seem to be a geniunely nice guy. Also this week, we've been on such a tight budget because of the stupid hospital bill and insurance bills that we've been raiding our backstock of food.

Well, yesterday my wife and I went on a date, because our friend Karen volunteered to watch Alex for the afternoon, which was superb for us. So Karen was great enough to get the little guy, and our original plan to go to Lynden and tool around, point at the many churches, marvel at their lack of MTV and dance in the streets was thwarted by the rainfall. So we just went around and spent more money on stuff. Flannel sheets (we only had one set) and blank DVDs to keep myself busy. Furthermore, we had the brilliant opportunity to see a movie together, which is something my wife hadn't done for a while. I myself have seen a few with the guys, but we chose "Big Fish" to be our movie.

It was a good movie, had me tearing up toward the end so much that I couldn't see properly for about 10 minutes after the movie. We really did enjoy the movie, and I think both Albert Finney and Ewan McGregor as wonderful actors, partially because both of them look a lot alike and also bring a lot to the character of Edward Bloom. Another good flick I watched in the last week, suprisingly for me even, was "Open Range." Now for a while now, Kevin Costner has fostered the reputation for being a bit of a diva, but I really did enjoy the storytelling in the movie. Not a lot of actual violence (just the aftermaths of this violence that motivates the story forward) until the end of the movie, and even then it wasn't overdone.

Back to the subject of babies, I've been kicking around an idea to write a movie with my babies in it. I have a rough inkling to the outline of the plot, and it's probably not a tremendously original idea, but I think it should be fine. Considering how they'll probably not pass off as anyone else's baby but mine, I'm completely okay with that. Besides, I don't think I'll all that comfortable handing my baby around anyhow. But the idea would be that I would be able to be creative and tell a story, and at the same time I'm virtually watching my kid anyway, so no harm is done. Budgetwise should be simple, since the story will be likely a comedy or drama of some sort, with seemingly normal locales and situations. Hell, if nobody watches it or finds it interesting, it will still be a good thing to catch on tape.

I love the way he smells after a bath. Clean baby!

Oh yeah, one thing I wanted to add but it doesn't fit anywhere in the post -- when we drove home from Karen's house in Lynden, Alex was crying and screaming all the way home. That was tough...

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