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  • Your Elliot Fix

    Posted on July 15th, 2007 ben No comments

    It’s time for an Elliot update! He’s about six months old now, and starting to attempt a crawl. He’ll need a little more strength in his arms before that’ll happen, though.

    Cheryl and I have been feeding him banana and sweet potato and applesauce, which is great fun for all of us. Hilarious. And then after “eating” he needs a little sink bath, obviously.

    What can I say about the Diet Coke can? It’s empty, of course, and he likes how shiny, light, and resonant it is. It’s pretty amusing how agitated that can makes him.

  • Before and After 3

    Posted on July 7th, 2007 ben No comments

    I went out and bought some fireworks this year, late in the afternoon on the fourth of July. I got a good deal on some boxes of fireworks, and then I splurged on this big-ass canister called “Sky Show”.

    Now, in order to be legal in Oregon the fireworks are required to suck. And after all of those tiny little shriekers and weak sauce smoke bombs and fountains whose biggest innovation is a few violet sparks… well, you find yourself pretty hungry for something more muscular. The Sky Show (500 gram!) was a nice finale for our little streetside festival which never actually risked embarrassing the other fireworks. It was fundamentally a longer and higher and wider version of the fountains we’d been lighting off all night.

    Happy Birthday, America! Light Fuse and Get Away.

  • Before and After 2

    Posted on July 6th, 2007 ben No comments

    After setting up a better automatic drip irrigation system in the front of the house, I got fed up with that awful laurel nonsense on the left side of the house. Cheryl and I agree that we can do a lot better. The “how” of that hasn’t really been settled yet, exactly, but we’re pretty well committed to doing something.

    Note the dark muddy patches of cat paw prints where the cats jump up to the window sill and up to the porch. Those were easy to ignore until Chainsaw Man came through town. Oh well.

  • Before and After 1

    Posted on July 6th, 2007 ben No comments

    Here are a couple of pictures of our “living room” before and after the new furniture arrived, minus the ottoman, which came a few hours later. It’s really a tremendous, huge improvement.