We probably shouldn’t have hosted Thanksgiving this year. Our time was split between caring for our weeks old baby, making our house look presentable, all while preparing a large meal. Overall, I think we did pretty well, but by the time the guests left and the last plate was washed, we were completely whipped. But I guess that’s Thanksgiving. We've hosted before, but I don't ever remember feeling this drained. I don't think it was all the fault of the activities. More than anything, absences were keenly felt this year.
This weekend has been one action-packed endeavor after another. Between parties, household chores and writing, I’m a bit knackered. I also managed to throw out my back while picking up a children’s toy, because I am now made of balsa wood, apparently. The truth is, for the past several months, I haven’t taken the best care of myself and when lifting a child’s Pack-N-Play brings you to your knees, it might be time to reevaluate.
I have now officially completed my first project with the added responsibilities of parenthood. I am super thrilled that this is the case, because this was my chief concern when I heard we were going to have a baby. Not diaper changes, feedings, cleanings or costs, but time. However, due to the team up of my wife and I, so far it’s working. Even as I type this our little human is feeding while his mother is laughing and watching Dirty Rotten Scoundrels for the first time, and I can steal time enough away within ears reach to write this to you.
Feeding an infant is a stationary business, it is for this reason that my wife and I have been camped out in the living room for almost three weeks now. Our mega-couch now serves as the summit base on our climb to parenthood. Pillows, blankets and milking machinery strewn about make it all look a bit like a squatter’s nest. Because of this new living situation, we’ve had the opportunity to watch a great deal of television.
I don’t know what to say except that having a child is like having a science fair project that won’t let you sleep.
This is the best way I can describe what it is like being a new father. Every diaper change, every feeding (on each breast), every bit of sleep is catalogued and recorded in order to get some idea as to what this tiny skin golem is up to. The desire to keep him as healthy and as happy as possible seems to be the event years of playing Animal Crossing has prepared my wife for.
While time has been at a premium of late and will become more precious when I finally go back to my day job, projects are still being developed much to my delight.
Halloween has gone through several iterations for me since I donned my first costume and stepped into the chilly Colorado night to grift candy from neighbors. However, there comes a time when it’s no longer socially acceptable to trick or treat, and you have to find other things to do to ring in the holiday.
Blacula (1972) Dir. William Crain
Event Horizon (1997) Dir. Paul W.S. Anderson
Event Horizon in my opinion, is the best science fiction horror film since the original Alien. Set in 2047 it follows the crew of the Lewis and Clark as they attempt a salvage and rescue on a ship called the Event Horizon which disappeared seven years earlier.