Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Quick Update

Really quick update.  I'll post more later, but I don't have time right now.

Friday night we had some pizza and wine.  We had wine!!  Wild and crazy night where each of us had a glass of wine.  And then stared at the baby.  And put the cork in the wine bottle to save it for the next night.

Last weekend we mostly just hung out on Saturday.  We took Raylan out to breakfast at Central Market on Saturday morning.  He had Belgian waffles (just kidding- he sat in his car seat and gurgled at us while we ate).  It was nice.
After breakfast I did some grocery shopping while Amy gave Raylan a bath.
Mary and Chad came by with Truett for a visit.  Raylan and Truett actually seemed to notice each other, so that was really cool.  They'll both be attending daycare together at St. Luke's pretty soon.

Saturday night I think we watched The Americans.  I'm still enjoying it a lot.

On Sunday we went out to Mom and Dad's place.  Our family friends, the Bloods, are in town, so we had some barbecue for lunch and hung out with them while we ate.  Afterward they went to go visit some friends who live near my parents, and Amy and I went to the swimming pool while Mom and Dad did some Raylansitting.  Unfortunately we had some thunder while we were at the pool, so we only got a relatively short amount of time to actually swim, but we enjoyed our time, anyway.
We got back, fed Raylan, and headed home.

Yesterday I stayed home all day with Raylan, solo, while Amy went to work and Mom hung out with the Bloods.  We had a pretty good day!  (although we missed Amy/Mom)

That was about it.

I'll try to post some pics later.  Short on time today.  Hope everyone's doing well!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Father's Day

So this weekend was my first Father's Day! It was pretty good!
On Saturday we got up and I went grocery shopping while Amy gave Raylan a bath and took care of other Raylan-related tasks.  Mostly the day involved a lot of puttering around and getting various things done.  I got a haircut.  Ryan and Jamie came by to visit for a while, catch up, and say hello to Raylan.  I think that on both Friday and Saturday evenings we watched the first couple of episodes of The Americans.  I'd heard enough about the show to become intrigued by it, and then I started trying to avoid conversations with people about it because I knew that I wanted to watch it, but my friends and my brother can't seem to talk about this show without dropping spoiler bombs.
Anyway, it seems to be living up to the positive things that I'd heard about it.  I know it's been said before (because, like I said, spoilers), but it's a pretty interesting and amusing narrative trick to get the audience so invested in the well being of a couple of Soviet spies- people who earnestly discuss their belief that Ronald Reagan is a nuclear-armed madman who is hellbent on the destruction of the Soviet Union, even at the potential cost of world destruction.  You could see how a couple of well-meaning Soviet spies might feel the need to protect their country from such a man!
Anyway, we're enjoying the show.

On Sunday we went out to Mom and Dad's.  It was Ciara's birthday, so we had hotdogs and hamburgers and celebrated with Susan, Ciara, Donald, and a few of Ciara's friends.
We also celebrated Father's Day.  Amy got me a Millenium Falcon t-shirt, a Pink Floyd t-shirt, and a cup with Raylan's picture on it which declares me to be the best dad!  Very nice and very fun.

So good weekend!  A little too much rain again, but a good weekend!
Take care!

Monday, June 15, 2015


Our weekend was good!  Back before Raylan even arrived on the scene we had bought tickets to go see Rhett Miller (of Old 97's fame) at Strange Brew.  We enlisted my parents to do some babysitting, and they actually ended up taking Raylan to their house to spend the night while Amy and I went out.  It was weird to have a night without Raylan around (there might have been some anxious phone calls late at night and first thing in the morning), but in the end everything went well.  Raylan had a good night, by all accounts, and Amy and I had a nice date night to ourselves.
Rhett Miller's show was really good.  Salim Nourallah opened for him, and his performance was a little weird.  Nourallah mostly played along with a pre-recorded tape of background music.  He played a little bit of acoustic guitar from time to time, but mostly he sang along, karaoke style, to his own music.  It was odd.  I wasn't sure how a guy his age was getting gigs doing stuff like that.  Then Miller took the stage and explained that Nourallah had been the producer for a number of his albums.  I'm guessing that Nourallah is mostly a producer first and a recording artists/performer second.  Anyway, he might be good with a backing band, but I think the dude should steer clear of the solo/acoustic shows.  If you can only perform by singing along with a tape, you probably shouldn't be going solo.
Rhett Miller, on the other hand, did a great job.  He just got up there and sang for an hour and a half (or longer) and rocked it out on an acoustic guitar.  He maintained a really high energy level throughout the performance, his voice sounded good, and the songs sounded really tight.  I think he was a little weirded out by the sort of quiet, intimate, slightly intense experience that comes with playing at Strange Brew (he's not really a mellow singer-songwriter, after all), but he seemed to enjoy the experience more and more as the show progressed, realizing that the audience was really into the music.  The audience is really quiet during the songs at Strange Brew, and many of them are seated, so that has to be sort of odd for musicians who are used to playing to audiences at bars and nightclubs where people are drunk and talking throughout their set.  The Strange Brew audience is enthusiastic, though, and they applaud and hoot and holler enthusiastically between songs.  Once Miller started to really understand what the place was all about and started to get the fact that the audience, although not rowdy, were really, truly enjoying his music, he started to enjoy himself much more.  Maybe he'll come back.  I would definitely go see him again in that setting. 

Rhett Miller at Strange Brew
So Friday night was a lot of fun.  Weird to come home to a house without Raylan.  But we had fun.  Saturday morning we got up and went to Kerbey Lane for breakfast.  Then we went grocery shopping.  Then Amy went to a hair appointment while I drove out to Steiner Ranch to pick up The Boy.

("When I go to Gramma's house I get souvenirs!!")

Seems like everything went fine out there.  Mom and Dad said Raylan was pretty happy and easy to deal with while he was out there.  I visited with Mom and Dad a bit, fed Raylan, and then drove back to South Austin. 
Saturday night we ordered pizza and just sort of hung out.  I'm not sure what we were doing.
(beautiful, happy people)

(raindrops falling on the fam)
On Sunday we actually took Raylan out to go run a few errands.  It was the first time we'd done this.  We put him in his carrier, and he mostly slept while I walked around Buy Buy Baby and Homegoods with him.  After we got home Jamie stopped by and visited with us for a while.  It was good to see her.  Sunday night we watched the season finale of Game of Thrones. That show is starting to wear me out.  I'm just getting tired of the relentless awfulness.  I'm also getting tired of the way that victimizing people, particularly women, has become the single favorite plot device that the show employs in order to keep its audience engaged.  I know that George R.R. Martin and the show's writers can point to all sorts of awfulness throughout history as real world precedent for the awfulness on the show, but I still find the constant shock factor to be: 1) no longer all that shocking now that the violence is so expected, 2) lazy (the plotlines of many characters increasingly seem to boil down to little more than wandering around sort of haplessly until something bad happens to them, and sort of unrealistic (despite the insistence of show creators that the awfulness is supported by historical precedent, it seems like every awful thing from the all parts of the world throughout history have been distilled down to fit into this one program).  Anyway, I know that I overthink things, but it also bothers me that one of the top-rated shows on television relies so heavily upon the victimization, particularly of women, in order to score its ratings.  I'm reminded of aesthetics classes and questions about whether the things that we choose as entertainment have an impact on our minds, morality, and soul.  I'm not sure about the answer to that question, but GOT is starting to make me feel uneasy.
Anyway, enough about that.  It's the end of the season.  We'll see if I feel the need to see how things play out next year.
In the interim, I'll be doing a bunch of late night diaper changes with this guy.  Speaking of ruthless tyrants....  ;-)

("I like to wake up when you are trying to go to
sleep.  It's hilarious.")

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Well, the weekend was kind of weird.  I woke up on Friday feeling a little off, and by Friday afternoon I could tell that I was coming down with something.  By Friday night I had a bad headache, really sore throat, and a bunch of other typical symptoms that go along with a pretty nasty cold.  It was really uncomfortable.  I felt really crappy Saturday.  I felt bad for Amy because she'd been kinda cooped up in the house all week on baby duty with Raylan, and when the weekend came around, I was sort of useless as a caregiver.  It wasn't like I was too sick to sit in a chair and hold him, but once I read that babies tend to get fevers when they catch a cold, it made me want to limit the amount of physical contact that I had with him. 
By Sunday, though, I was feeling better.  I got up in the morning and fed The Boy and took the pictures featured above.  I guess maybe Raylan was pretty excited about his Sunday plans to see the grandparents.  Anyway, needing to get Amy out of babyland for a bit, we took Mom and Dad up on an invite and piled in the car to go out to their house.  When we got there, Mom and Dad did some babysitting while Amy, Jamie, and I went to the pool and did some swimming (Ryan's out of town for a conference, so Jamie met us out there).  It was nice to get some fun in the sun.  It helped dry out my cold a bit, I think.  Anyway, the sun and the water felt good.
Sunday night we had dinner with Mom and Dad.  It was good to catch up with them.  They fed us salmon burgers and pasta salad and regular salad and fruit.
Then we drove home and went to sleep.
Anyway, I'm feeling better now (still a little congested, but whatever), and (knock on wood) it seems like I managed not to get Amy or Raylan sick.

Things are good at our place.  Did I mention that we got Raylan into what we think will be a really good daycare (i.e., a good place that's close to our offices downtown)?  That's a big weight off our minds.
Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well!  Summer time!!!

Monday, June 01, 2015


Well, things are going well over at our place.  I'm back at work full time, and Amy is at home with Raylan.  I get home from work and try help out with some feedings and diaper changes and whatnot.  Raylan is doing well.  He's eating well and sleeping pretty well, and he generally seems like a happy, healthy baby.  He makes a lot of different baby noises-  not crying, really, but sighs, grunts, gurgles, coos, and chortles.  He also has a lot of different expressions, ranging from smiles and chuckles to intense stares to grimaces to surprised looks (complete with raised eyebrows) and glances of uncertain curiosity.  Watching an infant for a while makes you realize the extent to which human emotion and mood precede language and reason. Raylan is only 6 weeks old, and he already has opinions about some things, to be sure.
Anyway, we're all doing really well.

Raylan helping Mom cook a polenta and sausage dish

On a rainy Saturday, Raylan listens to "Yellow Submarine".  While
wearing... a yellow submarine.
So our weekend was good.  We're in babyland, so it mostly had to do with baby care, but it was good.  We took Raylan for some walks in the stroller, and we met some new neighbors down the street who are about to have a baby of their own.  Mom and Dad came over on Sunday, and Amy and I got out for a few hours to run some errands and grab lunch.  It was nice to get out for a little while and roam around.  It was also good to see Mom and Dad and have a chance to catch up with them for a little while.
It seems like the rain is finally starting to let up a little bit.  This is a good thing.  We need some sunshine.  We needed the rain, but now we've gotten our fair share for a little while.  Hopefully we don't slip back into a drought, but we can do without the flooding.
Anyway, that's it for now.
Hope everyone is doing okay!