31 August 2004

Curse of the Black Squirrel

So, I'm walking along Wisconsin Ave on two different days and notice an odd site - a black squirrel. Now, I suppose an albino squirrel would've been even stranger...but this guy was jet black all over. One day, I saw him close to the beginning of my walk. A couple days later...he was dashing fearlessly across the street, avoiding an onslaught of buses and cars. Or perhaps noir squirrels are common here in DC.
Then, there's a Japanese restaurant called Kuma. It's new and an animal paw is part of its logo. A paw? Seems Kuma is a bear. Haven't wandered in there yet…although I'm really curious if they have a pet bear or serve pet, maybe? ;)

Two Saturdays ago, I saw my first movie here, Spidey 2. Cool flick. Not a big deal in the scheme of entertainment choices. However, keep in mind that I've taken few breaks while here. Sadly, the theater is across the street from the station.

It's hard to believe that a month ago yesterday, I was watching my child being born. A month?! My child?! Yeah, I'm still not used to it…which is easy when one is working away from their child and wife. Kim says that little Georgia is now seeing further. She's following things, looking at herself in the mirror, watching Alley the Cat…which should be entertaining. Yes, Georgia, she's supposed to have that many colors.

I'll be returning to Mississippi tomorrow. Finally. It'll be nice to give Kim a break. Although she's had friends and my parents stopping by, she's mostly been alone with Georgia. I'm very proud of her strength and bravery. The three of us will return on Sunday morning and spend Labor Day in ole DC. Kim and Georgia will then be in DC for a week and a half.

The house is "on the market" with a sign in the yard. We're on the down slope of our time in Mississippi. Which is kinda sad…but we'll be back.

12 August 2004

Packing My Bags, Again

It's hard to believe that I've been back to Mississippi for two weeks! Time really raced by.

Friday the 13th (whooooo) at 2:20pm, Georgia will be two weeks old. 48 hours after that, I'll be on the ground in Maryland.

Getting to see friends and family while here has been refreshing and a bit tough. Flying in and out for a weekend is no time to miss the people or the place. Staying home with Kim, lovin' on a new baby, and working from home for two weeks...tends to make one reflective. I still know that God's opened some remarkable doors to take us to DC. And I still know that I love the South! ;)

From here on, the waters get a little muddier. God knows when the house will sell and where we will live and how the drive from here to DC will be...I just wish that I knew! ;)

But even when that day comes, we forged too many friendships and I have too many family members to not return often to the Magnolia State. Besides, I'll be expecting many of you to be touring DC with us soon!

More to come...

10 August 2004

Toxic Waste, Products, Crying and Everything Nice

It's a hair past a week since a new human being entered the Jackson home. This house has been home to two humans and four animals (three cats and one dog). Only the Beagle and the female cat, Allie, remain. Bones is in Maryland being spoiled by the in-laws, and PJ passed a couple weeks ago. It seems strange not having him wander to my office while I'm typing this note, announce his presence with a soft "mehh" (his meower hadn't been strong for years), and come over to my legs for a rub. To have a new person in this home seems refreshing and surprisingly not as scary as I imagined.

What have I learned over the past week? What goes in a baby, must come out. The diaper genie - someone's little invention of a supped-up waste can - is great in that is contains the seeping doom that lies within. A seething furnace would be a better place to chunk some of these diapers! :)

A guy who never wanted to hold babies (let's face it, no guy really wants to hold a kid unless they're a father) and certainly never wanted to change a diaper, took to both rather quickly. It's funny how things change when it's your own child. Cross the threshold of parenthood and things are a bit different - maybe if for no other reason than thinking about this tiny person who can't take care of themselves.

A baby really isn't that fragile. Not that I've dropped her or anything like that! This kid is strong! She has a grip that could pull chest hair out and kicks that could put an eye out. She's come close to the chest hair part, anyway.

Make a product that parents can buy and retire. The amount of baby products that are available is staggering. Sell it to the medical field, retire, and then buy a football team or Donald Trump.

If a baby cries in your face just cry back, making the same sound and face. At least with Georgia, she either wants center stage and won't compete with her dad...or refuses to made fun of and stops. Shhhhh, don't tell mom! ;)

Fatherly advice? I'm not qualified as of yet...heavens, no. I would say that no one can really describe how one will react or feel or think when they become a dad. Sure, people will try to offer advice - and it's good to listen. In the end, it's your family. Every dad is different...every mom is different...every baby is different...every environment is different.

Georgia is pretty laid back from what I've seen and heard. That's a blessing. It's good she is...since her pop still has to come back from DC a few more times before moving everyone north. The house goes on the market in a week or two.

More to come...

02 August 2004

Just an old sweet song...

I've added a new folder to the Photos link on the left called "Georgia On My Mind" You'll find some pics there. I'll update with more from time to time, so check back if possible.

Fatherhood is rather awesome and something that one can't really describe to anyone. I'm sure a dad with a son feels similar...but, yet, "different" than when it's a girl. (Gee, you think I'm wrapped or what?)

Georgia on My Mind
Written by: Stuart Gorrell
Composed by: Hoagy Carmichael

Georgia, Georgia, the whole day through
Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.
Georgia, Georgia, a song of you
Comes as sweet and clear as moonlight through the pines.

Other arms reach out to me
Other eyes smile tenderly
Still in peaceful dreams I see
The road leads back to you.

Georgia, Georgia, no peace I find
Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.

Melodies bring memories
That linger in my heart
Make me think of Georgia
Why did we ever part?

Some sweet day when blossoms fall
And all the world's a song
I'll go back to Georgia
'Cause that's where I belong.