November 14th, 2006

December visit to Seattle

We're flying in around 3:30 on the 13th and out at 10 a.m. on the 18th. We'll be staying at the University Motel in the U district. We'll be at a party on the 17th (I expect I'll see some of you there), but other than that have no particular plans. Some of you have already received e-mail to that effect.

If you want to hang out while we're in town, drop me a line and we'll figure something out. It's a much shorter visit than we had planned, but R. has to be physically present at design meetings at his new job for the near future.

swapping

From LibraryThing, it was a short jump to book swapping. There are no Half Price books out here, and my previous efforts to find used book stores to buy books I no longer wanted around failed miserably. So I figured I'd give this a try. I took the books that had been sitting in a box since before we moved _to_ Seattle, picked out a bunch I thought might move quickly, and entered them (very easily! yay!) in TitleTrader. And when I got up the next morning, there were four requests. A fifth request arrived during the day. Which sent me scurrying around to find mailers to reuse.

I feel liked I'm being sucked inexorably into a whole other lifestyle.

Ergo

As in, Ergo Baby Carrier. I bought one, also many accessories, including the backpack which attaches to the ergo, the front pouch (ditto) and the papoose coat, which Teddy's head does indeed poke through when we put this all on. Well, I haven't tried the backpack yet, but I got him on (it took about 8 tries, but boy was he tolerant) with the assistance of a mirror (should have done that the first time). I got the coat on (about three tries, ditto). Then I realized I was still in pajamas, so I had to find some jeans and get into those, which I did with the kid on my back because no way was I going through all that again. Then socks. Then shoes. Then the coat. Then realized the kid didn't have a jacket or hat on, but I decided screw that, he's going to be warm enough. And out the door for about a half mile walk to see if it was okay for both of us. It was, altho he kept twisting around and off to the side to look at things. It was still fairly comfortable (is this because more time has passed since the pregnancy? Is it just a better carrier? Is it because he's older?) -- the best of all the carriers I've tried so far. After putting him down for a nap, I figured out how to attach the backpack, and transferred about half the contents of the diaper bag into it. If that works, the next step will be to walk down to the library with him on my back for lapsit on Saturday. And if that doesn't totally kill me, when the weather is better, we'll try for the playground.

I should probably take a picture of us all set up and out walking. It must look kinda funny.

This was all after a night in which Teddy spent the better part of 2-3 a.m. thrashing around and eventually
peeing, somehow missing his diaper (it was probably on crooked) and soaking the sheet. *sigh*