Saturday, June 23, 2007

Blog Losing

Sweating horribly away in front of the computer. The weather here has taken a serious turn toward the humid, but I'm alive and well. It's hard to believe I haven't written in more than one week. Time seems to be slipping through my fingers lately.

Angela, Vito & Gas MaskI'm finding that I don't have enough time to give proper attention to the blog these days. A few behind-the-scenes projects are keeping me busy these days, as well, the results of which you should see soon. The blog won't go away, but life supersedes...

Vito caught a cold from, probably, his father (*#&@!), who caught a cold last week, and the doctor ordered us to administer aerosol medication, which is what is happening in this picture. Vito doesn't seem to mind and everything appears to be on the up and up. It's great because he's sleeping through the night again!

Otherwise, mom and dad are having a good time getting to know Vito better. He smiles often now and his vocal expressions seem to evolve daily. Amazing!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Birthdays, Casamassima, Etc.

Casamassima - La StazioneToday is my wife's birthday. Auguri Angela! Also, today is our son's name day or, as they call it here, onomastico. So today is a celebration for everyone named Vito! It's nice that Vito's onomastico and Angela's birthday fall on the same day. The name day actually seems much more important. It's easier than keeping track of everyone's real birthday! All the names are based on the names of the saints. I guess if a person is not named after a saint, that person never gets to enjoy an onomastico!

Went to Casamassima yesterday, a nearby town, for a job interview. Due to the train schedule, I arrived about 90 minutes early for the interview and had time to walk around. Here's a picture of the train station, which is not much to look at. The town was nice and the interview was promising.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

More General Fodder

I imagine Vito grows and cries and eats much like other one-month-olds. A source of continuing happiness for mom and dad...

Humid here. Flash thunderstorms. Mosquitoes. This kind of stickiness reminds me of Japan. I've had Japan on my mind lately.

Updated my list of poetry links on the left. There are still lots of other places to find my poems if you go looking...


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Thursday, June 07, 2007

General Progress Report

White MulberryI had neither seen nor eaten a mulberry before. Should I say mulberry berry? I didn't know they came in, at least, three different colors, and I read some downright exciting trivia (does anyone use that word anymore?) on the the white mulberry wiki! I ate one of the white variety pictured here...

Vito seems to make new and improved expressions and sounds every day. He also seems to be smiling more often...

When Vito cries now, tears come out of his eyes. I was surprised that he dry-cried for the first few weeks...

All weight and rash issues have gone by the wayside and things seem to be rolling along smoothly in Vito's development...

Monday, June 04, 2007

June snuck up on me. The desire is strong, but the time seems to be mysteriously lacking...

The days are mostly the same. I look for jobs until my neck hurts. Variations on Vito in A sharp & B flat. For the less musically inclined, the names of his parents would be sufficient replacements for this tune in the otherwise same key...

When telling my students about my son's name, I said, "My son, Vito..." and continued talking. I was telling a story about his birth. It didn't seem like anyone understood my story so I said it a few more times and my students began laughing. I asked them why. It turns out that they thought I was saying "Mai, San Vito..." which translates to "Never, Saint Vito...."

I can't get too carried away with my posts...

On to bigger and better dreams this night...