I owe you guys like . . . every story from like the last two months. No, scratch that. I owe MYSELF every story.
I WON NANOWRIMO. Finally. After like 5 years at attempts, I completed National Novel Writing Month by slapping down 50,000 words in just under 30 days. AND IT FEELS DAMN GOOD. It is a supermess and will take many months of editing and probably another 20k words to finish into something I want people to read. But I’m just going to enjoy this little victory for now.
So that’s me. Also, this is me:
And also this is me, or what happens when I try to take a selfie with Dan and Google Plus converts all of the various attempts into an animated gif when it uploads it off my phone.
But you’re probably here for Ada too, and damn, did she have a busy couple of months.
Ada’s first theater movie – Chicago International Children’s Film Festival at Facets
ALL THE HALLOWEEN CANDY
Hanging out with Gerome during the tBunk Challenge race
Ada had her first experience with dogsitting in early November, when we had Harley for a couple of weeks (with a week off in between). Harley is a yellow lab with a bit of Great Dane and a hunger for toddler table crumbs.
Most difficult photo I’ve ever taken in my life
Wrecks staked a claim to Harley’s bed on Day 1. Never moved.
Finally feels loved
Giant Dog = Subaru Forester BINGO
One of my favorite Ada stories of the month was after Harley’s folks came back from North Carolina bearing two cases of Cheerwine for me (I lose my fool head for basically any sort of food or beverage that I can’t easily get at home.) The other piece of background info that is important here is that Ada ALWAYS has a dollar bill in her coat pocket these days – she likes having “MOOO NAY” and slapping her dollar down on the counter when we are at stores and restaurants.
So one afternoon, halfway into my first case of Cheerwine, I went to the bathroom and Ada was alone for about 42 seconds, because that’s all she can be trusted to handle. I came out, started putting together her snack, and noticed that her coat was not where I’d left it. Because she needed her dollar.
TO BUY A SODA FROM ME. I went to the bathroom and she took a can of Cheerwine, left a dollar, and added her soda to her toybox. She has no idea what a soda is, so I just quietly stole it back a couple of hours later. And yes, refunded her dollar.
I was just thinkin’ and thinkin’ and thinkin’
First toenail polish to pass the time on Tornado Day
Me, Dan and Ada at the Turkey Raffle
Ada’s 11pm dinner on Turkey Raffle night because we are stellar parents
New snowsuit, little big
Concentrating really hard on the 99cent app she bought on the Chili’s kiosk while we weren’t looking
My family at the IceHogs game the night before Thanksgiving
New IceHogs Puppy because Grandpa Steve is a sucker
I really was there too, I just don’t have arms long enough to include myself in group photos
You guys, there is something seriously wrong with your puppy
Realizing that our sing-along song choice was “Life’s a Happy Song” from the Muppets
In conclusion, I’ll try really hard to post more than once a month for awhile now. Mostly because it’s hard to put a hundred photos in one post.