Ok, so to recap...

I've missed a few things on our lovely board that my dear viewers (I need a nickname for you guys, like Dean's Army) haven't been made aware of.

First, my brother was married at the end of September. After a long battle with wedding planning, the day went quite well. This would officially be their second wedding as the first was in Hawaii. Very few could actually attend that one, so they had a lavish ceremony at the Grant Humphrey's Mansion in Denver.

Lil Miss Austin was the flower girl and I was technically the ring bearer but there wasn't really a little kid ring bearer like you'd think. I had one ring, another bride's maid had the other. The funny thing was, it was a jewish ceremony so I had to bobby-pin a yarmulka on my big poofda hair. Very clown like.

The whole family went, and some had more fun that others.

Not much else is going on here lately. Pilgrim is starting some solid food, ooching around the floor quite well and we believe, last night at Red Lobster, he officially cut his first tooth. Pretty traumatic for him, but we were pretty excited. Mrs. Austin said LMA cut her first tooth on the same day. Hmm.

He's also working on sitting, but his head is so big it keeps dragging him down. I think that's why his legs are so chubby, he needs some kind of ballast for his enourmous head. (It's like a gr-r-rapfr-ruit on a toooothpick.)

LMA had a scare yesterday. Our garage door into the house is spring loaded and set to close on it's own. Well the spring is really strong (or hydraulics or whatever it's on) and tends to slam digits and arms and heads and cats between its mass and the door jam. I can sense you know what's going to happen. LMA was trying to open it and it shut on her little finger. I don't mean little like, aw, she's just so little, I mean her pinkie finger. So Mrs. Austin did her best with a mangled little finger and sent her off to school, knowing you can't set a baby finger, and told the teachers to watch her in case she went into shock. A far fetched thing to happen. In all likelyhood it just got pinched badly.

We still had to get an x-ray that evening.

Haven't heard anything yet.

On the positive side, our little man doesn't like to sleep! What a glorious day this is. It'd be ok if I had some hockey to watch in the evenings. Mrs. Austin and I have this weird arrangement in which if he wakes up I'll get him and she'll feed him, but then it falls apart around there. After I get him, she falls asleep feeding him and I go to another room. Well lately we've been TRYING to get him into his own bed more often, which seems to be working. He knows how to fall asleep, but it's only for about 90 minutes.


Such is life. At least we remain cool.


Good news for Team RH.

First off, I'd like everyone who reads this page to head over to Darn Tootin and show your support. They got some good news about Schuyler and we're all very happy for them. I don't want to be the pessimist, but so far it's just a meeting with the doctor that originally diagnosed her, but they've never actually met. They're going to do their best to get up to Chicago for an appointment in January. Who knows what may come of it, but it's a positive step. Help me wish them the best.

I've got a snazzier way to view the vacation pics if you are so inclined. I promise we'll have some regular updates soon and I'm sure politics, the lack of hockey, comic books and children will be in there somewhere.



Come to paradise, mon.

This is a quick entry. Yes I realize it's been almost a month. Yes I realize you are all waiting on pins and needles for the next update filled with pith and pictures. Guess what, you'll have to wait longer.

There are some bullet points of note:

- Mrs. Austin effectively quit her job to stay home with Pilgrim. He's doing much better than he was, but he's not 100% and she's taking an extended leave of absence to stay home with him. She'll use this time to bond and play and hang out. She'll also be doing some much needed Mrs. A time by getting her fingers dirty working with photography. She's got a few weddings and other engagements under her belt. I hope she does well and enjoys the "time off." (You may laugh at that phrase now.

- Little Miss Austin hasn't changed much in a month. She's starting to pick up different phrases that I don't think either Mrs A. or I use, so it's still keeps us on our toes. We're trying to get her into dance and gymnastics through school.

- My job is still the same. It's in a new building and hopefully the cord will be cut soon and I can start focusing more on the daily tasks. I'm also supposedly volunteering my time toward creating quarterly themes for the business model. Don't ask, it involves Photoshop and my limited web skills so who am I to complain.

- My comic stuff is plodding along. I've finally nailed down a plot for this latest secret project, more about that later.

- Finally, Mrs. A and just got back from St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. There are many stories to tell, maybe soon I'll be able to write them all. In the mean time, here are the photos that don't involve the wedding. There are wedding photos, but I'll let the Missus deal with that. These are the fun pics. For the most part they are unedited, save for the resize so you're little 800x600 monitors don't esplode.

That's all for now. More later.