Technical Difficulties

[vengeful cursing] First my computer is slow.  Then my storage drive eats itself.  Now the blog doesn’t want to load pictures.  Your scheduled program will be delayed.  Pictures tomorrow, when I can solve the problem in daylight.  Daylight makes me less likely to throw a computer out a window.

Road Warriors

Pictures from the first day of travel.  In preparation for her trip to visit the Dass side of the family, Claire adopted her I’m-A-Serious-Person-Who-Only-Smiles-Grimly face.  It’s a well known Dass family trait.  Sorry kiddo.  In truth, what you can’t see are her spending a gleeful twenty minutes trying to bite her stuffed Pooh to death.  Or, scarfing down a whole cup of yogurt at a rest area in between bouts of running around the place like a complete maniac.  Or, playing with my mother in the back seat of their car for a good portion of the trip.  Or, making a fuss at dinner until Danielle broke out her avocado and not any of that puff crap.  Fine dining, woman!  Give me my avocado!

In fact, the smiling baby picture was when she was trying to shut me in the door.  Or, alternatively her own head.  Hey, when you’re a baby, these things are all new.  How are you supposed to find out if shutting your head in a waaaay cool door is fun or not?  Claire is taking a decidedly dangerous approach to I’ll try anything once.

I confess I spent the run up to the trip terrified of how baby would do on the car ride.  I lived in fear, lying awake in my bed at night, running through the awaiting agony of a six hour car ride with an angry Claire.  And, boy howdy was I wrong.  She was a champ.  She loved the car ride.  Napped like a Princess, sans pea.  And played with my mother.  Then, we got to the hotel.  She explored.  We went to dinner.  I took Claire for a jog around the building, because she wanted to explore that as well.  And, we went back to the hotel.  Where she passed out and slept the night.

Way cool.  I’m even thinking of trying it out again. 

Pictures from the family get together tomorrow.

Seekrit Mishun Decoded

Well, the Seekrit Mishun was a surprise visit to my grandparents in Fishkill, New York.  In fact, the whole Dass side of the family was there (minus one very busy cousin).  I’ve got some great pictures to put up.  Not to mention the fact that it was Claire’s first road trip.  Our first family road trip.  And, I’d say it was a smashing success.  My family enjoyed seeing Claire again, or meeting her for the first time.  And Claire performed like a road travel veteran.
However, at the moment I am experiencing some technical difficulties. 
To which all I will say is that I have now lived through two Seagate 1.5T 7200rpm external hard drives.  I don’t think it’s Seagate, I think it’s specifically this model that is defective.  Should you be considering the purchase of such an external hard drive, I would recomend avoiding this model.
So, working strictly off my laptop with all those photos taxes its memory and makes things move very slowly.  I know.  Whatever.  Let’s leave it at, you will have to wait another day for all those photographs.  But, for now, here is one of the family.  It only looks like everyone is eagerly watching Diana give some sort of presentation.  Although, I’m sure if she had we would have all been completely involved in it.
Alright, plus a quick bonus picture.  Because it’s Big Boy.  How flippin’ cool is that?  This thing was in the upstairs of a rest stop in Maryland.  I think there were literally a thousand people at this place and no one, not one single other person, came upstairs to see the glory that is a man sized statue of Big Boy.  Road Trip Glory!

Mister Tallyman

Tomorrow, the entire Dass family is off on a seekrit mishun for the weekend.  Regularly scheduled posts will resume Monday evening.  A recounting of our seekrit mishun will also be included.
For those of you so inclined, I will likely post pictures of the baby on the Twitter.  In the interim, you may ponder my latest idea for a book:
Your Baby Is A Terrorist: An American Parenting Book
"Never give up.  Never surrender.  Never negotiate.  A preemptive strike makes for a Just War.  Sanctions accomplish nothing.  Attack.  Attack.  Attack!"
Sneak attack.  Clever girl.

The One Where Diana Babysits And Nothing Dangerous Happens

Diana came over last Sunday and watched Claire while Danielle and I went out to see DC United play LA Galaxy.  I told Claire to get dangerous and everything just to trip Diana up.  But, apparently her idea of dangerous that night was play nice with Diana.  So.  Win some lose some.  I imagine that was much less traumatic for my sister.  It being the first time she watched Claire by herself for an extended period of time.
Well done Diana!  You’ve earned the right to do this more often.  Way more often.
Because nobody died.  Natch!
I like the second to last one.  Can you believe what an amazing time I’m having!  Because my mind is totally blown! DANCE!


ME: Claire, whatcha doin’?
ME: Ayuh havin’ fun?
ME: Cuz it looks like your a havin’ a good time.
ME: Oh my!
CLAIRE: Hey dad.  Watcha doin’?