August 27: Just messing around with the bulb setting on my camera. This is a street light, I had to move the camera in the shape of a star -- not as easy as you might think.
August 28: My friend Cecily and I have long talked of getting her Gracie and my Emma together -- we only hesitated out of fear for the impact it might have on the planet and all life as we know it. We finally tried it Friday night, and it turns out we all survived (you had no idea how close you came to annihilation did you?).
Here they had me spinning them on a tire swing. "Faster!" the shouted, "Faster!!!"
I finally had to walk away so that I didn't throw up.
August 29: This is my niece Annie. She's three. She moved to Germany today (Wednesday the 2nd) for the next three years. She and I have had a very close relationship all of her life, and I hope she doesn't forget me. The last time she spoke to me was when she whispered in my ear, as she gave me that final hug, "I love you uncle Chris, I'm going to Germany."
I miss you already Annie.
August 30: This is Cooper, Annie's little brother.
He wasn't sure what these things were, but he sure was proud of them.
August 31: Remember when you were a kid, and the thing inside the cereal box was better than the cereal itself?
Well, with the release of the new Star Trek movie this summer, Kellogg's launched a promotional campaign which included these communicator buttons (I think that's what they're called -- I'm not a Trekkie, or Trekker or whatever it is they prefer to be called. I'm a Star Wars guy, and it pains me to admit that this Star Trek movie was better than all of the Star Wars prequels. It was VERY good.......but I digress....)
I wasn't planning on collecting these things, but the first three boxes of cereal I ate, back in May, yielded three different buttons. I was hooked. I got the fourth button sometime in June. And then I went dry. Kellogg's ended the promotion in July, so for the last month and a half I've been scouring the back, dusty corners of the cereal shelves. I've cleaned out Walmart and Target, and nearly finished off Albertson's -- and then today -- August 31!! -- as I opened the umpteenth box of Rice Crispies, there it was: THE FIFTH BUTTON!
I collect a LOT of things, but I'm not sure I've ever completed a collection of any kind.
I feel like I've made some real progress here. Oh, and if any of you are collecting these buttons, I have plenty of spares, of all but one...
September 1: I have a way with little kids, I really do. I can make them laugh -- or at least smile -- in fairly short order. (I think we connect on a very basic level).
Except this one.
We had something of a neighborhood gathering tonight, and this little beauty was there. But she wouldn't smile at me for anything.
Maybe I'm losing my touch...
September 2: Sometimes you just have to look up. And sometimes -- often times -- simplicity is beauty.