car·riage re·turn

n. the lever or mechanism on a typewriter that would cause the cylinder on which the paper was held (the carriage) to return to the left margin of the page

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Stumbling into Friday

Though I managed to keep up a rather brisk pace over the holiday weekend,tonight I find myself jolted from the rhythm I had been settling into. A combination of factors are keeping me from exercising my brain in any truly creative manner,and though I have one topic I’ve been waiting to run with for a few weeks now,I never can quite seem to get in the mood to do it the justice it deserves.

Such is my creative frustration.

I took young Erick Michael in for his two-week appointment yesterday afternoon. His dad,my friend Sean,is out in the field this week,and Stephanie can’t drive until next week (doctor’s orders). Sean asked me to stand in for him and take Steph and the little guy over to the Naval Hospital,which was an honor for me. The report was good –Erick’s gained two pounds since birth and is doing quite well.

He’s also the most easy-going baby I’ve been around in ages. He doesn’t cry unless he’s hungry,and though he doesn’t like to sleep much,he seems to keep himself entertained. He is content to be held and to look around the room,occasionally making noises to himself which sound like the contented gruntings of an elderly man. I’m no where close to fooling myself into thinking that all babies are as jovial as Erick is,but I certainly wouldn’t mind if mine turned out that way.

Below is a picture of Erick and I when I first visited him in the hospital. He was only three hours old at this point,and though it looks like my ear is as big as his head,that is not the case.

Erick and I

In other news,I’ve gotten the ball rolling with my college applications. I asked for my first letter of recommendation from my old commanding officer (who is currently deployed in Iraq),and I’m hoping to get at least two more to include with my school paperwork and my application for a work-study through the VA.

This application process is going to be more nerve-wracking than the first time around. I can feel that this early in the going,and I’m already wishing things over and done with.

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