Last week Becky and I took Izzie to Didier Farms with my parents, and my niece and nephew.Â This was Izzie’s second trip to Didier.Â We took another hay ride, played in the pumpkins, and this time she was also able to go down the slide.
Izzie loves slides at playgrounds. I think this super large slide took her by surprise, and she giggled the whole way down. Becky and I both took her down… each little ride down the slide cost us $6. Can you believe it? It would have been worth $20, though.Â Becky and I have done everything.Â We’ve ridden slides, touched pumpkins, seen roosters… suddenly these things are exciting again.I’ve probably used this analogy before, but every day with Izzie is like taking someone to your favorite movie who’s never seen it before.Â And in this analogy, you’re one of those people that can’t help but point out the good parts before they happen.
Tonight Blewt! has a show at Roosevelt University.Â We’ll be doing a hybird Don’t Spit the Water / Stand-Up Showcase for their Homecoming entertainment.Â They were originally going to have a big roller skating party, but their lawyers shut it down after posters had been hung… so we’re a last minute replacement.Â It should be a fun show.Â We brought DSTW to Roosevelt once last year, and it went over pretty well.Â College shows are fun, and they pay very well.
Apes is going very well.Â We’re through 5 weeks, and have three challenges to go.Â Each performance blows me away.Â There are some very creative and talented people in this city. And on the farm, too.
She grows, she grows.Â The last few months of parenting have been filled with all sorts of ups and downs, but some of the moments have been downright magical.Â Yesterday Becky and Izzie were meeting me at Gigio’s after work for dinner.Â When she spotted me across the street, she pointed and hollered at me from her stroller, and I couldn’t wait for that light to turn green.Â We’ve been spending a lot of time at playgrounds.Â She’s partial to slides, can’t seem to tolerate the swings.Â And if there’s a ladder or a staircase, she’ll climb it with or without your help.Â Izzie still loves bath time, though she has a love/hate relationship with some of her bath toys.Â She’s bashful around new people for the first ten minutes she’s around them, but when she opens up she’s definitely a little performer.Â Words are coming pretty slowly, but her YAH YAH YAH and NO NO NO are clearer than ever.Â She loves mac n’ cheese and pizza, and is cutest when her cheeks are stuffed with banana.Â This little alien creature is affectionate, stubborn, clever… and when she leans her forehead into your forehead and smiles at you with her entire face, you’d swear she’s almost human.
My new job is still great.Â There’s a lot of work to be done, but I’m slowly getting a handle on the scope of things, and I know I can build something worlds better than their current system.Â On Friday I got to lend my hand to a Svengoolie taping and play the “hand behind the door.”Â I thought that might air tonight, but I was wrong, as I’m pretty sure that was a black person’s hand poking out.Â So maybe they tape things a week in advance.
Apes is going great.Â This week the contestants will be singing songs backed by a live band.Â It will be our loudest Apes yet.Â We also booked another show at Roosevelt University, so we’ll be performing there in 10 days as part of their Homecoming festivities.
Did you see that girl up there?
Hey howdy.Â It’s been a couple o’ weeks since my last blog entry!Â Much has happened in that time period to keep me pretty busy, but I think I’ve returned to my ridiculous stasis, so I’m back on the saddle again.Â Again.
Impress These Apes opened a couple of weeks ago.Â We had an amazing opener, followed by an impressive second week.Â We had a couple of great blog reviews, and Nina Metz just posted her review to the Chicago Tribune blog.Â This should appear in print on Friday, but here’s a sneak peek:
That’s pretty exciting.Â We were all very nervous about moving the show to a larger venue, but we’ve been able to make it feel packed for each of the first two weeks.Â The contestants have been absolutely amazing.Â Of course you can check out their videos at http://www.impresstheseapes.com, but there’s nothing quite like catching them live at The Lakeshore.
Izzie’s “talking” has been getting more musical.Â She’ll play with the same syllable for complete sentences, adding inflection and emotion.Â I know I’m a broken record here, but she’s so freaking adorable, and watching her turn from a little blob into a little human is just so freaking amazing.Â What parent isn’t paralyzed by their own emotion for their child?Â What parent isn’t overcome by trite cliche?
I was given a great send-off from my job at Chicago Public Radio.Â My boss put together an incredibly thoughtful spread at the office:
Over the last two years I guess my snacking habits had made themselves pretty clear. I will miss working with the folks at WBEZ.
My new job is great.Â I’m happy to be working in television.Â Much of the rhetoric and terminology goes straight over my head right now, but I went through the same process when I started working in radio.Â The first month at a new job is always the hardest.Â But by the time Impress These Apes is complete, I’ll be able to put names to all of the faces, and that’ll be nice.
Tonight Becky is coaching improv at her school, so I’m home alone with Izzie.Â We had a great time together, but once she senses bedtime is near she gets very fussy and sad.Â It’s heartbreaking to put a crying baby to bed.Â Izzie, though about a billion times more tolerable than when she was a newborn, is still a screamer at heart.Â She screams herself to sleep, and her first instinct upon waking is to scream her little butt off.Â I’m woken up every morning by shrill and terrifying screams, and it’s incredibly upsetting to the system.Â A couple of weeks ago, Izzie slept in.Â I woke up at around 6am on my own, to silence.Â It was serene and wonderful.Â It was something I hadn’t experienced in a very long time, and something I haven’t experienced since.
C’mon, Cubbies… let’s turn this into a win.