Monday, October 20, 2008

Movement and Milestones

Just back from Lasqueti Island, whence I hustled directly upon my return to Vancouver from Winnipeg. It was worth it for the country air and r&r. It'll likely be a while till I make it over to Lasqueti again.

Shortly after I left Vancouver on the rails, Kaleb decided it was time to roll over. Then he did it several more times, from his stomach to his back. He later went from back to stomach. He's a regular pro at the back-to-gut roll now, but has yet to repeat the gut-to-back in my presence. I was simultaneously jacked that K had accomplished these feats and disappointed that I wasn't home to see them. Yesterday, however, while I was changing K, I gave him a zerbit (sp?) on the belly, which prompted his first ever laugh, which, with repeated zerbits, he reproduced several times. (Cue gushing awwwww sounds.)

Home for a couple of days now before I head to Ottawa for the Writers Festival there. I'm doing two readings to kids on Friday the 24th, then a Jailbreaks event on Saturday afternoon (right after a Steven Pinker event!). Then Sunday, I'm off to Montreal to do a joint Jailbreaks/Arc poetry mag launch at Ye Olde Orchard Pub. Monday, I'm back to Vancouver. As a result of my travels, I'm missing what should be my last scheduled trip of the year on the railroad (with my employers' permission; they could hardly turn this down after I appeared in their magazine!). I hear rumours that I could be laid off as early as November 3. We'll see.

5 comments:

YLM said...

Zerbit, huh? I never knew there was a word for that...I wonder how Scrabulous feels about it.

Megan said...

It's actually from an episode of the Cosby Show. It's spelled ZRBT.

Megan said...

Hey, Jailbreaks was featured in Name of Paper Withheld! John Murtford reviewed it.

Zachariah Wells said...

Very cool. I tried to find it online, but no dice. I was going to read in Yellowknife a couple of years ago, but I only got 70% of the funding I applied for, so had to cancel the most expensive leg of my tour. I'd still like to make it up one day. (I've only ever paused at YZF on the YRB-YRT-YZF-YEG-YVR milk run.)

Megan said...

I'll e-mail it to you.