Saturday, February 14, 2009

Cabin Fever

It's been a long, long winter already, we haven't had many opportunities to get out of the house, so when we do, we try to make the most of it. Even if it's just a trip to BJ's to get diapers, or Target just for going to Target's sake, we try to make it fun.

January and February have been particularly harsh this year. Between the bitter cold snaps and frequent snow storms, (not enough snow to be fun, but just enough to make things messy,) we've found ourselves confined indoors a lot more than is safe for anyone's sanity. The current state of the economy has hit home pretty hard over the last few months as well, and much like everyone else, we've had to scale back considerably on almost everything. Film production has slowed down in New York City even more than usual this winter due to the economy, turning my usual winter break into a nail-biting unpaid hiatus that I thought may never end. But the work that has trickled in has kept us afloat, just barely.

The one good thing that has come out of the economic slowdown, is that I've been able to spend a lot of time at home with Evan. Most of the summer and fall, I was working in New York, sometimes 10 days at a clip working on commercial after commercial. I only got to see Evan on the weekends for about the first 5 months of his life, and by the time I made the 110 mile ride from New York to Philly on Friday nights, I would be exhausted. Then I'd be back on the road Sunday night back to New York. Then in November it was like the rug was pulled out from under me. There was no more work and my phone was eerily silent for months. As hard as this time was, I was able to spend day and night with Evan. Sure I could have used the work, but the time I've had with Evan over the past few months has been priceless.

(It's getting harder and harder to find time to write. Evan was having a real tough time getting to sleep tonight, he was crying so hard, I had to go up and help Genevieve get him back to sleep. I was up there for about and hour and lost my train of thought. I'm too tired to finish writing, i'll have to pick up where I left off tomorrow...He started calming down when we put the TV on. Nick Lowe was playing an acoustic guitar at Austin City Limits. He was mesmerized. He really loves music. He fell asleep humming to one of the songs, it was amazing.)

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