Friday, June 24, 2005

E-Bay Listed

I sold my very first item on E-Bay today.

The book that I am reading on selling tactics mentions the simple rule. First sell the stuff in your house that you never believed would ever sell. Perhaps it's crap you bought at a garage sale in a hungover stupor or something ill-fitting that your Aunt Behemoth gave you for your birthday. No matter what, take a crack at it...you never know.

I happened to have a bunch of old VHS tapes of some comedy and horror classics sitting around. They were very, very old tapes...bought during a liquidation sale at some video rental shop about ten years ago. However, the quality was still satisfactory, so I figured they didn't deserve the trashheap quite yet. So, I took one of them, and put it up for auction starting at $1.00. 7 day auction. 6 days and 21 hours later, I had one bid...at $1.00. I figured, what the hell...at least I'd get practice in my shipping, even if there was no reward to be found (my Ebay charges were around a dollar so at the time I was just breaking even).

Then, I had a fussy baby to contend with...laid down on the couch with him and promptly fell asleep for three hours. When I got back up, I realized the auction would now be over, so time to see the damage....

WHAT THE??? $11.07!!!! A small, 7 person bidding war had occured within minutes of the auction closing, and they drove the price to what I consider to be a satisfactory first sale. Now, I'm getting more items ready...going through boxes and taking snaps.

They said in the book that it's easy to get hooked...and I see why. I think I'm going to enjoy this!

May even do some garage sale hunting tomorrow......

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Some Acting News for Once

I'm still taking a mini-vacation from theatre for awhile so as to focus on Nathaniel and supporting Melanie, but I do have something cool to report on today. I was cast in a video for Joel Kroeker's "The Wind" a couple months back, and after a fruitless search to watch it on Much More Music, I finally came across the video online at the production house that made it. Directed by Warren Sonoda, "The Wind" is a fantastic video with some great visual effects. And I look pretty cool if I say so myself (and I get some great screentime). Check me out as the angry boss!



http://www.235films.com/warren.html

It's in Quicktime format. And if you really want to get tricky, after playing it in the small window they offer, head over to your Temporary Internet Files and copy out the MOV file you see there...it plays nice in Fullscreen.

And be sure to check out Joel's CD. I bought it soon after shooting the video and love it to death. You can find it here.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Nathaniel's Website

I'm not sure if anybody noticed the new link on the right hand side of the page, but I have created a small website for Nathaniel. It'll be updated weekly with new pics and other items that seem to fit.

You can find it here.

Please sign his guestbook!

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Thursday, June 09, 2005

The big day

Waiting for your baby to be born can be the most anxiety filled time in your life. As an expectant father I found myself dealing with new stresses, and I was fighting a constant battle to stay calm for Melanie, who of course had the baby inside of her and was dealing with her own stresses; both physical and mental. It was a lot of work, and after the due date came and went I was taking things day to day.
Finally, on Tuesday, May 31, we arrived at the Southlake Regional Health Centre at 7:30am so that Melanie could be induced. It is very unsafe for a baby to be left in the womb for too much longer than the expected date...the placenta can dry up causing a stillbirth. I do not have to mention how scary and unacceptable this idea can be...we loved the idea of our baby from the moment we found out that Melanie was pregnant and were so excited about raising (her?) (him?). We still had no idea at the time what sex the baby was.
Inducement was difficult for Melanie. It involves breaking her water, and as a man I could only imagine the discomfort this would cause. It took three tries on Dr. Newton's part to get this done and then Melanie could finally relax. Then they hooked her up to an IV and started slowly pumping fluids into her which would cause contractions. Less than an hour later, they started - at only a couple minutes apart. It was time for the epidural.
There are people out there who don't believe in having epidurals done. The stigma around it is that it's dangerous for the baby and the mother...though our own research told us this was not true. Sure, there is a small percentage of people who are paralized by it, since it involves a needle being implanted next to your spinal column. If you convulse at the wrong moment it could have dire consequences. The statistics for this were so small though that we were not concerned. Melanie's pain threshold is not very high, so taking the edge off of the contractions was paramount in my mind. Besides, we could actually hear a couple women giving birth without it, and the screams coming from them were like those of someone slowly being fed into a trashing machine. Not pleasant at all. We were not allowed to actually watch the procedure (perhaps it's magic and watching it destroys the illusion). I did get a small chance to see Melanie's back when they were finished and I think I truly understand why. I won't share it since I know she reads my blog and doesn't want to know.
Even with the contractions starting late in the morning, we were in for a bit of a wait. Our child just was in no hurry at all to enter this world. Fortunately, Melanie's mother Doris joined us for the day, so I was able to go outside to clear my head whenever I needed to and she stayed with Melanie to keep her company. My mother joined us much later in the day to help out too. Good thing too...It wasn't until 11:00pm when contractions got the point and it was time to begin pushing..and I didn't have to pass out from exhaustion and hunger.
And still we waited. And waited. Soon enough, our child no longer could be considered a May baby and officially became a June baby. Dr. Newton joined us around 12:15am and the real work started. Also, I believe the epidural wore off around that time as Melanie began to experience a tremendous amount of pain and pressure and struggled to keep focus on getting the baby out. But with help from us and the nurses the little head began to be apparent. First thing said was "It's got a lot of hair!", to which Melanie replied, "It had better, I didn't suffer all that heartburn for nothing!!!" (It has said that the hairgrowth of a child in the womb causes heartburn in the mother).
I looked forward to cutting the cord and holding my baby right away. But there was a complication. When the head finally appeared, I was horrified to see the cord wrapped around the throat. Dr. Newton acted fast, cut the cord and pulled the little tyke out (with a gasp of protest from the mother). It was then that I could see that the baby was white as a sheet, and it had a penis. A boy?? A boy. A BOY!!! HE was A BOY!!!!
But he wasn't out of the woods yet. The nurses yanked him away and began to use suction to clear his lungs and stomach of any foreign articles that may have entered his lungs during the trauma of the cord wrapping. Doris and my mother joined the nurses at the table. I stayed with Melanie while Dr. Newton got Melanie fixed up (I'll leave out the details...let's just say it hurt her a bit). I was so intense on keeping her calm during this that it didn't enter my mind right away that we hadn't heard our baby cry yet. Melanie actually yelled this fact out and asked if he was ok. Thankfully, the answer was a positive...though they'd want to keep their eyes on him a bit...he had ingested Meconium (baby poop)...and they needed to sure it didn't cause any problems. We were allowed to bring him to our room, and our time as a family began. Nathaniel David Stefan Norton, our son, had arrived. A bit late perhaps...but that makes me think he's going to take after me and go by "Artist Time".

It feels good to be able to blog about this. I'll have many more stories to tell. We're over week in, and my mind is racing still.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Tiger vs Rooster

You Were Actually Born Under:
Fierce and courageous - you are the king of every situation.
You pounce and attack, until others give you want you want.
Daring and magnetic, you inspire others to follow your lead.
And while you're wild at heart, you have some hidden soft spots.

You are most compatible with a Horse or Dog.
You Should Have Been Born Under:

Resourceful and practical, you are a quick thinker.
You are very observant - and it's hard to get anything past you!
A total perfectionist, you are especially picky about looking your best.
You're a big dreamer - such a big dreamer that reality can disappoint you.

You are most compatible with an Ox or Snake.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Nathaniel update #1

Nathaniel and Melanie are both doing so very well. There were some tribulations at the birth...the cord was wrapped around Nathaniels throat when he emerged from the canal and he was as white as a sheet, so there were a few tense moments while the nurses spent a couple minutes checking him out carefully and clearing all the fluids from his lungs. But he pulled through just fine, as did Melanie.

They will be coming home in the morning, and I am very excited about spending some quality time as a family away from the hospital. Our stay there has been fairly good, for it being a hospital and such, but I'll feel much better to have Nathaniel safe and home in his own crib.

I plan on blogging much more about the day, but to be honest I don't think I've 100% come to terms with it all. Once I'm ready I will write it all down.

Until then...here's a link to some pictures from May 31 and June 1.

http://www.actingart.com/Pictures/Nathaniel

Until later!

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

It's a BOY!!!

I am extremely tired and spent the last of my creative energy on a birth announcement, so consider that my blog for now. I have a lot to blog about though, so will spend later in the day getting my thoughts together on that. Suffice to say for now...mother and baby are doing very well.

BabyAnnouncement