Saturday, February 28, 2009

Silly Filter


Or Heaven?

I took Lucy's advice to heart, and the next morning I got up and got another job. Feeling sorry for myself wasn't doing any good, so I decided to do something that would. And a job seemed like the the first order of business.

I had to start out at the bottom, as a test subject, but hey... there's nowhere to go but up, right? On the bright side, I was meeting new people.

And seeing people that I'd like to meet... Holy Moses! It must be jelly, 'cuz jam don't shake like that...

Speaking of meeting people, my friend Lucy had a friend that she set me up with. Her name is Sierra. Part of me wishes Lucy wasn't already taken... but, Sierra...

She's everything I could have hoped for. Sweet, shy, intelligent...

Did I say shy? Hrrrm. Regardless, I feel the need to keep pinching myself.

Sierra and I dated for a while, and every time I saw her I was even more convinced that she was perfect.

I finally scraped together my courage (and my cash) to buy a ring and ask her to make me the happiest man alive.

Thankfully, she said yes.

I couldn't believe how lucky I was. This beautiful girl had said she would marry me...

Isn't she perfect?

She didn't waste any time, either. She immediately got a job and started working.

And life goes on. I've been getting steady promotions at work.

And I'm keeping up with my studies

and networking. I'm determined to make it to the top of my career and win the Simmel Prize for scientific discovery. Yes, things are going really well.

Except... what the heck happened to my house? Shack. Lean-to... This is none of those things, but I'm at the right address.

As soon as I got inside, Sierra took me back to the bedroom (new!) and told me that she'd had the house built. My perfect girl had apparently been quietly saving her waitress tips for years for when she got married. Who knew?

Things were so wonderful... I didn't know how they could get better. Well... maybe finishing our house would help. Heh. I can't complain, but Sierra's nest-egg got us walls, but not much else. We have very little furniture, and none of the rooms are finished. We figured we'd work on improvements together, one day at a time.

I was a little worried, though... Sierra was eating CONSTANTLY. She got tired quickly, too. About the time I started to genuinely wonder if she was sick

she told me that we were expecting an addition to the Schmoe family. I guess things can get better!

Here's a shot of me saying hello to the little tyke. I wonder if we'll have a boy or a girl?

I was hoping I could hear a heartbeat... but apparently she's not that far along.

I am a happy man...

Who is worried sick. My poor baby is always tired...

and always hungry. She hasn't been sick in the mornings, thank god, but I still worry. The pregnancy's been really hard on her. Oh! Check out this new gadget. That's our Thinking Man's Cap - I'm testing the prototype. It helps with knowledge retention, thus increasing the rate that you learn new skills - it cuts out the repetitive necessity of drilling bits of knowledge into your head by rote memory. Read it or do it once, the knowledge sticks. Very cool, eh?

Before I knew it, it was time! God, I hate seeing her in pain like this. "
Breathe, baby, breathe!"

"That's it, you can do it! Short, quick breaths! Now, push!"

And then it was done. My son was born... Cameron Schmoe!

The next day, I got Sierra a car so she could run into town if she needed to while I was at work. I didn't feel right with her and Cam being in the house with no transportation. What if there was an emergency?? I have to confess, too, I'd always wanted a car. Ever since I was in high school...

I wanted to be the cool kid with the pretty girl in the fast, souped-up car.

I know this car isn't fast, nor is it souped-up, but Sierra still made me feel like the cool guy at school...

Yep. The two most important people in the world. Sierra and Cameron.

Life is good.


  1. aw welcome to the hood Sierra and Cameron.
    Sounds to me like he's in heaven not hell...

  2. I'm so happy to see that Joe's life is improving.

  3. Wait! Where are the wedding shots?! Did they just have a son out of wedlock?! :O)

  4. Good to see things turning around for the better for poor Joe. Cameron is a cutie!

  5. Yay. It's great to see things going right for Joe for once. Sierra seems like a wonderful woman and Cameron is a cute little tyke. And considering how fogged up the windows on the Smoogo are, Cameron might be getting a little brother or sister. *wonders if they'll name it Ferris*

  6. *sighs*
    Welcome Sierra and Cameron!

    What a great update. New job, new family, new house, new car. And to top things off, car-woohoo! Sweet!

  7. How did I miss this?
    Welcome Sierra and Cameron. Things are looking up!

  8. Yay for getting moving and finding a new job! *cheers*

    Meeting new people is always nice. *snicker-snorts* But geeze, nice thought about that woman. Poor thing, getting objectified like that. *giggles*

    That was nice that Lucy set Joe up on a date with her friend! And Sierra's pretty. :-D

    Yay! Congrats on getting engaged! See? Things can look up, if you don't give in.

    Sierra does clean up well. *whistles*

    Sweet new digs! *cheers* And a new baby on the way! NICE!!

    *peers at their fingers in the birth pictures* Okay, so apparently they got married somewhere between getting engaged and having a baby. Too bad you didn't even MENTION it! *poke*

    Welcome baby Cameron!

    Aww, that was so cool, the comment about Sierra making him feel like the cool kid in school. :-D

  9. What a cute young, struggling family! :-)