Yesterday (Wednesday) Owen came down with me to the Twin Cities to have lunch with the crew from Churchnoise.com. It was a great turnout -- Tangled Blue, Dave Scherer, The Halulas (Nica, Wes and Charlotte!), Jonathan and Svea Rundman, Troy from Lost and Found, and Micah Taylor. I'll spare you the boring details -- suffice to say the most interesting part of the lunch (for me, anyway) was Owen.
He was absolutely cordial and well-behaved, and we got to sit at the "kids table" with Svea and Charlotte, who are adorable. I think Owen might have a baby-crush on Svea. He seemed to remember her from last weekend. About half-way through the meal, Owen looked at Svea and said ". . . ohhh!" This was cute, but then he said it again. And again. And he carried on this conversation for about 20 minutes. "ohh! Ooohhh! WhoaaaaaaahhhhH!" I think he figured out that HE was the one making these noises, and he found that fascinating.
So, for the rest of the day, whenever he was awake, he was talking. At one point I started talking with him, copying his noises, and he thought that was the best thing ever.
We also went to the Mall of America to kill some time. Turns out, the MOA doesn't have strollers available for young infants. Does this seem strange to anyone else? The largest mall in North America doesn't want people walking around with their babies unless they bring their own strollers or the kid is able to sit upright?
I find it much easier to rail against this cause than to get involved with this whole "economy collapse."