Roman Sturgis Take care of each other and make good decisions.

September 2, 2012

Ada 6 months

Filed under: Blog — Roman @ 12:29 pm

Ada will be 6 months old next week. It’s hard to believe I’ve been a parent for half a year and that she’s been a part of our world for 15 months. When I think back to where we were as a family this time last year, it seems like another life.

One of my favorite times to be with Ada is in the early morning when she gets a quick feeding to get her through a couple more hours of rest. During this time she starts out half asleep and whimpering for food. I feed her and change her diaper, and these two things have an immediate impact on her quality of life. Suddenly she’s totally satisfied and wanting only to burp. So I put her on my shoulder and pat her back and she nuzzles her face into my neck. Sometimes she reaches up a hand to pull at my beard. After she burps, she nuzzles a bit more to get comfortable, and if I were to keep her there she might fall asleep. That is nirvana. To feel her tiny weight rising and falling and to smell the warmth of her fuzzy head. Her little sighs of contentment.

Sometimes she’s wide awake after her mini breakfast, and she babbles and coos, talking to herself or me or whoever, and if that’s the case, I put her back in the crib and crank up the mobile, and she just jabbers away for five minutes with the tinkling music. By the time I’m back in bed upstairs and settling in, we can hear her on the monitor quieting down, and then a couple minutes later she’s fast asleep.

June 7, 2012

My Story JUNIPERS published in 236 magazine at Boston University

Filed under: Blog,Fiction — Roman @ 3:19 pm

This is so cool! My story, Junipers, was selected to appear in the BU creative writing program’s alumni literary journal. I’m so honored to be in the good company of two of my classmates, Steve Sanders and Jessica Ullian, and our program director, Leslie Epstein, who has finished a new Lieb Goldkorn novel, titled Liebestod.

My year in the BU writing program was a highlight in my life and I think about things I learned there nearly every day. (Driving a work truck around the county lends itself to a lot of daydreaming.) It was such a privilege to study there. I highly recommend the program to all of my writer friends.

Permanent link here.

May 28, 2012

Ada 12 Weeks

Filed under: Blog — Roman @ 2:21 pm

And like that *snap!* Ada is 3 months old.

The past couple nights kiddo has been agitated. Today I stuck a finger in her mouth to feel her gums, and sure enough, she’s got something coming in. Poor kid. No wonder she hasn’t been eating as much or sleeping as sound. I’m told we’re in for a rough ride. Yay!

The corn I planted is doing pretty well, and the tomato plants are heavy with greenies, as is the blueberry bush. We get our first fruit share from the organic farm at Clemson tomorrow. Peaches and blackberries!

April 7, 2012

A snapshot of sound

Filed under: Blog — Roman @ 7:47 pm

A couple minutes of sound from this morning.

March 27, 2012

Ada, D-Day +22

Filed under: Blog — Roman @ 10:17 pm

Ada is 22 days old today and it’s hard to imagine life before the little one. Laura and I have found a nice rhythm, but even though I am at work all day long, I know I have the easier end of it. We both wish sleep happened more often, so we get it where we can. I won’t bore you with our schedule. Suffice it to say, we move in circles. (more…)

March 16, 2012

D-Day +11

Filed under: Blog — Roman @ 1:34 pm

Today is D-Day + 11. Ada is showing us a lot of her personality. Like her mother, she knows how best to do it. For example, while feeding, she grabs the bottle with her little hands as if to say, “let me show you how it’s done.” (more…)

March 13, 2012

Celebration

Filed under: Blog — Roman @ 9:00 am

Laura and I opened a bottle of Cambria the night we brought Ada home from Greenville Memorial Hospital. We’d been saving it for a couple years—probably the longest I’ve ever kept a closed bottle of alcohol in my life. In 2006, when I was young and flush, I experimented with buying pinot noir by the case. I wanted to be the kind of person who had a good house wine at all times. (more…)

March 3, 2012

To Remember Me By

Filed under: Blog — Roman @ 12:29 am

This is a story I read for the Bay State Underground in December of 2007. I had just finished my first semester with Boston University’s creative writing program. I didn’t have anything from the school year ready, so I revised To Remember Me By, which I had used as one of my writing samples in my application.

November 6, 2011

Goat Rodeo Lego Reboot

Filed under: Blog — Roman @ 7:12 pm

On a recent Colbert episode, I was introduced to the Goat Rodeo Sessions, which I immediately began listen for on WNCW, but have yet to hear except on my computer. I like to think of this year’s NaNoWriMo as a Goat Rodeo, as I reboot Lego Joe for another go at it.

February 1, 2011

Lego Joe

Filed under: Between Worlds — Roman @ 7:32 pm

Lego took the long way because he wanted to see if the girl who played violin in the Public Garden was out. He really liked her shoulder length black hair that she didn’t tie up, and how her hair would dance when she played, especially when she really got into it. When it got dark, she had a fiber-optic weave that would kick in, so you got a light show with the Mozart. It was a good gimmick to get people to actually stop, think twice about dropping that coin. Lego’s instinct was to avoid parks, really any place with large open spaces and groups of people. These were residual preferences from his former military career. When he left the ‘stans for the last time, he was required to participate in a 100 day observation that included sessions about the importance of winning little victories every day. Hearing a beautiful concerto in the park–this is what made life worth adapting for. Other notables: his rig, and Spooky the dog. The former lay on his kitchen table in pieces, the later, probably asleep underneath it. (more…)

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