The launch performance went well, thank you to everyone that came and supported us. The object and I think that it was suitable "birth". After this, however, things did not go so well. After leaving the Aphra we walked about 100 yards tripped and fell flat on our faces...not a smooth start. Walking across campus was a nightmare, we stumbled every other step. Clearly this is not going to be easy. Eventually I had to carry its legs so to make it a realistic possibility to even make it across campus. Walking is something that will need practice and hopefully be improved upon.
Once at home things were equally frustrating, everything takes such a long time to do. My whole pattern of living had to be adapted, slowing everything down. I have started to realise I cannot expect to get done things in the same time scale. Cooking dinner, going to the toilet etc. all seem like events. Hopefully with over time I will get used to this pace, or learn to quicken up. Its almost like I am very old, every activity can take a long time and even small routines are time consuming and physically draining.
The object and I sat down and looked through websites to choose a name. After much searching we found the name Ridley, which we were immediately attracted to; it means "from a cleared wood". This name has stuck. It was a lifting moment naming Ridley, all the previous moments of frustration seemed to less poignant. In my experience naming an object strengths your bond to it, giving it a name seems to make it more human or at least gives it more significance.
Tomorrow Ridley and I have a couple of exciting prospects...with possibilities of video interviews...we shall see.