I spent this weekend at Write/Speak/Code. I'm having a day off today.
Alex got us a robot dog.
I really, really, want a furry pet, but Alex is very allergic to almost everything (including most of the trees and grasses in California) so we're not able to have pets, unless they're behind glass.
The aibo is part 2 of the very nicest thing that Alex has ever done for me.
Part 1 is that he's doing sublingual immunotherapy to hopefully relieve him of his symptoms (I mean, I say it's for me, but honestly his life would be drastically improved dog-or-not), but because the process can take years to be effective, the robo-dog is a placeholder until the day we can maybe a adopt a warm-blooded version.
I'll probably write more about the dog on Sensors and Sensibility in a few weeks once we're more familiar with how it works. He's pretty adorable, though.