The sickness bug hit the Gates Family in a unique way last week. As usual, Lincoln brought something home from school and passed it to Lydia and Henry, but with our trip to Columbus for the Midwest Veterinary Conference, we got to sprinkle in some new sleeping environments with our up-all-night crying and coughing. Lydia slept in bed with us, which is a major no-no at our house. After two nights of less than half-sleep, Jenn and I called an audible and we left a day early. The kids have done a bit better, but Henry is taking monster naps trying to fit this thing, and on the other end of the spectrum, Lydia, who doesn't do sick well at all, has been a basket case.
On the professional side of life, a bombshell hit the New York Times Sunday Business section with this title: High Debt and Falling Demand Trap New Vets. It is exactly on this subject that I've been attempting to publish in the industry and push for some change, but the professional inertia is ridiculous and frustrating. I've been teaming with one of the veterinarians quoted in the Times piece for some time now, and we've got a number of articles written, but as our commentary is not warm and fuzzy about the profession (we get into greater detail than the NYT piece, as well as offering solutions), we're not getting a bite from JAVMA or the like. I'm curious to see to what extent we'll garner interest now that one of us is recognized as an authority on the issue.
On the photo phront, Google recently changed their Picasa format to merge with Google+ and it suuuuuuuuuucks! Embedding photos from a Google+ album isn't possible, so I'm going to have to figure something out soon. Hopefully Google will get their act together soon.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
(Some of the photos on this page are from a visit the kids paid to the Clinic with me yesterday to check on a kitty.)
I've been getting some photos printed to update our frames around the house. I also posted some of the photos in Henry's room and each night we say goodnight to those in the photos. Part of the photo collage is the photo of Jenn and I along with Henry and one of his nannies. What a different experience, going from Lincoln and Lydia to Henry, but as all of that is part of his past, we're going to include it right up front for him. And he loves the photos. Ever since I put them up, he loves to stare at them and call out the names of everyone. "Pictures! Pictures!" he says. I think his favorite one is with his birthday cake.
Jenn made more cake pops for Lincoln's preschool.
He's also impressing Jenn during the day with his abilities with some of his building toys. What once used to be a budding imagination is now an ability to think three dimentionally and come up with some pretty creative designs.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
It's been hard to get motivated to blog lately. Not too many new developments, and lots of things taking up my time that aren't exactly blog material. I'll include a couple of photos here, including Jenn's first real foray into cake pops. They looked great and tasted even better!