Wednesday, July 14, 2010

McCain at the next Star Trek Convention

The Christian Science Monitor ran this poll:

Even more amazing was the landslide of 93 percent who said it would be "a hoot!" to hang out with John McCain at a Star Trek convention.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Rachel went to Barnes and Noble bookstore with April to get a book last August. A guy was outside giving away Schnauzer puppies. Se convinced me over the cell phone to let her have one. The kids named her Becca. She’s somewhat stubborn, and as a puppy she is into everything. About a week and a half after getting her, she got into some weeds and had burrs all over that buried themselves in her fur. We had to have her shaved almost bald to get all of them out.

She has learned much since then, although she still sneaks into Thomas’s room to get stuffed animals to play with. Leo is his tolerant self, which is kind of amazing considering she likes to jump in his face and bite his nose. She does get into trouble with him, usually because she tried to run in front of him and despite his best efforts to avoid her, he steps on her.

With winter, I discovered she is a snow magnet. Her fur is long and stringy, and the snow just clumps on it. I took the dogs for a walk one day, and her legs were so covered she could barely walk.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Long Time

Yes, it has been a long time since the last post. I think I just lost interest in blogging. I’ve read ‘Pragmatic Learning and Thinking’ by Andy Hunt, and he encourages blogging as a good exercise for the brain and I agree.
I now intend to catch up. April started looking for a new job as a lab director last summer. She had a few offers, and decided to take an assistant director position in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. They were pretty good about letting her finish up with school and waiting until December to start.

The big problem with this for me was finding a new job. My current job at the time would not allow me to work remotely. I decided the first place to look was my last employer, since they have many people working remotely. Lo and behold, my old position was posted. I applied and was contacted in a day. I explained the circumstances, and they had no issue with it. They now have people working all over the world (my orientation was shared with people in the UK, Germany, and Russia), so this is a good fit.

April found a place to live and moved to Scottsbluff in December. She came back for Christmas, but is living there alone until the kids finish school for the year. We looked at the schools (the parochial school only goes to the sixth grade, and both Rachel and Patrick are beyond that now), and they are ok. Rachel did a tour of the high school, and liked it.