This is a very quick hugs and kisses to all

September 30, 2006 by Sue in Wielesek

This is a very quick hugs and kisses to all. This morning I took Dez to the first of acting classes at Lord Leebrick Theatre, which I think he actually enjoyed, and looked forward to. Then this afternoon, Jenny, a friend of mine, Carol, and I will go to see Chicago. I spent all last weekend and a couple days this week doing clean-up paint-up at the office. John announced
a couple of years ago that he didn't choose to do maintainence work at the office, with the same sort of pride
he'd have in taking an unpopular political position. The good news is that I'm preparing a list for Shannon, our yard
person, of maintainence, and she's said she's interested
in taking on more management stuff, and John agrees that would be a good idea to have someone else beside me do it.
He hasn't figured out that it's going to cost him more in rent. My office is finally down to two rooms...Love you all.

Game season is starting up soon

September 30, 2006 by Adam in Adam's Games

Game season is starting up soon. The demos and games are beginning to come out. Neverwinter Nights, my main hobby the last few years, is coming out with a sequel in another month, with the toolset for it coming out tomorrow. Should be fun.

I also picked up a demo for a little game called Defcon. It's pretty wild, a War Games style game where you play global thermonuclear war. Needless to say, everyone loses, but the goal is to lose the least. It's actually a pretty deep game, where the goal is to take out your enemies' forces without showing off your own. I made the rookie mistake of launching everything at once, which meant they knew where all my missle bases were. They didn't last long.

The art direction is wonderfully horrible, as you can see.

Yes, I know

September 29, 2006 by Jamie in Jamie

Yes, I know...Adam would just LOVE to know what I am doing with all my "free time" during the week. Amazingly, it seems to get eaten up by the chores I am used to doing with is just a bit more relaxing without them, but it's not like I have time to write the Great American Novel or anything, sheesh!
I have been enjoying a nearly daily dose of a couple of my favorite Brit Coms at lunch time: "As time goes by", "Are you being served?" Unfortunately, "Keeping up Appearences" comes on just when I have to pick up Emma, so I miss it.
Just finished reading "Disobedience" by Jane Hamilton and am now diving into the complete works of Sherlock Holmes courtesy of my friend and fellow Anglophile Pat Gariepy.
I am also keen on doing more gardening..including getting someone's butt in gear to rebuild the front fence and arbors and replace the crumbling sidewalk. More difficult than it should be to find someone.

School has started seriously for Sam

September 29, 2006 by Adam in Sam

School has started seriously for Sam. He had his spelling test yesterday, getting 100% on the normal words and getting three out of four of the hard bonus ones. Ironically the one word he misspelled was "homework".

Yesterday Sam spent nearly two hours working on a comic book titled "Captain Plunger", which is loosely based after the Captain Underpants books. It was actually pretty funny. Sam had me as the editor, mostly correcting spelling mistakes as I told him the different perspectives I liked. He's becoming quite an artist, at least when it comes to superheroes, toilets, and exploding things.

Last night was Isa's Back to School BBQ and o...

September 29, 2006 by Seraph in Cortez

Last night was Isa's Back to School BBQ and open house. The weather was amazing and it reminded me of all those Roosevelt picnics (just add three or four more languages and a dozen or more ethnicities)! It was also nice to meet some of her friends that I hear so much about. Her teacher is wonderful and Isa just loves her.
Robbie and I have learned how to enjoy our evenings together again. This of course is coupled with the onset of prime time, and we've been weeding through which new shows to follow or not. So far we're giving Jericho(sp?) two thumbs up.
Love to all.

Mocha Friday

September 29, 2006 by Adam in Family

Mocha Friday. Work's been busy, but productive. I've had that general sense of satisfaction all morning.

Last night was Sam's soccer practice, a gorgeous Fall evening with a hundred or so kids running around with soccer balls. They had a special training thing over at Adam's elementary school. Mostly Emma and I just played on the play structure while Sam strutted his stuff.

I've been under the weather these last few days, but I'm feeling like I'm on the mend. Hopefully our family can get some outside play time this weekend, though tonight is our traditional swimming night.

The kids are doing well, seemingly enjoying school and looking forward to Halloween. I keep pestering Jamie, trying to figure out what she does during the mornings when the kids are away. I usually get one to three words. Yesterday it was "gardening."

I'm on the mend today, after a bad headache y...

September 28, 2006 by Adam in Family

I'm on the mend today, after a bad headache yesterday. It was the end of two full days of team meetings at work, which is enough to drive one mad. I also checked out my possible new work location, which isn't all that bad. The worst part is that I'd need to buy a card and drive each morning. At least there's a gym on site.

The kids went to Dave's house while Jamie and I had our theoretical date night. All I was up for was watching Upstairs, Downstairs with Jamie on the couch. Otherwise I was popping painkillers, taking a bath, and generally trying to take it easy.

Sam's first spelling test is today, though he was moaning about wanting to do math instead last night. Our evenings are getting increasingly packed, with soccer practice tonight. Busy, busy.

We had a full and exciting weekend! Sat morn...

September 25, 2006 by Seraph in Cortez

We had a full and exciting weekend! Sat morning Isa had a birthday party at the Build-A-Bear workshop, allowing Robbie and I to wander and take care of some shopping. In the afternoon we organized and cleaned. I sorted through endless projects and school assignments and sent out numerous bags of recycling!
Sunday morning while Isa and Robbie went to church, I hiked the 8 mile annual Wildwood Run/Walk with Raven. We finished in about 2 1/2 hours and quickly crashed with sore muscles.
I lay on the floor with Isa watching Mary Poppins before recovering enough to hit the Polish Festival. Robbie had a Hurling match and met us there later. After a few hours of perogies, sausage, and polka we headed home for a movie and bed.
After all that a week of work will feel quiet!

What a weekend

September 25, 2006 by Adam in Family

What a weekend. Sam had a great time at John's house, playing assorted games and generally carrying on. With just Emma, it was a quiet Saturday morning. I did a solo library run and we did some serious window cleaning, breaking out paint scrapers and removing storm windows. Saturday evening was Sam's first soccer game and Jamie's birthday party. It was a low-key affair with Angie, Pat, and Dave coming over to play Trivial Pursuit.

Sunday had Ray and Ella coming to visit, mostly spending the day at the park with everyone playing tennis. Sam in particular got really into the game. Emma and I collected balls and wandered about, with only minimally getting into trouble.

I helped Sam do his first homework of the season, and later broke out my made-up Adventurer Bob versus the Math Monsters game, doing time tests for addition and subtraction. He's a little rusty, but not too bad. Emma was a bit grumpy, often just wanting to be by herself. I think it was a pretty tiring day for her, and she's still a little sick.

As for me, it's a week of team meetings at work. Yee haw.

It usually takes me a couple days of freezing...

September 22, 2006 by Adam in Family

It usually takes me a couple days of freezing fingers before I realize that it's really Fall and I need to wear gloves when riding to work. It's official.

Emma had an exciting day yesterday, having her friend from school, Darumdev, over for a visit. In school she made apple pie and was horribly excited by the whole thing. When it came time to take Sam to soccer practice, she fell asleep and wasn't too happy when I woke her up in fear she'd stay up really late. I made a little movie of us passing the time.

Sam's been doing well, growing up smart and good-looking as always. He and I have been having fun playing on the computer each afternoon. We also have very interesting conversations - last night we discussed addiction and torture, of all weird subjects.

As for me, it's Mocha Friday and it's time for me to head off and get that wonderful elixir. Happy weekend to all.

Hi, I've been having trouble with my internet...

September 21, 2006 by Sue in Wielesek

Hi, I've been having trouble with my internet connection, so I'll post fast. Wanted to let everyone know that Seraph's graduation was so much fun. Seraph would never admit this, but everyone in her class and on the faculty was beaming at her, and obviously happy for her. I don't recall any mention in her postings that she was graduating with high honors, and we learned that interesting bit of trivia when we got our programs. Her speech was terrific; serious in intent, but delivered lightly. You all would have been very proud of her. Lohring took us all to dinner, although he got lost when we sent him to get seats, and we wound up going to a much higher class place. Hmmm, maybe you do get your brains from my side of the family. Isa was just a princess, and a good time was had by all. Love to all except the Oklahoma football fans, whiney pants to the bone.

There's been a long lull in games these last ...

September 20, 2006 by Adam in Adam's Games

There's been a long lull in games these last couple months. I'm doing Neverwinter Nights stuff, under an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement), so I can't really talk about it.

Sam and I have been spending recent afternoons playing Gary's Mod for Half-Life 2. Mostly we'll try to kill each other, but stick to interesting ways. We've dropped big shipping containers on each other's heads, attached thrusters to barrels and sent them flying, and the old exploding barrel trick is a favorite. Last night I was killed multiple times by a bicycle with a rope that was strangely vibrating. Sometimes Sam gets me laughing so hard that it's difficult to play.

Emma's foot wasn't so great yesterday, with J...

September 20, 2006 by Adam in Family

Emma's foot wasn't so great yesterday, with Jamie keeping her out of school and taking her to the doctor. After an x-ray, nothing's broken, but she's still walking funny on it. We took Sam to soccer practice last night and mostly hung out in the car. Emma had fun looking at maps of Italy and explaining how I'd taken a wrong turn.

Jamie was pretty tired for her birthday. The extent of the festivities was her opening up the cards we made for her and taking her down to open my present. Last weekend Sam was throwing a frisbee over the fence. On our walk to retrieve it, we stopped by a yard sale at the local B&B. There was a nice 30's vintage end table. After much sweating and pushing, we got it home, covered it with blankets, and Sam made a "Do Not Look" sign.

Yarrr! Avast ye scurvy dogs, it be Talk Like...

September 19, 2006 by Adam in Family

Yarrr! Avast ye scurvy dogs, it be Talk Like a Pirate day, and ye best be sailin' over to this here site so you be talkin' good and proper-like.

Poor Emma hurt her foot last night, rolling around with Sam in the play room. Hopefully it's better today, though she didn't want to stand on it at all. She had me carrying her around from dinner time until bedtime.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMIE!!! It's so nice to hear...

September 19, 2006 by Seraph in Cortez

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMIE!!! It's so nice to hear that you are able to take a little time for yourself these days - keep it up :)
Well, avast maties - I think that's the extent of my talk like a pirate day! It was great to see everyone at graduation, and with that step done the postings about me will probably get quieter.
Robbie's classes seem to be settling down, and Isa now looks at school as routine. We're gearing up for the holidays, and Robbie and I are getting excited to celebrate our anniversary and birthdays, which we haven't been able to for the last few years. Good times ahead!

The weekend has wrapped up and I'm heading in...

September 18, 2006 by Adam in Family

The weekend has wrapped up and I'm heading into work in a few minutes. Sunday was pretty exciting, with Jamie deciding that a hike was in order at breakfast. It took some doing to get the kids motivated, but we managed to climb to the top of Mount Pisgah. It was quite challenging, especially carrying Emma most of the way, though the view at the top was pretty incredible. After a few minutes were we so hungry and tired that we ran down and headed to Humble Bagel afterwards.

Sam went to a friend's house for a pirate-themed birthday party. As expected, they got carried away and had full pirate regalia for the kids. Jamie and Emma went to get him a bit early and got swept up in the excitement.

I made pizza for dinner, eating outside while the weather is still nice. Things seem to be going fairly well for our little family these days. We're all in good health, good spirits, and seem to generally enjoy what we're doing each day.

We are well into school now, and both kids ar...

September 17, 2006 by Jamie in Jamie

We are well into school now, and both kids are adapting well to the new schedule. Emma has been doing very well considering the hours she is spending (M-Th 8:30-12:30) and she's already picking up French. As for myself, I have mostly enjoyed unencumbered menu planning, grocery shopping and lunch eating, along with a few actual morning showers..I forgot how invigorating those can be :-)
I also spent one spontaneous morning up at King Estate reading my Italy travel books which was beyond decadent approaching the ridiculous. Ahhhhh.....

Seraph, you are so so so amazing! Following y...

September 16, 2006 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

Seraph, you are so so so amazing! Following your bliss is back breaking work, but you did it! I'm so proud to have you as my wicked smart sister.

It's Mocha Friday, though I still have an hou...

September 15, 2006 by Adam in Family

It's Mocha Friday, though I still have an hour or so before I actually get to partake. I got up a bit earlier than usual, so all I've had is some oatmeal and tea, my usual breakfast of champions. Tonight is swimming night with the kids, and tomorrow is a hearty breakfast, library trip, and Humble Bagel run. It's my favorite part of the week.

Work's actually been pretty exciting lately, as exciting as computer interfaces get anyway. I've been making good progress on some big projects and managed to get an interface in place that I've been waiting ten years to do.

Last night we went to Sam's soccer practice as usual. Emma took this picture of me, along with several of my lower half and one of the playground at an extreme distance. In the middle of our play structure visit, it started to pour down rain, the first real one of the season. We decided to watch Sam play from the safety of the car.

As for this weekend, I think Jamie's visiting with friends for birthday-related reasons. We've got some gardening to do in preparation for Fall. Maybe we can get Sam to start doing some work around the house for stars, which can be turned into the slew of computer games coming out in a couple months.

A big shout-out to Seraph for not only graduating but getting a job in her chosen profession. As someone who has a master's in biology education and works with computers, I can respect that.

Emma's been going to her French immersion sch...

September 15, 2006 by Adam in Emma

Emma's been going to her French immersion school for a week now. She seems to really like it, and Jamie keeps gushing about how great all her instructors are. This picture is of Barbara, her main teacher. According to Jamie she's great with Emma.

It's mostly girls in her class, one of which is a neighbor of ours. I think she's had a fun time playing with other kids her age after spending the Summer with just Sam. To top it off, she's learning French too. Tonight she started singing a song that sounded like "Bonjour, mes amies." (hello my friends).

As for the rest of her ever-exciting life, it goes well. She's growing up tall and smart, loving to play pretend, play on the computer, and listen to stories. She's very fashion conscious and fond of pink. Lately she's been wanting to wear mismatched socks, just like her big brother.

New family member! Sayer and his lovely wife ...

September 15, 2006 by Yayoe in Yayoe

New family member! Sayer and his lovely wife Sasha have a new baby that was born today at 6:26 PM at Providence Hospital in Portland. Jackson John Jones weighed in at 8'7 oz and is 21 inches long. He has Asian eyes and black hair! On Friday we'll go out and see him! We're so excited!

Loring and his dental team (Riverstone Cinic, LCC and HIV Alliance) got the $2 million 5 year grant.The grant is to establish an AIDS clinic at LCC! He's very busy with meeting and getting the project off to a good start along with his wonderful team. Despite all he has to do, next he's driving..yes driving to Montana for another boat race. I wasn't able to convince him to fly and/or cancel the trip so he's planning to leave on the 21st and will return on the 25th...

Oh...we traded offices! What an amazing fete. Lorhing did most of the work. He loves his new digs...lots of space for all of his stuff..I love my new little cozy room! He looks like Commander Kirk in his office surrounded by his wrap around desk and all his goodies! Be sure to call him Commander!

Vodoo dolls??? That may explain a lot! For ...

September 14, 2006 by Seraph in Cortez

Vodoo dolls??? That may explain a lot!
For those coming up tomorrow, I'll be at the school early, and Robbie is off work at 1:30 pm. He was planning to go down to the portfolio show until 2:30 and then go pick up Isa at school before coming back downtown to the grad ceremony at 4:00. I thought it might be nice for us all to go out to dinner afterwards - so long as everyone agrees NOT to argue over the bill.
I can't wait to see you all. Call if you have any questions.

hi, i'm looking forward to Seraph's graduatio...

September 14, 2006 by Sue in Wielesek

hi, i'm looking forward to Seraph's graduation tomorrow. I
had to raise $1,000 for the March of Dimes, which I did by calling everyone I know. Hugs, Mom

This week is just zipping along

September 14, 2006 by Adam in Family

This week is just zipping along. Hard to believe how quickly things go once school starts.

Last night I nearly knocked out a couple of Sam's teeth. Of course, he takes full responsibility. He wanted me to try and dump him out of a sleeping bag and he decided to hold on with his teeth. Since he's in the process of losing teeth these days, a couple got extremely loose and we had to stop to soak up blood.

Jamie and I also went out to Marche last night, a fancy French restaurant. The food was darn good, and the portions were reasonable enough so that we could actually eat dessert for a change.

Emma seems to be enjoying school a fair amount. She explained to Jamie how she played with a telescope and blood meter, and that she wants to be a doctor.

I'm sadly going to miss Seraph's graduation speech. I'll try to send positive thoughts and make my Seraph voodoo doll as comfortable as possible throughout the day.

The primary election in Mass is creeping up o...

September 13, 2006 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

The primary election in Mass is creeping up on us, and I was drawn this morning to one of mom's favorite sites, dailykos, and their wiki on how to run for office.
It would be fun if we all decided to run for elected positions- a whole new generation stepping up to the plate of representative democracy!

It's hard to believe it's been five years sin...

September 11, 2006 by Seraph in Cortez

It's hard to believe it's been five years since the 9/11 attacks. It is one more reminder of how happy I am that Adam has created this site to keep us all connected.
Robbie and I delivered Isa to her first day of Kindergarden. As soon as she found her desk she was ready for us to go. Sigh... long go are the days where she cries when we leave.
Robbie packed up Scabbers the rat for another year at Hillside. While he's happy that he appears to have another great group of kids, he has decided that this will probably be his last year teaching.
I'm getting ready for graduation - writing my speach and finishing my portfolio - oh, and still working away at my job.

We had our usual pleasant swim time on Friday

September 10, 2006 by Adam in Family

We had our usual pleasant swim time on Friday. The kids played with other kids, and occasionally with me. Emma's getting really good at moving around with her floating thing. Sam, of course, can swim like a fish.

Saturday morning we walked down to see the Eugene Celebration parade. My dad came by to watch with us. I learned all sorts of odd things about him, like he got the AIDS dental clinic grant and he plans to build a full-size electric boat and go for the world's speed record. What a wacky guy.

In the afternoon, we puttered around the house, eventually going off to Gavin's birthday party, an old friend of Sam's. Jamie chatted up an Italian woman, trying to get the scoop on places to visit when she and her mom travel there next year. I watched Emma until exhaustion overtook me and I became a bit cranky.

Today Jamie's going to the Coburg antique fair with Pat. The kids and I are going to my mom's for brunch, and hopefully we'll find some time to relax some time too.

Hello all from PDX! Robbie continues to prep...

September 08, 2006 by Seraph in Cortez

Hello all from PDX! Robbie continues to prep for the new school year, and I feel more and more like I'm working a real job again. Isa will be starting school on Monday, and our life moves ever forward!
We will be down on Sat. morning to march in the parade with Mom and some folks she knows. It is mostly exciting because we get to dress up.
I'm busy working away on my portfolio and graduation speech. Only one last presentation tonight and I'm almost done. Yeah!
A few of you have been in touch about coming to graduation. If anyone's interested please let me know.
The day after graduation the three of us will be heading to the beach for the SOLV annual beach clean up. We figured it would be a good idea to teach Isa by example - hmmm I hope the weather holds for this lesson.

Mocha Friday

September 08, 2006 by Adam in Family

Mocha Friday. I'm busy writing reports and fiddling with databases this fine morning, after a ride through the crisp morning air.

The kids had their second day of school, which seemed to go well. Jamie is becoming a woman of leisure, browsing at a bookstore while the kids were off and away. We also went to Sam's soccer practice as usual. They have goalies and bigger teams now, which Sam seems to enjoy. Emma and I played with another kid and picked mint for tea.

Tomorrow's the weekend. I think there's a brunch at mom's, where she plans to consult my siblings and I on her latest five year plan. I'm doing the normal swimming tonight and library tomorrow. Maybe we'll try to watch the parade somewhere in there too.

I'm struggling to figure out what to get Jamie for her birthday. She's got me, what else could she want?

As part of the Aric and Anna moving out proce...

September 08, 2006 by Sue in Wielesek

As part of the Aric and Anna moving out process, Bob has a box spring and mattress out in his back yard right now. I understand that there's the same moon in Africa and India as there is shining down on Eugene, Oregon, and as you readers probably noted, last night it was bright and beautiful. We gathered up our sheets, pillows, jammies, and in my case my usual inhalers, eye drops, etc, and slept outside. Gorgeous sleeping until this morning, when Paija and Tippy had a 6:00 a.m. tap dance contest on us. Darn cats!

The kids had a good first day at school

September 07, 2006 by Adam in Family

The kids had a good first day at school. Yesterday morning I kissed them all goodbye as they slowly woke up, not used to getting out of bed so early. Sam reported that his first day was "weird", going over things he already knew, mostly for the benefit of the new kids. Emma scraped her knee playing hopscotch, and complained that her class of six kids was "crowded", but I think she's getting used to it. She was pretty tired when she returned.

In the evening, Jamie and I had a hot date, putting together Sam's new bed and bookshelves that arrived. My mom watched the kids and took pity on us, promising to watch them again on the weekend, letting us have a real date. Little did she know that I had a grand time having Jamie hand me bolts and cursing over the the assembly instructions.

I queried Jamie on what she did with her new free time. She spent a long time chatting with Victoria, post-wedding, and hit the bank. She hasn't started popping valium and watching soaps yet, but I've got my eye on her.

I'm afraid life has been so quiet that this w...

September 06, 2006 by Sue in Wielesek

I'm afraid life has been so quiet that this will be like one of those letters you have to write when you're nine to some relative - "How are you? Fine, I hope." I spent most of the weekend at Bob's, helping prep the house for painting. His paint choosing is hampered by the fact that he's color blind in the red/green colors. His house has been this ugly mud color, which he all along thought was a lovely green. He now enlists help. My roomer, Eric, Mollie
Chez' boyfriend, moved in over the weekend. I think it will be fun to have a "young person" in the house again.
Someone gave Bob and me sky-box seats to Saturday's game; the temp was in the 90's, so we were delighted to be in out of the sun.

What a weekend! Sam went off to Portland, wh...

September 04, 2006 by Adam in Family

What a weekend! Sam went off to Portland, where he hung out with the grandparents and generally had a good time. They went to the state fair, where Sam enjoyed the chair ride. Other than that, all we know is that he went to eat Chinese food somewhere.

As for us, we enjoyed the guilty pleasure of just having one kid for the weekend. It was pretty quiet, overall. I made apple pie and had my mom and Bob over to partake in its yummy goodness. We did a major project in the kids' room, putting in a new bed for Sam and hanging curtains around Emma's bed. It looks pretty nice.

I took Emma to the park and as we walked back up the hill, she spotted Sam in the front yard. She started smiling and yelling and ran as fast as she could to a waving Sam. They hugged and were very happy to see each other.

Tomorrow I head back to work, sadly enough. Wednesday the kids both start school and Summer is over for good.

How strange to think that this will be the la...

September 04, 2006 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

How strange to think that this will be the last time that I will run around with "Where Am I?!"! I've spent three consecutive Labor Days living and breathing road trips, hikes, community projects, museums, and general first-year orienting.
Tutor coordination, however, will be happening without me this year. When not driving around regaling first-years with historical details that they don't yet appreciate, I've been preparing for the America Reads/America Counts coordinator hand-off. All sixty-something work-study folders are carefully labelled and filled with dates, schedules, and payroll info. The OCD part of my personality is very, very satisfied at the moment.

Well, we're officially "empty nesters"! We...

September 03, 2006 by Meg in Lytton

Well, we're officially "empty nesters"!

We took Mikayla to Oberlin last Monday. There were a few surprises as we traveled Westward, including passing a card with a Confederate flag sticker saying "May it ever fly". When we opened our motel curtains the next AM, on the car window right outside was a sticker with a kneeling girl and the phrase "Do 'em Southern style". I realized I've been out of touch with America and wondered if there is why the Christian movement is gaining strength!

Oberlin was started based on the concept of being open to enrollment by all races and both genders. It was a stop on the underground railroad and is still quite liberal.The most prominently represented student group at orientation was the Socialist Party, though they seemed to have a lot of trouble trying to decide where to put their table, kept hauling it around.

Kayla's roommate is an old friend from the Maine Coast Semester who wants to do environmental policy.

Kayla seems undecided about how committed she is to environmental studies, though that's one of Oerlin's strong suits. She emailed us that she was bummed that her Theater Production lab didn't give any credit so she was in search of another class. So far, she is signed up for a history course on fascism, a physics course "Einstein and Relativity". She's considerting an Econ course. I hope she's happy with the academics--I'm sure she'll be fine socially.

Kayla's roommate is an old friend from the Maine Coast Semester who wants to do environmental policy. She is chronically infected with MERSA, which makes me a little nervous because she has already had pneumonia and a kidney infection in the last 2 yrs and is allergic to the penicillins and Zithromax. Ah well, hopefully she'll wash well and not pick scabs or her nose!!

Julie finished her intensive organic chem 1 & 2 summer courses at Bryn Mawr College and has moved into an apartment with 2 good friends on Pine Street in Phila, several blocks from where Callie and Will live on Pine Street. She sometimes visits them when she jogs. She has been working in my office for the last 2 weeks as we await the arrival of a new employee. Julie just got a very good job as a reseach coorinator for a neurologist and a cardiologist at Einstein Medical Center.

She has a wonderful new boyfriend, whom she met at Penn. He is now working for an international consulting firm in NYC, travels lots but they've been able to get together a fair amount. He's from Toledo, sends her letters addressed to "The Beautiful Miss Julie", etc., sends flowers, and sent us a thank you note for dropping her in NYC on our way to & from vacation ! I hope things stay this good!!

Will finished working in office when he got a full time job helping Phila boys from poor families prepare for college opportunities. Interestingly, though not necessarily suprisingly, the kids who stay in the program and do better are immigrant kids.

Callie is starting another course at Wharton in nonprofit business stuff. She and Will are both prepping slowly for GREs and thinking of grad school in California.

Dick is busy, has patients booked for new appointments in January, is depressingly far behind writing reports and is urging hiring someone else to help.He's still head of Peace and Service committee at Haverford Friends Meeting and on the Board of the school there.

Miracle of miracles, I have a new associate! When fewer docs are going into primary care and even fewer are staying in PA, I was fortunate to find a wonderful young woman who joined me 3 weeks ago and is going gangbusters!! Keep your fingers crossed! I only managed 1 week off these last 2 years and I would love to have more!

As per my usual routine, it's 11:30, I'm tired and I'm sure you're bored and have more important things to do!!