Owen Turns 12!

Incredibly enough my children keep getting older, and this guy is no exception. I can’t believe my baby dumpling is 12.

Owen is the most caring, supportive kid I know. He doesn’t hesitate to help someone if someone needs help. He is a great friend to all kinds of people, and although he doesn’t have a ton of friends, he has a few really close ones. He loves to tell jokes, read, pester his sister and be really active.

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In addition to the “classic” gifts: clothes, books, a few toys, we got him a big present: a drum set.

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What a kid.

Las Vegas, Baby

There was a flurry of travel in May when I started my new job. One of those trips was to the Marketo conference in Vegas, and as Eddy and I had never been, we decided to make a weekend out of it. It was…fun…although that was mostly because we left the kids with Grandma and got to spend some quality time together. I don’t think that either of us particularly liked Vegas, although we are happy to have had the opportunity to see it.

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To Be Read: The Professor and the Madman

As part of my New Year’s Resolutions, I am working through my To Be Read shelf and tracking the books I read in an effort to be more mindful about my reading and more critical in my thinking.

I have two competing genres for my favorite type of book to read. One (the better one to talk about at cocktail parties) is narrative nonfiction, where a historical event is put into context through telling the story of one or two people who took part in it. (My other favorite genre is the Schmaltzy Novel, which will always remain near and dear to my heart, and which is critically underappreciated and undervalued.)

The book selection for April, The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester, is a classic example of the first of my favorite kind of book to read. It tells the story of two men who were instrumental in the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, which turned out to be a more monumental task than the people who conceived of it could even imagine when they started. I had actually already read this a number of years ago, but must have picked it up at a thrift store or used book shop. It is definitely going into our permanent collection.