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Saturday, November 26, 2016

I Don't Condone Violence, But Sometimes It's Wicked Cute

Sadie, "reading" me a story from my antique Longfellow volume:

One day, Hillary Clinton was in a stockline.  That's a place where you get clothes for your husband.  And Donald Trump was there, so she punched him in the face.

It's nice that our entire family will be sent to the camps.

ntodd

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Friday, November 25, 2016

#throwbackthursday


Blame the tryptophan for my forgetting this TBT from 148 weeks ago: "Picking up Sam. -4F. Not bad."

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

#throwbackthursday


Running from danger, 129 weeks ago.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Vision And Values

I've been meaning to post about this for a while, but life has been a whirlwind of late for a variety of reasons.  Anyway, I just got home a little while ago from a few days in Boston, onboarding (as the HR kids say these days) with a cool non-profit:

Health Leads is a social enterprise that envisions a healthcare system that addresses all patients’ basic resource needs as a standard part of quality care.

For 20 years, Health Leads has worked with leading healthcare organizations to tackle social co-morbidities by connecting patients to the community-based resources they need to be healthy – from food to transportation to healthcare benefits.

Health Leads is committed to leveraging its tools, expertise and direct services to change what “counts” as healthcare – and accelerate the leadership, best practices, incentives and research required to improve the health and well-being of patients.

Pretty damned cool, right?

I wanted to put this in the context of last week's election at some point, and talk more about our mission and values, as well as what it is we do to make the vision a reality.  That elaboration has to wait until I have some more energy after an immersive introduction to an awesome corporate culture with incredible people dedicated to doing good.

Oh, yeah, I forgot: my job is Director of Information Security.  So I'm in charge of making sure everything we do complies with HIPAA regs as well as meets the needs of strategic partners to ultimately change how America delivers healthcare (which has only become more important since November 8).  Amongst other things.

Still just trying to effect change however I can.  Nice to make some money doing it for a change.

ntodd

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Friday, October 14, 2016

#throwbackthursdayonfriday


I've been busy with Operation Vaguebooking, so blogging has suffered.  Anyway, here's Ericka from several years ago, looking somewhat like her future daughter.

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Scenes From A Mall


I was Bad Cop on pierced earrings since she was 2, but how do you resist that face?


Mr Floppy Ears is almost as excited as she is.


All the prep work and gloves did indeed make it seem like we went to The Earring Doctor.


Staff had a good pagoda-side manner.


Mommy's hand helped.


It tickles!


Shit is about to get real.


A brief smile in the mirror, then...WHY DID YOU LET ME DO THIS?!


Lollypops are soothing.


Working on the Sullen Teenager In A Mall look.


Happy to be a big girl now.


Celebratory lunch and a kiss.


Ground Control to Major Sadie: take your protein pill and put the quarters in.


"You want to ride the ice cream truck? The roller coaster [from Cedar Point, no less!]?  The train?"  No, she chose the rocket.  That's my girl [even though nobody let me name her Buzz].

ntodd

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

#thursdayweddingthrowbackblogging


Like mother...


...like daughter.

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Seventh Birthday Blogging


Birthday Boy gets a big hug from the person who kept him cooking for exactly 36 weeks.


Take a deep breath.


Back off, Sis!


The impish little sib.


Even 2 kids home sick from school can't dampen our traditional birthday cupcake breakfast and selfie.

ntodd

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#throwbackthursday


This screaming, bloody mess somehow made it to 7 today.

You can see and read more about the move if you're interested...

ntodd

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Thursday, September 01, 2016

#throwbackthursday


Outside The Shining hotel, Mt Hood, 2014.  We'll be back in Oregon later this month.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

among true geniuses the wounds always heal


Apprehensive on his first day of preschool, 2013.

As I've said before, it really is amazing we live in a community that provides pre-k for 2 years.  This offers great opportunities for kids, even if some residents think we should brush them under the rug, dump them on grandparents, etc, until kindergarten.


School picture, 2014.

This little boy has enjoyed great instruction, socialization, and intervention when he needed it most.  Without early pre-k, he would've been unprepared for kindergarten, and ultimately would cost our community and state even more money over the long run.


Traditional Mom/Son first day pic, kindergarten 2015.

Because we've had such great support, our little boy loves school, has excelled in reading and other academic areas, and is set up for future success.  Sure, his meds help, but they would be ineffective without the efforts of a lot of wonderful educators.


Even made the school newsletter front page!

Not only is our state and school pretty great, so's the photographer for the shot above, who just so happens to be the principal.  The joy I see not only in Samuel, but pretty much every student at Fletcher Elementary is a testament to our dedication to good education that doesn't crush the spirit but makes it soar.


He was up and hour early for the first day of FIRST FREAKING GRADE.

I cannot believe this munchkin has upended our lives for almost 7 years.  And now a new adventure awaits him, as well as our entire family...

ntodd

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Кончится Лето


Not a cairn in the world as summer ends.


By the Stowe Rec Path.


Off to the races.


She demanded to take her helmet off.  STFU.  You parent your own child.

ntodd

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

#throwbackwhateverday


This was TBT for August 28, 2014.  Samuel goes back to school on Tuesday, Sadie the following week.  No snow forecast.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Birds Of A Feather


Sam and I went to the Bird Museum where this...


...becomes this...


...with cool power tools like this.


On the long and winding gravel roads to the place, Sam kept asking if there'd be dinosaurs, and he was thrilled to take a picture of Archaeopteryx to post on Instagram.


In the Treehouse.  "Why don't I see any birds?"


It is indeed a mystery.


Bird blind by a pond just just after we'd had a mutually startling encounter with a lovely doe.  Still no birds near us for some reason.

ntodd

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Thursday, August 04, 2016

#throwbackthursday


Da Tail and Dear Departed Vinnie, just over 10 years ago.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sculptures On A Mountaintop

If you're in the area of Enosburg Falls, Vermont, you should go to Cold Hollow Sculpture Park.  It can be hard to find, but is quite lovely all around:

David Stromeyer has been building it for more than four decades, but will they come? The combination of a remote location and a lack of signage could challenge anyone searching for Stromeyer's...Cold Hollow Sculpture Park. And don't count on finding cell service in the vicinity of this northern Vermont outpost. But persistence will be rewarded once visitors get a glimpse of the 55 large-scale pieces scattered around meadows and atop hillocks on the mountain-ringed, 200-acre property in Enosburg Falls.

The site ranks as one of very few sculpture parks in Vermont — and certainly thelargest devoted to the work of a single artist.

I can vouch for the bad mobile service: hard to get a signal so Google Maps would work.  But we're a hardy, resourceful people, and found our way.  Well worth the struggle and sacrifice.

ntodd

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Can You Tell Me How To Get Axed On Sesame Street?

I've been alive just a smidge longer than Sesame Street. I do not like change in my beloved neighborhood, especially when it involves losing characters who have taught me so much for over 40 years.  I just hope Big Bird doesn't really move to a new habitat with that Alexander Hamilton guy...

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Parenting: We're Doing It Wrong

Wonder if there's a lot of money in "off-grid" whoring?  Because I would totally blog our experience if people will donate for that sort of thing.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Iceberg, Right Ahead!


TURNNNNN! (Posted with permission.)

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tranquility Base Here, The Sadie Has Landed


Four years ago: "WHAT THE EVER LIVING SHIT IS THIS?!"

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