Saturday, December 20, 2014

BA Candy Cane Classic

The girls and I are at a swim meet this morning, the Boilermaker Aquatics (BA) Candy Cane Classic. It's a local meet, the girls swim with the BA team, held at the high school and it's Isabel's first meet. She is a little nervous but she'll do great. They did not want to pose for this photo.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Crackers with Isabel's Class

We had round two of class volunteering this morning. Isabel’s class is having Christmas traditions from around the world and Lynne volunteered to make Christmas Crackers.

If you have no idea what they are, look here, but they are a great English and indeed Irish tradition, and as I was growing up we always looked forward to pulling our Christmas crackers before our turkey dinner and then eating with our hats firmly in place.

I was actually able to locate an few old classic pictures of our family around the Christmas table, priceless, see below.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Serial Podcast

I don’t normally post stuff like this but I found this sufficiently interesting to share. I listen to lots of different podcasts, my daily commute to Indy allows this but over the last three months I have been following a new podcast that has gripped millions. It’s called Serial, and the 12th and final episode of season one was released at 6am this morning, which I listened to first thing today.

I’m not going to comment on the content at all, it would be like spoiling a good book with a summary, but if you are unlikely to actually listen or just want to read about it, you can find the actual podcast here and a report on the final episode here.

I liked and enjoyed it, so I thought I’d share.

Gingerbread Houses

I was on vacation today so I was able to volunteer in Anja’s 4th grade class as they made their Gingerbread Houses. It was a relative easy volunteer spot, and so very  interesting to see how creative the kids can actually be. I also find it facinating to see how different these children can be, Anja has some characters in her class. I took some photos.

Anytime I got anywhere close to Anja I could tell she was starting to feel a little uncomfortable, I don’t think I was embarrassing her just yet, that time will come, but she certainly was not about to pose for me like she did in 2011 when we did the same, see that photo also below!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chaney Award and Publication in a Nature Journal

This blog is mostly about the kids and our lives revolving around them. On occasion I do need to brag a little about our other jobs, what we do to get paid.

Lynne recently won a very prestigious award at Purdue, The Chaney Faculty Scholar Award. This is a big deal and I need to say this since Lynne never would. There was a write-up on this at Purdue yesterday, which can be viewed here. It really is quite incredible that in the same year she managed to win the best publication of the entire year in both of the two major pharmaceutical science journals with completely different work. She is amazing and we are very proud of her.

Since we are at it, I also need to let you know that yesterday I too accomplished something I never thought I would. I was the lead author on a publication in a Nature journal. Over two years, I was part of an incredible team that assembled a manuscript on our groundbreaking group at Lilly. The publication, appeared online yesterday in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery entitled: A Decade of Innovation in PharmaceuticalR&D: The Chorus Model.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Kid Photographers

The girls and Connor are now really starting to like taking photos with the variety of point and shoot cameras that we have bought them over the years. Some of them are quite good, lots and lots are very blurry, but I don’t mind dealing with it.

Anja has recently expressed interest in shooting with a bigger camera, so I set her up with an old digital SLR with a 50mm fixed lens. I started to explain the concept of using her legs and body to frame a picture before I was met with some serious eye rolling. It’s quite interesting to see what they capture, most pictures of themselves, the dog and their toys. All the photos below are from one of the children.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Purdue Gingerbread House

Why had a long lazy Saturday lunch-afternoon today; a little year-end tradition, we visited the Christmas tree and Purdue Gingerbread house, had lunch out followed by coffees, tea and cakes at a campus café and rounded it all off with a short trip to our local library. Very relaxing!!

(p.s. I just did a quick google search on “Purdue Gingerbread House” and several of the top image hits were my pictures from previous years bringing the kids, see them here, here, here, here and here).