Well, October is over and still no baby. Wendy's
Grandpa Steele pointed out there hasn't been a November birthday in
the family for several generations. Looks like Isaac is going to be
the first after all.
This year all of the Jewish holidays fell in
October. The weather was so warm, though, it felt like they were
early! Wendy got busy decorating the house, including making a
wall-hanging. Craig sang in the choir for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom
Kippur. He had his first big solo debut for Kol Nidre (the service
that starts Yom Kippur). Wendy enjoyed her fast-free year and
resolved to be pregnant or nursing every fall for the next 10 years.
Hmm...Another advantage to the pregnancy was that we were able to
con our friends into helping us put up our sukkah. For details and
photos, click here. Not only was sukkah raising easier,
but we had a great time! We also had our friends over for a pot-luck
shabbat in the sukkah at the end of the festival. We may need to
either get a bigger sukkah or fewer friends for next year! Wendy was
bound and determined to make the baby come early. She danced in the
synagogue on Simchat Torah, then concluded the holiday season by
taking the sukkah down entirely on her own. It remains a mystery how
she got the 10 foot long wooden beams that were seven feet in the
air down by herself. Craig came home to find a pile of sukkah parts
in the front yard. The baby didn't come, but she was too sore to
move for the next three days.
Craig spent the month getting ready for the
annual American Institute of Chemical Engineers conference, where he
successfully presented on October 31. He even got offered a job as a
geothermal researcher at US Filter in Wisconsin. Hmm... He also
busied himself getting all of the requisite material together to
apply for a faculty position at Henry Ford Community College. Wendy
and his advisor are pushing hard to get Craig out of here and into a
real job by next fall.
Wendy spent the month "taking it easy" and
wrapping up loose ends at work. By her definition, taking it easy
meant: cooking all the food for Isaac's bris, baking a four-month
supply of bread, cooking 3 gallons of chilli and 3 gallons of pea
soup, taking a machine quilting class, finishing Isaac's quilt,
starting and finishing a quilted wall hanging to count the days
between Pesach and Shavuot (stay tuned for photos)--she had to use
her new free motion quilting skills after all, taking a knitting
class, knitting a 4' by 6' baby afghan, celebrating the holidays,
cleaning the house top-to-bottom (including the basement), and
cleaning the cars top-to-bottom. At work Wendy got her manuscript
back from the reviewers and resubmitted it with revisions. Her
advisor called her on Halloween to tell her it had been accepted for
publication in Biomaterials (impact factor 3.667 the editor informed
Wendy's parents also visited us for a weekend in
early October. They took Wendy shopping for Isaac's bris outfit.
Since it cost $30, you'll probably get to see a lot of pictures of
him in it!
Liz Rodriguiz, the assistant for Wendy's advisor
(before he moved to Harvard), made a quilt for us. It is absolutely
gorgeous! It is way too pretty to use for the baby (i.e. get spit-up
covered), so Wendy has claimed it for herself. She can use it to
keep warm while nursing this winter. With the price of baby diapers,
we'll have to set the thermostat to 62. All of you who visited our
uninsulated, 14' ceilinged apartment in Cincinnati during the winter
months should recall what 62 feels like!
quilt and our pet dragon Lamont. Craig bought Wendy Lamont one day
when he had been mean (being stingy about the $80 price tag for her
leg wax--clearly Lamont predates our graduate student days--Wendy
now makes do with a $5 do it yourself waxing kit) and made her cry.
He was named half after Lamont the Lonely Monster (one of Wendy's
favorite books as a girl) and half after Lamont the very gay waiter
at Carroll's on Main in Cincinnati (one of our favorite
Next time you hear from us, we will be