Archive for September, 2007

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Pieter gets another publication

Pieter has released some data from studies he has done at CU, that yes are about frog defomities.While this is not the first time Pieter has been featured in the media (see articles here, here, and here) this newest one features him in two new roles: Assistant Professor at CU Boulder, and action hero. Ok well maybe action hero is a stretch, but this article does feature an excellent photograph of Pieter maning the con on his research vessel (it appears to be unnamed, but I’m sure he’s thinking of a name for it). He reports that his tan lines were a little pronounced, but hey, you don’t see the rest of us getting any good pictures on feature stories either, so I still think he’s the stuff. Congrats Pieter!
Deformed frog Pieter on the boat
To read more about Pieter’s professional work, please visit his website

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Daddy, it hurts when I pee!

A quick weekend trip to Claremont was supposed to be filled with good times with the family, plenty of grandparent love and affection, and a small birthday celebration for Cami’s Auntie Sarah. Instead it turned into a heart-wrenching couple of days watching Matty frantically run around trying to avoid peeing at any cost. Thursday night after driving down with Cami he began complaining of pain, so a trip to Kaiser occupied much of the day Friday. Even with a healthy dose of medication, the fear and pain were too great, so the poor little guy demonstrated his tremendous control over his bladder. We knew it was bad when he wouldn’t eat his favorite foods or wanted to lay down, since he never ever refuses good food or wants to take a nap voluntarily!

However, after due injections on Saturday, he started bouncing back and so our drive home Sunday night was quite nice. We took 101 and were treated to tremendous ocean vistas and a sunset just in Santa Margarita that reminds you just how great life really is. We arrived tired, but happy. Pictures are posted on our photo gallery.
Driving down 101

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Columbus Weekend Reunion

For pictures of our trip, please visit our photo gallery

Ohio State’s Social Psychology Ph.D. Program had its 100th anniversary celebration over the weekend and Cami, Mattheus and Menko all had the opportunity to visit. Flying in late Thursday night, Matty and Menko went to the Columbus Zoo with Sean and his daughter Maeli for most of the day on Friday while Cami attended celebrations at OSU. Among the most popular stops of the day were the petting zoo, Fluffy, the world’s longest snake (in captivity), and various sharks, manatees and the occasional bear. Did I mention the penguins? We were lucky enough to arrive at their late afternoon snack time, so we had a nice lesson on the different species and their dietary preferences. Sean and Menko had a chance to catch up and marvel at how quickly the other’s child has grown up in the time since we moved from Columbus.

After that, Matty finally crashed out and took a long-deserved nap, and we headed over to Dave’s house for guy’s night and some time with his furry friend Zoe, who took quite a liking to Mattheus. Dave was looking fit and trim and even persuaded me to drink his new light beer, which in all fairness was quite enjoyable after a long day at the zoo.The night had all the essentials of any guy’s night at the pad: beer, dog fur, beer, pizza, dog slobber, child slobber, some excellent TV (something about a big red dog) and of course gambling. Well, the gambling was over at Kris and Andrea’s house, but we did pay them a visit just in time to catch the poker action going down. The whole crew from Dave’s neighborhood was there and Matty partied up until about midnight when we finally retired back to Dave’s. Continue Reading »