Monday, July 15, 2013

What's Up Buttercup?



I'm going to try to be very careful about crediting this article so... it was published online by CNN on June 27th, 2013 and was originally reported in Time Magazine by Doug Aamoth.

Having said that, isn't Buttercup adorable?  And here he is getting a new foot that was made using 3D printing!

A model of the left foot of Minnie, Buttercup's sister, was used to create a synthetic foot for him.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/27/tech/innovation/buttercup-duck-3d-foot/index.html

We have a familial interest in 3D printing with Drew working for Fathom, a 3D printing company located here in the Bay Area.  There are so many innovations going on in this industry!  He just sent me two more articles that I have yet to read but I'll probably post more later on.  I just thought this one was fun to read about.

"What's Up Butercup...Wooo ooo ooo oooo..."  OK, I'm dating myself with that song.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Sibs In San Francisco

Well, this is not the best photo of everyone but the best part about it is that they are all together!

Now that Lauren is working in the City, it's relatively easy for the kids to get together.  Kevin and Lauren are working and living up there and Drew and Giovanna are not that far away so a Friday night on the town is not hard to pull off.

Speaking of Lauren working, I have to say - it is pretty tough for now.  Her commute is a little bit crazy. Getting up at 4:30-5 a.m. is hard but she's doing it (and hits the sack at 8:30 every night).  She started out taking the train but that takes soooo long and is pretty expensive too.  The train takes about 50 minutes which isn't bad but then she has a 20 minute walk from there to the office.  But if she drives, it might only take 45 minutes in the morning and maybe a bit longer coming home so she has opted for the drive and listens to music and podcasts and, yes, she is one of those women putting makeup on at red lights or in the back-up before the Bay Bridge.  It was further complicated last week by the BART strike because all the train commuters were back in their cars, trying to get across the bridge. Hopefully, for her sake, she'll be moving into the city in a few months.  But the job is challenging and she is working with some great young people at a well funded tech start up.  Last night the whole company went over to a Giants game, with the Stadium not being very far from the office.  They combined forces with Box (another cloud computing company of 20-somethings) in  a suite - so that was pretty "sweet". (Sorry - I couldn't resist.)
So...all things considered...  Well, I'm just so glad they can
all get together.
 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Happy 4th!

I'm finding that one of the best things about having kids is getting together with them when they're all grown up.  I guess I never thought about that when they were little so it comes as something of a surprise to me now!   When they're little, I guess you never think about them being grown-ups! The "kids" all joined us at the lake for a few days over the 4th and Dave and I really, I mean really, enjoyed ourselves.  Lots of swimming, boating, skiing, paddle boarding, eating and conversation.  A few favorite beers, some nice wine, late dinners on the deck.  Lauren with us!  It was so much fun for the old folks.  And I think the young ones enjoyed it as well.

The lovie-dovies enjoying the weekend.  We did have to talk them into doing this, though.

Captain Giovanna even docked the boat!  Dave has been tutoring me in boat-parking for years and I haven't caught on.  

Eating again...

Drew... Our very reliable, no-burn BBQ chef. Yum!

Actually, Lauren was with us but all the pics I took of her were on her own, new camera and goodness knows when I'll get them online to post them.  She is now a working girl with NO time to spare.
But... I do have some pics of her on our vacation that I'll post later.

Anyway, this was our 4th of July.  It is such a wonderful celebration - I can't remember one that wasn't special.