He had hopes and dreams of doing this earlier, but then his kids got out of school for two weeks and any hope of getting anything done quickly evaporated. Little-known fact: Conrad wrote Heart of Darkness after he spent two weeks with his kids at home during holiday break. Which explains "The Horror! The Horror!"
|(L to R): Alex, Susan, Michael, and Winston, all on their iPads|
Alex and Michael
Alex and Michael are almost 8 and in second grade. As far as sports go, they are too short to play basketball, they're afraid of a 40-mph baseball, and there's no way that Andy and Susan would let them play football. So by elimitation, soccer has become their sport.
|Alex (L) and Michael (R) in their Texans jerseys|
They also enjoy watching shows about blowing things up on Netflix. While it's probably too soon to say they discovered their dream job, it may be that in 20 years they're blowing things up professionally. They also watch a lot of sci-fi and World War II history shows. This leads to interesting debates, such as, "Who would win a fight between Darth Vader and the Battleship Missouri?" No clear winner yet on that question.
In sad news, our loyal Weimaraner Max passed away in February after a brief but courageous fight with cancer. He was a good dog and a valued member of the family. We miss him every day.
Meet the new dog, same as the old dog
During a brief bout of insanity, Andy and Susan decided to get another dog to fill the Max-sized hole in their hearts. They went to the North Texas Weim Rescue and got a 6-year old Weim named Winston, whose owner had to give the dog up when she went bankrupt.
Winston has his own views about how a house should be run and where dogs are in the pecking order. We'll just leave it at that.
|Winston: the new dog|
|Kasper: the senior dog|
Susan continues to work in the office of a local psychiatrist. This means she knows who in town is mentally ill – and that definitely comes in handy. Her new hobby is making jewelry, which she sells at craft shows. Andy visited one show and was amazed at how thin he was compared to everyone else there. She also spends a lot of time driving the kids around and doing things like being an assistant den mother of the Cub Scout pack. All in all, she is busy.
Andy continues to work on and teach climate change. His research focuses on the effect of clouds on the climate and he is also working to better understand how stratospheric water vapor is regulated. He'd like to be able to just teach and do research, but this being climate change, that's not going to happen. During the year, he had a FOIA request for his email (note to reader: be careful what you email him). This in turn led him to be interviewed for an episode of Frontline entitled Climate of Doubt (watch the video here; read an extended interview with Andy here). It's quite a good show.
|Andy being interviewed by PBS film crew|
Have a great 2013!
Here's hoping you and your family have a great 2013 and beyond!
Andy, Susan, Michael, Alex
(and Kasper and Winston)