Catch Up: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving this year was just us at home.

I made roll dough the day before so it just needed to be shaped and let rise.

Heather helped me make pumpkin, chocolate-chip cookies:

Then we went outside so she could ride her bike for a bit:

And then it was dinner time.  Turkey, rolls, green-bean casserole, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, and pies (of course).

Catch Up: Halloween

Heather loves The Magic School Bus and had been asking to be Ms. Frizzle for Halloween for months.  Luckily Grandma was willing to take a crack at making her a costume.  And it came out amazing!  Thanks, Mom!

Heather wanted to look like Ms. Frizzle in her favorite episode, the haunted house episode about sound.  Here is the source material:

And here's the result:

Corinne got to make her Halloween-costume debut in the blanket costume Jess made when Heather was smaller.  I like this pictures because Corinne is so excited she's vibrating (since she's blurry, but Heather's not).

Heather was a little hesitant about it at first, but she loved it.  And her new "Liz" is one of her core-group stuffed animals now.  Liz is always next to her in bed and is always taken out to the family room every morning.

The above pictures were taken a couple of days before Halloween.  Here's a day-of picture.  Heather's face paint was from the Halloween party they had at school.

I got my ghosties up again and bought some batteries to light them up properly with LEDs.  Still needs some work, but they're getting better:

This was Corinne's first experience trick-or-treating.  She caught on pretty quickly.  As soon as a door would open she would try to climb inside and reach for any candy she could see.  We did 5 or 6 houses with her and then dropped her off back at home while Heather and I did some more.

We got most of the street trick-or-treated before it started sprinkling.  This caused most people to head inside, even though it stopped before we made it back home.  But we were a bit soggy and Heather was worn out so we called it a night.

Catch Up: Heather's 5th Birthday

This was Heather's first year celebrating a birthday around a school schedule.  So when I got home from work we opened presents.

(We finally got around to using the cookie cutters to make Christmas sugar cookies.)

The USB microscope camera is a hit.  Fabrics are pretty interesting to look at.  I found some kind of animal bone in the parking lot at work that we still need to look at which should be interesting.

I put together another treasure hunt this year (Heather was very vocal about hoping there would be one).  It wasn't up to the same level of quality as last year's, however, due to the lack of time between returning from our trip and her Birthday.  I'll have to try to make up for it next year.

The treasure hunt led her to the garage where she found a shiny blue bike!  (After months of lamenting that she didn't have a pedal bike.  And she's outgrown her balance bike.)

We did presents first so she would have some time to ride her new bike before it got dark (and apparently this is the only picture we have of her on the bike that day....).

Having been gone for a month she was quite out of practice balancing.  We still need to find some time to get outside so she can practice, but it's actually been cold (by Livermore standards, highs in the 50s) and/or raining quite a bit lately.

After riding around for a bit, we went to dinner and then came home for cake.

Line in the Sand

In February 2016 Donald Trump emphatically told the world, "I'd bring back waterboarding and I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding."

I've previously stated how unacceptable the use of torture is by our country.

So here's my line in the sand:

I am a software developer supporting the mission of counter-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.  I am a member of the Intelligence Community.  If Trump reinstates the use of torture by American personnel I will resign from my job in the Intelligence Community in protest.

If we come to such a point, I may keep working at the Lab, but I will not work on intelligence projects and have my efforts in any way used in support of such despicable behavior.

Waterboarding is torture.  Anything "a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding" is torture.  I will not spend my time and energy on projects that imply that such treatment of prisoners is acceptable.

We should be better than that.

I am better than that.

What do you stand for?  What is your line in the sand?