Gwen is very good at:
- babbling to herself
- saying ‘words’ (we can’t understand them) and pointing to the cat, a ball, and Daddy
- excited bouncing
- stuffing as many peas into her mouth as it will hold
- asking for some of our food when we eat together
- refusing to drink her morning cup of milk
- having only one long sleep every day, right after lunch
- picking things out of my purse and handing them to me
- tidying up her toys when we sing “tidy up time”
- running around the house at full speed
- sleeping on her stomach with her rear in the air
- pointing excitedly at the buggy and insisting we go for a ride
I haven’t talked here about my new toy: an HTC Magic smartphone which runs the Google Android operating system (version 1.6 for now). I’ve had it for almost two months and I love what it can do. For me, it’s better than an iPhone, and it was so much cheaper to boot!
I have one nagging problem: I want to be able to track my data usage at an application level. There are many apps which will track usage by day, and I can get a good picture of how much data I am using, but not why I’m using it. Surely this isn’t a new need. Can someone please point me towards an app that’ll do this? If there’s an app for this, it’s not easily found in the Android Market or on the web using numerous granular Google searches.
Okay, let’s face it. I have no time to blog about anything anymore, Gwen or not. I am abandoning the monthly updates and I may opt for a Gwen progress update every quarter (starting at 15 months, 1 1/4 years). If you want more frequent Gwen news, consider reading my Google Buzz updates or having a look at my Flickr photos (also visible from the previous Buzz link). They update very regularly. I use Twitter for chatting with friends, but not for Gwen updates.
Expect some posts RSN about life. They may be short.
I haven’t written Gwen’s update for her monumental 12-month birthday. Her 13-month birthday is in a week! I know some of you (all of you? this is a limited readership!) have been waiting patiently and trying not to bug me about it. Thanks.
I am frequently asked how my work is going. You may recall that I am no longer working in biochemistry; instead I am in a sensory science group, which means that we do smell and taste testing for food products, and a bit of consumer research. I am involved in the administration of a large study which runs every day for a month at a time. It’s great work, and I’m only surviving because the project has been underway for more than a year and is exceedingly well organized. My workmates are an excellent bunch.
I’ve been back at work on a semi-regular basis since October, but now I am back to “normal” 8am-5pm workdays. My days are busy and I’m enjoying the job. Gwen loves daycare, so much so that she doesn’t really notice when we leave in the mornings despite our attempts to wave goodbye.
I am handling the full-time switch easily, of course, but during our holiday break I did notice that I didn’t seem to have much free time during the work week. This was magnified by the colossal production that is the Gwen birthday-christmas season, something I hadn’t thought about in great detail. I’d better get my head around it earlier this year because it will be a constant presence for the rest of my life! Celebrating Gwen’s birthday immediately before Christmas does keep our family on its toes.
More to follow soon, with pictures, but if you’re curious you can always check out my Flickr photostream.