Wow – it’s been over a year since my last post – crazy. So here is the year in review – most recent items are towards the top.

September 2008
Aaron is doing very well – when we moved to Ohio last summer he spoke 2 words and was just beginning to toddle around. Now he has a great amount to say and loves running around.
Abigail is already “army crawling” and will probably be taking off before we know it.
Josh has started a new job working for a group of newspapers in Kent, OH.

August 2008
I started running again and I owe Hal Higdon
another THANK YOU! for getting me back in shape in just 5 weeks. I ran a 10k this week thanks to him and the Nike+ which makes it easy for me to track my progress and get some encouragement from friends online.

July 6, 2008
My sister got married to a wonderful man – happy day!

April 2008
Midwest Research, LLC – officially incorporated and Josh and I celebrated 5 years of marriage!

January 28, 2008
Abigail Irene joined our family and what a joy she has been!

January 2008
I was elected to the Usability Professionals’ Association Board of Directors and I am now the Director of Global Outreach.

August 2007
Josh broke his shoulder which began many months of pain and doctor’s visits. Luckily he is mostly recovered now.
I attended my first Roller Derby!
I began consulting through Midwest Research – my first work coming from K12, Inc. who I left when we moved to Ohio.

So now that I’m a mother, having survived 40+ weeks of pregnancy and 3 weeks of breastfeeding I feel that I can ask

Pregnancy is bad enough: for 9 months you body is contorted into a larger and more uncomfortable state; your emotions go haywire; and your “diet” becomes unrecognizable due to various dislikes and cravings and an insatiable appetite.

But then, there’s this thing called breastfeeding. I know there are plenty of women who find this perfectly natural and enjoyable. While I can’t say that I’m having nearly as rough a time as other’s I know, I have a child who seems to hate my breasts.

I want and NEED him to take milk – but I don’t want to force the little guy. The only time he cries is feeding time and then I have to ask: how can someone so cute and small be such a big terror in my life?

I have to say a less educated, more sleep deprived, and less guilt-ridden version of me probably would have shaken this baby like a British Nanny [Stewie Griffin of The Family Guy] long ago.

So, back to my initial question – considering my child is adorable (IMHO) and sweet 85% of the time, how did all of the ugly, colicky, babies survive and become adults? Are we really that tough of a species? It’s so hard to imagine how we ever decided it was worth all of the pain.

But then I pick him up again and he’s so sweet and nice to hold – what was I saying?

May 2005 be one of great joy and peace for all. To kick it off right I’d like to introduce you to two organizations that I support and I hope you will find both interesting and worthy of your support.

Rabbis for Human Rights – RHR North America and

RHR/NA is a rabbinic organization dedicated to education, advocacy, prayer and action in support of human rights. Its initial focus is on supporting the work of RHR/Israel.
RHR/Israel is the rabbinic voice of conscience in Israel, giving voice to the Jewish tradition of human rights. RHR/Israel promotes justice and freedom, while campaigning against discrimination and inhumane conduct.

The Friends of Robert Frost
This is a much more lighthearted non-profit organization created to honor America’s favorite poet. They educate about Frost’s life and art and the historic preservation of the Stone House in Shaftsbury, Vermont. I hope to visit the house this year.

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