On this dreary Fresno Monday, I thought I would share some news, and let you know another post will be coming later in the week. This update will be Good News/Bad News/Good news:
Item #1 (Good news) – I was re-verified for Comic-Con as a professional. Pretty excited about it, and I was pretty nervous because some folks have not received verification as a professional lately. But got the news last week I am good for another three years.
Item #2 (Bad news) – I am not going to be able to attend San Diego Comic-Con this year. The reason I won’t be in attendance is item #3:
Item #3 (Good news) – We are pregnant with child #4!!! As I announced to my facebookian friends “iDaddy 4 G/B??? expected arrival May 2013”
The announcement of being pregnant is a happy day. A little story though you might appreciate as fellow res lifers. When Kari and I first found out we were pregnant, we thought the due date was going to be in June. In the res life world, this is almost PERFECT timing. We close our halls on May 17th. This gave us a two week cushion to have the baby and have it NOT conflict with the job. So we went into our first appointment today and get our first look at the baby. We were both expecting to see a little raison on the ultra sound. But here it was – a head, little arms moving around. Um. This baby is MUCH further along than we had thought. I will spare you the details. So when the doctor announced “You are ACTUALLY 10 weeks and 4 days pregnant, with a due date of May 16th,” my wife smiled big. If you’ve never been pregnant, telling my wife she was almost 11 weeks pregnant when she thought she was 7-8 weeks was like telling her she just won the lottery. Of course, for me, the date of May 16th was one day before we close the halls on May 17th. As dates for having a baby goes, not good. The impact on my colleagues went from 1-2 on a scale of 10 (when we were expecting in June) to now 10 out of 10. I work with good people – but I am going to owe them a LOT if this baby arrives on time.
So anyway – we are thrilled. People are asking me if I want a boy. You see, I have three girls already. My response (which is totally res lifey): I would LOVE some diversity in my family. I’d like the “Fantastic 4” to have a male member to them, although I just want the “Fantastic 4” to happen. A healthy baby is penultimate in terms of preference. It’s too bad the Fantastic 4 movies weren’t all that great. So yes, I WOULD like us to have a boy…but will be thrilled even IF it is a girl. Although I may have to change my name to Tevye Miller. (Google “Fiddler on the Roof” if you don’t get that reference).
Later this week, I will post my thoughts on recruitment – many of you are beginning the process. I’ll share my personal philosophy on recruitment, what I look for, and what I shy away from. We all have them – what are those things we see in a candidate that we KNOW will make them a good staff member?