How Quickly They Grow Up

If not for the fact that I put almost everything into my calendar, I’d forget even the simplest of things. Like eating, wearing pants, and breathing. Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch – I wouldn’t forget to wear pants, I’d just opt not to. Regardless, I’m betting that if breathing weren’t an autonomic response,…

A Cruel Master

Today was a lot of fun – day 1 of a 3 day long training session with the Public Health Agency of Canada. Much of the morning was spent talking about data exploration – that is, getting to know the data before you actually begin any sort of analyses – and data visualization (which is…

Three Day Nerdfest

Three more days. I just need to survive three more days. And then it’s off to Calgary for adventuring and shenaniganning with Rick. Have I mentioned that I’m stoked? Anyway, the next three days are going to be extremely busy but also a lot of fun. I’m heading to the Public Health Agency of Canada…

The Countdown Is On

One more week until mini-vacation number 1 for 2012. I. Am. Stoked. Also, I. Can’t. Wait. While I know that vacation is only a week away, the next 6 days are going to be intense. But all in a very good way, of course. Tomorrow is pretty much the same-old, same old. Marking assignments, writing…

No Friend To Suck-Baggery

What a difference a day makes. Yesterday I was a giant bag of smashed hammers. Today, not so much. Let me be clear – it’s not that today I was a huge ball of energy, but in comparison to yesterday I was a freaking supernova. My day started at 5am because that’s when all the…

Inversion Excursion

Holy crapshite – how is Sunday almost over? My goal today was to check off a bunch of things on my to do list, but sadly I don’t think I’ve completed nearly as much as I would have liked to. Ultimately I wanted to start Monday with fewer things on my list so that the…

Bite My Ass Flesh-Eating Disease (But Not Really)

May 1 marked a pretty amazing day for my family.  It was just over a year ago – May 1, 2010 to be precise – that my niece Haley, after coming down with the chicken pox, developed a case of necrotizing fasciitis1.  For those unfamiliar with this illness, it is more commonly referred to as the…

Trust Me, I’m A Doctor

So today I celebrate the 1st Ph.D.-versary of my dissertation.  That’s right folks, today marks the day when I brought my Ph.D. home from the university, after a very lengthy gestation period.  I can’t believe my little Ph.D. is officially 1-year-old.  For those of you that might not be aware or perhaps have forgotten, my…

A Wintry Junk Punch Triggers A List

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I spent Tuesday and Wednesday in Ottawa for a presentation with several Public Health Agency of Canada big-Whigs.  And as I mentioned, the presentation was a grand success1. On our flight back to the Toronto area, Victoria and I were shocked by the sudden return of winter.  Ottawa, while…