The rain we have been deluged with for the past few days has subsided and the local rivers are all swollen. This is a view of the Sudbury River from the South Bridge Boat House. Note the height of the water on the bridge in the back ground. Normally there is about 6 foot of clearance under the three arches that are barely visible.
Jeanine is at a workshop this weekend and I have had the kids all to myself. Maya started the day with a dance lesson and finished with a birthday slumber party. In the middle she had a soccer game in which she played goalie for a bit. Her team was down 3-0 and came back to win in the final seconds by a score of 5-4.
Despite his initial reservations about being placed in this rehabilitation center with what he describes as a bunch of old people, three discoveries have changed his outlook. First he discovered the library which he will no doubt investigate from top to bottom. Second he was recognized by a VERY attractive speech therapist who attends my parent’s church in Schenectady and offered to work with him on his weak voice. Finally, he prefers the marginally nutritious but tasty food (sloppy Joe’s for dinner last night) to the healthy fare my mother prepares for him. I have little doubt I will find him teaching dance lessons to the residents and staff when I return for my next visit.
My father has been moved from the hospital to a rehabilitation center in Amsterdam, NY where he is working to regain his strength. I made the 7 hour round trip to pickup my mother and visit with him today. He appears to be recovering although he is still very weak. He is lucid and seeking to make the most of every conversation and we enjoyed both lunch and dinner together. He completed three hours of physical therapy and slept for several hours. I used the down time to work from a make shift office I set up in the lobby of the facility. Mark flew in from Minnesota last week, Alissa and John spent time with him over the weekend, and Mayela is flying in from North Carolina tomorrow so he is getting a lot of support.
Maya and I deconstructed a Roomba today to help me prepare for my new job at iRobot. Doing so has given me great insight into the engineering of the product and I already have a few ideas for improvements that I will pass along to the design team. Maya participated from start to finish and her attention to detail and understanding of the mechanisms was very impressive. Although she is interested in becoming a veterinarian she would also make a fantastic mechanical engineer. Click on the photo for a closer view.
Today was my last day working in my Cambridge office at Sonos. I will finish up my last two weeks working from home before a brief vacation and then on to iRobot. Two images of special significance to me. The first is from the refrigerator in our mini-kitchen. It appeared one day and made me smile every time I saw it. Not quite sure what it means but I liked it. When I arrived at Sonos almost two years ago there was not a single plant on the entire floor. I brought in several for my office and was pleased as I left the building today to see how many plants now grace the officescape.
I swung by the Old North Bridge this morning on the way into the office. This remains one of my favorite post snowfall photography sites. Had I arrived a few hours earlier there would have been a lot more snow still in the trees which would have made for an even better photo. With all that is going on this week, however, I gave myself permission to watch the sunrise from the comfort of my bed.
Kyle prepared a Mickey Mouse pancake for visiting cousin Rachel who returned with us from Schenectady. My sister Alissa and her son John William arrived last night after touring Babson and Bentley. Today they will join Kyle and Jeanine for tours of Boston Univeristy and Northeastern University. My father’s condition has improved although he remains hospitalized.
Today was a big day at work and the reason we had to leave Schenectady last night. I announced to my team and the company that I had accepted a position with iRobot as their Senior Vice President of Product Development and that I would be leaving Sonos. It was not an easy decision because Sonos is such a wonderful company which is doing extremely well in an economic climate where most others are not. The iRobot opportunity, however, represents a tailor fit role and exciting challenge for me. The 20 year old company was founded by MIT grad students and is headquartered in Bedford which will cut my commute time in half. I will transition out of my role at Sonos over the next few weeks and will start my new job mid March.
When we arrived in Schenectady my dad was not looking very well at all. While we were touring schools he went to see his physician who promptly summoned an ambulance and sent him to the hospital. When we arrived he was still in this examination room after almost nine hours as the staff continued to monitor his condition. The entire family visited with him briefly before we had to leave for our return drive to Boston. My brother Mark flew in from Minnesota while sister Mayela coordinated from a distance. The latest reports have my dad showing great improvement and the situation as summed up by my brother – He is not going to croak. For me it was the first time I ever considered that as a possible outcome and we are all very relieved that we will get to enjoy his laughter for a while longer.