Yesterday was the first day of spring, and the winter weather that didn't show up until March continued. Snow is expected for most of the week, though the temperatures are predicted to be just above freezing during the day, and just below at night. I got my advertising e-mail from Dakin Farms
that the first maple syrup of the season is already available. I haven't checked with the locals, but I gotta believe the sugaring season hasn't really begun yet. I haven't seen any buckets hanging from tree trunks.
I don't have an explanation for the lack of blogging lately. I guess I just haven't been inspired.
Ethan continues to grow, and we have begun the process of having him sleep in his own bed rather than with us. It was rough going at first. Karen consulted a number of books on how to make this transition, though very little of it seemed to be working. However, things have gone much smoother since she effectively tossed the books and worked on instinct.
I have my last class of Level Two training in Shambhala tonight. While the training itself has been illuminating, I think I've gotten more out of the community of both established members and fellow aspiring warriors. It is a very supportive group, but also just plain interesting.
In addition to all that, I've been trying to teach myself statistics and probability. Somehow I was able to get a B.S. in electrical engineering, and an M.S. in computer science, without ever taking a stats class. A couple of months ago I started reading a textbook on pattern recognition, which started explaining Bayesian techniques, and I was lost almost immediately. So, I thought getting some stats under my education belt would help. I started with a Teaching Company course
, and am now reading a few textbooks on the subject, including one from the "Demystified" series which is quite good. I guess the most surprising thing about the whole effort is how much I've enjoyed the courses, books, and the entire subject. I'm even beginning to get use of some of those weird buttons on my graphing calculator.
Perhaps the biggest impediment has been the increased muscle pains, coupled with higher than usual headache pain. But, a new drug used to treat people with memory problems has been shown to help people reduce their headaches, so I'm about to try that. And who knows? Maybe it will help me remember things more.
And who knows? Maybe it will help me remember things more.