Monthly Archives: February 2013

Baby

Two months

She sure is getting bigger. I put the 1-month picture up for comparison.

Baby Video

Chatty Kathy

One more for ya. This time, with video.

Work

Break’s Over

So, after two blissful months of full-time, four-handed parenting, it’s time to head back to work. Kesa begins teaching Pilates again this coming week. Luckily, the studios she teaches at are right in our neighborhood and she’ll just be teaching a few hours each week at first to ease the transition. As for me, I’m starting a new job at the beginning of March. I’ll be ramping up, too, so it won’t be a total shock to the system, and I’ll mostly be working from home (we’ll see how that goes with Talvi in the other room), but as of March 4, I’ll be back at work.

Doing what? I’ll be the new Director of Business Intelligence at Upworthy.

If you’re like most people, you probably have three questions after reading that sentence: What’s Upworthy? What’s Business Intelligence? And how does one “direct” it?

Upworthy is a start-up founded by my friends Eli and Peter on the theory that the if the internet can make dumb cat videos go viral, it should be able to make meaningful content spread the same way. They’re a mission-driven social media company that wants to give you good stuff to watch that won’t leave you feeling icky. Stuff like this powerful video about bullying or the always awesome Senator Elizabeth Warren schooling a bunch of bank regulators or this beautiful love story. You can check out their full mission statement (with Venn diagrams) or these New York Times articles about them

The idea of business intelligence, in short, is to take the information that a business has at its disposal and use it to improve the business’s performance. These days especially, businesses are awash in data, but all that data doesn’t necessarily translate into knowledge. So business intelligence brings a bunch of tried and true methods for transforming both quantitative and qualitative information into knowledge–things like data warehousing, data mining, predictive modeling, controlled experimentation, and data visualization.

As for directing business intelligence, that just means that I’ll spend my time helping Upworthy’s staff organize their data, build systems to draw insight from it, and develop a culture that uses the resulting insights to improve on their performance. I’ll work to optimize what they’re already doing, spot new business opportunities, and support good, evidence-based decision-making. Should be fun!

Baby New Jersey

Jersey!

After dressing Talvi in her Springsteen onesie, we headed to my parents’ house in Highland Park yesterday to show off introduce Talvi to all the family friends.  She was, no surprise, a hit. She was in a great mood and perfectly content to be passed from one cooing friend to another. And it was great for us to be able to chat with everyone, knowing Talvi was well looked after.

Baby

Oops

I just realized it’s been quite some time since we posted pictures of Talvi. We’ve been up to mostly the same–hanging out, entertaining visitors, feeding/changing/rocking Talvi. But here’s a stash of some photos from the last three weeks that show off how giant she’s getting.

Baby Family

But does the girl have a nickname?

Fear not, Huey tribe, Talvi is bearing up well under her genetic responsibility to have a sufficient number of monikers to bewilder all outsiders. Check out the seven week tally below.

Currently, the little one sometimes gets called:

  • Talvikki – the official Finnish diminutive.
  • Talvs – the obvious shortening.
  • Mintz Mouse/Mousey Mintz/Tiny Mouse – mostly by Nena, but Tiny Mouse is gaining traction here.
  • SweetT – from Grandma Tina. For her southern roots.
  • TT – her initials. Also, TT Roadster, homage to Uncle Budge’s longstanding nickname, BBA (Boojus Boojus Audi).

Used frequently, but not really suitable for lifelong use (family, that is NOT a challenge):

  • The Baby  – generic, perhaps, but useful. For example, “Oh, Hubsand, The Baby needs new pants.”
  • Snorthog – a reference to her table manners. We will try to make sure this one dies out before grade school.

At the top of the list, for frequent usage and acceptable longevity:

  • Talvidora – cute, right?
  • Tiny T – we have Miss T (aka Cousin Tegan) to thank for this one. It will be extra funny at family camp when she’s sixteen and 6’1”.
Brooklyn Family Montie

Snow Day!

As you may have heard, it snowed a bit on Friday night. We were spared the brunt of it, but we still got 10 or so inches.

Montie, it turns out, LOVES the snow. It just makes him crazy happy. He bounces around in it, eats it, and wants to wrestle in it. So he and I took a trip to Prospect Park for our morning walk. Later in the afternoon, when the sun had come out, the whole family went back to the park, where we were joined, it seemed, by the entire borough of Brooklyn. Here are some photos.

 

Baby

Like Auntie like Niece

They bear a striking resemblance

Baby DC Travel Weddings

A bunch of firsts

Talvi had a bunch of firsts this weekend. Her first road trip, her first wedding, her first night in a hotel, her first meal in a restaurant, her first visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and, most importantly, her first visit to the ancestral homeland … New Jersey!

We drove down to Fairfax, VA on Friday for Kesa’s friend Michelle’s wedding on Friday night. Talvi insisted that we listen only to Bruce as we cruised down the Jersey Turnpike. (Actually, Talvi was a total dream in the car, sleeping soundly 90% of the trip both ways.)

Talvi got all gussied up in a party dress and had a great time getting cooed over by all the wedding guests. Then she was very cooperative and slept soundly at the hotel in her travel crib. On Saturday morning, we headed into DC and brunched with our friends Ilyse, Nita and Jesse at Old Ebbitt, right next to the White House.

We made a quick stop in front of 1600 Pennsylvania for a picture, before hopping in the car and driving to the nearest Babies R Us to pick up some supplies. (We figured we might as well live it up as suburbanites for the day.) Then, since Talvi slept straight through to Staten Island, we were able to make it all the way back to Brooklyn without stopping.

All in all, a very successful trip. Next time we’ll just have to learn how to do it without bringing enough bags to provision a small army :-)