I tend not to write much about what’s going on in my personal life, but there’s a lot going on, some of which is impacting my online life, and all of which is ultimately good. This past week, I realized that a lot of people in my life have no way of knowing what’s going on in certain corners of my life, so I thought I’d post a quick update here.
The biggest piece of good news is that Rachel and I are expecting our first child in early December. Rachel just made the announcement on her blog today, and she explains that it hasn’t been the easiest path towards parenthood. She had a miscarriage earlier this year, and so we approached this second pregnancy with a great deal of caution. But she’s doing great, and we’re both trying to restructure our schedules, our lives, our house to prepare for the changes. And, needless to say, we’re both excited, no matter what Daniel Gilbert may warn us.
In the meantime, we’re both on something of a travel binge – she’s in Ohio at the moment, at a retreat that’s part of her rabbinic studies. I’ve been on the road more or less every week since mid-May, and I head to Ghana and Nigeria this coming week. (No, I’m not travelling with Obama, but am hoping to buy him a beer and a plate of red-red in Accra.)
Things slow down dramatically for me in August – I’m having eye surgery, and will be mostly offline for at least six weeks. This is the same surgery I had last April on my right eye. That surgery – 23-gauge pars-plana vitrectomy, basically a high-tech surgery on the surface of the retina – was a huge success, and I got a major improvement in my eyesight, which had been worsening pretty dramatically. We’d hoped to put off surgery on the left eye for a couple of years, but I’ve had a couple of incidents of retinal bleeding this year which have forced me to take time off. (Unfortunately, I’m having one of those episodes of bleeding right now, so I may end up taking a week or two offline starting this week…) Rather than risk losing another month to eye problems (as I did for much of March and April), I’ll have the surgery, which takes anywhere from 4-8 weeks of recovery. I’m giving one talk, at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, during that time, but otherwise hope to be offline, focused on tasks like painting the nursery.
I have high hopes that these changes are going to lead me to a lifestyle where I’m spending a lot more time at home and less on the road. I hope that means less conference blogging – much as I love it – and more of my own writing. And while I promise to resist the temptation to let an academic blog fill up with baby photos, evidence from friends suggests that this this can be pretty hard to avoid.
Okay, we now return to our regularly scheduled geekery. Thanks for listening.