The up and downs of inauguration week

The week started with MLK day which we actually had off from school.  I had to take care of my son, who of course had the day off.  I received a call from my wife telling me that Soleil my youngest daughter was sick and needed to be picked up.  I can’t tell you how many times so far we have had to make arrangements for alternate care for our daughter.  It almost does not make daycare worth it.  They cannot give any medicine to the children and at the onset of any fever they call to have her picked up.  I picked her up and took her home and gave her some ibuprofen and 15 minutes later she was fine.  Day care is also germ farm and it is amazing she is not sick more often.

That night I attended the ACF President’s dinner and Chef Dale and I received an award for “Outstanding Contribution to Culinary Excellence”.  I was completely surprised.  I got home late and was awoken in the night by my other daughter.  The following day (inauguration day) I knew would be a long one as I had volunteered to do a cooking demo at the Anschutz Medical Center in Aurora (this is a follow up to the TV news spot referred to a few weeks back).  The demo went beautifully and I had even prepared enough food to provide a sample of the dish to all women that attended the workshop of cardio vascular disease prevention.  I packed up all my stuff and Morgan, one of my current students who was nice enough to help me out, watched over the equipment while I went to pick up my car.  We packed the car and I took off.

When I got home I immediately noticed that my backpack was missing.  I thought that I must have left it in the lecture room and tried to contact Kate the marketing person to see if she could send someone to insure it was safe.

The following day I desperately tried to locate the backpack.  Morgan and I retraced my footsteps and came to the conclusion that I must have left it on the bench outside next to the equipment cart.  This decreased my chance of recovery considerably.  I was at the mercy of whoever found it.  There was contact information in the backpack and an honest person would have returned it.

Lost are my camera which is responsible for all the great pictures on this blog, my chef knives, jacket and a bunch of other personal stuff.  All material stuff but devastating nonetheless.  So if you notice that the quality of my pictures has decreased you know why.  I will have to revert to using my old camera which has about a fourth the amount of megapixels as my Canon.

A set back but not an end to blogging

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