My family has grown in many ways this year. I am sharing the room with two tortoises, two Terrapins and my second baby.
My father agreed to move back in with us for the winter, and in addition to him, we have two rabbits (Tzup-Tzup and Urechila), Coditza - the dog, and 15 chickens.
|Coditza and the hens|
|Edward + chickens|
Scientifically, the year was awesome! We celebrated LIGO's first detection: first proof that black holes of tens of solar masses exist and that we can see see them through their gravitational wave emission! We can see waves in the fabric of spacetime AND the waves looked exactly as predicted by numerical relativity! Then there was the successful launch of the LISA pathfinder where the data defeated all expectations by about two orders of magnitude.
|some of us this winter|
|our tree: to be replanted soon|
Bending rules in school with Edward and David
|after the first oral exam|
|logs in the forest|
We still have a number of evaluations to go through. Many say I am wrong to push them forward. One common argument is that they are losing their childhood. I do not equate school with being a kid. I equate it with sitting down and doing what you are told for half a day in most parts of the year. If they can learn to bend rules early, perhaps they'll have more courage to try to change the system and shape the world when they are older.
|part of Europe's first underwater museum|
First year unemployed
|Before Romania: dreaming of chickens|
|first day of kindergarten|
|in a castle in Lazarote|
Do I want to be unemployed?
|Carrying a hen around|
|at the beach|
The first snow
|pe malul Timisului|
|in the Alps|
|with grandma in Lanzarote|
|Edward's first chickens|
|Edward - the pirate|
David pointed out the other day that in 4 or 5 years he'll be gone. It might 7 instead of 4, but it will still be soon. Edward was telling me that he won't care what I do when he'll be 20 if I'll live till then. While they are talking of a future they can not yet imagine, I imagine there is some truth in what they say. Ideally, the plan is to make the best of our time together, and be kind to each other as much a possible while getting stuff done.
|Edward w. missiles|
|Military museum: David in a tank|
|Edward, Pufi, Negruzi, Pestriti|
|T-rexes were just like chickens|
In 2016 we published "Made in Fire: You, Me and the Universe" and "A Child's First Book on Gravitational Waves". In 2017, we aim to finish two more books. One is already written and needs to be illustrated, and one still needs to be written.
|between armored vehicles|
|bubble making w. Andy?|
|a bike on tank?|