Summer in the City

The playground near our apartment has sprinklers. Rule is they are turned on between Memorial Day and Labor Day on days where the temperature hits 80 degrees or more.

Maddie loves the sprinklers. Last year she still wasn’t walking but she still loved to sit in the spray, fill up her bucket and splash.

This summer she’s up and around and she loves it even more.  She fills her bucket, splashes it around and especially loves to watch other kids running around.

Here’s a picture from today’s outing:

Notes from a business trip

I just got back from a 4-day business trip to Denver, Colorado.  My company has a large office there and I got to spend a lot of time with colleagues who I work closely with even though I rarely see them. It was good to see them and we had a lot of fun in addition to all the work we did.

But.

It’s hard leaving the babies. Hearing Maddie’s little voice say “I’m a little sad.” on the phone was heart breaking.

There are also the logistical challenges of traveling while still nursing.  It actually worked out better than I thought it might. I pumped throughout and Fedexed the milk back to New York. (I got these Rubbermaid cooler packs.)  I was a little worried it wouldn’t make it in on piece, but it was fine. Breast milk is nearly indestructible. And yes, by the way, it’s perfectly legal to ship breast milk.  I checked.

Of course the modern mommy has her ways of keeping in touch with the goings-on back home.

First, the aforementioned phone calls which are really quite a riot.  During one such call Maddie said “I don’t have any meetings today. I might have a phone call.” Hilarious.

Second, the nanny sent along pictures from the park. See below, noting that the picture quality isn’t terrific, but you get the idea.

A Clarifying Reminder About Dealing with Media

So let’s be clear: it’s really impossible to know what General McChrystal was thinking.  It’s hard to imagine that anyone with the discipline required to become a general could be sloppy enough to talk so openly to a reporter.  My immediate thought is that he wanted to get fired. Though surely there are easier ways to do that.

In any event, it does present a great opportunity to discuss a few media basics.  Here are what I think are the three key takeaways:

1. Reporters are not your friends. Even if the reporter is actually your friend, he or she is not your friend. Don’t say anything you wouldn’t want to see splashed across the front page of the newspaper. Or, as it were, in the pages of Rolling Stone.

2. Nothing is off the record. Again, even if you say “off the record” it’s probably not really off the record (and, it appears, McChrystal didn’t try to put that restriction on in this case). Again, don’t say anything you don’t want to see printed.

3. Don’t let the usual content of the publication persuade you to let down your guard. The Times piece speculates that Rolling Stone got the juicy quotes because of their reputation for only covering music and pop culture. Again, I doubt McChrystal is that naive, but it’s a good lesson nevertheless. Don’t assume any publication is going to do a puff piece.