We wish you the merriest!

Merry day-after-Christmas from the Bakers! It's been a great holiday, filled with friends, family and a great gift or two (like a new iPad Air and tickets to the SU/Duke basketball game in February!).

I am especially thankful to have family around this year. It might have been a different scenario, where Cam was coming home from Maryland to spend a few precious days, and I continue to be happy and relieved that he is back in Rochester.  We are still waiting for the UR job to be wrapped up, and the position was supposed to be posted before the end of last week, but...bureaucracy.

Annalisse finished a very stressful term at SU. Her grades were disappointing to her (she ended with a 2.8 for the term and a 3.2 overall), with a C and a C+ in key courses, but what can you do? I know she really tries, studying for weeks before a test, and it all ends up falling apart with the test. Even so, she will spend the break getting her internship applications in order, and we can only hope for the best with her the match in April.

Speaking of which, we will be taking a trip down to NYC after the new year to go to an open house at NY Presbyterian, an intership program which apparently loves SU students.

Mark and I keep plugging along, looking forward to a week off (with some projects on the list). The approach of 2016 brings with it a cloud of unsettling uncertainty, with Trump just weeks from taking office and talks of retracting the ACA and tough talk on nukes. So aggravating.

I want to use my break to catch up on some reading, but am having a hard time tearing myself away from my "West Wing" binge-a-thon. The books are stacking up...

Holiday wishes to you and yours! We hope you have a great final week of 2016!


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