The best of our DIY photo shoot from 10/4/15, and a recap of 2015 highlights. Enjoy!
Jesse will graduate from the Yale School of Management (SOM) in May 2016. His first year of school happened overnight and we’re pleased to see an end in sight. Yale is great. Our temporary living arrangement in a house built in 1900 (with original architecture that makes it an oven in summer and a freezer in winter) is not. Fortunately, we’ve kept busy enough that two years in New Haven are passing quickly. Jesse has been working on building a company called Revai Health with two Yale professors. Revai’s main product is the Intestinal Preservation Unit, a device that keeps intestinal organs safe and healthy as the tissue travels from donor to recipient. See revai.com, or Google “revai health Jesse Rich” to see other relevant Revai news. His research for Revai has taken him to Digestive Disease Week in Washington, D.C.; the International Small Bowel Transplant Symposium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to 3rd place in the Johns Hopkins Business Plan Competition; and SOM’s Tuna Tank, a friendly take on the TV show “Shark Tank.” This semester he’s a Career Coach in Entrepreneurship; a TA for Geert Rouwenhorst, author of such riveting titles as The Great Mirror of Folly: Finance, Culture, and the Great Crash of 1720 and The Origins of Value: The Financial Innovations That Created Modern Capital Markets; and the chief executive officer of the littlest Rich’s bedtime routine.
Sarita had a baby named Stella in Oct 2014. In January 2015 she started teaching online writing classes for University of Rhode Island, and began illustrations for a picture book titled HYPNOSIS HARRY by Catherine Bailey (coming March 1, 2016!) She slept a total of 5 hours from January to June. She had just begun to catch up on sleep when she was asked to illustrate THE MAGIC HOUR by Laura Krauss Melmed (coming 2017!). In all the spare time she doesn’t have, she makes mass quantities of spinach and carrot ice cream (for Stella), picks up Cheerios off the floor (for Stella), and watches Youtube videos that teach her how to knit pixie hats (also for Stella).
Stella turned 1 on October 12, 2015. Her 3/16 Chinese ethnicity called for zhua zhou, so we celebrated the Chinese first birthday tradition with dear friends. In this dynastic “fortune telling” custom, babies are offered an array of symbolic objects, and without any prompting, choose one that supposedly indicates what kind of life they will have. Stella chose the onion. In China, onions = intelligence. Or possibly layers of multiple personality disorder….We’ll let you know when we find out. Stella is the opposite of what you would expect a child of Jesse and Sarita to be. She is not calm, or reserved, or inclined to keep her hands to herself. She dances in public, erupts in boisterous laughter at unexpected moments, and will help herself to strangers’ food. Her favorite things are tearing pages out of books, eating rocks and pinecones at the park, opening other kids’ presents at their birthday parties, hiding stuffed animals in the diaper genie, and carrying “Puh Puh” everywhere. Puh Puh is a Halloween costume that looks like a penguin. Her least favorite things are sitting still, brushing teeth, and being interrupted while pulling all the paper off the toilet roll. This holiday season she’s looking forward to tearing ornaments off the Christmas tree, eating lots of wrapping paper, and seeing grandparents and cousins in California.