After 5-years at the Star-Ledger, Hass accepted a buyout offer and is currently working part time at our local Apple Store while trying to get a little photo / web / map business going. He is also keeping his fingers crossed about another opportunity that could supersede the previous two paths.
Update 12/30/08: Looks like that opportunity is a go, and Hass will be starting at the New York Times as an internal web developer next month.
Nicole's big change was adapting our recipes to meet our family's increasingly complicated dietary needs. (Hass is now a vegan, Cole is a vegetarian but avoids soy, while Josie is just a capricious 3-year-old ) She also started managing her underactive thyroid. Stay tuned for a skinnier, warmer and more awake Nicole in 2009. On the job front, she is now a principal scientist, but still working on a bridge replacement (see holiday letters 04, 05, 06, 07 for details on the bridge).
Josie adjusted well to her new Montessori school where much to Hass's chagrin she sometimes comes home with notes covered in hearts drawn by boys. Despite consistently great behavior at school, home-life is often dominated by a rare form of megalomania found only in three year olds and Caribbean dictators. As a 3-year-old, she has stopped asking "Why?" (repeat, repeat) but now stumps us with tougher questions: "How do ducks float when they are sleeping?"