A brief blog break…

I have a brief announcement. Many of you have probably noticed that I haven’t posted since Tuesday. Basically, the Thanksgiving holiday got in the way, even though there were a couple of topics I had wanted to blog about. Such is life, I guess. In any event, I’m taking a brief blog break until December 3 or 4. The reason is simple. Next week I’ll be away for a combination conference/vacation. I was invited to be on a panel on the antivaccine movement at the World Vaccine & Immunotherapy Congress in San Diego, and my wife and I decided to make a vacation out of it. It’ll be really cool. I’ll be on a panel with heroes of mine, such as Senator Richard Pan and Dr. Peter Hotez. I’m totally looking forward to it and felt a bit star struck when we did a conference call to plan the panel discussion. Indeed, my whole feeling about being part of this panel is summed up by this:

Also, I’m feeling a little burned out. You might have noticed that my posting frequency has fallen off a bit over the last several weeks. Orac needs to recharge his Tarial cell. I think a break to rest and recharge will do me good.

Of course, me being me, I don’t guarantee that I won’t break my blog break if something really outrageous happens next week. I might summarize the panel I’ll be on. Or not. It all depends on what’s happening and my level of motivation. Maybe I’ll make the first post when I get back on December 3 or 4 a summary of the panel. Also, I’ll probably have some disturbing news too. No, it’s not that I plan on stopping blogging (I’ll probably do that until I either die or can’t do this any more). More later.

Anyway, play nice while I’m away. I’ll still be keeping an eye on the comments, although probably not as frequently as usual. I’ll also leave you with one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. You see, last year my wife and I fostered a mom and her puppies. It was a foster fail in that we ended up adopting the mom. The rest of the puppies were adopted as well. This year, we’re fostering another mom and her puppies. (While we’re away a volunteer from the shelter will be babysitting the litter and their mom. The shelter runners were told that we’d be away when they asked my wife to foster the mom and puppies, and arrangements were made.) In any event, here is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen dealing with four week old puppies. If the last 45 seconds of this video don’t melt your heart, you don’t have one.

Until the first week of December…