Dear Holiday Message Recipient,
Another year has come and nearly gone. We at the Stim household hope this message finds you and yours well.
As with every year, 2011 has been an eventful time for our family.
Our three kitties each became the face of a major brand of cat food, and have been appearing on the 9-Lives, Friskies, and Iams cans. It's about time these cute loafers start earning their keep (ha ha).
(actual Stim household cat)
(after a long day in the studio)
Giselle turned 18 in June, soon after finishing her junior year at Yale. Little did her mother and I know that Giselle took a jazz dance class last fall. This was her first dance class ever! As you may have seen, Daddy's little girl won So You Think You Can Dance after taking this one class. What you probably don't know is that after her winning performance Giselle was offered the prima ballerina position with the Bolshoi Ballet. So, it's off to Moscow for our swan. Fortunately, Giselle has been fluent in Russian since she was eight.
(Giselle "pointe"-ing her way to Moscow)
Jace is finishing up at Stanford, both his studies and his collegiate football career. We have our fingers crossed as Jace is the favorite for this weekend's Heisman Trophy. After setting NCAA records for both passing and rushing yards in a season, Jace has been getting a lot of attention from NFL scouts. He will likely be the #1 draft pick next summer. That is if he doesn't sign with a Major League Baseball team, as Jace is also considered the top collegiate hitter. Jace may surprise the pros though. He's seriously considering taking the Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford. His senior thesis on nanobot innovations is already making current technology obsolete.
(Jace all grown up)
Ms. Stim has been the busiest of us all. Thanks to her dual American-British citizenship, Ms. Stim is the first person to ever win both the Pulitzer and the Man Booker Prize in the same year, much less for the same book. Mrs. Whitingshouses's Left Nut has been #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list since publication. The controversial subject matter in Chapter 4 (you know what I'm talking about) has kept the conversation flowing during Ms. Stim's nationally syndicated, afternoon talk fest, The Chat. So, between afternoons on The Chat and mornings spent running her $50 billion hedge fund, Ms. Stim has been hopping.
(many people remark about how closely Ms. Stim resembles a young Catherine Denueve)
As for myself, well, I snagged another Nobel Prize. This one was for Physics, I think. That's three Prizes down, three to go for the sweep. I have a nifty twist on non-coordinatng anions and their use with homogeneous olefin polymerisation catalysts, which should nail the Chemistry Prize next year. I'm leaving the Peace Prize for last. One grand, negotiated cessation of war in a god-forsaken region and I'll be golden. There's always a messy border dispute somewhere just begging for a couple years of peace. Just enough peace to secure foreign investment.
(Santa's little elf)
I must get back to work. That Somali government isn't going to form itself.
Season's Greetings from the Stim Family.