Tuesday, February 11, 2014

500 Years of Solitude

Or maybe just two and a half years of silence. At a certain point, all of my web sites/web presences just fell off my to-do list. As a result, I haven't updated regarding a lot of things in the past two years, and therefore you get this brain dump of information.

I can't believe I didn't write up my second trip to Ireland (March 2012). I have no write-up for the road trip to New Orleans with Sarah (June 2012). I have some pictures and maybe a note or two for the half dozen trips I've taken over the past few years out to CA to visit Deb, friends, and family. I don't think I have a write-up for London (December 2012) where I finally got to meet Phaedra(!). I might have a write-up for China (March 2013), but the question becomes where. (I think I am imagining that one and only think I have a write-up because I have 1000 pictures that document those six days.)

Thank goodness for all of the pictures I take. They make sure I don't forget that we also went to Seattle to visit family, Portland because the opportunity presented itself, that Jack had an awesome cross country "career" in middle school, that yoga and rock climbing go well together, that living in C-U presents some pretty unique forms of entertainment and awesome people as friends, and that I finally made Jack go see some live music with me in the form of Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour. (That's quite a jump from zero to 3-day festival. Ha! Though, I guess technically, his first concert was Common Rotation at 4 years old. I rule parenting!)

Our campsite in Troy, OH.

We lost Fulgie to a random, non-treatable awful disease in March 2012. That really sucked. A lot. (Now I am paranoid any time the other animals sneeze or cough.) Sprinkles got terribly needy, so we got her a friend (Dandelion) six months later, so then she got really neurotic. Such is life with cats. I still run into the folks who adopted Jet (Jasper) and Chewie (Jax), which is awesome. I love hearing that they are doing so well.

Since January 2012, I've been in the MBA program here at the U of I. Graduation is just 95 days away! (At most, that translates into 25 days of classes.) In a few weeks I will be traveling to Israel with a small group of students for IIP. Our house was on the market since June and is now sold, so I will also be packing up and moving somewhere before that trip. (Let's see how much fur Sprinkles has left after the move. Oh goodness.) I guess you could say I've been keeping busy. Around the time my program ends, Jack will finish his sophomore year of high school. Two years until college or some other manifestation of "not living at home."

The WCHS Class of 1994 had their 20-year reunion a few weeks back, and the Class of 1995 will have one next year. Washington was hit by a tornado in November, and visiting the area that was damaged was pretty surreal. Shane recently posted a picture from D50, and some of us had a good time reminiscing about the days of Beverly Manor.

Things I am looking forward to in 2014-2015: change, travel, the arrival of Deb and Anthony's L'il 2, graduation (obviously), and more change.

I did say "brain dump." I hope I didn't miss much.