Break from School/Update

I just finished my Ethical Decision Making class and am now “on hiatus” from my MBA studies until January 2015, when I undertake Business Law.

So, I am really hoping to be able to blog more frequently and with some regularity….and do some much needed work on this website.

Life is ticking on as it should. I am still reeling with emotions some days, still confused as hell as to how I am feeling on others, but mostly I am happy with how my new life is unfolding.

Since my last post and before my just-finished course, I spent a couple of weeks in the Netherlands with my son, staying with family and showing him his Dutch heritage.

The obligatory trip to Zaanse Schans.
The obligatory trip to Zaanse Schans, always a treat!
Conclusion of craft brewery tour - very thirsty work, these tours!
Conclusion of craft brewery tour – very thirsty work, these tours!
Spending an afternoon on the North Sea is also thirst-inducing.
Spending an afternoon at the North Sea is also thirst-inducing.

As a result of that trip (and becoming used to wonderful coffees every morning from my cousin’s dream machine), I am now the proud owner of a fancy schmancy latte-makin’ machine myself. Behold:

Latte Machiatto morning
Latte Machiatto Mornings

I made it a priority to enjoy this summer, as last summer was just a blur of hospitals and treatments and research and futile prayers for healing. I’ve been to a Michael BublĂ© concert, BIG Music Fest, and the Mill Race Folk Festival so far.

MB at the Air Canada Centre
MB at the Air Canada Centre
Mizz J and I had a great time at MB.
Mizz J and I had a great time at MB.
Canada Day fireworks display at Riverside Park
Canada Day fireworks display at Riverside Park
Aerosmith
Aerosmith at BIG Music Fest
Mill Race Folk Festival
Mill Race Folk Festival

And this year’s tax refund was dedicated to building a rooftop patio, which is now finished and furnished except for a railing. I am enjoying this space every morning and every evening that the weather allows. Behold:

So gezellig.
So gezellig.
The end of most days will find me here.
The end of most days will find me here.

I have dedicated a lot of my free moments lately to cleaning up 20 years’ worth of messes in my building, with a lot of help from family and friends. This works continues:

Three 14 yard bins filled so far...
Three 14 yard bins filled so far…

So, to ensure that I don’t spend every waking moment on this type of work, I also signed up for a 1/2 marathon race in Montreal on September 28th. This means:

2-3 training runs per week, all summer long.
2-3 training runs per week, all summer long.

Those are the highlights of what I’ve been up to lately. More (and more regular) posts to come!

 

 

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