How Did it Get to be May 2012?
Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Somehow, the calendar has been forwarded to May 2012 (and nearly half of that is already gone!), causing a severe lack of blog posts, pictures, and other contacts. So, to all family and friends out there, my apologies. I also can’t say that it will get a lot better in the short-term, unfortunately, as Astrid and I continue to labour (and thrive, luckily!) at positions somewhere in between workhorse and middle-management that seem to come with the pay and recognition of the former with the stress and time commitments of both combined (doesn’t that sound appealing?). I had to actually count up all working hours during April, and I calculated that I worked a total of 36 eight-hour equivalent days (when there was supposed to be 19 working days in the month).
So, all I can really offer is a quick update. You know that we’ve had what seems like a quiet few months travel-wise, since Japan in December, and we’ve both spent a couple of weeks over the last two months sick. While I haven’t had any big business trips, we did enjoy that great weekend in Paris following a work week there, and I spent a week away from home in the UK late in April, first in Newcastle and then in London.
It was weird staying in a hotel in London; at first I thought it was nuts, but after really thinking it through I realized that the combination of late nights, early mornings, and work with my boss (who was also staying in the hotel) meant that coming home would be an inconvenience and not offer anything to the other folks at home. For the record, London hotels suck – they are ridiculously expensive for what you get, just like Manhattan.
It was also odd, of course, having a meeting at home in London, doing things that normally happen in far-away hotel conference centers just steps from my office, and taking tours of transit in London!
Of course, we were also hosting Astrid’s mom during this time, and she became quite an expert getting around London too!
Now, for a look ahead – I’m heading to Barcelona for a couple of days at the start of next week, then to Oslo at the end of the month. Astrid is going to join me in Oslo for a long weekend, which should be nice. We will have to brave what is by most standards the most expensive city in the world, but hopefully enjoy some quieter time together and the long hours of daylight. The summer is really filling up with visitors and guests, and we’re hoping to plan at least a couple of short long-weekend trips over that time. Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, and beyond all remain essentially unexplored! September-December then again promises a very busy work travel schedule.
We hope you are all well and hope to catch up with you sometime soon or over the summer. In the meantime, we’ll hang in there and you do the same. Cheers!