Where Does Time Go?

So today my odometer clicked over to 45. Where does the time go?

It has been a question I have been asking myself for some months now. Finding time is something that I am not very good at, but I hope that it is something that I can work on. For now, here is a summary of life that has been happening since my last check-in.

A big life event was my getting married to Chris in March. Our venue for the wedding was Vancouver, Canada, and after just a couple of days there, it is a place that we will definitely go back to.

Brothers, mother and sisterFollowing our wedding, we traveled to Australia to visit family and friends for a couple of weeks. We got to enjoy some time with my family at my aunt’s house in the country (where we had a lot of my family there). It was Chris’s first experience of a real country, fly-invading meal. It was amazing to see my nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles AND their children all in one place. We had such a good time, and I realized what an awesome family I really do have.

We took a short break and headed up to Palm Cove to relax, unwind, and snorkel the reef. I had been up that way before (though had never stayed in Palm Cove), and this was Chris’s first time. It was pretty amazing experience.

After returning to the land of US of A, we had a small reception for our wedding with our friends and family here in Dallas, and then started the count down to when our pool would be finished. (A blog post on our experience building the pool will be posted shortly.) Then life pretty much returned to semi-normality.

Chris has been traveling some, and work has been keeping me very busy. We launch our program in two new markets this coming year, so there has been a lot of preparation and we’ll continue to get ready for the launch of the new school year.

About a month ago, while walking the neighborhood, we found a cat, who has become “Max, the cat” and now lives with us. He is actually pretty sweet, if not a little demanding at times (so much for cats that were independent and left you alone). Max and Colby tend to get along reasonably well. We’ll see how that continues to work out.

Aussie Country Homophobia

It’s sad when you are reminded how small minded some individuals can be. Nothing bothers me more than when this happens in my home country of Australia. Here is a video highlighting a bad decision by The New Albury Hotel’s management.

Homophobia needs to be challenged.

Contact Matt Griffiths the New Albury Hotel’s General Manager through Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Griffiths/615133202

Leave a message on the Hotel’s Facebook Fan Page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Albury-Australia/The-New-Albury-Hotel/47632695457

Contact some of the staff through email at:
cheryl@newalburyhotel.com.au
bart@newalburyhotel.com.au

Call or fax to express your thoughts:

Phone: (02) 6021 3599
Mobile: 0412 941 097
Fax: (02) 6021 8574

Marching on Washington

In October, Chris and I, along with our friends Bobby, Ian and Layton headed to Washington D.C. for the National Equality March. It was one of those amazing trips that you have, which is made all that more special by the people you share it with.

Group Shot @ Washington Monument

The above picture was taken our first day in D.C. and we were strolling along the National mall (this was near the Washington Monument).

You can read about why I marched over on my blog.

Rediscovering Melbourne

Great title, no? I’ll come up with something snappier as the days progress but for now, this will do. After arriving in Melbourne, we got to our apartment and found that it would not be available until after lunch (we landed in Melbourne around 8:30 AM), so we dropped off our bags and headed down the street to look around, and find some lunch. My first observation of being in Melbourne for just a short time. It was the same, but different.

We found a place to eat called “Alpha Cafe” which had an incredibly good Pumpkin and Pesto soup, and our first “latte” since being in Oz. Both were very pleasing. After we wandered around a little in the city, we headed back to our apartment to check in and get settled (and most importantly get a shower).

After wandering around a little more and reacquainting ourselves with some of the stores in the area, we meet up with my friend Richard for a drink over at the new Federation Square. One word describes this place for me, “Wow!” Where Federation Square is now, used to be an old railway station called “Princes Station” and as I later came to find out was where these two horrible looking buildings built in the 50’s were (the Gas buildings). Now it is a vibrant square with a totally modern look that appears to be a very popular place for people to meet and hang out.

After a couple of drinks with Richard, our friend Tony made an apppearance and we headed off to dinner and to catch up. We ate at the “Chocolate Buddah” (a noodle bar / Japanese style place), and the food was really good. The evening was getting a little cooler, but sitting out on the patio under the heaters was extremely pleasant and we had great company, so what did it matter.

At this point, I think I calculated that we’d been awake (for the most part) for approx. 48 hours and we were ready to crash, and after walking back to our apartment that is exactly what we did.