“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center.” Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Update August 2013

I'm still here.
Still happy in Auckland, and with New Zealand generally. We had a great trip to the US in May and June this year. It included VANCOUVER!!!, Seattle, Tacoma, Long Beach (WA), Astoria (OR), Fargo (ND), Glendalough State Park (MN), Billings (MT), and Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful (Yellowstone), Cody (WY), and Rapid City (SD). 
It was great to see my family: my youngest niece graduated high school, my brother and sister-in-law came up to visit, this picture was taken in the ND Badlands on the way to see my dad's cousins and his sister and her family (RIP, Aunt Linda!). 
This is my father's cousin's work. He does amazing work, right? 
I love to plan travel, and I love seeing old friends. Combining the best of both, I'm in the process of planning a trip to the South Island with friends visiting after Christmas. 
Unfortunately my ankle is still damaged after fracturing the fibula on a quiet hike with Zeus, my dog, November 2012. Almost 9 months later, I'm waiting for the surgical consultation for the longitudinal tear in the peroneus brevis tendon that was recently diagnosed and seems to not want to heal. 
Zeus, Ruby, and I are still doing Dogsport. I was recently voted president of Dogsport NZ (what were they thinking!? ha ha) and Zeus obtained his BH in April 2013. Ruby and I are still working toward IPO 1. What am I talking about? See this video for a brilliant breakdown.