Well, 2009 went off without too many personal dramas. I was fortunate enough to go with Andrew to South America for 5 and a half weeks. From Late march till the end of May. We were blessed with great weather everywhere we went which made trekking around very comfortable. I reunited with a travel companion from 30 years ago, Amalia Solari Faerman and met her funny husband Gustavo and their 3 grown children in Buenos Aires. I really loved South America and long to return to see a bit more…That trip has been heavily chronicled in earlier posts.
My work with the IPED National Editors Conference finished in October when we presented a fantastic conference here in Adelaide. Visit the site. I wrote most of the ‘News’ section: http://www.editors-sa.org.au/?q=IPEd%20conference
On the work front we both had enough to keep us going and I made a weak attempt at reducing my hours to 9, rather than 10 days a fortnight. It only lasted a few months and now I am back to full time. Work is challenging due to the departure of a boss who had the technical skills to take me through this particular project I am working on. We are getting through the work, just more slowly than expected.
In the household we have enjoyed our two ginger tabby brother cats antics, especially the precocious Speedy! He and Jose are so fun to watch and at 2 years old still have heaps of kitten in them.
We are just about finished a minor renovation that opened a few rooms up, re-purposed a few and gave us a new kitchen. There is still some painting and tiling to do and a tidy-up of the office, but these things take time.
On a literary note I read quite a few books this year including Cloud Atlas, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Dear Fatty, the Power of One and probably more…currently just about to finish A Secret History, by Donna Tartt. Not a bad year, but I have other books on the go and stacks on the bedside table and bookshelves waiting to be read.
I attempted NaNoWriMo but was not really successful! See previous posts.
Musically, we saw a few live performances, notably Ry Cooder and Nick Lowe at the Festival Centre here in Adelaide, a Joni Mitchell Tribute at the Sydney Opera House, Leonard Cohen at a winery in McLaren Vale, near Adelaide, and of course Neil Young at the Big Day Out in Adelaide. (Next year we are already looking forward to seeing Ravi Shankar at WOMADELAIDE – http://womadelaide.com.au/.)
The goals for the new year will include those post-reno tasks, more reading and writing and a commitment to getting rid of stuff. Here’s to more free time in the new year!