It's been a terribly long time since I've been on and been able to write an entry. This isn't completely due to laziness and procrastination, but mostly due to the hectically busy past month and a half! If I was to backtrack properly on everything, this would be too long to read, so I'll capture the "highlights reel"
So in no particular order, and with a lot being left out:
I've written all my subjects on my MBA that led up to the so caled mid-year break. This means that 8 subjects (out of 14 in the first year) are now completed. It's supposedly downhill from here, but with a few slippery subjects still to be done this year, the workload is only going to increase, particularly with the last few months of the year being so busy at work as well.
Helen had to flit over to Italy for a few days on a work trip, so she has been very busy lately and working long hours, the light at the end of the tunnel is hopefully around the next corner...
I went on golf tour to the garden route back in June (16 guys playing Ryder Cup format over 4 days, Cape Town versus Joburg) and playing Pezula, Pinnacle Point, Kingswood and Simola was definitely a highlight. Played solid golf all week and had some great singles games on the tour, awesome courses, good weather and a good time.
I changed jobs within Nedbank (not a minor update!) and have moved into a group function, part of a small team running innovation and step change strategy across the group. We work for the executive committee and drive large cross-business deliverables partnering with local and global companies to deliver innovative change into Nedbank. It's and exciting area to be a part of, but loads of work to be done and a lot of it sitting with me at the moment, as we aren't yet a full team.
We ran the Knysna Half Marathon. After having two bouts of flu and a week long stomach bug, I'd done absolutely no training leading up to the race and had low expectations (bordering on doubts my legs would even stand up to the distance). I ended up surprising myself and came in under 2 hours, noy my best time by a long shot, but great considering that I'd had such a long, forced layoff. Helen completed her first half, also after being very unwell the night before and came in under 2.5 hours, amazing, considering that she'd slept about 2 hours the night before the race.
We finalised our building plans with the architect at Pecanwood and are very happy with the final result, once it is built, we will have an amazing spot to relax at and spend time in the countryside in.
There was some brief drama with a lost title deed on the property, but it surfaced after a week or so and has now been lodged at the deeds office, so hopefully in the next few weeks it will be registered in our name and we can start building. We have had our plans approved at the Pecanwood HOA and have finalised all the attorney payments (which definitely add up!) so we are almost good to go. At this rate, we should have a house by Easter, which is excellent!
The two kittens are doing very well and have both grown much bigger (especially Jelly!) They hate it when we leave the house, which is every morning to go to work! We get these shocked looks on their faces, as if to say "where are you going?!"
Squeaks had to go in for his neutering, which was very traumatic for me, as he cried all the way to the vet. When I picked him up, he was visibly scared and shivered and cried all the way home, a tough day for kitten and maybe tougher for me!
Helen got her new car eventually (after her last car being the victim of an accident and being written off) and we decided to get her something that would be a safe, solid, comfortable choice. This was a Landrover Freelander, which drives like a dream and has all the modern features you'd want and expect. We took it down to Knysna for the half marathon and it is a pleasure to drive. Now to start planning my next car ;)
This is my first post on my iPad 2, which I eventually got (they are still in high demand worldwide, with very low supply!) and should be able to make entries a lot more regularly from now on, as it is with me most of the time!
So there it is, those are some of the major happenings over the past little while, but certainly not everything!
Until the next time...