Random pictures to sum up my last few months

I have be terrible about updating this blog lately, which is probably because I’ve been so busy. It’s a bit of a Catch-22: when I’m bored I have nothing to post and when I’m active I don’t have the time. Suffice it to say, these last few months have been on the hectic side. Here are a few pictures from my phone which may or may not give a timeline.

May: I had a birthday

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Tres leches!

Some friends came to visit

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Mom and Jayme came down!

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June: We went to a conference in South Africa

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Then on safari afterwards (I got a camera for my birthday)

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July: Simon spent his birthday here

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We actually did more than hang out at a bar, but this is one of the only pictures I have.

A bar dog ate the bar

IMG_20140816_201811 August: We went to EnglandIMG_20140821_110907 IMG_20140821_103503 And then to Poland

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Lovely Gdansk

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My favorite window, across from the flat we rented

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Gdansk panorama

IMG_20140826_041521IMG-20140826-WA0005 I learned that bread sometimes comes in a can

IMG_20140827_020658 We ate a LOT of pickled and/or smoked fishes

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And dumplings

IMG_20140828_132229 And saw quite a few musicians playing Disney and Broadway tunes in arched walkways

IMG_20140827_134659I bought some shoes that had to be safety pinned to actually function as shoes- but are pretty cute

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And then went to Trzclanka via Poznan for a wedding

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And we ate more

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IMG_20140830_141523 Then back through Poznan, then England, and Atlanta

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I still haven’t figured out why there are so many statues of Neptune in Poland

And now I’m home! Until next week. (Don’t tell Mia)

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Belize, here I come!

Well, it’s official!  I start my new job in San Pedro on May 9th, so I’ve got exactly 35 days to get my shit together.  My last day at work here will be May 7th, which is my 10th anniversary as a contract employee for the US government.  While I chose my last day with that in mind, there have been lots of other little signs that have pointed to this being the right decision.  The first came the day after I accepted the job, when we got this email from the Center Director:

You may have heard through the media or other sources that NOAA implemented an agency wide hiring freeze effective March 27, 2013.

So I was 100% correct not to trust them when they said they would get my application through as soon as possible.  We’ve already got one of our bedrooms rented through October, and if we can keep the other occupied we should be able to afford a nice one bedroom for me with a futon/couch for guests.  Simon will continue to work here full time through July, then will probably go part time so he can split his time between the US and Belize.

Thus far the worst parts have been 1) my boss, who fought for me to stay until the bitter end, and whose job will suck that much more when I leave and 2) taking my cat Squirt to my mom’s house.  I miss him curling up in my lap on the couch in the evenings, sitting on the bar stool when I make dinner, running into the kitchen any time an ice cube hits the ground, and coming in to meow at me when I sneeze.  We plan to bring Mia with us, but moving two cats to another country to live in a small apartment would just be too much.  Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself.  Simon has no regrets.

Other than that, I’m pretty excited!  My contract title will be a “Learned Professional,” which is pretty freaking cool, though my official title is Technical Coordinator for the Gulf and Caribbean Sharks and Rays Program.  My first week there, we will head out to Lighthouse Atoll (where the Blue Hole is) to conduct a longline survey for sharks, and do some diver transects for turtles and rays.  We’ll be camping on the beach, and I’ll even be able to leave in time to make my cousin Brooke’s wedding!

Now to figure out what to sell/pack/store. This is going to be a busy month.