A lady walking her dog without a leash.
No big deal, right?
Well what was walking behind them at a much brisker pace in order to keep up was a little yellow tabby cat with a collar. This lady was walking her dog and her cat…neither of them on a leash. I halted on my bike since the tabby guy got a little nervous when he saw me, but she just called his name and he sprinted up to her and the dog. I stood there for a while and watched since it was one of the cutest thing I’ve seen along the bike path in a while and probably something I will go my whole life never seeing again, aside from on the ‘ole YouTube.
I haven’t been updating my personal blog lately since my personal life has reached a level of busyness that just doesn’t allow for much self-reflection. I’m happy for it, but I miss the writing time. I’m still working from home (creating its own motivational challenges), but the next few months are going to be intense as I work with a team of teachers opening a new school. This is a new step in my career and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. I’m also working for Powerful Learning Practice, a professional development program for educators that puts me in touch with thought leaders and veteran teachers - something every teacher is better for. And I’m still doing my freelance writing work. Lots of plates spinning at once and I haven’t quite figured out a system for keeping them going without the occasional crash, but I’m certainly not complaining.
My mother is coming to visit The Netherlands for the first time next week. I can’t even begin to describe how happy I am about this. So many daughters say this, but she is really my best friend. And who doesn’t get excited about hugging her best friend for the first time in six months and showing her around a new country? It’s her I’m excited about, but she’s also bringing me treats from the states, including some of my precious literature anthologies (heavy but important), liquid smoke, hot sauces, and salt and vinegar chips. My friend Thalia and her fiance Matt just visited a few weeks ago and it was refreshing to have a bit of home right here in the apartment, even if it was only for a few days before they headed up to Amsterdam for the rest of their trip. We traveled to Brussels together and I finally put my lips to some of those tasty beers I’ve been hearing about. I can’t help but still miss my American IPAs, though.
And sweet jesus, the weather is much better these days. I’m still not sure that long, cold, and wet winter is worth what we’re getting, but I’m not going to complain. Everything gets better with the sun, including my mood, and I’m sure my partner is happier for it.
Here’s to the new life I can see coalescing before my eyes.