As Good An Excuse As Any

I know it’s been absolutely ages since I’ve sent out any kind of update really. I could just say I’ve been busy which, while true, is no excuse. Anyway, I’m going to try to share a Readers Digest-length version of what’s new…or at least Readers Digest-length for me, anyway…

2005 has been an amazing adventure thus far…

Kicked off in January with a sailing trip to Thailand & Burma for which there are no words. In fact, I just finished watching a fabulous video put together by one of the guys on the trip (Steve) which has just brought it all back with such clarity that it’s all I can do not to book another ticket back there – especially since there’s now a non-stop flight to Bangkok from NY being offered for the dirt-cheap price of $800. Sigh. (I must add, Steven, you’ve certainly lived up to your nickname!) I think I sent most of you the pictures (or cornered you into looking at the ones I had printed), but if not, let me know and I’ll be happy to forward the link.

For my birthday (which more or less coincided with Easter this year), I took a trip out to London & Dublin. Got to spent some really relaxing days there visiting with some friends and kicking around which was great.

In between all this, days have been filled with work, friends, Broadway shows, other various activities… And now that Spring has finally arrived, we all have been taking advantage of the sunshine and gorgeous weather – open windows, lunch by the Hudson, longer daylight hours, Yankees games, weekends away, and basically any excuse to be outside. My friend Jennifer and I have recently started jogging in Central Park a few days a week which I’ve never really done before, but am pleased to say that I’m up to about 3.5 miles at a shot. Before long we’ll be tackling the 6 mile loop around the outer edge of the Reservoir. One of my colleagues just ran the Boston Marathon today in 3-1/2 hours. Hm, yeah. Don’t think I’ll be doing that any time soon.

Finally, my sister, Kristin, and I will be meeting up for Memorial Day weekend in San Francisco which we’re both looking forward to. I’m already working on my packing strategy so as to ensure plenty of spare suitcase room for all the wine I’m going to return with.

One other piece of (relatively) big news is that the day after I got back from London, Kim (my roommate) came down to my office and told me that she was going to be moving out April 30th. So I’ve spent the last few weeks searching for a new roommate and found a taker just yesterday. Her name is Alice and seems very nice…she’s petrified of my bird (having seen one too many Alfred Hitchcock movies, I fear), but I’m sure she’ll get over it since, as many of you know, Brighton is about as calm and low-key as you can get. Of course, I’m sorry to see Kim go as she’s been a fabulous roommate for the last year and half, but it’s a great opportunity she’s been given so I can’t blame her…

So that’s pretty much my life at the moment – or at least, all that’s fit to print! For now, I’m off to unwind and have some dinner…