I'm told there's been some grumbling in the ranks about the lack of updates here, and fair enough, it has been awhile. So here's a summary of my upcoming travel plans, because apart from tales of Gus The Magnificently Bushy-Tailed, that's as interesting as it's likely to get around here.
Let's break them down by month.
In September, I will be spending ten days in Nebraska (big flat state in the middle of the USA) with my honey, to meet the family, attend a friend's wedding and (finally) see a game of neocolonial-style football (I believe the locals simply call it football, but apparently they rarely kick the ball with their feet and mostly just hold it as they run or throw it by hand, so the applicability of that name is somewhat debatable). For anyone who's confused, let me clarify: yes, I do mean American football. Go Big Red!
Ahem. Yes. Moving on to October, recent reports have been contradictory, I know -- "I'm going back to Belgium to visit in October", "oh wait no I'm not going until January" -- but let me settle the question once and for all : yes, I will be going to Belgium in October, but very briefly. The reason the "No" option was floating around recently was that I'm going to have a very busy Fall season, so it would have been more reasonable to postpone that trip. BUT I just got off the phone with Delta Airlines' reservations office, who were absolutely unwavering in their decision that my existing reservation (because it was a cheap-ish ticket) is not modifiable under any circumstances. If it's a choice of "use it or lose it", might as well use it! On the upside, I get to see friends and family (hopefully they'll be counting that as a plus too). On the downside, it's going to be extremely short (arriving in Brussels on the 6th and leaving on the 11th, is the plan) and I won't be able to see everyone.
The other big thing I have in October is Maine Event, our lab's annual scientific retreat in Maine which starts on the 17th, so you see how things are real tight there.
Oh, November, November, how I love its grey skies and cold weather -- so much so that I'm going to spend most of it in the austral summer! Seizing on the opportunity offered by a scientific conference (the always awesome International Plasmid Biology Conference, or Plasmid Meeting for short), I'm off to Argentina for the first week, then two weeks on the road (and in the airs) of Argentina, Chile and their respective bits of Tierra del Fuego, in excellent company. Somewhere in there I'm going to have the best birthday ever, too!
Finally, December is still undecided but the general plan is to go snowboarding over the holidays.
Yeah, life is tough, y'know?