May ’17 Update – We’re Back From Moldova

The wife and I made it back from our trip to Moldova and Transnistria. The pic was taken from the Orhei Vechi cave monastery. We saw a lot of things, met some nice people, and enjoyed our time in and around Chișinău, the capital of Moldova.

Since getting back, I’ve become immersed in work and my lessons, trying to finish the last part of my certificate program. I’m 85% finished, I just need to complete a project, do my capstone, and then take a final exam. As I’ve progressed, the lessons have become more time consuming and more difficult. My work threw me into the deep end and started piling back-end work into my backlog, even though we’d agreed I’d start adding back-end work to backlog on a sprint-by-sprint basis until the end of the summer. I was more than a little bummed about that.

Getting back into the groove has been a challenge. I started exercising again, but last week was comprised only of 3 jogging session and 1 yoga practice—not nearly enough for how many calories I’m taking in. I need to get my caloric intake under control and start exercising with more intensity and frequency.

One kinda cool thing that I set up just before I left for the trip was that I created a standing dinner appointment with my son for Saturday nights after he gets off work. We had one meal together before the trip and have continued after my return. This is a pretty positive thing and makes me happy. I hope it goes on for a while.

As I stated in my March blog post, I purchased my ticket for Colombia and I’ve started to think about what I want to do in August. As the trip gets closer, I’ll start to get a bit more serious with my planning. Right now, August seems like a million years away.

That’s about it in a nutshell. More later.