Month: December 2015

What a Year It Has Been

2015 was a rather tumultuous year. There were ups and severe downs. There were many changes. The year started out quite badly. Our pug, Daisy, was diagnosed with cancer, and it was spreading quickly.One of the tumors was a brain tumor and it was causing seizures, which were getting worse (longer and more frequent). There was no way to cure her or treat her to extend her life in a meaningful way. We chose to keep her as comfortable as we could for as long as we could. She started to show signs of pain that even pain medication couldn’t help. After a month from the diagnosis, we made the difficult decision to let her go in peace and with dignity. We put her down on February 6th. During that time, the company I worked for was going through a reorganization and layoffs. Work was incredibly tense. My team shrank from nine people to three, yet the workload grew. I did my best to guide my team through that period, but it was rough on everyone. Meanwhile, J. …

Working!

There were some speed bumps along the way (ahem, work permit), but I have finally started working! So far, it’s going well. I work with a small but growing team of really smart, nice, talented people. The work itself is interesting and challenging. I think I’m going to really enjoy it! I won’t post much else about it in this post or in future posts. I’m trying to keep the professional side separate. But I can share that it’s a user experience assignment. I’m able to stay in my field and play a strategic role. Bonus: it’s not far from where we live. I’ll hit traffic at two points, but I can manage it. For the foreseeable future (until I get more comfortable behind the wheel and we get a second car), I’ll keep using a driver. That has been working pretty well. He lives nearby and takes me to and from the office. During the day he does his own thing and has other customers. It’s a more informal set up than having a driver on …

MFC

M is for Merry. C is for Christmas. You can figure out the big F. I’m not sure what’s going to happen this year. We made plans to go to Mount Kenya. We did it last minute but were able to get something good and we’ve been looking forward to it for a little while now. But, now it’s all up in the air. J. might have to do a sudden trip for work. It’s an important matter, but it really doesn’t need to happen this week. It can wait until Monday. This makes the current situation that much more painful. This stress and possible ruin of the holiday doesn’t need to happen. Not only is our trip potentially canceled, but we may spend Christmas apart. I may very well be alone in Kenya this holiday weekend. I have the option to visit a friend in Mozambique. I’m not sure if I can swing that this late in the game. But it’s an option and it was nice to get the invitation. Makes me feel …

Guest Blog Post from J.

When did you live in Nairobi and for how long?  I first lived in Nairobi from 1984 to 1989, about five years. Had you been back to visit between then and now? Not really, just once back in in 90s for a conference in Central Business District – It was only a day so I didn’t even have a chance to leave the hotel. So, no, I really haven’t been back to visit. What were your initial thoughts when moving here became a real option? It was very mixed. At first, I thought,”Do we really want to do this? Do we really want to move away from home?” New York has been my home for over 20 years and it has been the place I have lived in the longest. It’s the place I identify with. Did I want to leave this? Then later, I thought, “This could be a real adventure, but in somewhat familiar territory.” I was ready for a change and this became a great opportunity. Not only career-wise, but for personal …