Things have been a bit hectic professionally, and though the timing was a bit inconvenient. (NB: if you need to be somewhere, like a brother's wedding, your visa application will definitely take longer than usual and you'll have to reschedule your flight. And just as your new trip is approaching, shit will hit the fan.) But getting away from everything and seeing friends and family has been an excellent distraction.

First I made my 4th visit to NYC. I managed to lose my voice overnight though, turning my weekend visit into an unintentional vow of silence in one of America's noisiest cities.

Then it was on to Colorado to see my parents, where I was able to enjoy the mountains, some snow, and donuts as big as my face.