Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Down the Rabbit Hole.

Butterfly, 2014.

It's been months since I've posted, and I have a hard time accounting for where the time went. Winter quarter seems always to be the hardest, perhaps because it was dark at 5:30pm on Thursdays when I started teaching.  I had a lovely trip to Amsterdam, via Iceland, in February at a very productive international conference on operational risk.  In March, I flew to New York City to speak at a Governance Risk and Compliance conference for the financial sector.  I was able to have most of the following day to visit both the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museums of Art, not always possible anymore, so doubly pleasurable.

I came back from each of those trips with a cold, which in each case I managed to get myself over without prescriptions.  I believe it's because of the plant-based diet I've been on for a little more than a year.  My resilience is just a lot higher without all the sweets and processed foods and dairy.  I have also been able to keep off the weight I lost over the past year, no small accomplishment.

I've started a new round of watercolor classes with my same instructor, Jan Morris.  In fact, this evening we are opening a six month exhibition of watercolors by her students at the Laurelhurst Community Center, including one I did last year called "Canyon," which is on the lower left side of my kitchen gallery below.

Last week, I started teaching my advanced risk seminar to what look to be about 12 graduate students.  And I'll resume public speaking on Thursday, when I talk about leadership and professionalism with the Washington State Association of Continuity Planners.

And now that I'm over being sick, I can return to the joy and assorted belly laughs that come from my weekly mat pilates course.

Life is good.