At City of Hope I don’t travel as much as I did at Mars. However the business trips are often much closer and not international. These flights get delayed at lot more. It seems I hit the jackpot on the first one for the year.
The good news is that I’m departing from John Wayne Airport which is very close to my house. After the second delay I decided to go to airport however. Better safe than sorry and I needed to get lunch.
Another year has gone by. Happy new year ! A lot happened this year. Two trips to Holland. One to the U.K. For work to China. Both girls left Vista Verde behind. Alexandra is in Middle School. Roos is well into her first year in High School. I’m into my second year at City of Hope and that’s a long daily commute. Roos isn’t too far off from a drivers license but in the mean time a little bit more flexibility around pickup and drop off at school would be very welcome for me. Today we therefore finally tried out what it would be to bike. While the distance isn’t too far, Aliso Viejo is quite hilly. To get there, door-to-door, is 20 minutes. Back home, which is mostly uphill is 30 minutes. Mom’s old Dutch bike might not have the gears to easily get up the hill. I think Roos needs a hybrid bike with a small electric motor.
Time for a final hurray for the year with the BBQ. With some advice from Marco, I tried my hand at cap steak or Coulotte as it is called as well. The weather wasn’t cooperating however as it was raining. That can however only be a small complaint given that quite a bit of rain has fallen over the last few weeks and it has reduced the drought level in Orange County by one step. That’s the first time since 2014.
Tonight Roos was also invited to a new year’s party with her friend Cameron and his family. Lexi and I will have time to catch up together and watch the Ball Drop in NYC on tv.
Lexie, Mom, Gary and I all went to Oregon for Christmas this year. It was a lot of fun, we went indoor skydiving, to the stores, we also saw Crater Lake today. I had a lot of fun in Oregon but I’m happy to go home too. Maybe I can go back to Oregon in 2 years for Christmas again. Oh and we went to Powells book store which was awesome.
Alex has been into crafts this past year. It’s an expensive hobby as she is starting various very different hobbies. From scrapbooking to cooking. This weekend she needed a gallon (4 liters !) of glue, borax and other hard to find ingredients to make “slime”. This was too much for me and she had to move her “slime kitchen” to the garage. At least I can handle a gallon of glue there. Her best friend Manona came over to assist.
And here is the result of the science experiment.
Saskia and Silvie had swimming lessons today.
Yesterday it was a nice day in London. Finishing up the exhibitions at the imperial war museum from last week and a visit to the Tower of London.
A wonderful walk on a frosty morning
This evening I arrived in Wapenveld to visit my dad. He was playing cards in ‘t Harde and so I had a little time to kill. I choose dinner at het Zwarte Paard. Jansie got home at about 11 and tomorrow we’ll spend some time together.