Last week I focused on getting back to normal after Mark returned from a conference, so nothing really exciting happened. But I finally finished some of the little critters I've been threatening to create for a couple weeks.
|The first of several litters. Voila.|
And now that I have several litters worth of these little kittens, I'm moving on to some dinosaurs. I doubt I'll finish this week, but I'm getting started and hopefully get some good progress.
I'd also like to brag that I finally finished our 2012 US tax return over the weekend. I filed an extension back in April because of weird tax laws for Americans living abroad the first year, and I'm happy to report that I finished the taxes before the extension deadline - I feel almost efficient. At least they're done and I don't have to think about them any more.
So, what's in store for this week? Staying organized is my number one goal. The next few weeks will be busy with events and deadlines, so I'm trying to stay on top of things. Mostly I need to stay prepared for the Dutch lessons I take and the English lessons I give, but there are is a writing deadlines coming at the beginning of October, so getting that post ready will take some careful organization of my time.
I'm also in the process of planning an apple picking trip. I took Little Man apple picking near Chicago two years ago, and he absolutely loved every minute of it. Apple picking is one of those things that I feel was part of a very "normal" American experience growing up that I'd like Little Man to share, even if it's not in a New England orchard. I've heard of a couple places in the Netherlands that have self-pick, so now it's a matter of determining the closest/easiest to reach place and picking a good date. Apple picking makes it feel more like autumn, so I'm hoping we can find a good place to make it happen.
And I'm starting to plan out an itinerary! We decided to go to Paris for a long weekend during Little Man's herstvakantie (fall vacation) in mid-October, and I want to make sure we've got some type of schedule to make good use of our time there. We already have our train tickets and hotel (near Notre Dame!), so now it's a matter of filling in the days.
At least all my deadlines are for fun things - that should make the work go faster, or at least feel more entertaining. Here's to the week!