I won’t remember and couldn’t possibly list them all but . . .
Number 1 for sure took place in May. The European AES convention was in Amsterdam this year. I always want to take Lulú with me to conventions but there are practical considerations . . . ie, money. But I had extra motivation this year. Caitlyn was in Paris for the winter term studying at “Science Po“. Completely coincidently Lulú’s daughter Jimena was in Paris for a few weeks visiting her boyfriend.
I had to see if it was possible and in the end it was, of course, a no-brainer. When would we be together in Paris with our two daughters again? How often does an opportunity, a situation like this come up?
We visited museums and walked the streets but mostly we just hung out together. Pure joy. I look at the photos and see blissed-out smiles.
Other highlights (I’ll not assign numbers now)
Watching Lulú’s pure joy and excitement with the opportunity to study art formally for the first time in her life. She’s obviously already an artist with her own voice but she’s self-taught and this experience has been wonderful.
Watching Olivia return to some semblance of herself with the move to high school. It’s been awkward looking as though you are 6 years older than you really are. People’s expectations are such that she doesn’t get much of a chance to be 13. She’s talking more this year. And I expect in another year or so she’ll be just as vivacious and self-assured as when she was a child.
Driving home from our trip to Nova Scotia (more highlights here) but this time with Caitlyn in tow. She’d flown back from Europe to Halifax so she could visit her great-grandmothers and other relatives in NS. Cait kept the four of us (Olivia was on board of course) laughing all the time. What a delightful, level-headed, self-assured, capable . . . and witty young woman she has grown up to be.
Work has certainly had its ups and downs. I’m feeling very fortunate that I’ve been so much involved in what I see as being the up side. In terms of technological developments and new ways of reaching audiences, it’s a very exciting time.
Being re-elected VP of the AES. It truly is an honour and has been an incredible learning experience.
A whole lot of little technical breakthroughs. I’m such a geek sometimes. I’ll bang my head against a problem with a database or a little script for days and when I finally get the result I want I’m nearly euphoric. Lulú can not begin to fathom it but she enjoys my joy.
Making a connection with the very cool guys at SlimDevices and scoring a SqueezeBox.
Travel. I love to travel and between various work things and the AES I got to do a lot of it. Back and forth to Montreal over a half dozen times. Winterpeg (which truly lived up to its nickname). Amsterdam and Paris. Edmonton and Banff. Toronto to NS and many points in between via car. Baltimore. San Francisco and Vancouver.
Music. I’ll mention just a few here. Discovering Mark Berubé, Courtney Wing (what is going on in Montreal?), Kyrie Kristmanson. Being blown away by Steven Page’s performance with Art Of Time Ensemble. The CoC.
The Concertgebouw really needs a romantic-sized orchestra to do it justice but even hearing a chamber orchestra there can provide moments of ecstasy. I’ve been to Amsterdam three times now and have heard four concerts in this hall. This time I got to share the experience with Lulú. I can’t remember if it was the Corelli or the Boccherini but I remember I raised my eyes to heaven in awe of just how beautiful sound can be.
Spending two days just being with Lulú before she went to Mexico. Absolute bliss. It was a fantastic full stop to our “go go” lives and a chance to acknowledge again this amazing love and how incredibly lucky we are to have found each other.
Happy New Year!