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MilSpouse (First) Friday Fill-In #80

Happy April! It looks and feels like spring – even in Alaska! Assuming that the weatherman is completely, completely wrong and we don’t get snow this weekend…. Since it is the first Friday of the month, it’s time for the  Friday Fill-In , hosted by Wife of A Sailor !

1.  What’s one thing in the past month you would have changed?  March was a great month, nothing to be changed. We had a great time in Tucson, AZ, over the spring break week, and went to see Ice Sculptures in Fairbanks, AK . Work was busy as always, got quite a bit stuff done for my research project, …. but I would have needed a couple of extra hours here and there. It was pretty hectic when I had to grade students’ midterms, quizzes and homework within a week or so.

2.  What was your favorite thing that happened in March?   Our travels in and out of Alaska, like always. Hilton El Conquistador resort in Tucson was a great place to stay at – we were treated super good at the resort, had a blast. And look forward to going again! Yeah, we are travel addicts, big time…

3.  What are you looking forward to in April? More travels. Are you seeing the trend here? I have some work stuff to do in Chicago, and will have a chance to see my super awesome in-laws. I’m already counting days to being on the plane again. I am also speaking in a couple of conferences, which is always a blast. Public speaking is fun, and one of the best things I know.

4. What is your favorite thing about Spring ?   Daylight! It’s so great to have normal 12 hours of daylight, instead of a few hours that we experience here in Alaska during the winter time. And melting snow is awesome too!

5.   What is your ultimate guilty pleasure ?  Running. Nothing makes me happier than heading out for a long run. Or bike ride.

MilSpouse (First) Friday Fill-In #79

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In is here again! And another month down ….. spring is hopefully on its way to Alaska in very near future. Cold is getting too cold for me. But let’s get to the questions. If you want to join the fun, check out Wife of A Sailor ‘s Friday page !

1.  What’s one thing in the past month you would have changed?  Like next month, there are not really too many things I would like to stay in January. But I would have been happy to skip the sickness, or two of them. First I got sick as a dog with the flu (nope, I don’t believe flu shots). And then about a week ago I got food poisoning from fresh berries that I didn’t rinse. That was miserable. I don’t usually have any kind of stomach problems and I manage to avoid the stomach bugs so it was extremely miserable. In fact that was my second food poisoning ever, after eating at street kitchens all over the world from China to Venezuela, go figure I get sick from berries at home, and after eating at a fancy restaurant in Paris a few years ago.

2.  What was your favorite thing that happened in January?   I had some pretty good trips to California and Seattle. Jason and I had a wonderful weekend in Seward . Overall, it was another great month! And right at the end of the month I got a message about one of my research papers – it got accepted to a large convention in Hawaii as a presentation.

3.  What are you looking forward to in February? We don’t have any big plans for this month, some travels – as always. I am teaching at the university, which is always a blast. And of course there is Valentine’s Day – there will be more love in the air than normally.

4. What are your plans for Valentine’s Day No plans as of today – it’s hubby’s task to come up with something romantic, cute and creative. So I will sit back, wait and see. Even once.

5.   What is your best advice for a MilSpouse whose spouse is deployed for Valentine’s Day?  Obviously, send Valentine’s Day care package to your spouse, then do something fun by yourself, get pampered! Remember that there is Valentine’s Days to come, and you can always celebrate together  a bit later when your other half comes back.

MilSpouse (first) Friday Fill-In #78

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In is here again! Happy New Year to all of you who are coming here through the link-up on  Wife of A Sailor ‘s Friday page ! And if you are hanging out here, check her page, grab the questions, and join the fun!

And then to the questions….!

1.  What’s one thing in the past month you would have changed?  The month of December wasn’t too bad, just terribly busy with all the work and pleasure travels, holidays preparations and grad school finals. So a few extra days wouldn’t have been a bad thing! And I wish I hadn’t gotten sick on New Year’s Eve. That was a misery. I first thought I got cold after my trail run in ice cold water here in Alaska but afterwards I have started to believe I got a real flu . I don’t usually get sick and I don’t believe in flu shots, at all. This time my body was achy from head to toe, and I was seriously tired. Actually I was seriously considering of taking a sick day after New Year’s but eventually just sucked it up and handled my meetings. Well, five days later I started to feel a lot better, and by now I am annoying myself again.

2.  What was your favorite thing that happened in December?   Jason and I did quite a few trips in December, and I have a bit hard time to decide between San Diego, CA, and Boston, MA, which was our favorite. We also had a really, really nice Christmas although it was just two of us. We cooked traditional Scandinavian Christmas delicacies, I baked too many cookies – baking is fun but I don’t really like cookies a whole lot.

3.  What are you looking forward to in January?  The spring semester! I can’t wait it to start! I have been appointed as Adjunct Professor teaching at the Computer Science department, so I am excited beyond excitement this year.

4.  What did you do for New Year’s Eve?  Nothing. I was sick as a dog so I spent a good part of the New Year’s Eve on the couch until blankets and kept whining about my misery. I got up to cook and eat but was back to bed well beyond midnight….  Hopefully I am not getting old.

5.   What are your hopes and wishes for 2013? This year will bring lots of changes. Teaching at the university, new home, hopefully I will become a horse owner, some travels and adventures, Ironman race(s) …… so I am truly looking forward to 2013 and all the exciting opportunities and memorable moments that it will bring. I am sure this will be another awesome year for Jason and I.

December 7: MilSpouse (first) Friday Fill-In #77

It has been forever since my previous MilSpouse Friday Fill-In. Obviously life happens…. so much that I can’t even keep up to date with a frequent,  monthly posting. But here I am again, and since the questions are related to the holidays, this posting serves also as the 7th door on my virtual Christmas calendar. If you want to join the Military Spouse Friday Fill-in, check out the Wife of A Sailor ‘s Friday page , grab the questions, get your answers together and link up!

1. What’s one thing in the past month you would have changed?  The truth to be told, I wouldn’t change a single thing in the past month. Except that it flew by way too quickly!

2. What was your favorite thing that happened in November? Our vacation to Hawaii and Chicago. Spending time with the in-laws outside of Chicago. I have said it already about thousand times, and still repeat myself but I do have the most awesome in-laws in the world. Jason’s promotion also one of the biggest highlights in November. Oops, that is more than one favorite thing…. maybe the whole month of November was my favorite :-)

3. What is your favorite holiday memory?  It must be those many wonderful childhood Christmases that I have celebrated with my family, including my Grandma and Grandpa. Getting my first pair of skis when I was probably 3 or 4 years old was another highlight of mine!

4. What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?  I have no idea yet! We are probably homebodies and do nothing. Or if it is not super cold, we may head out to Anchorage downtown to shoot some fireworks photos. Time will tell…

5. What are you looking forward to in December? Christmas, hands down! I love this time of the year although I can feel the “oh-my-gosh-i-have-to-get-so many-things-done” panic approaching already. Our Christmas cards are still work in progress, I have hardly started gift shopping although I am planning to make quite a few presents myself… And I do look forward to our travels. We are going to visit San Diego, CA, and Boston, MA, before the year is over.

Sunday Social: Week 8

1. What is your dream job?  I currently do engineering at a very awesome, wonderful corporation. And I absolutely  love my job. However, I am daydreaming of completing my PhD and becoming a full-time university professor. I used to teach cryptography and computer science at the university years ago, and greatly enjoyed it….

2. If you had just won the lottery and didn’t need to work for money, what would you do with your time?  At least I wouldn’t quit working. There is nothing more rewarding than having a successful, fulfilling career and being able establish oneself professionally. I would, however, take risky projects, maybe being a business angel, or doing more consulting.

3. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?  I was always interested in scientific work and engineering. At some point I wanted to be a journalist, and have always loved writing.

4. What piece career advice would you give to someone just starting out in your field?  Be ready to work very hard, always raise the bar for yourself and meet and exceed the goals you are setting for yourself. Most importantly, choose your career field based on the  passion . If you don’t love, live and breath what you do, you will never be successful and the best.

5. Biggest Pet Peeves either in life or in blogging or at work?  In the professional life have very little understanding for unmotivated people as well as I can’t stand people who can’t get things done. Generally in life, slow walkers are my huge pet peeve – especially when they wander in front of me. As well as people who read magazines on the strength training equipment at the gym. Also, people who are constantly late annoy me, just like the ones who frequently change the plans at very last minute. And even worse, email or text about cancellations: if you need to change the plans, have a courtesy to call.

6. Biggest Fears?  I don’t really have fears but I live the life to the fullest – every, single day.