Sometimes things work out perfectly, my wife is away in Poland, my daughter has a regional swim meet on Saturday and I get to brew beer all day Sunday with a homebrew expert. He has brewed a ton of different beer and I get to brew two different partial mash kits and keg straight away instead of bottling. We are brewing a an unfiltered wheat and a Guinness knock-off stout. Two totally different beers, but if all goes well, in a couple weeks I will be brewing an Oktoberfest and a DIPA.
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I have long toyed with the idea of going back to school. I have listened to, read and internally debated all the reasons about pursuing a graduate degree and why it may or may not be worth the time and money. In the almost 9 years I have been out of school I have received a handful of certificates, managed to climb the corporate ladder and settled down.
Now is the time to go back. To prepare I am currently taking an online stats course which is followed by an advanced applied statistics course in prep for the GMATs so that I can pursue my Executive MBA.
We will see how everything pans out, but that is the plan.
Over the past three months, I have slowly but steadily read a good deal of books, never as many as I want but still making progress.
Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson: A very intersting look at the famed (T.E.) Lawrence of Arabia from a historical perspective. Not just Lawrence but three other main individuals that have a tremendous influence on the Middle East during WWI and to this day. A great read that shows how England and France bungled the entire region up and caused a good deal of the issues we face today.
Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris by A.J. Liebling: The book came highly recommend to me but I did not care for it. Liebling treasured a good appetite as a prerequisite for writing about food, as his accounts of substantial meals (two portions of cassoulet, one steak topped with beef marrow, and a dozen or so oysters, for example) attest. For the poised, precise, literary, and humorous flavor of his writing, you need only crack open the book–any page will do.
Like others, I receive way too many emails, but the emails from TripAdvisor always get me to stop and open them. I love knowing that the reviews I leave are read. It also reminds me that I need to add reviews of other places I have visited. Their emails drive me to write new TripAdvisor reviews and reinforce that I should keep doing so.