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Filed under: random blather :) — Holly at 12:31 pm on Tuesday, June 23, 2009  Tagged ,

Hello blog, hello world!

I have been remiss at posting here. sigh.

I have all of the usual excuses: Life’s been busy. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed! (and so on and so on)

However, today I read this beautiful blogpost and it made me want to “connect.”

I am busy. I am feeling overwhelmed. This will not be an extremely substantive post.

But I do want to share a few important-to-me updates:

* Our daughter is busy job hunting, has had several telephone interviews! [She is in San Diego now, but applying all over the States]. She’ll fly to Tallahasee this Thursday for a follow-up face-to-face interview. She’ll fly here to VA in a few weeks, and from here will drive to more face-to-face follow-up interviews; exciting times for a newly graduated (Master’s!) young adult. I am extremely proud of her!

* My parents recently relocated to live near us; a very traumatic move. After living lifelong in NJ, they are now VA residents, having moved into a much smaller home located approximately 14 minutes’ drive from our home. This move has significantly impacted weekly routines and planning.

* I have begun work as a consultant for EnglishCafe []. Here’s a link to


* My Master’s in Adult Education and Training should be completed this August (one more class to go!)

* Twitter (my Twitter ID = hollydilatush) continues to be an important part of my professional development and PLN (personal learning network). The NIFL listservs have had very rich discussions recently as well. This July I will attend the NOVA VAILL Conference in Fairfax, VA.

* Warren (my wonderful husband) and I claim 29 years of marriage as of June 21, 2009. He’s been incredibly supportive–cooking, shopping, encouraging–throughout these recent trying months… and they haven’t been easy months for him, either. His late April – early January employer of the past eight years (Warren’s also a tax consultant, and quite busy completing others’ tax returns late January through mid-April each year) is closing their doors at the end of June. This means no more health insurance benefits for us, a disturbing, challenging, economic burden soon to descend upon us.

* There have been many other adventures, some documented in Flickr photos. Please visit and enjoy!

Life does bring challenges! We have much to feel grateful for.

Around us, flowers are blooming, birds singing, friends are caring, family is near.

Best wishes, dear readers, that you are well!

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