5/26/2013: And how quickly time marches on. Since updating in October, I've been on quite a tour. My wife Sarah and I went to Belize, where we indulged in trekking through the jungle, and getting into our newest passion, diving. We swam with sharks and green turtles and moray eels, it was unreal.
I spent most of January down south, working in South America. One week was teaching in Chile at the Universidad de Arturo Prat, and then I followed up with 2 weeks at the Universidad de Las Americas in Quito, researching Andean plants and creating extracts. Both locations were exciting and exhausting, but I would love to have the chance to return and explore more.
For the summer, it will be relatively quiet, except for a couple short trips to Anchorage and Bismarck for our ongoing research there. With luck we'll manage a vacation, but we'll see how it goes.
I'm hoping to complete the doctorate within the next year, which will mark the end of a big chapter of my life. I'm terrified and excited at the same time.