Orientation Week – 2nd year

Orientation Week is very different in 2nd year than 1st year. While the second-years are not required to participate in all activities, they are very much expected to help out and take responsibility for various aspects of some of them. While this year it meant more responsibility than last year, I’m glad I don’t have to go through first-year Orientation Week again.

For me, Orientation Week mainly consisted of helping out with the Magical Mystery Tour and organizing Music Night with Ferna. I also had to continue my Extended Essay experiment and do (some) other schoolwork. And, of course, help the firstyears settle in.

It’s a very new and different experience to have new faces everywhere. On the one hand, it’s so much easier for the second-years, since we have to learn fewer names than the first-years. On the other hand, we remember all the students that have just graduated and are very busy staying in touch with them (so far I’ve skyped 3 of my second-years and I have no doubt I’ll skype more of them soon).

Orientation Week is seen as a very welcome break by lots of second-years – no more Math IA, TOK presentation or classes. It was a welcome break from classes, but really it was almost as tiring as a normal school week. I signed up to help out with welcoming the Hong Kong first-years, the Magical Mystery tour and, of course, Ferna and I were very busy organizing the first Music Night/International Cultural Evening of the school year.

The Magical Mystery tour was great – this year we changed up the stops a little bit to give the first-years a chance to see some different aspects of Hong Kong. Tegz and I greeted eight or nine groups at the Ladies’ Market in Hong Kong. As is tradition, the groups have to do us a favour before we do them the favour of giving them their next clue. Naturally, Tegz and I made the first-years hold a Taylor Swift sing-off, where they split into two teams and had to sing Taylor Swift songs at eachother. It was highly successful – I was sure several musical prodigies had joined LPC this year.

Music Night/ICE took a lot more planning, and it got quite hectic towards the end, when we realized we’d sent out two invitations via email – with both of them showing the wrong starting time. In the end we managed to sort it out, and it was quite the success. A couple of cultural groups performed, while we also had one teacher performance and a few first-year performances. In the end we had a second-year dance to “We’re All In This Together” from High School Musical – just to end it on a cheesy note. It felt a little weird to be hosting Music Night, though – taking over the responsibilities of friends who have recently graduated and left LPC is a very odd feeling. It’s also very odd to be gathered as a year group with some of us having chosen not to come back.

Ference freestyling to "We're All In This Together" at Music Night/ICE.

Ference freestyling to “We’re All In This Together” at Music Night/ICE. Lots of second-years dancing awkwardly in the background.

Badminton competition this weekend (we’re hoping to beat last year’s all-time record of 2nd place), so I shall be off now. See ya.

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Back at LPC – fortnight part 2

I finished my ToK presentation on Thursday. Two weeks of stressful preparation, other assessments and waiting for first-years is almost over. There is lots of preparation yet to be done – Music Night, community service presentation, activity presentation and more, but the most immediate concern has passed (hopefully, Elise and I have passed) and we are not-so-eagerly awaiting the next challenge.

Since the last blog post, I have had four assessments and two papers to hand in. I think it’s safe to say I’m a little exhausted. I find that tutor meetings are one of the best ways for me to relax at LPC – definitely because of the people in my tutor group. This Wednesday, we met up to eat pizza (veggie of course) and chat, but ended up playing a board game as usual and laughing the entire evening. Always great.

Then, yesterday, we went on a Biology fieldtrip. To begin with, it was called off due to heavy rain. Of course, as soon as the Head of Department had called off the trip, the sun started shining. I had just gotten back to my room when I got the email telling me to come back to the Biology lab to complete the field trip. Sigh.

First-years have started to arrive – I have briefly met the German firstie, the Thai firsties and Tegz’ first roommate, but most of the firsties will actually be arriving today. I am headed to the airport in just under 2 hours to pick up four firsties. Both of the Norwegian firsties are arriving today, so Magnus and I are very much looking forward to seeing them and taking them out for all of our Norwegian and Scandinavian traditions. My Kenyan roommate will also be arriving this evening, so I have to tidy my corner before she gets here (hehehe). There is a tradition at LPC to leave sweets and notes for new firstyears, so I am running around with small packs of sweets and notes to pin to doors before I leave for the airport – just in case my buddy or anyone in my tutor group arrives while I’m out. I also have to finish making the doorsigns for my room – they are supposed to have names and flags on them, but, as it turns out, I am only capable of drawing the Norwegian flag and the Union Jack – I am absolutely hopeless at the Hong Kong flag and Kenyan flag.

Roll on third term (but with slightly less work, please).

Emma

PS: Elise is really awesome and like, the best person ever.

PPS: (Elise wrote the PS)

Back at LPC – fortnight part 1

I arrived safely in Hong Kong on Sunday afternoon, absolutely dreading going back to school. There was a bunch of homework I hadn’t done over the holidays, and I knew of two people who had decided not to return to LPC after the summer.

Third term is quite infamous across UWCs (and probably IB schools across the world) for being the most difficult and stressful term of our 2-year experience. Having only been in school for four days so far, it most certainly feels like I’m drowning in upcoming assessments. This term is the most important term when it comes to university applications, so it really feels like the last few years have just been building up to this term. Although I am rather stressed at the moment, I do think the anticipation of third term is worse than the actual thing. The main source of my stress so far is unforeseen events causing shifting of plans and added responsibility. There are so many things to do before the first-years get here and not enough hours in the day.

Tiffany (finally!) came back to school yesterday, and so we’ve now carefully arranged our furniture. While this room (1/106) is the same size as the one we had last year (1/105), we’ve pushed everything to the walls and so the room feels much bigger now. Our second-year roommates liked their own space, and they had curtains which created a “wall” about halfway into the room. Now the light is being let into the room and it feels lovely and airy.

Miranda mailed me this beautiful lantern and included a very cute letter. The lantern is now hanging on the curtain-rail above my bed.

Miranda mailed me this beautiful lantern and included a very cute letter. The lantern is now hanging on the curtain-rail above my bed.

This is the view from my room around sunset. It's so nice to have a window corner - no wall halfway through the room this year!

This is the view from my room around sunset. It’s so nice to have a window corner – no wall halfway through the room this year! The light reaches the whole room.

I now have a camera (yayyyy!), so I’ve been busy taking pictures of anything and everything, so you can expect to be seeing more pictures in the future. Not until after I’ve finished my Math IA, though. For my Math IA, I’m modelling the number of illegal entries to Europe via sea, then integrating my functions to get the total number of migrants. The deadline was technically last night, but I’ll probably be finishing it tomorrow afternoon and handing in my hard copy on Monday. Cool beans.

What with all the homework and TOK presentations etc, I haven’t really left campus apart from going to Circle K to get a Diet Coke every couple of days – since Tiffany and I’s roommates last year gave away the fridge to someone else, this year I’m having to survive by buying drinks on a less regular basis. I suppose not having cold drinks easily accessible can also be seen as a good thing – no more distractions in my room!

The only relaxation I’ve had so far is with Tegz and Simran – last night Tegz and I watched Tangled, and right now Tegz, Simran and I are laying on the beds in my room, doing various bits of homework (or not, in my case?) and chatting about anything and everything.

Fun fact: in Mandarin this week, we’ve been learning how to describe peoples’ looks. While watching Tangled, Tegz and I had plenty of fun describing Rapunzel and Flynn/Eugene:

她有长长的头发。(She has really long hair) 她有大大的眼睛。(She has big eyes.)

她有长长的头发。(She has really long hair)
她有大大的眼睛。(She has big eyes.)

他的鼻子很大。(His nose is really big.)

他的鼻子很大。(His nose is really big.)

There really is educational value in everything!

Have a nice weekend!

Less than one month left…

So, almost exactly one month after my last blog post, I guess it’s time for another update. I’m in the UK right now, but headed back to Norway this weekend to celebrate a birthday in the family. Then, next week, I’ll be headed to see Tegan!!! Besides two or three Skype sessions, we haven’t seen each other ALL summer. Eight weeks is a long time, I swear! Really looking forward to going to see her – besides my fourth-year, Oda, and my first-years, she’ll be the only LPC person I see this summer (I think).

All the coming first-years seem really excited – at least the ones I’ve spoken to. I’ve spoken to four or five first-years coming to LPC and a few Norwegian first-years going to other colleges. They’re all very excited for the UWC experience, while some remain a little apprehensive when it comes to the demands of the IB and living away from parents. They all seem very capable, though, so I’m not worried for them at all.

I’ve made some (read: very little) progress when it comes to school-work. I have successfully completed my Geography Internal Assessment, and I now have a topic for my Mathematics Internal Assessment. That has to be finished by the time I get off the plane at Hong Kong International Airport (I framed the sentence in this way because I fully intend on finishing it while on the plane. I know.).

I had originally been hoping to finish my Biology and Chemistry Internal Assessments, but I think I may have been overly hopeful when I laid my study plans for the summer – I never seem to be in one place long enough with all the resources/textbooks I need. There’s also always people to see and places to go! I also had a 42-day Chemistry schedule – I thought that wouldn’t be too hard, considering that the summer is somewhere around 90 days long. WRONG. I’m only on Day 20 or something. In Norwegian we have an expression called ”skippertak”, which means something along the lines of a final tremendous effort just before exams or deadlines. I have a feeling a ”skippertak” is going to be necessary if I’m going to complete all of the things I had on my list this summer. On the bright side – I have almost finished my university applications, and I have a fairly clear idea of the distribution of my workload for third term. I also received some wonderful postcards from Tiffany and Cynthia (very much looking forward to reading Cynthia’s postcard) – I will be hanging those up in my corner as soon as I get back to LPC!

This weekend I’ll be headed back to Norway to celebrate a birthday, then I’m back in the UK (and seeing Tegan!!!) before my birthday and heading back to Hong Kong. Update again (hopefully) soon – I do realize that I haven’t written about Iceland yet. I know. If you don’t hear from me until Christmas, it’s because 3rd term is killing me.

One month down, (less than) two to go

My holiday in Norway is now nearing an end. Mum, Morgan and I have a week of holiday together before Morgan and I head off to the UK for about five weeks. Although I started the holiday rather well with regards to schoolwork (self-taught a chapter of Chemistry in the first two weeks – yay!), I have been waking up later and later, and doing less and less schoolwork. While I think I can finally say I’ve caught up with all the sleep I lost during the first year of the IB, I have realized I need a kick up the ass to actually continue working and do something productive. Not to say that I’ve wasted my time – I’ve definitely done some productive things:

  • My first-year, Emma (check out her blog here), came to visit for a weekend. We visited Fløyen, walked along Bryggen and saw some of the sights Bergen has to offer.
  • I went to Oslo for a long weekend – it was the weekend of the UWC Norway intro-weekend and their parents’ meeting. Gustav and I saw the firstyears off to the intro-weekend before heading to the parents’ meeting, where, in addition to meeting the parents, we met some co-years as well as my fourth-year, Oda. Sidenote: I have now met my first-years, second-years, third-years AND one of my fourth-years.
  • The rest of the long weekend in Oslo was spent with my uncle and cousin, where we went to an outdoors concert on Saturday and wandered around the harbourside of Oslo on the Sunday!
  • Many many many barbeques/18th birthday parties. Many many. I think I’ve been to four parties in the last week. Phew.
  • And then, of course, reacquainting myself with my beloved guitar and keyboard. While we have access to pianos in Hong Kong, they aren’t always tuned (the horror), and I didn’t bring my guitar to Hong Kong. I have spent a lot of time over the last few weeks learning new songs.
  • Finally, I have been getting back to my ever-political roots – I went to am island youth council meeting to talk about UWC and slavery, and went to a local secondary school to give two presentations on UWC, democracy in Hong Kong and slavery in South-East Asia.

Continuing for just a moment longer on the political/social activism side of things, here are a couple of links with descriptions:

  • In first term, Maisha (Bangladesh) and I gave a presentation on labour migration from Bangladesh to Qatar. Most people will know Qatar because they will be hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022. FIFA has come under a lot of scrutiny for this decision, with many people claiming corruption has led to this choice being made. Maisha and I know Qatar for its “Kafala” system, which ties laborers to their employers in Qatar. Laborers cannot leave, buy property or cars or quit their jobs without their employer’s permission. This is bad enough in itself, but, as it turns out, many men from Nepal, Bangladesh, India and other countries are tricked into going to Qatar to work as construction workers in preparation for the World Cup. With harsh conditions, unfair wages (or none at all) and long working hours, these workers are effectively slaves. Last year, one Nepalese worker died every two days in Qatar. After the earthquake in Nepal earlier this year, many workers were stopped from traveling back to Nepal to attend funerals. In order to protest the labour abuses in Qatar, some people have re-designed the logos of the World Cup’s biggest sponsors – Coca Cola and Adidas, among others. Here you can see the new and improved logos.
  • Sarah Jones is an extremely talented monologist. She has written an extended monolog, set in the future and looking back through BERT (Bio-Empathetic Resonant Technology) to 2016, where different people have been interviewed for their perspectives on feminism, prostitution/sex work and women’s rights. It’s a long video (about 25 minutes), but of excellent quality and offering many different ((real)) perspectives on the legality of prostitution, as well as whether prostitution can at all be said to be empowering. Here is the video, shown as a TED talk, which is a preview of the full-length play.

But now, I fear, I must actually get some work done. I’ve pledged to myself to finish Acids and Bases before the IB exam results come out (which is the 6th of July). The topic is proving to be a little tricky so far (maybe that’s why I keep putting it off?), so cross your fingers and wish me luck!

Summer 2015. Bring it on!

I have now been back home for almost two weeks, and I have finally gotten over my not-so-shocking bout of hypothermia (just kidding – it’s cold, though). I am well underway studying and preparing for the harsh realities of third term. While I’ve mainly been relaxing, watching movies and ruining my sleeping patterns (going to bed at 3am and waking up at noon – no internet ban!, I think that sounds like a certain roommate of mine…), I’ve also been able to meet up with a few of my friends, go to the library, attend a meeting and do plenty of schoolwork. So, naturally, I’m more than ready to take a holiday from my holiday.

Seeing pictures of second-years with their families or on grad trips makes me very happy for them, seeing as they are now finished with the IB (no more paper 1s/2s/3s) and moving on to bigger things. At the same time, I have been chatting with quite a few of the second-years I was am close to, and there is a certain feeling that we could have had more time together. My end-of-year grades weren’t all that fantastic, so given that, I think in retrospect I would have preferred to spend more time eating sorbet with Cynthia, watching AHS with Angelos or laughing with Belce/Miranda/Miren/Kylie/insert name here.

I have plenty of exciting things lined up for this summer; this weekend I’ll be visited by Emma (Norwegian firstie) – we’ll be doing tourist-y things in Bergen and chatting about life at LPC. Then, next weekend I’ll be headed to Oslo to help the Norwegian national committee with the parents’ meeting. Next week is the intro-weekend for the first-years, but unfortunately, I won’t be able to go. Pre-scheduled Skype meetings and family events prevent me from going, while Magnus is still in India backpacking with Anton (Denmark). It reminds me an awful lot of last year, when our second-years also couldn’t make it to the intro-weekend. I’m hoping to make it up to the first-years, though! After I arrive in Oslo on Thursday, I’ll head to lunch on Friday afternoon with the firsties before they go off on the intro-weekend.

At some point me, my Mum and my brother will be headed off to Reykjavik for a while, then my brother and I will be headed to the UK. While there, I will be visiting Tegan for a week (Welsh pride!) and also dropping by Elise’s place for a couple of days (so we can work on Chemistry and our Theory of Knowledge presentation together). Just kidding about the Chemistry. Not kidding about the Theory of Knowledge. Then *horror-filled gasp* I will be turning eighteen – a legal adult!! Whatever shall I do?

In lieu of more to say, I will end this blog post here.

First year is officially over. Bring on third term (actually, wait, please don’t!).

Emma

A brief summary of the post-exam period

Time passes by so quickly here at LPC. I finished my final exams last Tuesday, and had every intention of working very hard for the remaining two days before the hecticness was set to start. Needless to say, that didn’t exactly happen. I relaxed, started packing (I’m leaving four – FOUR – boxes on campus over summer. How is it possible for one person to accumulate so much stuff over the course of a year?) and chilled out with other people that happened to be finished. Willem and I went to Festival Walk (someone insisted they had to go shopping), then the next day, Simran, Willem and I (like half of Magan’s firsties) went to Central shopping (again!), then we went to a Mexican restaurant where we had the most amazing non-homemade tacos I have ever had.

Then on Friday, we visited Ada, a Norwegian girl Magnus and I met at the Peak during the 24 hour race in November. We chatted for a while about Club Norway, a Norwegian society that organizes events for Norwegian people living in Hong Kong. On the 17th of May (the Norwegian Constitutional Day!!), Club Norway hosted an event to celebrate. Unfortunately, Magnus and I couldn’t go – the event was way out of the range of my student budget (800 HKD – about 800 NOK or 80 GBP), and LPC also happened to be hosting a mentorship day. That, and the fact that I will now be going home in 2 (TWO) days, made it not worth the money. Anyways. Norwegian food in three days.

What else have we been up to? Lots of school-organized things… As one of the leaders of Music Night next year, we have been planning the last Music Night of the year. Unfortunately, I’ll be leaving the day before the Music Night, but I have lots of faith in Ferna and the Café team. Hopefully the event (Last, But Not Least) will be a great way to reminisce over the events of this year.

I am also now officially one of the two Executive Co-Chairs of Liberty Asia Students Against Slavery. We spent a lot of time this year nailing down the organizational structure of the organization, so I’m really thrilled to be a part of it next year too. I’m spending some time this summer visiting schools in my local area in Norway to talk about slavery, so I’m hoping to have the chance to learn lots more.

A quick summary of other events… my package from Norway containing exam sweets and rice porridge ingredients for the 17th of May finally arrived at school yesterday… a month after being sent from Norway. Needless to say, I’m anxious to save suitcase space going back to Europe, so most of the sweets have been shared and are already almost gone (yes, let’s pretend that’s the reason). Due to the exams and tight scheduling, our only time to socialize seems to be the evening. Yesterday I played Cards Against Humanity in block 3 with some lovely people, then Cynthia and I ate rice porridge and wild berry sorbet (yum-yum). I finally submitted my Science Internal Assessment ideas (my Bio IA is great, but I’m a bit iffy about my Chem IA… oh well. I’ll deal with it after I check out the in-flight entertainment on the way to London).

Peace out.

PS: I’m lazy so no pictures this time. If you made it all the way to end and actually read everything: kudos to you.

Tutor group appreciation post – and Happy Birthday Tiffany!!!

With all of my exams (finally) over, it’s time for me to write one of the last blog posts of my first year here at LPC. Biology was the last of my exams, ending yesterday at just about 4pm. Today I met with my tutor, Magan, to talk about this term, attended a talk on the history of Cambodia (specifically the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge) and then went shopping with Willem, and I’ve also had time to take all of my tokens and notes off the wall… My wall has now gone from being cheerful and rainbow-y to being the same old dreary cream-colour it was when I got here. Sigh.

The packing process has officially started – I did my laundry today (only because I’ve been stuck in the same clothes for like three days and I literally could not find any excuses to put it off any longer), and after I write this blog post I’ll be folding and packing most of my clothes – only 9 days left until I leave Hong Kong for almost 3 months!

I got into a conversation today with Willem (my shopping buddy from the Netherlands) about our tutor group and why it’s so great. We arrived at the conclusion that our tutor, Magan, is highly invested in us, and while he’s super-busy being a Physics teacher and Head of House of block 1, he still finds time to see us all pretty much every week for at least an hour. It’s also pretty great that the vast majority (not all, but the vast majority) of the tutees enjoy the meetings, and so usually we are all gathered together on Wednesdays for that family feeling you don’t really get at LPC (like, we’re all one big happy family at LPC, but it’s nice to be sitting at an actual dining table in an actual living room).

So yeah. We’ve done quite a few things as a tutor group – we’ve played plenty of rounds of Truth Hurts, had many many cultural dinners, many-course international dinner by the poolside and outings to 10 000 Buddhas and a Turkish restaurant in TST. As Magan keeps telling us, if we organize it, we’ll do it. So the schedule for next year is already underway. Here’s to watching movies on a (clean) sofa in an actual living room! Woo! Go tutor group!

Aaaaaand as the last day of first-year exams approaches, happy birthday to the most wonderful roomie ever, Tiffany!!! Even though she’s rarely awake, we still manage to have tonnes of fun (we like the same food and drink, and that’s all that matters). 我爱你, Tiffany!

爱玛 (Emma)

Exam stress & end of year

Maths exam over, phew… Two exams finished, only five (5!!!) to go.

Tomorrow I have Chemistry followed by Norwegian Paper 1, Monday I have Norwegian Paper 2 followed by Mandarin, and then my final exam will be Biology on Tuesday afternoon.

Even then it won’t be time to relax! Final QC reflections, TOK journals, Chem and Bio Internal Assessment proposals and a whole bunch of school-organised events. As they say here in Hong Kong, ayyaaaaaaa!

There are still plenty of things I would like to do before going home for the summer (the Peak, sleep, hang out with all of my favourite second-years, sleep, go out for a nice meal, and oh yeah did I mention sleep?).

This is it for now – time to study VSEPR and orbital shapes.

xoxo

PS: I promise the quality of my English and the frequency of my blog posts will be higher after my Chemistry exam tomorrow.

The end is approaching

Not for me… for the second-years!

My feelings on graduation are mixed – while there are many second-years I love and will miss dearly after they leave, there are some second-years I will be cheering out of the school gates.

At the same time, I am looking forward (and not looking forward) to going home. It will be really nice to have a holiday – and hopefully a few days where I’m not working on IAs, my EE, university applications etc. – but at the same time I feel as though I will want to come back to LPC the moment the plane touches down. I realized at the end of last term that I have changed, and the people back home seem (to me at least) to have changed. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it definitely felt a little odd coming back to a place when I wasn’t the same (and people weren’t expecting me to be different). I definitely feel very at home in this school/community, where everyone knows everyone, and secrets are pretty much non-existent. I will be leaving the day before graduation – another one of those things whether I can’t decide to be happy or sad. On the one hand, I will be going home early (yay!). On the other hand, I will be going home early (and leaving the second-years). I will also be missing Music Night (which I am supposed to be hosting – oops) and missing the opportunity to say goodbye to all the second-years. Although I suppose leaving early will be less emotional, and therefore maybe a good idea? Conflicted.

There is another dread lurking in the back of my mind – this will most likely be the last time I ever see some of my second-years, and everyone now is talking about how important it will be for the first-years to spend as much time as possible with our second-years before we leave. The whole “imminent graduation” thing seems to have come very suddenly – one minute it was Chinese New Year, mock exams and Project Week, and then the next the first-years were preparing a song for Graduation Dinner.

Graduation dinner is an annual tradition, where the school gets dressed up and gathers outside Arnett’s house (the principal’s house) for drinks before the second-years are bussed off to a fancy hotel to have a nice meal and reminisce on their two years together. While the second-years were gone, the first-years frantically rushed around to prepare things for our roommates (Tiffany and I tidied and cleaned our roommates’ corners and gave them notes and gifts), and prepared a song and balloons for when the second-years came back. The second-years were really cute – when we were having technical difficulties, they sang us “Hey Ho” – apparently, that was the song they sang to THEIR second-years after Graduation Dinner last year. When technology finally decided to cooperate with us, we sang them a song about living life and not regretting anything. Lots of crying and hugging ensued, and it took a good 45 minutes to get back to my room to change. Pictures of graduation dinner below:

The Scandinavians all seem to suffer from a mystery sickness called "Resting Bitchface". At least, that's how the legend goes... (Or, maybe, we're the original Cullen family)

The Scandinavians all seem to suffer from a mystery sickness called “Resting Bitchface”. At least, that’s how the legend goes… (Or, maybe, we’re the original Cullen family)

Me and Miren outside Arnett's house.

Me and Miren outside Arnett’s house.

Me and Belce!

Me and Belce!

Our second ever roomie photo!

Our second ever roomie photo!

US-UK fusion, according to Hannah... from left: Elise (UK/Netherlands), Hannah (UK), Adam (USA), Kylie (USA), Tegan (UK), me, Chloe (UK/HK).

US-UK fusion, according to Hannah… from left: Elise (UK/Netherlands), Hannah (UK), Adam (USA), Kylie (USA), Tegan (UK), me, Chloe (UK/HK).

Harriet made this edit of the pictures of the Scandinavians (Nordics) that sums up the truth.

Harriet made this edit of the pictures of the Scandinavians (Nordics) that sums up the truth.

Life is also tinged with some apprehension towards exams – the self-taught students, of course, have their final IB exams in their self-taught A language. All I can say is that I need to do more Paper 1’s before I’ll be ready to sit in the gym writing unseen commentaries! The second-years are on study leave now – some have been studying all day in the courtyard. Let’s hope they all get #IB45.

I just realized this was a rambling, slightly incoherent post about a lot of things. Never mind; I’m a busy girl these days, and besides – I’m sure there will be many more of these to come.