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Engagement, travel in 2011 and looking on to 2012

The biggest news of 2011 for me was MJ surprising me on July 1st with an absolutely amazing marriage proposal in Sonoma. I still grin ridiculously when I think about what a perfect night and weekend it was.

Details and more photos are on our site here: http://www.mjandlyz.com/engagement.shtml

But it wasn’t the only exciting thing I did in 2011. I logged almost 50,000 miles in the air, gave six talks, one of which was a keynote, participated in one panel and went to two Ubuntu Developer Summits.

FOSSCON Keynote, Philadelphia, July 2011


  • February: LAX for SCALE9x
  • April: San Juan, Puerto Rico for vacation
  • May: Budapest, Hungary for UDS
  • May: Fort Lauderdale, FL for a family event
  • May: Edmonton, Alberta to visit my sister
  • July: Philadelphia, PA for FOSSCON
  • September: Phoenix, AZ to visit family
  • October: Philadelphia for work and fun
  • October: Orlando, FL for UDS

Beach in San Juan, April 2011

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, May 2011

We also did a couple of mini-trips, heading up to Sonoma for our engagement over the 4th of July weekend and down to Monterey over Thanksgiving.

Talks and panels:

It was an amazing year, just as 2010 was. I have thoroughly enjoyed the flexibility and opportunities we’ve had to travel these past couple years.

2012 is shaping up to be a different kind of year. Work travel will be more limited for both of us, we’re saving up and planning for a wedding in 2013 and now with Simcoe’s health problems we’ll be tied a bit closer to home. This isn’t a difference that disappoints though, we live in a beautiful city that I love where there is never a shortage of things to do. I’m very much looking forward to time I spent traveling last year to be spent focused on projects, learning and spending more quality time exploring our city. Bring it on, 2012!