Thamayanthi came over for a visit Sunday afternoon, July 30 to chat about research and her work at CIBC. Thamayanthi told me she had just had her third paper accepted for publication. Congratulations Thamayanthi!! Although Patti knew of Thamayanthi through me, the two girls had actually never met. When I introduced them, Thamayanthi got a huge grin on her face and said "You made the efficient frontier cookies!".

Thamayanthi and Mike chatting in our back garden.

Patti and Thamayanthi with Mike taking the picture.


Patti and Mike with Thamayanthi taking the picture.


On Sunday, July 23, 2006, we had our first annual Mike's grad student reunion. We all got together at "A Taste of Japan" in Markham. We sat at the Teppanyaki table which is a special cooking table where the chef cooked food right in front of our eyes and entertained us while he cooked. It was wonderful to see old friends again and also make some new ones. Left pic (L-R), front: Parker, Julia, myself, Baoyan, DongMei; rear: Alex, Marina and Zhengzheng. The right pic was taken outside the restaurant. Notice that Charlie is in this one (he usually takes the pictures). Some people wanted to come, but couldn't. Ruo Yang had to catch a plane for the US that afternoon and Graeme was already in the US. Haiyan had some school work that couldn't wait. Any of my former graduate students out there who are interested in joining us next year, please send me an email and I'll put you on the list. How about the people from Ottawa coming down ? (Did you hear that Lise and Andy :)?

1st Annual Mike's Grad Students Reunion

1st Annual Mike's Grad Students Reunion


Jarka came for her annual visit from mid-June to mid-July. During that time, Julia, Victor and Parker came for a visit. Notice that the two T-shirts that Jarka brought for Victor and I (top left) are identical (except for size :). In the bottom left pic, Victor is watering our garden. This took him some time (about an hour) as he was very thorough. In the bottom right pic, Victor needed to examine every knob, lever, dial and button in my Miata. Again he was very thorough and insisted upon seeing in the trunk and under the hood. When he was satisfied, he asked me to put the car away in the garage (his Mom and Dad have taught him to put away his toys when he's finished playing with them :) When I started the Miata, lights flashed, bells rang, the windshield wipers were on and the stereo was blaring! A good time was had by all :)

Two Slovak T-shirts

Julia, Jarka and Victor


Victor watering our garden

Victor learning about my Miata


Marina didn't quite get her thesis corrections completed in time for the June convocation. But when she did get her thesis signed off, Jarka and I gave her some congratulatory flowers and took her and Peter out for dinner. On the left pic, note Peter's sly wink :) Marina was one happy girl that night!

The night Marina got her thesis corrections signed off.

The night Marina got her thesis corrections signed off.


Convocation, May, 2006.

Zhengzheng and Haiyan get their Master's degrees.

Zhengzheng with her Master's degrees.


Minyan got her Master's degree too.

Zhemgzheng, Charlie, Patti and me at a celebratory lunch at Sole .


Patti had been taking some gourmet cooking courses from The Food Diva and invited Zhengzheng to take some too. She did and they learned to cook Chipotle & Lime Glazed Cornish Hen, Spiced Root Vegetable Chips, Chipotle Orange & Pistachio Dressed Greens and Lemon Sour Cream Ice Cream. On the left is Zhengzheng and Maribel and on the right is the same two with Patti.

Zhemgzheng and Maribel .

Zhemgzheng, Maribel and Patti .


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