My first trip to the East Coast this year with Dani and her family was so much fun that I decided to do it again! This time I'm in North Carolina. I started in Chicago with birthday parties for my 1 year old great-niece Sophie, my 50 year old brother in law Peter, and my 80 year old Aunt Kay. From there, I drove to Columbus, Ohio with my nieces Katie and Maddie. i drove south through Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee, before arriving at the home of my friends Jack and Mary Stephenson, in Tryon, North Carolina, at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I only had time to stay one night, but I want to go back to hear Jack play his autoharp with a jam band some Sunday afternoon. Maybe Joy will come with me to deliver Jack's Christmas card really early this year!
I arrived at Andy's apartment in Fayetteville yesterday. While Andy was working, I got acquainted with his friends Robyn and Tim's new four day old baby Lily, who also happens to be the first grandchild of my college friends Deb and Joe DiPietro. Deb is also here, and Joe is arriving tomorrow. It's so interesting that our kids are friends with each other, and they are now older than we were when we were all in college together just a short time ago!
I'm starting back to Duluth on Monday, where I still haven't stayed for one complete week yet since arriving back from Brazil in mid May. Hyesin is arriving on August 15 from Korea, and I'm hopeful that Ricky will be here from Venezuela to help me greet her.
i think I've decided I don't need a job - I just need someone who will pay me to travel!
That's all for now. I told Sergeant Andy and his roommate Nick and their cat Spike (is that a military name for a cat, or what?) that I'd make lasagna tonight. Tchau-tchau!