Once again, nothing new to report. I am starting, however, to freak out a little about how quickly my departure date is coming up. For the past nine months I've waited on pins and needles for this day to arrive, and now that its almost here, I don't feel ready! There's so much to do and so many people to see...
Last Friday, Mom and Dad flew me out to Rhode Island to spend a few days with my grandpa. Grandpa was convinced that I wouldn't be eating anything but rice and beans for the next 27 months, so he made it his mission to feed me as much as possible (this included home-cooked quiche and berry pancakes, and endless sushi at a Japanese buffet). Luckily, we also went out on lots of walks. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and we spent the time talking about family history, plant life, medicine, and traveling.
Saturday, while he was taking a botany class at a nearby college, I got the opportunity spend the morning with my great-aunt and -uncle in Matunuck. My Aunt Barbara is a former Peace Corps Volunteer, so I was given wonderful advice and heard some hilarious stories from her time in the Philippines. So, all in all, I went back to Denver about 20 pounds heavier, but with some incredible memories that I know I will treasure for a long, long time.
Grandpa and I on one of our walks.
Humphrey and Sophie adore Grandpa and won't leave his side.
Showing me his beehive in the backyard.
Walking along the beach with Aunt Barb.