Not exactly. Still alive and kickin'. Just a little on the busy all over the place side. A week in the US and I've already covered more than 1000 miles. I've an incredibly interesting story to tell about almost being hospitalized on my flight home...but I don't really have time at the moment to go into all the details, so you'll just have to ask me about it later. Or maybe a time will come when I've got a bit more time and focus and can actually take a few minutes to go into it.
I got back to Oregon early last Sunday, and was picked up by my parents, Julie and Rowan. Despite the hour, Rowie was adorably chatty the whole ride home, and when my Taco Bell craving got the better of me, he ate a whole soft taco supreme at 1AM as well :) I had a little time in Oregon, and was able to go over and visit Jessie on Sunday. It was so glorious to spend a little time with her and to finally see that sweet Citlali baby. I was a bit worried that she wouldn't warm up to me, but my fears were thankfully pointless. What a cutie she is!
Monday we headed right back to Moscow. Our schedule there wasn't as packed as it was last summer, but the days still just seemed to disappear before I even knew what was happening. There was shopping to be done, a movie to see, food to make (which always seems to take up a good deal of time!) and bikes to be ridden. I was a bit nervous about the bike riding, seeing as how I really haven't ridden at all to speak of since my bike was stolen 7 or so years ago. But in the end Julie persuaded and I gave in and it turned out all right. I was too nervous to be much good at hand signals, but as long as I was just following her I think it was okay.
I got in one 4 or 5 hour Starbucks trip, but it still wasn't nearly enough to catch up in my journal, so I'm hoping my flight to Kansas today will provide me with some much needed journaling time.
I went with Brian and Rowan to pick up Adelia on Thursday and we had a great time playing at a little park by the river, then hiking up to a cave where we braved a treacherous climb, and a brush with a rattle snake in order to enjoy the spectacular view in the beauty of one of God's hidden treasures in the mountainside.
Like I said, time just evaporated and soon it was the 4th of July. Since I'm off all over the place again, we celebrated Julie and Adelia's birthdays on the 4th which was fun and meant more yummy desserts (I'm hoping I still fit into my dress for Laura's wedding! :) We topped the day off with some lovely fireworks then went to sleep to the sounds of explosions all around the neighborhood. I really wanted to let them know that after midnight it wasn't the 4th anymore and they really ought to give it a rest until next year. Ah well.
Yesterday, after Mom finished the final touches on my dress for the wedding, we headed back over to Oregon. We took two cars which meant I had separate chances to drive with Mom and Dad which was nice for conversation. It's been really good to have long drives to talk to people. I had Julie all to myself on the drive to Moscow last Monday, and then this week I had half and half with Mom and Dad and I got to drive the whole trip which makes me happy :)
Today I'm flying out to Kansas where I'm not sure how much access I'll have to a computer. Not that it looks like I've had much this week either...ah well. We'll see what I can manage, and I'll try to get some pictures up as well.