In the interest of keeping you up to date, here's what happened since my last post:
1. I went to Florida, where I saw my parents and my sister and her family, and we attended the memorial service of my great-aunt. The highlight of the memorial service was that the funeral parlor included what can only be termed as The Funeral Walk of Fame. It had pictures of the funerals/obituaries of Elvis, Babe Ruth, Princess Di, Jim Hensen, the Pope (not sure which one) and Mr. Rogers. It was very odd, and slightly depressing.
Otherwise in Florida: I saw an armadillo, 3 manatees, went kayaking, went tubing down a river, ate a delicious Cuban sandwich, experienced at least 2 severe thunderstorms, and saw my 1 year old nephew for the first time.
2. I went to Virginia, where I saw my aunt, 2 uncles and a cousin, reconnected with 2 friends from high school, and drove down to Roanoke to visit my grandma. I also experienced another severe thunderstorm, went swimming, and got called a crybaby by my grandma. This happened when I teared up when she asked me if I remembered my grandpa, who died while I was in Sydney. She certainly has gotten less sympathetic in her old age!
3. I started my new job. I managed to show up late for a meeting on the very first day (okay, it's an informal weekly thing, but still) and have been in meetings ever since. My coworkers are super excited to have me on board
4. We have been looking for a house to buy. I feel like I should be more excited about this than I am. Don't get me wrong, I really want to own my own home! But I don't really like the searching process, and every time someone says "Isn't looking for houses FUN?!?!" I kind of want to punch them in the face. The good news is, there's a lot on the market and it's pretty reasonable. However, I'm still waiting for that moment where we walk in the door, angels start singing, and I clasp my hands over my heart and say "Oh honey, it's PERFECT!" People keep telling me it will happen, but frankly, I don't think it will. The real world is not a goddamn realtor commercial. I think we'll keep looking for a little while longer and finally just pick the one that seems to be the best option.
That's probably enough pictureless updating for now. I'm not going to make any false promises about photos, because I don't really know when I'll get the camera situation fixed. I do have an iPhone now, so if I can work out how to post from my phone, you might get some photos. However, since this phone was Designed By Geniuses, For Geniuses, at this point it seems unlikely (also, I cannot download apps because it's a work phone. Don't ask).
And now, I'm off to go hiking while it's still summer.