After two weeks on the west coast, Alex and I returned to Redding, Connecticut (where I grew up) this week. I’ll be spending the next three weeks in my childhood home with my parents and my sister. Since my parents are retired and my sister is also a teacher (finishing up her degree and living at home), we’re all home – every day, all day. As you can imagine, this can be a recipe for disaster, but so far things are working out well…
I am always amazed that every time I come home (even though it’s only once a year), it’s pretty much like I never left. Sure, things change a little every year, but for the most part, seeing friends and family feels like just yesterday. I love that feeling!
This summer has been especially lucky for us – we’ve been able to see so many of our friends (several of whom we haven’t seen for three or four years!). First, in San Francisco, I had dinner with one of my best friends from college, Heather:
Then, while in Oregon, we were able to visit our friends, Annaliese and Jeremy, at their new home in Portland:
Now, back in Connecticut, we have spent some quality time with our other best friends from college, Lisa and Jay:
In addition to all this quality time with friends and family, my favorite pastime while in the US, is shopping. I am American, after all.
So far I’ve been on two trips to various factory outlets with two more planned for this week. I bought the best camera ever, plus a new iPod which was just delivered on Friday. Basically, I plan to spend the rest of my summer spending money. Handily, I am able to rationalize all of this spending by “saving myself money on future flights” because I have several credit cards that partner with various airlines. This summer we even flew from Eugene, OR to New York for free! While I realize that I probably could have gotten that flight for about US$500 for the two of us (instead of the thousands and thousands that I had to spend to earn those miles), it still feels pretty cool to fly for free. Plus, with all these trips to Asia I should be able to work myself up to some free flights faster…
What are you doing this summer?