And I wish I could spend more time here!
Mike and I flew in late Wednesday evening, and we have been enjoying a fantastic weekend with his family. In addition to his parents, Mike’s sister and her boyfriend (Jen & Ben) are here, and they are lots of fun to hang out with. Especially when “hanging out” involves smashing each others’ castles and boats via Boom Blox on the Wii. :)
On Thanksgiving proper, we enjoyed a traditional dinner with Mike’s mom’s brother and his wife, and afterward I dominated some Apples to Apples. We have also enjoyed games of Ticket to Ride Europe and Settlers of Catan in the past couple of days. Yesterday we went on a walk in Schmitz Park (the Pacific Northwest is so beautiful!) and today we made turkey-shaped cookies, a Bigelow tradition. We decorated them meticulously with food coloring and sprinkles before baking them, smothering them in whipped cream, and devouring them. Tonight we enjoyed dinner at a tasty Chinese place – a welcome treat given the lack of such things in San Diego – and we watched the new Star Trek movie with copious amount of air-popped popcorn. I drizzled an obscene amount of melted butter on mine and it was glorious.
In sum: food, games, people, and nature. Adds up to an awesome time any day.
I am sad to report, however, how adapted to southern California’s weather (or lack thereof) I have become. It has been in the upper 40s/lower 50s and anywhere from partly cloudy to rainy since our arrival, and I am just chilly. Sigh.
Tomorrow, we are off to find a friend who is running the Seattle marathon, and sadly Jen & Ben must depart. Mike and I don’t return to San Diego until Monday afternoon, which should give me the opportunity to visit the University of Washington on Monday morning with a friend who is currently in the astronomy PhD program.
After all that, it will be back to business… orchestra rehearsals are on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and concerts are on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We’re playing Bernstein’s Mass, which is both awesome and insane (like any good concert should be). Not to mention it shall be “for reals” time in the realms of both PhD applications and research.
But right now: food, games, people, and nature. I am grateful for all and already look forward to Thanksgiving 2010!