First things first, I apologize for taking so long to update my blog.
To catch you up on what I've been doing the last couple months:
In April, Loaves and Fishes had Bike Day, when a middle school from Nevada City, CA, brings down their bicycle repair shop and they fix bikes all morning. Then, after lunch, they raffled off around 60 bikes. It was a very exciting day. The next weekend, my house went on a trip to Yosemite National Park. It was the first time camping for Alice, Anne, and Nicole. It was a great weekend, and I actually met someone from Bronson, KS, while at Yosemite.
Then in May, we had silent retreat in Applegate, CA. It was beautiful, but I had bad allergies while we were there, so I felt really sick. I slept most of the time, but it was still a great experience. Then, from May 15-22, I was in New Orleans, LA. It was really nice to go back and see friends and go to graduation. I had a busy schedule (crawfish boil, wave goodbye, 3 baseball games, commencement, a wedding, John's birthday, visiting old employers and professors, etc.) but fit it all in and felt very relaxed. It was a much needed vacation to one of my favorite places. Upon my return, it was Anne's last week and a half with us, so we tried to do many things celebrating Anne.
Which brings us to June. Anne left us on June 1st to go begin the NYC teach fellows. I'm so proud of her! She's doing great things! On June 10th, Laura did the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon... It was so amazing! We were near the transition area and it was a blast to cheer on everyone as they showed how mighty the human body is! I'm still amazed and proud of Laura for that accomplishment. The next weekend, Kathleen and I puppysat Nimbus... It was really nice to see him again, he's gotten so big! And it was Cait's last weekend, she got a job in Denver and had to leave early. So we celebrated her time here and said goodbyes. This past weekend, I had a ultimate frisbee tournament for the frisbee league I'd been playing in (it started in May). We won all 3 games I was at (the easier teams all ended up scheduled in the morning), then I left for Grass Valley, and we evidently lost to the 2 harder teams we had to play. I went to Grass Valley to see The Machine play. They're a Pink Floyd cover band with the background music done by a symphony orchestra. I really enjoyed it. I got to see Alex's parents and younger sister. It was nice to have a weekend away. I was reminded just how much I love Grass Valley, so maybe I'll try to make another trip up there before I leave in August.
I have an interview with Schlumberger for a Field Specialist position in Houston on Thursday and Friday. They're flying us (there's a group of us) there, paying for our hotel, food, and transportation. I'm very excited to have this opportunity and hoping that it turns out well. Then on Saturday, I'm going to go to some nearby caves with Nick (or hopefully we'll be doing this). Resting on Sunday. The next weekend is the JVC Mock Wedding, so it'll be nice to be at a wedding and celebrate with friends even if it's a fake wedding. Sacramento JV goodbye party the next weekend (and maybe a trip to see Alex's family again). The next weekend is my birthday, and I believe we're going to SoCal to celebrate it since the very next day is Dis-Orientation near LA. Then it's our last weekend here. We finish work on August 3, and leave after work that day before August 8. I still don't know for sure when I'll be leaving, but I'm assuming August 4 or 5.
I hope all of you are having busy and exciting lives like I am. I'll try to update this more often, especially with how the job hunt continues.