Can it really be 2007?

I’ve had a hard time finding time to write since arriving in the US November 2. Like everyone else, we got on the fast-paced merry-go-round as soon as we stepped off the plane, and our itinerant lifestyle doesn’t help. We’re either visiting with someone or traveling somewhere, or playing with Melina.

We spent Christmas in Hawaii with our family and had ten great days. I’m ready to move there if I can just convince Ray. We did lots of touristy things: whale watching, a snorkeling trip, a drive to the crater at 10,000+ feet. We shopped in Lahaina, ate lots of good food, and swam daily. I fell in love with the weather, the cultural mix, and the colorful clothes. Christmas came and went with barely a ripple of acknowledgement.

Back on the mainland, New Year’s Eve was celebrated with friends in Longview and we managed to stay up until 1:30 a.m. It was the rabid game of Mexican Train that kept us going.

Next week we go to Pullman, Washington to housesit for old friends and take care of their two kitties. It will be the first time since leaving France that we’ll have time and space to ourselves—for almost two weeks. Maybe we’ll actually have time to think. At the very least, we’ll enjoy the peace and quiet. Snow is predicted.

Happy New Year everyone! May 2007 bring us all joy, good health, and a world at peace.