It is good to be home again! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually missed our humidity. Colorado is very, very dry, and I spent almost the entire time I was gone with a parched throat and chapped lips.
WenYu’s and my trip to Colorado was terrific though. The visit to Colorado College served its purpose and helped her make up her mind about which college she will attend in the fall. WenYu had a great time visiting CC, met nice people, and got a good feel for the campus and its environment, both academic and social. Although she liked it and knows Colorado College is a great school, she believes Wellesley will be a better fit for her both academically and financially, and what she wants to accomplish.
Travel-wise, the trip was exhausting but still a lot of fun. We hit the ground running when we arrived in Colorado, on very little sleep, and didn’t stop the entire time we were there. After the college visit was over on Friday we went hiking through the Garden of the Gods, and then were up again early on Saturday morning for the trip home. Our hotel was extremely nice, and the free breakfast they offered was quite a few steps up from what you typically find. The flights going and coming home were long, but all departed and arrived on time without incident, and we received a complimentary upgrade on our rental car in Colorado Springs, from a Corolla to a small SUV. Meals were mostly free at the college, but we did eat out on Friday evening and at the airport in Los Angeles, and still stayed under budget for the trip – we took cash along and both of us came home with money in our wallets!
This afternoon I am:
- Reading: I’m about half-way through Over the Edge. I unfortunately didn’t get any reading done on the trip because if I wasn’t out doing something with WenYu I was sleeping, and I can’t read on planes or in the terminals.
- Listening to: It’s fairly quiet here right now, although the washer and dryer are going. I’ve had the house to myself so far today because Brett and the girls went to help out with clean-up at the annual Kiwanis/Key Club breakfast this morning and haven’t gotten back yet. It’s lovely to hear the birds singing here (vs. background noise from the freeway or jet engines).
- Watching: Brett and I are going to get back to watching Death in Paradise this evening. We haven’t decided what will follow when we’ve finished all the available episodes.
- Cooking/baking: No baking today. I’m making hiyashi chuka for dinner tonight, a Japanese cold noodle salad that will use up the last of the ham (no ham for me though).
- Happy I accomplished this past week: I’m happy this trip is done and that it was a success. It was difficult to pull off because of the schedule, the long flights, all the activities, etc. I was also nervous about driving around and finding my way in Colorado Springs, but I did fine. I did a LOT of walking on the trip, and was able to stick with my eating plan most of the time (there were a few surprises though).
- Looking forward to next week: There isn’t much on our calendar this week. Brett and I will go to the farmers’ market on Wednesday, and hopefully be able to get to the beach one day, but otherwise I’m looking forward to getting my equilibrium and energy back. I’m feeling very tired right now.
- Thinking about the good things that happened: I think at the top of my list is that WenYu has made her decision on where she wants to go to college – she was truly undecided before the Colorado College visit. As for other good things, there was a Trader Joe’s near our hotel in Colorado Springs and we were able to get a few things to bring home (boy, do I miss that store). We also put $26.09 in the change/$1 bill jar! Hiking through the Garden of the Gods was glorious, and getting to see the Rocky Mountains and Pike’s Peak every day we were in Colorado was an absolute treat.
- Grateful for: Brett did a whole-house clean while I was away – what a guy! I am also feeling very thankful right now for our dental insurance because I had a tooth crack and break off right before WenYu and I left. It’s not going to be a cheap fix, but won’t be quite as financially painful because of the insurance (the broken tooth doesn’t hurt at all).
And that’s a wrap for this Sunday! How was your week?