Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Our First Trip Home
In November (yes, I know it's been a while), I had the opportunity to attend the annual meetings of two academic societies I belong to: The American School of Oriental Research (archaeology) and The Society of Biblical Literature (biblical studies). Both were held in Boston. I was able to listen to some interesting papers, some not so interesting, meet up with old friends, and networked with some new ones. Some of my friends from NY were able to come visit me while I was there. I can't tell you how nice it was to see them; I sure do miss my girlfriends. Afterwards, I was able to fly home to California and spend some much needed time with my family, the sun, and the good ol' USA. I was suspicious that Rob was going to be flying out to CA to surprise me and his mom. Although, I wasn't sure. Imagine my delight, in both seeing my husband and noting that my 6th sense was correct, when I saw Rob walk in the door of Chevy's where we were having lunch. I did wonder why everyone decided to show up for lunch - they all knew he was going to be there. Rob had already been in contact with his sister, Anna, regarding when he would drive up to his Mom's house to surprise her. Unfortunately, I had already made plans to speak to my niece's 6th grade class about archaeology. Rob went up without me and was able to surprise his Mom. I wish I could have seen the look on her face! I will post some pictures from Rob's trip to his Mom's house once we get them. The time was short and went by fast, but it was good to be in familiar surroundings with the people I love most in the world. I also got to spend lots of time with my beloved kitty, Isis. Pictures are included.