I hope you're having a great time at "convention". Is there still snow on Mammoth Mountain?
I'm having a great weekend. Friday, I had dinner with some of the volunteers. The hostess has an amazing view. I'm sad to say that it tops ours. She can see the rooftops of downtown Annecy plus the Chateau on the hill plus the canal plus almost everything we see from our living room. Good food and good company. They seem to want to take care of me while you're away.
Yesterday, I DROVE TO LEIGH AND JOHN'S HOUSE ALL BY MYSELF!!! And the car is still in one piece. And I'm still alive. Am I thrilled about it? Maybe. L and J threw a wonderful (and huge...21 kids) birthday party for Jessica. She opened our gift before her friends arrived and wore the Hello Kitty bathing suit during most of the party. It was very cute. I got to practice a little French with the kiddies. It was fun to hear all these little bilingual kids running around. One of them approached me and proudly announced that she's from England. I told her where I was from, but she had no idea what and where the USA is. C'est dommage. I was pretty pooped after only maybe one hour into the party. How did I survive those days of being a camp counselor which was only a few summers ago?
The day ended with a nice BBQ dinner. Remember how hungover I was the last time we dined with them? I swore I wouldn't allow it to happen this time because I was driving home and I consider myself to be a renewed student driver. Once while I was away from the table and not guarding my wine glass, I came back and saw that it had refilled itself. Amazing. The drive back was pretty late in the evening so I was alone most of the drive. Remember that light in Annecy-Le-Vieux where I had to stop and couldn't get the car to start so I had you switch seats with me and drive the rest of the way home? This time it was red. Luckily, no one was waiting behind me so when I tried to start the car on the hill...I did it and without using the emergency brake. And it was easy. What was I so afraid of? I had a cheering section of one after I successfully did that. :)
Later on today, I'm going on a bike ride. I'm planning on the piste cyclable to be like the 405 freeway. Especially since today was the Annecy Marathon.
As I type this post, the church bells are ringing and I see a family sitting out on their balcony eating lunch and enjoying the gorgeous weather.
Talk to you soon. I miss you.
Sunday, April 29, 2007