So, what have I been up to with my first week in the States? Well, here are the highlights...
Saturday night, after twenty-something hours of traveling from one side of the globe to the other, I finally made it back to Wisconsin. After being picked up by my mom and niece at the bus stop, we visited my grandpa (and picked up my dad, sister, and Charlie the dog) before heading to Red Robin to meet up with some of my friends for dinner.
The next morning I spoke during Bible study about Taiwan. Afterwards, I met up with my friend Sam and his fiancee Laura for lunch at El Azteca. I miss Mexican food a great deal in Taiwan, so I always joke that I have to eat a year's worth of it while I'm back in the States in July. :)
I had several days to just veg and readjust to the time zone before Joe and I headed to Georgia on Thursday. The first flight went really well. I enjoyed some frozen yogurt at the Atlanta airport while waiting for our next flight. Come to find out, said flight had been grossly overbooked, Joe and I were afraid we wouldn't have seats on the plane, but it all worked out. I even got seated in an exit row. Yay extra leg room! After being stuck in a holding pattern due to weather for so long that we had to detour up to Savannah for fuel and then head south again, we finally landed in Florida. Ben, Cait, and Savannah were all there waiting for us. We piled into the car and headed off to Mi Casa. Ben had heard that I'm a big Mexican food-y. Delicious! The next day was the Fourth. We played games, picked up a friend, Will, at the airport, and went to a BBQ one of Ben's Navy buddy's was hosting. We had our own fireworks. And overall, I'd consider it a successful day. Saturday was also very chill. We were able to go to the beach for a bit, which I always enjoy. Our trip was cut short due to the lifeguards making everyone get out thanks to an approaching storm, but at least we got to go. We picked up some ice cream for the road at a nearby ice cream shack, which isn't a bad consolation prize in my book. :) It started to rain on our way home, we ordered carry out Chinese food for dinner, and spent the evening playing more games and hanging out. Sunday morning I headed to church with Ben, Cait, and Savannah. After which, we picked up the boys and headed to a local dive dinner for lunch. I ordered an omelet and corned beef hash. Really nice! Then we walked around Crooked River State Park enjoying the wildlife and the scenery, and trying not to be eaten alive by the mosquitoes. We hung out back at the house before having to head to the airport and return to Wisconsin. It was a really nice trip! It was great to see my brother, to hang out, and to relax. :)
|At the beach.|
|I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! :)|
|Some flowers along the trail in Crooked River State Park.|