Hello everyone!! Many of you may have noticed that I have been missing in action for the past several weeks. The last you heard from me, I had arrived in Concepción, Chile. After my initial arrival there, my time went by uneventfully. Well, maybe there were a few events, but nothing too exciting. 😉
I returned to the U.S. ready for the next stage of my journey. I had English teaching certification, a promotion, and some major decisions in front of me. I couldn’t wait.
The promotion was AMAZING!!! Most of you were there to share in my joy, and for those who could not make it, you have shared in the pictures. So I will not re-create the moment here. But, I will say, THANK YOU!!!, to all my friends and family for making this day (and weekend) just as special and memorable as I wanted it to be. Thank you so much. I love you all.
Since then, I’ve kept myself busy seeing friends(!), teaching, minimizing my apartment and figuring out the next steps in my reserve career. It all worked out. I finished my certification, organized my reserve career (more or less) and had accomplished everything I set out to do – though that is perhaps unsurprising. 😉 I had been running at about 150 miles/hour for three weeks – all to a purpose. For today, I write to you from beautiful Newport, Rhode Island. I am here to relax, recuperate and prepare for the next steps in my journey. (Oh, yes, and I bought a plane ticket!! I’ll be back in Chile in just about 4 weeks.)
So I was very happy to be able to pack my little car, to wake early on Tuesday morning (yes, 4 AM is normal for my road trips) and start driving north. It was an easy drive. I hit traffic perfectly in DC, NY and avoided it completely in Connecticut. About 1 PM, I found myself hungry for “real” food (snacks and coffee had kept me going until then). So I stopped in Mystic, Connecticut. No, I can’t make this stuff up. 🙂 Yes, really, in Mystic. I found this cute little brunch place called “Bleu Squid” that served a Yorkshire Pudding Lobster Eggs Benedict (seriously?? only in New England!!) and had gourmet cupcakes.
After enjoying my break from the road, I picked up a few cupcakes (for my friends in Newport) and continued on my way. I arrived a little tired, but so happy to be there. And happier to see my friend that evening!
Trevor and I met several years ago through work. I remember it clearly – we were on our way to some meeting and my boss waved me over enthusiastically, saying, “Beth, come here, there’s someone I want you to meet.” Now, this was not a man given to easy compliments, so I was intrigued about this person. Who could he possibly want me to meet, when almost no one ever impressed him? I liked her immediately. She had a positive energy and confidence about her. Trevor proved to be one of the most dynamic and intelligent women I’ve ever met. And I’m so happy to say, one of my very dear friends.
We got to spend an evening together catching up on life, and my adventures – all those that didn’t make the blog! 😉 Then she was on her way to a well-deserved vacation, and I had the house, a lovely kitty, and all of New England, to myself.
So here I sit, cat-sitting/house-sitting. Check out the back porch (my favorite place), and my company (Jo) for the next two weeks. More soon – lots of adventures, as always. 🙂