Gigi wants to know where I have been! So do I! Where did February go!?
(Here is what I like about February: it's short! Not so much MONTH to spread the MONEY over. :) )
I have been doing the regular stuff, and also my parents have been sick - Mom has pneumonia, Dad fell down and bruised his ribs, AND he keeps getting dehydrated. They are slowly getting better. They are in Glen Rose, about 1 3/4 hrs. from me. Not as close as I wish they were!
We love our new church. Ken is in the 11 am choir and the Chamber Singers. I am not in anything yet (can you imagine it!?), except the church family. I want to take my time and be judicious about involvement.
How did we find this church? I saw an article in the Denton paper about Annunciation's new organ. I told Ken about it, and we surmised that they had a vibrant music ministry with such an instrument. He went to visit a choir rehearsal, and reported that we were right! That did it for him. When we went to visit, the people were uniformly friendly and welcoming -- and that did it for me.
I taught two Professional Development courses in Houston this week for my professional organization (NAFSA: Association of International Educators). The training was part of the NAFSA Academy for my region. These were eight-hour courses (I had taught them before), presented in a compressed three-hour format. It was exhausting, to say the least, but invigorating as well. I usually teach these workshops to people who are already in the study abroad field; in this case, they are all from different areas of international ed. in small or community colleges, and none of them has specific responsibility for study abroad. So it was challenging to revise for the audience, too.
While in Houston I met family for dinner: Sister Barbara, sister-in-law Marian, brother-in-law Dean, niece Katie, plus Marian's sister Carol and Barbara's mother, Beverly. It was a great pleasure to spend a little time with them. We are planning a Butler family reunion for the summer, so hopefully there will be more of that.
I thought I would just drive by Gramma Beth's house while I was in downtown Houston -- I was quite close to Trinity Church (just down Main Street from the HCCS Administration building) so I knew I couldn't be far from Sul Ross. However, there is a tremendous lot of construction and a lot of planters where there used to be intersections. I finally escaped back to the Southwest Freeway and didn't try it again!
All for now. Need to go catch up on the laundry.