In April I started a consulting job. It felt similar to returning as a counselor to a favorite summer camp. The people are great there, the work is interesting and I got paid!
The big excitement in May was our son Paul's engagement to Kara. In addition William took his parents to Four Winds Casino for their Mother's Day and Father's Day presents. They enjoyed the gambling facility and thought the hotel was very nice. No one came away a winner, but they had lots of laughs. We also had the opportunity to see the play The King and I at the Lyric Opera with our friend Lois.
A highlight of summer is always the 4th of July holiday. This year William and I took the top off the convertible and drove to Bismarck, North Dakota to celebrate with my aunt and cousins. They have a huge party at the farm and put on a fireworks display that rivals what is seen at the State Capital.
September was a busy month. William and I went to Chicago's Jazz Fest, and staying downtown allowed us to easily meet up with some good friends who live in the city.
In between all of that the wanderlust struck again. So, we made plans for our next big trips - Ecuador, New Zealand and British Columbia, Canada at various points in October through March.
The six months flew by very fast.