Hi all! Once again I've been among the missing here -- for no really good reason. In my defense, though, I will say that I've been glued to my Kindle reading "The Outlander" series of books. Anyone else here read them? Not the best writing, and certainly not great literature, but dang if the story line (time traveling characters) doesn't just suck you in.
D received her MPH from Yale on 5/21. A bit of deja vu for me since I also got a master's from Yale a "few" years back. D's BF and my father were also there, along with H, of course. D had booked a dinner reservation for the evening before at a very small place a couple of towns away on the CT coast, which had been highly recommended. There were only about 10 tables, and the place had 2 dinner seatings. (We were in the 2nd.) Turns out Caroline Kennedy (Schlossberg), her H, and family were at a neighboring table celebrating their D's undergrad graduation.
Anyway, in spite of the rain the next day, D is now officially finished with school. And now the loan repayment kicks in. (We told D & S we would pay for undergrad, but grad school would be on their dime.) As I mentioned, D has an excellent job here in Boston, starting 6/18. She'll be moving in with us for the short-term so she can scope out places to live, and so she can get on jump on repaying the loans. Some of her furniture will go to S, who is living in an off-campus apartment for his senior year. Everything else, except her clothes, will go into storage. (We really don't have room for anything here in our condo.) H is thrilled D will be with us. I'm OK with it, but not totally excited. There's sure to be some tension between H & D, and I always end up being the mediator. (H seems to have a very short memory about these episodes of tension.)
Meanwhile, S arrived back safely from his term abroad. He was here with us for less than 24 hours before borrowing my car and heading to Worcester. (Insert long story here about an Air Force position S is applying for that we hope he doesn't get.) He and his new roommates moved into their apartment yesterday. He's still up in the air about his summer plans, but things should settle out shortly.
Attended the funeral service in NH for a very dear friend of my parents on Wednesday. The H seemed to be holding up OK, but it brought back so many memories of this couple and their 4 sons. My mother didn't come (very frail, no memory), but 1 of my brothers and my father attended. (The couple had moved to NH from my hometown in MA quite a few years ago.) My father doesn't normally show much emotion, but over the past 5+ years so many of his friends have died ... Every time I see on Caller ID that he's calling, I wonder if it's about my mother ... To quote my dad, "Growing old isn't for sissies." Sigh ...
With our new house at the beach is under construction, this was the 1st Memorial Day Weekend in many years that we haven't been in RI. We went to the Cambridge Parade -- such as it was -- and a fun family cookout.
Rain, rain, and more rain here today. Hope everyone has a good weekend. (Just so you know, I have read all the posts -- congrats and support to everyone as appropriate.)