My happy place


John and I left Buenos Aires Friday night and got to Hot Springs around noon the next day – it’s great to be back on the lake! Mike and Wayne are also in town and stopped by for a visit Saturday afternoon – we hadn’t seen them in years, so it was wonderful to catch up.

Mike and Wayne

Then our friend Rick M., who we served with in Islamabad, drove in from Colorado on Sunday to spend a couple of days with us. And James and Marybeth are staying with David and Alison, so I spent some time with them yesterday – lots going on! We also had a POA meeting for our condo association yesterday afternoon.

John was happy to have a game buddy
Um, there might have been a grease fire under the grill!

Last Sunday, John and I pulled out the bikes for a nice ride – Buenos Aires is moving into fall, so the weather is just perfect. Monday and Tuesday were Argentine holidays (yep, a five-day weekend!). I spent Monday working on employee evaluations and doing some admin work, then Tuesday Lea and I went out for brunch at Marti, one of my favorites.

One day at work, my boss and I met with two staffers from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – it’s always good to be able to talk to Congress about the good work we’re doing overseas, as well as our challenges.

John and I finished this season of “The 3 Body Problem” (it’s fun!) and started “The Gentlemen.” I finished reading Patti Smith’s “Just Kids” for book club and started on “The Covenant of Water” – Verghese is such a good writer.

For months now, Flavia would only eat homecooked or rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, but lately she had been throwing up a lot. At John’s suggestion, I offered her some sensitive stomach canned cat food — she had previously turned her nose up at it, but this week, she devoured it! Her stomach seems a bit better and we’re thrilled!

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