Getting in gear

With just a little over three months to go here in DC, I finally got in gear and got Flavie an appointment at a vet for her shots and new microchip – she has one chip already, but it’s not the kind that Israel wants, so she will need another. And due to a rabies outbreak in Israel, they have tightened up their requirements, so she will also have to have a titer test done a month after her next rabies shot to be sure the vaccine is working. I was happy to find a vet just around the corner who is familiar with international requirements; she will go in next week.

I took the plunge and unpacked the new camera I bought last weekend! My friend Jim has a nice Nikon that he really likes, and I bought a similar one. I never really liked my point-n-shoot; hopefully this one will be better. I figured that since we will be traveling quite a bit, I should have a good camera. The photo of Flavie above was taken with it.

A good friend from Juarez was in town this week, Jason, so John and I took him to dinner on Monday at RT’s, that good Cajun place that we like (actually, he treated us!). We had a great meal and got caught up with the Juarez news.

We had another Juarez reunion at Cafe Asia on Thursday night. We met David, an officer who left Juarez before we got there; we had always heard good things about him, and we lived in his former house there. Turns out, he is a nice guy, and I really enjoyed visiting with him. My former manager, Caroline, and her husband are also back in DC.

Friday night we stayed home and watched “Crazy Heart,” which I really enjoyed. I don’t know if Jeff Bridges is a good actor, or just picks roles that suit his personality, but he was really convincing.

Saturday morning, we dusted off the bikes and went down the street to ride the W&OD Trail – it’s a pretty (but rather crowded) trail, paved, that passes through greenbelt, parks, community gardens, etc. The rest of the day was spent playing with the new camera and studying Hebrew.

We went bike riding again this morning – I saw a bunny, a turtle and a chipmunk!

The weather this week has been nice, although a couple of days were rainy. One afternoon, I was able to sit out on the balcony to study. We were saddened to hear about the campground flood in Arkansas this week – so very tragic. That campground is not far from Hot Springs.

With Harold and David

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