Somehow I can hardly believe it's only been 4 months since the last time I posted. It feels like a lot longer than that. I don't have a lot of time to write right now, so here's the summary of things that have happened since my last post:
1- in late May, we went to Grand Junction and Denver for a week to spend time with some of Dawn's family; we only stopped in Denver on the way back to see a Rockies game, as long as we were in the 'neighborhood'; we also saw several Junior College World Series (baseball) games, which was a lot of fun
2- in mid-June, we got two new cats, Cynthia Gray (Rachel picked the name Cynthia out of the blue; I added Gray, because she is gray and my grandmother's maiden name was, you guessed it, Cynthia Gray), and her son, Nigel (from the Latin for black, except that he's started turning brown, so perhaps we should give him a last name that means Brown... Nigel Braun?)
3- on July 15th, a friend and I rode 62 miles in the Healdsburg Harvest (metric) Century
4- on August 24th, I worked my last day for my employer of nearly 6 years; this was very weird for me as I'd pretty much concluded I'd be turning out the lights, but I came across a position that was far too good an opportunity to pass up
5- on August 25th, Rachel spent her last day in pre-school
6- Dawn and I spent that weekend in Las Vegas, our first trip there (although Dawn was there once as a kid, which she doesn't remember well); we saw LOVE, the new Cirque Du Soleil show to Beatles music. It was very good, but somehow still a little disappointing that it didn't all live up to their potential (not to mention that they made Blackbird into a narrated comedy sketch and played only the last two notes!!)
7- then on August 28th and 30th, respectively, I started my new job and Rachel started Kindergarten!
Whew. A whirlwind...