Monday, September 21, 2009
Back in the States
Me at Baltimore's inner harbor
The S.S. Constellation
Gorilla at the National Zoo
Kelly and Pudd
Will with Kelly's sunglasses
Uncooperative lion facing away from me at the National Zoo
Uncooperative baby looking off camera
Nick and Pudd at the zoo's pizza playground
Will at Dave & Buster's
Kelly & Nick playing coin games and neglecting Pudd while he steals their tickets
After finishing up my dissertation, I spent about 48 hours in Leeds--cleaning out my dorm room, celebrating with my coursemates, moving my stuff over to Richard's place, and packing for the U.S.
On the 4th, I flew out to Baltimore and was immediately struck down w/ coughing, aches and a high fever. We worried it was swine flu, but it turned out to be pneumonia and cleared up (mostly) in about a week. By then, I was off to Seattle! I didn't get to do some of the things on the list (didn't go out for drinks at my usual places, missed seeing a few people, never went to Dick's drive-in, etc.), but I had plenty of Mexican food, went shopping with Mom, and got to see some of my friends. When I was in line to check in at the airport, I cried a little. As much as I love England, I love Seattle, too. 10 days really wasn't enough!
Now am back at Kelly's briefly--we had a great time today at the National Zoo and Dave & Buster's with Nick! There's not much else I really wanted to do here--am done w/ my American shopping and food, and I don't want to subject Kelly to the Lincoln Memorial again ;)