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It's pouring rain outside. I love it when it rains here. It's (relatively) cool and it rains really hard with great thunder and lightening. Unfortunately, the power also tends to go out, but that's not all that often.

I've been thinking a lot about how it doesn't seem like Memorial Day weekend. It's not really anything more than a government holiday here - sort of like Columbus Day - a day off but not much else. There's no tradition of summer cookouts, military rememberances, and super sales. It's also not really the beginning of summer. It's hotter than last month, but it's always summer here. I'm not in school so there's no sense of the year ending. I'm not complaining, just noticing how things are different. On May 31st, it will have been one year since we left NC.

We may have some friends over Monday afternoon. Hopefully we will grill and hang out in the pool. That should make it feel like Memorial Day.

ION, Ellie and I had a great time in Miami. Ellie was great on the flight there, sleeping part of the time and then eating and watching Little Einsteins on my laptop. (I'll put with with tiny fingerprints to keep her happy on the plane.) I had a nice drive up to Jupiter (I got to go 80! and listen to NPR!). I went shopping with Joe's mom and she bought me some nice work clothes. I love TJ Maxx so much and I actually found pants long enough for me. Ellie and I then collapsed at home.

I hit the road back to Miami at 5:30am the next day, after stopping at the drive-through Starbucks. I listened to NPR again the whole way. My training, the reason why I went, was actually informative. I was familiar with the topic, employment based residency petitions, but it gave me some in depth knowledge I didn't have before. Joe's mom said she and Ellie had a great time together and Ellie was smiling and laughing when I picked her up.

I think the highlight of the trip for Ellie was the bus ride from the rental car lot to the airport. She couldn't stop smiling and pointing to all the other buses and talking about them. I guess the plane was old news (although she was also very interested in the planes), but this was her first time on a bus.

We had three empty seats next to us on the plane. I felt so blessed by that. Ellie was able to stretch out and sleep towards the end of the flight. She spent the rest of the time snacking and watching the Einsteins again. It was such an easy flight. I picked up my luggage (all the stuff we bougth the night before wouldn't fit in my little carryon) and we arrived home around 11pm. In all, it was a great little trip.


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