Yes, I know that I love my job and love the challenges it poses. But today, just for today, I don't want to go back! I'm sitting in my living room working on my China paper and watching the view outside. It is an absolutely beautiful day.
Jess walked down to the pier this morning and reported that the redfish are running. The water is just a bit too shallow for bank fishing, but I know the big boys are out there just waiting on us. The seagulls are flocking and fishing in swarms here and there, so I know there are fish everywhere. There are some larger birds performing their dive bombing routines and putting on quite a show. I can hear Leo snoring softly in the other room, so I know he's having a good day as well.
Yesterday, after having trouble downloading the class lectures (I worked last weekend and missed out on some class lectures), I did something totally out of character. I took half the day off. Leo and I went to the 2:00 matinee at the movies and watched the cutest kids movie, "The Spiderwick Chronicles". We thoroughly enjoyed it. We went back to town again later in the evening and ate some good Mexican food at our favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Man, I've been missing that!! Then we went back to the theater and watched a second flick, a movie called "Jumper". It was good as well.
On the way home, we ran into a wall of water that lasted for about 5 miles. It was really something. By the time we got home the worst had passed and the rest of the evening we were able to enjoy watching the lighting flash across the bay. It was quite beautiful.
I've been able to chat with a couple of my friends while I work this morning; Azzy in Pakistan, who reported that something is wrong with my blog as it would not allow him to post any comments, and my friend Rashid in Morocco. I don't get to engage in as much chat these days as my days and nights both seem to be full of activities, so it was nice to be able to squeeze a couple of chats in today.
For the last hour, I've tried to gear up for the drive back to Houston. I just can't bring myself to get packed up and ready. I'm sure that I'll get on the ball here in a bit, get my mind turned back to a direction that will allow me to focus on the tasks waiting on me. But for today, just for today, I don't want to go back!