Monday, August 15, 2011


We spent the last few days of summer vacation in Atlanta. Our main purpose was for Warren to compete in the National Kendo Tournament, held at Emory University. He's been training like crazy. I love my samurai.

He didn't do as well as he had hoped, so overall it was pretty disappointing. However, we did get to see a lot of good Kendo competitions over the weekend.

There were all sorts of things to do and see in Atlanta, but since most of our time was spent at the tournament, we didn't do too much other than hang at the hotel, swim, go out to eat, and make a quick trip to Ikea. I did manage to sneak away for a couple of hours to have a drink with my bestie from the Peace Corps, Catherine. She's been living in Ramallah for the past couple of years, so it's been awhile since we've gotten to just have each other all to ourselves.

Here, she shows me her state of the art cell phone.

And here, she models her new reading glasses purchased at the Drug Store.

We left Atlanta early on Sunday so we could get back in time to buy school supplies, cut the grass, do laundry, grocery shop, etc. We did manage to squeeze in a quick stop at Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo.

It looked like there was some serious construction about to happen behind the museum. There were lots of little old ladies scampering about. One asked Jiro to pose for her and went on and on about how he could be a young Elvis. It was pretty funny.

We were super excited to come home to such nice temps. The boys actually wore hoodies to their first day of school!

The weather was nice, but calling it hoodie weather would be a stretch.

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