Beautiful, isn't it? Some people have all the luck and Husband is one of them. He also got to go to a summit that I had to cover from back in Washington. It was my issue and I was a "Subject Matter Expert," but he is the one that went. I, on the other hand, am going TDY in a couple of weeks to a place that looks like this.
And that will be the nice part. He gets leis and drinks handed to him while people dance at his arrival. I get to go camping in a hotel and have to watch out for snakes and crocodiles. I am not complaining. Really, I am actually thrilled to be going to Africa again and if the hippos don't knock over my boat and eat me, it will be a great trip. I am just saying that there will be no fancy cold drinks with umbrellas.
Today was Thinking Day which for those of you who don't remember involves about a thousand Girl Scouts yelling at decibels so loud that you can actually hear them in the country they are supposed to be talking about. We had Pakistan (Child 2) and Switzerland (Child 3) and I'm sure there were people in Pakistan saying why are those girls yelling so loud? Every group is supposed to make swaps which represent their country to sell as a fund raiser. The Pakistani girls made necklaces which were very popular. But the Swiss girls sold chocolate fondue with cake and marshmallows. Brilliant. You could smell the chocolate across the hall and they sold out pretty quickly. I, of course, did not have any not being able to ingest chocolate.
But the best part of the night is that I reconnected with a friend from our first tour in Korea which was when Child 3 was a baby. Falls Church is a small town but all of the Foreign Service passes through at one time or another and I was visiting the Korea table and realized I knew the troop leader. Awesome. We will have to get together very, very soon. Re-meeting lost friends is way, way better than a brownie, and also much less fattening.