Home leave has been really great! I’ve spent a lot of time catching up with friends and family in the Austin area, Houston, and Los Angeles.
I went to Houston for a long weekend and got to see several friends from when I did a co-op there. They’ve been really great friends and it was great to catch up, see how they’re doing, and hang out. I even got to see some of when NASA was unloading the mock space shuttle they’re getting from the barge it was on. Super cool! Of course, the Shuttlebration made for some crazy traffic, but it was so worth it to catch up with my friends there. 😀
A couple of weeks later, I went to California to visit a couple of friends from high school. It was also really great to catch up with them since I hadn’t seen either of them in about a year and a half. While my friend was at work, I went to the California Science Center and the LA Museum of Natural History. They were both super interesting and continuing with the shuttle theme, the California Science Center will eventually be the home of one of the retired space shuttles. During the weekend, we also went to the Getty Center and spent hours wandering around taking in all of the amazing artwork they have there. I also did crazy things like reading in a park since the weather was so nice and it was a nice area. It was so nice to walk around a real city and be able to enjoy simple things like just being outside without being afraid.
I’ve also done a ton of shopping on home leave. I’ve bought a new car, new gadgets, and I’ve bought a bunch of clothes because I was tired of some of what I had and because one of the side effects of not leaving my house much other than to go to and from work was gaining weight, so a lot of stuff doesn’t fit or doesn’t fit well. That’s an issue that I plan to work on in Ottawa, but in the mean time, I need clothes that fit. So, I’ve been doing my part to support the American economy while on home leave. 🙂
That’s most of what I’ve been up to lately. I have some more things planned while I’m on home leave, so I’m sure I’ll post another update about the rest of home leave soon.