31 July

1. Rory’s new job
2. Basil’s Europe trip
3. Lauren’s determination to do well in her online summer classes

Basil and Evan on the grounds of Blarney Castle, Ireland. Must’ve been a windy day – Basil’s hair was getting the better of them.😄

I’ve asked Basil to send us pics of the trip and we haven’t been disappointed. The tour group is in London now but will be leaving for Paris tomorrow morning. I had originally thought that they would travel by train but apparently most of the trip has been by bus, and Basil has been getting motion-sick. Ugh – nothing is worse than that. Wish I’d given them a bottle of Dramamine to pack along!

A view outside the window of a coffee shop in London. Basil must have been ecstatic – it was raining and they were in LONDON, sipping coffee in a funky little coffee shop!❤️

I think the tour group was planning on going to the National Gallery today. Geez, two days isn’t NEAR enough time to explore such a wonderful city. So much culture, so much antiquity, so much of everything! Next stop, the City of Light and the Louvre!

Lauren is killing it with her online college classes. She’s taking two over the summer and seems to be spending nearly every waking moment either on her laptop or taking notes while draped on the living room couch. The other day she said that she wasn’t happy with her grade and was going to try to raise her score. Expecting that she may have scored in the 75-80 range, I asked her what she had gotten. She said she’d received a 92 but wanted at least a 95. Damn, kid. Perfectionist, much? Bless her.❤️❤️ It won’t be much longer until she’ll be commuting in to San Antonio to attend classes in person, something that keeps me up at night. The idea of her driving on highways in traffic that wouldn’t look out of place in a Mad Max film terrifies me. At least I can be thankful that she’s a conscientious driver not prone to taking many risks.

Rory’s new job seems to be going well. He’s only beginning his second week but he’s very happy that he no longer has to drive in to south San Antonio twice a week. This job is fully remote, even though there may come a time soon when he’ll have to fly in to the corporate offices in Huntsville, Alabama. I may go with him if/when he goes – it’ll be a chance to see a part of the country I’ve never before visited, which will be fun.

There isn’t much to report on the health front, which is a good thing really. Shockingly enough, my one-year post-transplant milestone is coming up and I’ll be subjected to another battery of tests, including that fun little thing called a bone marrow biopsy. I swear, I must have some serious scar tissue over my tailbone from all the biopsies that have been taken and that part of my body is now always a bit tender. Still, it’s a small price to pay for my continued good health.❤️🙏🏻