Saturday, June 19, 2010

Busy week

Since I last posted, life has been rather hectic. We finally heard from Sparky on Tuesday--a quick Facebook message. Then another one Friday morning. Today he figured out how to use his pay-as-you-go phone and called us: he is very homesick. VERY homesick. I think the major problem today was that they didn't really have anything planned so he slept till noon (!! a first, ever!) and then just hung out. He's a 10-minute drive from town and everyone else on the trip, so he's feeling sort of abandoned and the weather profoundly sucks. It hasn't hit 60 more than 1 or 2 days and he doesn't have enough warm clothes. Plus he forgot to pack shampoo (he thought the little hotel bottles of bodywash in his bathroom were shampoo...) so he's had to buy some.

On the other hand, he sounds like he's learning more than he thinks he is, so that's a plus. It was hard to talk to him knowing there is nothing we can do that will really help make this easier. Preview of college and the rest of his future, right?

In other news, we are in West Des Moines tonight at a Candlewood Suites. Our 'room' is basically an efficiency apartment with a kitchenette. We ate out of the cooler tonight: sandwiches and yogurt. Will probably throw a DVD in the machine in a few minutes to watch. Big fun. Tomorrow night: Salina, KS. And a lot of flat between here and there. I like Iowa, though. Nice people.

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