It's been a little over a week since I last saw Karen. For those of you out-of-the-know, she's in Tucson, AZ pursuing her Master's degree in Fine Art at the University of Arizona, something she's been working toward for the past couple of years. As for me, don't worry yourselves...I'm doing fine. Jack and Maggie are keeping me busy, LG is seeing that I have enough food, and the OMH rounds start today. My friends are keeping me company with constant dinner invites (always appreciated) and fantasy football drafts took up my birthday weekend.
With all that being said, we (Maggie, Jack and I) still miss her, and I'm counting down the days until next Wednesday when we'll be in Chicago for a good five days, cheering on the Irish to go 2-0 over Michigan.
An update is necessary here. Karen's doing great. She was awarded a graduate assistantship during our stay, so she now has a part-time job with the university with, virtually, paid tuition. Her main vehicle of transportation is a 40 pound bicycle that she commutes with to class (0.5 miles away from home), and she's quickly realizing that sweating (glistening) cannot be avoided.
A couple of late pics from my trip to Tucson two weeks ago.
Probably the neatest building on campus. It was built in an effort to save on energy as Tucson is a blistering 106 degrees during the summer months. The building is actually under the mall of the campus. This is a ground level shot. Drainage systems placed in the grass (on the roof) collect and save rainwater that is utilized to keep the building cooled with the AC system. Pretty freaking neat.
A shot of sunset from the mall of campus. I cannot overemphasize how open the sky is over there. There is a major observatory in the area that astronomers flock to year around, and in an effort to provide optimal visualization, the city puts a cap on the number of street light in a given area, so if you get last at night you're SOL.