On summer days when I work from home, or am staying at home in general, I like to turn on the a/c in the living and the bedroom. Our apartment is set up like a railroad apartment, with the kitchen sandwiched in between, so when I walk from one end to the other I feel like I'm walking along a corridor of cool air.
I'm still trying to figure out my trip to Ghana. It looks like now I'll be leaving after Labor Day weekend and staying for a week. But who knows what will happen by Monday. I just got an email about going to Tajikistan "before September 30" as well. My September is booked with Ghana and Mozambique, and my new colleague is already planning a trip to Bangladesh, so I hope that one of us can manage to get to Tajikistan.
Post-earthquake the entire DC metro area is preparing for Hurricane Irene. Sadly lots of fun events this weekend are cancelled or postponed, including the long-awaited dedication of the MLK memorial. Emergency preparedness is one of the few church principles I think I'm good at, and as we take inventory, the only item we really needed to take care of was gas for the car (because now we have a car) and fresh milk (because of Ramadan). This morning I went down into our basement to store the BBQ grill and the outdoor table, and to make sure that everything was elevated, or at least on plastic boxes, in case of flooding. Bring it on, Irene!
I drove by the MLK memorial on Tuesday (I was trying a different route home, attempting to avoid the worst of the post-earthquake traffic), and it's smaller than I expected it to be based on the photos I'd seen. It's still a good size, it just didn't meet my expectations.