I had to let Delta know tonight if I'd accept the Atlanta to Newark to Amsterdam to Athens flight. When I called I asked the operator to double check again for May, and voila in five minutes, she had found me a flight to Geneva, Switzerland with only one stop (in Newark) with a return flight from Madrid. And the flight only "costs" 50,000 Skymiles and will be free to me (except for taxes). I am very excited! I'm still working out a lot of details insofar as exactly where all I'll be going, but it looks like my friend Sam will be joining me for about half of my trip. That should work out well.
On another note, I've been working on one of my resolutions--which is to host more often. It's easy for me to be a total introvert, but I have been attempting to fight that instinct since I think it's important to welcome people into my home and be a good host. Plus I am always glad when I do so. Growing up, my family never had people over. Ever. Unless you count our childhood friends. A few years ago I dated a guy with a large family and a super-mom, and almost every single Sunday their family had guests over for lunch after church. The result was interesting conversation each week, and their children meeting a wide variety of people.
So in the last few weeks I've had people over a lot and really enjoyed cooking and entertaining--and most importantly, some really good conversations. It's become sort of like any good thing--once you step out and try it, you realize how much fun/good it is, and the more you want to do it. It's just a matter of taking those first few steps.
And since everyone else is doing it...and Billy made me this weekend: