The first reason for the trip was a wedding at Cornell. Congratulations Kate and Gilbert. It was fantastically fun getting to see all of my friends from college. I'm also impressed with how Kate and Gilbert made the wedding there own--I'm not sure I'll hear video game music at anyone else's music.
After the reunion wedding, I drove east to see my college roommate then pressed on to Vermont to see Mallory. Vermont is awesome... everyone should visit! The days in Vermont were incredibly relaxing. For Mallory's birthday, we "hiked" up Mt. Philo and emailed Justin and Maggie from the top. It was great celebrating together.
Then for my birthday, I bid farewell to Mallory (for a few days) and flew back to Redmond. So I had a 27-hour birthday. Justin and Maggie threw an ice cream party for me, with some homemade ice cream.
And Thursday was really cool. As I started my search for a new job, I discovered I'm actually good at networking. The day kept getting better. I'm setup for another great week before the next wedding, when I'll be able to say Congratulations Josh and Dana. Then I go back to China for the last stretch of my fellowship assignment.