Visit and Javelina Invasion

It has been a busy couple of weeks, so I haven’t posted in a little while. After the ACR conference it was straight into work on the special issue of the Journal of Business Research that I am editing. In addition, we had the job of getting our Chinese visas for the trip. Sending our passports via courier was stressful for me, as I tend to worry about all the details. But they came back to us just fine; only India left!

In terms of our planning, last week was also when registration opened for the Semester at Sea Field Programs (the off-boat excursions in the various countries). Choosing the trips was so exciting, and made it feel very vivid. Some of the awesome activities we are signed up for including tobogganing on the Great Wall of China, ziplining in Hawaii, safaris and elephant rides in South Africa, a night safari in Singapore, and fantastic cultural tours in Burma, Viet Nam, and Morocco. We are coming back to London for the middle part of December, for lots of little things we need to take care of. The kids are really excited to be able to visit with their friends before we take off again for the Semester at Sea voyage.

This past weekend was really fun. Mary and Kevin Becker came to visit us, and we had a wonderful weekend exploring Sedona and taking them to the Grand Canyon for the day. Throw in Dan’s excellent meals and his prickly pear margaritas, and a fun time is guaranteed!

Sedona hiking with Mary and Kevin
Grand Canyon with Mary and Kevin

On their final morning here, the javelins came to visit. Or rather, they came in mass to eat the owner’s plants in the yard. Moms, babies, and large males were all over the yard, the road, and even our driveway.

How cute are we?

We had heard that they might be more visible as it got cooler, but Joe thinks they showed up to say hi to Mary and Kevin.

Excuse me, but my herd and I have come to eat your plants…

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