Yesterday I got back from a two week trip filled partly with visiting family and friends and partly with business meetings. It was great to spend time with family and to meet my new niece. I also enjoyed catching up with some old friends whom I have not seen in a very long time. I love the friendships where even after many years, you can pick up where you left off as if you had stayed in touch the whole time.

Being in the south for two weeks allowed me to experience weather that was hot and humid. My southern family and friends will say they were having cool weather. But after living in Boston for 7 years, I have come to associate September and October weather with milder temperatures. It was a real wake-up call when I stepped off the plane and the 90 degree heat and 99% humidity slapped me in the face. Coming back to Boston, I greatly enjoyed the opposite greeting. Instead of 90 degrees, I basked in the 60 degrees and no humidity. I also love that I got back just in time for my favorite season of the year- Autumn. Sights like this one welcomed me home. Bring on the color of Autumn!