I can’t say that I like traveling the 12 hours back to Missouri. It’s always hard to leave Colorado behind, but this time, I was feeling that itch to return to my own bed–well, and to finish school for that matter. (We’re only one semester away!)The drive wasn’t really that bad. We enjoyed listening to the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, which kept us alive through the long Kansas stretch! We ended up eating our small amount of Hacienda Colorado fish taco leftovers for lunch since we misjudged how far away Chipotle was!!! We were so happy to finally get to Chipotle, even though it was 3 hours after lunchtime. It’s our favorite stop on road trips and about the only thing in the fast food realm that doesn’t make me feel yucky. So, as you can see, we were quite excited!And then there was that exciting moment when we turned off the main roads and on to the back roads toward home, which mean only an hour or so left. This was that particular intersection–I was a little creeped out by that monkey, I’m not going to lie.And once we were back in town, our friend Ronda helped us settle in my going to our favorite Thai food place, Wok N Roll. Yum–and then to the Bagnell Dam for an Ozark sunset and ice cream. Look at all that ice cream–I had a sugar buzz like none other.And then the semester started full force into Phonemics! You might see some smiles in the room, but they are probably semi-fake, or we were on our break, because this was not an easy class. It was more like a linguist-appreciation course to make us realize how much analytical work it takes to form an alphabet. Our teacher was great, it was just a bear of a class. Both of us did well, but it still didn’t make it fun. The theory was fascinating to see how one starts with all of the phonetic sounds and swings around to the insiders perspective and tries to figure out what the native speaker is actually thinking and what are necessary letters in their minds. Then Linguistics course spends weeks on this, we spent 3 days. It felt like we dove right into the deep end. And as far as I know, it only gets deeper as the semester rolls on. This is all the more reason for you to pray for us, eh?