While I am staying with different people throughout the country, I am attempting to thank them by doing chores, making dinner, or helping out with odd jobs around the house.  I even dog-sat for Jeremy while I was in Baltimore.  While I was in Rockford, I painted a wall with Melanie.  I really love those moments where yes, I’m helping someone out by doing a chore or odd job, but I am actually doing it with them.  I get to connect with them and the activity forces us to keep the attention on the task and not on other interferences such as the cell phone or facebook.  Here I ask Melanie a couple questions before I actually pic up the brush.