My parents are leaving Saturday on a cruise of the Gulf of Mexico. They are sailing to a couple of ports on the Mexican Riviera. I wish I was going on a cruise, really it wouldn’t matter to where. I’d just like to be on a boat for a few days. But no cruise is in sight for me. I’d at least like to go to the beach. The closest beach is Cape Cod and that might not be too bad. It looks like, however, that the only trip I’ll be making any time soon is down to Worcester, Mass. for a workshop. I go down on Tuesday and it hasn’t been decided yet if I will spend the night or go and come in the same day. It’s a three hour trip down and back, so that would be having me in car for 6 hours, not something I relish. Anyway, I’d rather go to the beach.
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A coworker and I had to drive down to Cape Cod yesterday for museum business. I would have taken a nighttime walk on the beach, but it started raining, so I just turned in for the night. I did watch part of the Patriots game, but the NFL doesn’t really hold my interest. What did good my interest was the beautiful waiter at the restaurant where we ate. He was tall, dark, and handsome, just my kind of man. I’d have loved to have had him for dessert, but instead I had to settle for a toffee cake which was as delicious as I assume the waiter would have been.
I made it home shortly after midnight. Lots of bumpy plane rides, and then rain on the way home. Needless to say, I drove very carefully home. The closer I got to home, the more snow was on the ground. It nearly covered the road, so it’s a good thing I knew where I was going.
I made it back to Alabama at about 8:30 last night. The National World War II Museum took longer than I had expected. It was extremely crowded and took about 3 hours to go through and that was going through fairly quickly. If I’d waited to see all the films and did all the interactive stuff, it would have taken all day. As it was, I was in a hurry to get back home, plus it was after lunch before I even made it through the line to get in. Needless to say, I was hungry when I got out of there. And while New Orleans is renowned for their food, I was in no mood to fight NOLA traffic and parking to eat in town, so I drove to Slidell and ate there.
I made a few stops on my way home. I’m looking to buy an Apple Watch Series 2, but all the Best Buy’s are sold out and I can’t seem to find anywhere else that has them. I stopped in four or five Best Buy’s stores between Louisiana and home. Nothing.
Finally though, after I stopped a few times for gas and to eat dinner, I made it back to my aunt’s house. I was exhausted. So I just went to bed early.
I’m making a stop in New Orleans on my way back to see the National World War II Museum. I’ve been there when it was the D-Day Museum but I haven’t seen the newer exhibits that make it about the whole war. Part of this side trip will he for work, they are actually paying me to go and take lots of pictures. Then it will be the long drive back to Alabama.
I’m down in the bayou as they say. I’m visiting my best friend in Louisiana for a couple of days. I’ll head back to Alabama on Thursday. It’s a long drive down but the traffic was mostly good.
On my way down I listened to Heidi Cullinan’s Short Stay. It’s part of the Love Lessons series and was pretty good. If you’ve read and liked the rest of the series, you’ll like this one too.
I feel so cut off from the world down here. The Internet is spotty. My parents turn it off most of the time, which is really annoying. I do almost everything on my iPad and nearly every app calls for the Internet. It’s only two weeks of this. I can survive it. It doesn’t make it less annoying. Tomorrow, I am taking my mother to the cemetery then we are doing some last minute Christmas shopping. Then tomorrow night, I am going to get a new iPhone. I’ve had a 5C iPhone for a few years now and it’s time for an upgrade. This will be my Christmas present to myself.
All my Christmas gifts have been sent home, some are even already wrapped. I leave Wednesday flying home, and I am already dreading it. My mother, without consulting me, has already made plans for the whole time that I am home. She called last night with a list of places I had to go and a list of things I had to do. It gets exhausting, and I’m not even home yet. I’m fortunate to have my parents though, even if they drive me crazy. I still love them.
I fly back tonight. At least tonight’s flight back is a little easier than my flight down. It will still be hard to say goodbye to family, but I will see them again at Christmas. It looks as if I will get back just in time for the first snow of the season. The forecast shows snow for Tuesday. It was expected to snow yesterday but it looks as if the forecast changed, and I don’t think they had any snow while I was away. Everyone tells me that this winter will be far harsher than last winter. We shall see.
Early this morning, I left on a plane heading to Alabama. When this blog piece posts, I will be at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport scrambling to catch my next flight to Charolotte before then heading to the Montgomery Airport. Once in Alabama, I’ll have time Friday and Saturday to spend with family. The visitation will be Saturday night and the funeral Sunday afternoon. Then Monday evening, I will be flying back to Vermont.
It will be a whirlwind trip and a sad one, but at least I will get to see my family and spend some time with them. I will also get to see my kitties, Edith and Lucy. I plan to get in some good food and some sweet tea while I’m there also. So while it is a sad occasion and a sad trip, there will be some pluses along the way.