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As I expected, the week's festivities (and I use that term with tongue firmly planted in cheek) prevented me from keeping up with LJ for the most part. The anesthesia left me very groggy until sometime yesterday afternoon.  I actually still feel a little out of it, but that could just be my usual state of being.  

I will strive to get caught up on the the 30 day meme this weekend.  I've really been enjoying the posts from all of you who are doing this too - I've been reading even if I haven't posted much.  I will get back to it - I am determined.

Thank you for all the good thoughts and wishes this week.  They are - and YOU are - much appreciated.  

Hopefully the rest of the work day will pass quickly and painlessly and I can start the weekend.  One week to Vermont!!
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As I expected, the week's festivities (and I use that term with tongue firmly planted in cheek) prevented me from keeping up with LJ for the most part. The anesthesia left me very groggy until sometime yesterday afternoon.  I actually still feel a little out of it, but that could just be my usual state of being.  

I will strive to get caught up on the the 30 day meme this weekend.  I've really been enjoying the posts from all of you who are doing this too - I've been reading even if I haven't posted much.  I will get back to it - I am determined.

Thank you for all the good thoughts and wishes this week.  They are - and YOU are - much appreciated.  

Hopefully the rest of the work day will pass quickly and painlessly and I can start the weekend.  One week to Vermont!!
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So we're up in Vermont for a combination vacation and stowing the kids' dorm stuff for the summer before they come home.  We came up on Sunday and watched the weather forecast like hawks before we left.  The predictions were for nice Spring-ish weather - 50s, 60s, some sun, possibly a little rain.  Our first day here we drove around and visited some of our usual haunts and it looked like this:

Click, 'cause you won't believe it... )
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So we're up in Vermont for a combination vacation and stowing the kids' dorm stuff for the summer before they come home.  We came up on Sunday and watched the weather forecast like hawks before we left.  The predictions were for nice Spring-ish weather - 50s, 60s, some sun, possibly a little rain.  Our first day here we drove around and visited some of our usual haunts and it looked like this:

Click, 'cause you won't believe it... )
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Well, we were supposed to be leaving for Vermont this morning.  In fact, by now we should have been well along on our journey.  However, when I double-checked our reservation yesterday I discovered that our first week at Smugglers is a Sunday check-in.  We have always gone Saturday to Saturday, so I can possibly be forgiven for assuming that this one would be the same.  Good thing I checked.  I don't think getting up there and finding out that we had nowhere to sleep would have been a particularly good bonding experience for any of us.

So, it's not so bad.  We get an extra day to pack and prepare, clean out the car, David can get a (badly needed) haircut and we'll get the car all ready so we can take off early tomorrow morning.  Perhaps the traffic will be a little better tomorrow as well, since many more people leave on Saturday than Sunday for a vacation.  Yes, I am Pollyanna personified.

I am a little concerned about the fact that this is a FAMILY vacation.  Both Aaron and Sarah are coming with us.  The last time we all went to Vermont together - 2 years ago - it was, shall we say, a less than successful trip.  The kids are too old for the camps anymore and they didn't seem to be very interested in meeting other kids at Smugglers and making friends and generally going off to do their own thing at all.  They clung to me - especially Sarah - like leeches and drove us kind of crazy.  David and I could not get a moment alone together.  I had to threaten them with listening to us make love before they would go away for half an hour.  I would have made good on that threat, by the way.  We may be old but we have our needs.

Well, we'll see how everything goes.  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are primarily devoted to college campus tours for Sarah.  We'll be visiting UVM, Champlain, Marlboro, Castleton, College of Southern Vermont and Bennington.  Her primary criteria for choice of college comes down to: it has to be in Vermont, needs to be small and rural (the first 2 schools are being visited against her will, sort of), has to have a good English and creative writing department and if it had a good ice hockey team that would be even better.  Considering she managed to develop a stress fracture in her left foot and is stumping around in a $95 walking cast, this should be very interesting.  She has a tendency to whine; this ought to ratchet up the whining to Olympic levels.

But this will probably also be the last FAMILY vacation.  Sarah will be off to college by this time next year and Aaron (I hope) will start to pull away from his dependence on me and go off and do his own thing.  So I'll suck it up, enjoy my children and just hope that we don't hate each other by September 2nd.
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Well, we were supposed to be leaving for Vermont this morning.  In fact, by now we should have been well along on our journey.  However, when I double-checked our reservation yesterday I discovered that our first week at Smugglers is a Sunday check-in.  We have always gone Saturday to Saturday, so I can possibly be forgiven for assuming that this one would be the same.  Good thing I checked.  I don't think getting up there and finding out that we had nowhere to sleep would have been a particularly good bonding experience for any of us.

So, it's not so bad.  We get an extra day to pack and prepare, clean out the car, David can get a (badly needed) haircut and we'll get the car all ready so we can take off early tomorrow morning.  Perhaps the traffic will be a little better tomorrow as well, since many more people leave on Saturday than Sunday for a vacation.  Yes, I am Pollyanna personified.

I am a little concerned about the fact that this is a FAMILY vacation.  Both Aaron and Sarah are coming with us.  The last time we all went to Vermont together - 2 years ago - it was, shall we say, a less than successful trip.  The kids are too old for the camps anymore and they didn't seem to be very interested in meeting other kids at Smugglers and making friends and generally going off to do their own thing at all.  They clung to me - especially Sarah - like leeches and drove us kind of crazy.  David and I could not get a moment alone together.  I had to threaten them with listening to us make love before they would go away for half an hour.  I would have made good on that threat, by the way.  We may be old but we have our needs.

Well, we'll see how everything goes.  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are primarily devoted to college campus tours for Sarah.  We'll be visiting UVM, Champlain, Marlboro, Castleton, College of Southern Vermont and Bennington.  Her primary criteria for choice of college comes down to: it has to be in Vermont, needs to be small and rural (the first 2 schools are being visited against her will, sort of), has to have a good English and creative writing department and if it had a good ice hockey team that would be even better.  Considering she managed to develop a stress fracture in her left foot and is stumping around in a $95 walking cast, this should be very interesting.  She has a tendency to whine; this ought to ratchet up the whining to Olympic levels.

But this will probably also be the last FAMILY vacation.  Sarah will be off to college by this time next year and Aaron (I hope) will start to pull away from his dependence on me and go off and do his own thing.  So I'll suck it up, enjoy my children and just hope that we don't hate each other by September 2nd.
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David and I took off on the 15th for a much-needed vacation.  Both of us have been feeling exhausted, burnt out and generally in need of some R&R.  We drove up to Rochester where we saw


And this:


at the Lilac Festival.

We also saw David's best friend, JC and JC's son, Charlie for dinner.  (David is in the middle.)




We ate lunch at a cool retro diner that I just had to photograph.


Last Saturday we drove up to Vermont for a week at Smugglers' Notch, where I've owned a timeshare for 16 years - best money I ever spent.

The weather was not great - cold and rainy for pretty much the whole week.  But we were in Vermont so it couldn't be too bad.  We wandered in and out of many craft stores, took some long drives and watched the price of gas rise at an alarming rate.  When we arrived here, gas in most of the stations in Stowe was about $3.76.  As of yesterday, it was up to $3.98 and I can hardly wait to see what it is when we go down the mountain this morning to fill up before going home.

We also saw many pretty things this week.


Note the beautiful rainbow just above the mountains.

Sadly, now we have to finish packing the car and start the journey home.  Every time I come here it is harder to leave.  We're going to take the long way home, wander through the state before hitting the highway and make it last as long as possible. 

It's been a great vacation.  It's amazing that David and I can spend every waking minute of the day together for 10 days and never fight, never get bored with each other and feel a stronger bond than ever.  I like that.  
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David and I took off on the 15th for a much-needed vacation.  Both of us have been feeling exhausted, burnt out and generally in need of some R&R.  We drove up to Rochester where we saw


And this:


at the Lilac Festival.

We also saw David's best friend, JC and JC's son, Charlie for dinner.  (David is in the middle.)




We ate lunch at a cool retro diner that I just had to photograph.


Last Saturday we drove up to Vermont for a week at Smugglers' Notch, where I've owned a timeshare for 16 years - best money I ever spent.

The weather was not great - cold and rainy for pretty much the whole week.  But we were in Vermont so it couldn't be too bad.  We wandered in and out of many craft stores, took some long drives and watched the price of gas rise at an alarming rate.  When we arrived here, gas in most of the stations in Stowe was about $3.76.  As of yesterday, it was up to $3.98 and I can hardly wait to see what it is when we go down the mountain this morning to fill up before going home.

We also saw many pretty things this week.


Note the beautiful rainbow just above the mountains.

Sadly, now we have to finish packing the car and start the journey home.  Every time I come here it is harder to leave.  We're going to take the long way home, wander through the state before hitting the highway and make it last as long as possible. 

It's been a great vacation.  It's amazing that David and I can spend every waking minute of the day together for 10 days and never fight, never get bored with each other and feel a stronger bond than ever.  I like that.  
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My Yahoo!

I'm in one of those moods where it seems that everything is ahead of me.  It's exciting and fun and a little frustrating.  I'm heading to California tomorrow morning for a meeting with a team of Yahoo developers.  I plan on coming home with an official Yahoo tee shirt no matter what!  I'll miss David and the kids but this is kind of exciting and it is always fun to travel on someone else's dime.  

When I get back, it is the weekend where Sarah is with idiotboy (a.k.a. her father, my ex) so David and I can swing from the rafters if we want to.  And I want to.  Next week is a short week - I'm only working Monday and Tuesday.  Wednesday is the 4th and I'm taking Thursday and Friday off just for fun.  I hope David can take the days off too and we can play hookey together.

Fall Foliage spectacle in the Mad River ValleyAnd then comes the trip to England in August and then Vermont.  Have I mentioned I really need to get to Vermont?  It is my touchstone, the place where I am most at home.

David and I have picked out our town - Bristol, VT.  It has everything we need.  I want to live in a small town, know all my neighbors, stroll into the local diner and have the waitress bring over my tea and David's coffee because she knows what we drink already.  I want to watch the season change - winter, mud, summer (for 10 minutes) and then Autumn.  I won't mind the cold or the snow or the aforementioned mud.  

Ok, enough rambling.  I have work to do before I get out of here tonight.








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My Yahoo!

I'm in one of those moods where it seems that everything is ahead of me.  It's exciting and fun and a little frustrating.  I'm heading to California tomorrow morning for a meeting with a team of Yahoo developers.  I plan on coming home with an official Yahoo tee shirt no matter what!  I'll miss David and the kids but this is kind of exciting and it is always fun to travel on someone else's dime.  

When I get back, it is the weekend where Sarah is with idiotboy (a.k.a. her father, my ex) so David and I can swing from the rafters if we want to.  And I want to.  Next week is a short week - I'm only working Monday and Tuesday.  Wednesday is the 4th and I'm taking Thursday and Friday off just for fun.  I hope David can take the days off too and we can play hookey together.

Fall Foliage spectacle in the Mad River ValleyAnd then comes the trip to England in August and then Vermont.  Have I mentioned I really need to get to Vermont?  It is my touchstone, the place where I am most at home.

David and I have picked out our town - Bristol, VT.  It has everything we need.  I want to live in a small town, know all my neighbors, stroll into the local diner and have the waitress bring over my tea and David's coffee because she knows what we drink already.  I want to watch the season change - winter, mud, summer (for 10 minutes) and then Autumn.  I won't mind the cold or the snow or the aforementioned mud.  

Ok, enough rambling.  I have work to do before I get out of here tonight.








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