Spoiler: I'm sitting at the cutest little powerbar in the Manchester, NH airport. (There are photos, not to worry.) It took me four tries to find the right network and get on it. Sometime before the sun sets over the Pacific, I will be back in my own house, with my own bathroom, my own bed, my ergonomic (if messy) computer setup and most importantly, my loving cats aka the large evil monsters.
Shopping (contains some spoilers.)
This has been a tricky trip for shopping and therefore gift giving. I think Megan's boys have scored the best, then maybe Shirley & Gary, the catsitters. The trickiness has been a factor of several things - first and foremost luggage space. When we checked in with the new large, lightweight red suitcase, it weighed 49.5 pounds. Just now it weighed 8 pounds less, whew! But the smaller suitcase maybe be up and so are our carryons. Thankfully, Nick's sister Joanne was pleased to get the AAA tour books for everything south of New England and we left the pound of Ghiradelli chocolate squares with Paula.
But, I did manage to get myself a whole outfit plus. Bought the Nationals shirt in MD - where we also did get the price adjustment of $178 (yay!) on the new suitcase. Got myself a foldup-able backpack, half price with any purchase at the Gettysburg Visitor Center shop. It can also be a totebag and it was great on the soon-to-be told slosh around Jordan Pond. In Media, PA, I got a nice pair of Gloria Vanderbilt black jeans currently on my body. In somewhere in Delaware, I got the fashionable rain jacket.
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art I acquired my favorite purchase, a black T-shirt with a Golden Dragon embroidered down one side and my most useful, a set of three Guitar Hero passport size notebooks. In Menlo Park, NJ, coming up soon, I scored 5 pairs of roll over crew socks to match various T-shirts. You have to go far and wide now to find these and I am known for this matching, esp in shorts weather. Then there's the bears of the fifty states - still no luck in Rhode Island but Ms New Hampshire and Ms Maine will be joining the others on the shelf.
oops - so somehow the netbook turned itself off as I was midsentence. But it was somehow on in Cleveland but no display.. I'm going to sleep and sort it all out in the morning and then finish this post. eah
Sleep has happened. So where was I - rambling about purchases - now have two new hats as well. More on that later. I now speculate that every state has a Route 1 and at least in the northeast it is a bad ride. I have become spoiled by CalTrans maintaining roads out here in California. Either that or the Kia has dreadful shocks. But seriously bumpy here and there.
I am convinced that I should get a column for SWE out of traveling, including road trips and airport issues and packing and accommodations. Ah yes, I had a rant building up the whole trip about placement and style of toilet paper rolls. I'm sure many of you are aware of the TP orientation debates. I believe in the roll coming down the back for two reasons - first, it's way harder for a cat to unroll one that way (think about the paws on top of the roll that flows off the front). If you don't get that, you've never had to deal with a roll post cat playing! I have been known to reverse them in rooms where I am staying. And, I find it easier to pull off some one-handed which is a value while you are wearing a backpack/purse and have a camera slung over your neck and long sleeves. And/or when you're on crutches (been there, done that three years ago) I also know why we pay the extra money for two ply TP. I think I end up taking more volume (ie greater than twice as many sheets) just trying to get some off and it twists up annoyingly. Hey, if you have the digestive issues that I have, you'd be noticing all this too.
On that cheery note, I shall post this and try working on Day 7. Good thing it's a three-day weekend and I have a bad cold [we both got sick and forged on!] If I can figure out what's going on with the netbook, I'll throw photos up quick. Otherwise, I have to figure out what's going on with the Laptop. I'm on the PC which is my primary computer but the monitor and the CPU don't agree so my aspect ratio is off which is bad for photographs.
a road weary, Esther