My trip was exactly 100 miles in 100 minutes, yay me and yay Edgar. Mom met me at the Dollar General closest to Lakeside because she was out riding her bike in traffic when I arrived, and gave me her credit card to buy my ticket and car pass and then we headed to the house.
My nieces and nephews are turning out to be really great people, smart and kind and funny. At the advanced age of 15, The Awesome Nacho still lets his youngest cousin beat on him with a pillow. Super Doughnut was so afraid he'd miss the golf cart ride to get doughnuts this morning that when I opened the garage door at 6:30 to go outside for a smoke he came barreling down the stairs and stuck his head out the door pleading for me not to leave without him. I told him to go back to bed, it would be a while. Princess Mathgeek cheerfully peeled potatoes, went to East Harbor with the joy of a swallow returning to Capistrano, and displayed the snarkasm that is the hallmark and birthright of my family. Princess Minnie is bright and affectionate and totally and completely addicted to chocolate.
I met three gorgeous dogs--two Golden Retrievers whose owner called them "English Cream Retrievers" and a very sweet, very old, very shy Siberian Husky. I am totally bragging when I say the latter took to me to such a degree that I heard her owners talking about it as they walked away.
I helped Mom delete the zillion text messages from Verizon on her phone, took the nieces and nephews to the Cheese Haven, read two books and ate several wonderful meals, including an early
Today I went to The Patio for doughnuts, one dozen for the famdamily, two dozen for work, then got packed up and left Lakeside. I dropped off the doughnuts, picked up the dog, who was clean and very fluffy after her complimentary bath, came home and took some Benadrool (my eyes have been itching non-stop) and took a nap. Then I collected the three boxes from my porch--one from Ulta, one from Bath & Body Works and one from someone named Keith in Augusta, Maine. I haz a puzzled about that last...
As always, I'm glad I went and happy to be home.