Nothing has made me appreciate my little old Tempe apartment, my daily schedule of writing-exercise-working, and my solitude more than taking a vacation from it. 🙂
The trip got off to a *very* rocky start. While getting all our poop in a group Thursday, I checked our checking account balance over the phone. And realized the airline (America West) had re-deposited the amount of one of our tickets. Eh? I thought to myself. It had been deposited the day before, so I called them. They had cancelled one of our tickets. Due to an error I had made when I ordered them online, the one ticket was cancelled. But they had sent an e-mail saying that my reservation had been made. Then withdrew the money and re-deposited it. And didn’t tell us it was being cancelled. Well, Thursday ended with me feeling stupid (again) and Eric severly pissed off. I was able to get another ticket over the phone, but at a higher price of course. Top off the day with our flight being moved from one gate to another (without an announcement being made) and the flight being an hour late. Needless to say, I’m a bit disenchanted with America West airlines.
But Omaha was beautiful. The weather when we got there was cold. We went from 90s in Phoenix to 30s in Omaha. It warmed up considerably by the end of our week there. Due to the early freeze, the trees were changing sooner than they usually would, the birds were fleeing in droves, and the squirrels were busy as beavers. (Hmm, a mixed rodent simalie…) And it was cloudy! JUST cloudy. No rain, just a sky painted with whites and greys. *sigh* Good stuff Manerd…
It was a busy trip. Everyday there was *something* scheduled. Too many people and places to see. I think Eric and I did an okay job of balancing our time between my family and my in-laws maybe to the point that we gave up some of our personal time. By the time we fled to Lincoln on Thursday, I just wanted my husband *alone*. Everyone was fairly well behaved as well. I am still a little worried about my mom (when am I not…). The Nabitys (who are much more well to do than my family) have a tendancy to throw money around a bit. They figure if they have it, and there was a time when they didn’t, they might as well use it. So they took my family out to dinner and then the get-together-for-cake turned into more of a reception than I had wanted it to be. I fear my mom might see it as a slight towards her which it certainly wasn’t meant to be. The Nabitys had waited to give us any wedding gifts which I hadn’t really thought about. (Some beautiful crystal, much too fine for the likes of me, and some Victoria’s Secret gifts that were designed to embarrass Eric *grin*) It’s too bad Chad (brother-in-law) didn’t get the pictures he took on CD. I’d love to add them to my website.
Ah…good things though…
–Cinnimon ice cream at Ted & Wally’s. This ice cream has a sticky, slightly doughy texture great stuff.
–Trips to the Antiquarium and A Novel Idea. Two of the best bookstores I’ve ever found. Cats roam throughout both. *grin* Between the crystal, some clothes I bought, and the books I bought, we had to check two boxes on our way back to AZ.
–Eating at Crane River! Only the best turkey and havartie sandwich there is!
–Got to go dancing at 1427 (a techno club). Unfortunately two other inferior clubs have opened and are taking business away from our dear club.
–Spellbound books (and Bob!). This is a gaming store and it’s proprietor. We recieved quite a shock when we found Bob’s old storefront vacant! We feared that he had gone out of business. It seemed an unlikely thing, but it happens to small businesses everyday. But instead Bob had just moved again to a spiffy new store in East Lincoln. *Whew!*
And of course there was seeing family! My grandparent’s are looking good. When we left, my grandma was recovering from pneumonia. I think they are both taking care of themselves a little better now. Retirement has only helped Eric’s parents. They are looking spry as ever. My grandmother commented that they were nicer than she expected. I said, “They’re old farmers.” And she said, “Oh, that explains it.” And my niece Lauren is getting so *BIG!*
I could ramble on forever, but I’ve got so much to do. (One of them, catching up with you all!)
At least do Eric’s laundry. I’d like to actually see him wear some of the nice shirts and pnats his mom bought.
I’m feeling very motivated (I’m sure it won’t last long) and I want to get some writing on the second novel done.
General organization of info that has come in while I’ve been gone–writing markets, D&D stuff, e-mails…but hell or high water I’m quiting that at 10:30 to do my exercise. My diet was shot to HELL!