We had an uneventful drive home today, and now we are in the midst of unpacking, laundry, organization, planning, and all the stuff that comes with returning from a road trip.
A few other tidbits about the weekend:
~We rented a car for the trip because the car we use is a Suburban. We got bumped up and ended up with a G6 that had all kinds of fanciness to it. On our way there, I noticed that the radio console had MSG lighted up. I asked Mr. P what it was, and he said something about the thing that is bad or whatever in Chinese food. Well, I pressed the button and I got a message "Jason Mraz's I'm Yours playing on 101.1 FM." I was really surprised, and asked Mr. P, "How did the car know I like that song?" After that, on occasion we would get a message about some song playing on some radio station. I really have no idea how that was working...but it was pretty neat. I tried to capture it on film, but I was all shaky and blurry and well, it didn't turn out.
-Last night we went out to dinner with the VERY first person I met when I went away to college. I had not seen her in 21 years, not spoken to her in 20. We found each other on Facebook last weekend, and she happened to live in Charleston. I lost touch with everyone once I got knocked up and married. All my college friends were still partying, learning, being college kids, and I was a wife and mom, and to be extremely honest I was jealous that they were still colleging and embarrassed that I was mothering at 20 years old. (Don't get me wrong, I was happy with the choices I made, and still am, but when they would call me laughing and happy and tipsy at 1am when I had just gotten a colicky baby to sleep and we were all 20, it made for some sadness on my end.)
Anyway, she picked us up at the hotel, we hugged, then talked nonstop for 4 hours. Poor Mr. P. Luckily the restaurant had a bar, and I excused him after dinner to go watch football while we caught up. When we got back to the hotel, Mr. P told me that he could not believe we could just fall right back into our college rhythm. It was nice. Thanks to all of you who encouraged me to go through with it, even though I was feeling very self-conscious about the weight. It was really great to spend time with her. She called me this afternoon, and we again remarked how it almost seemed like we have never lost touch. So, if any of you have long lost friends, DO IT. Do the Facebook thing.
~I did a preliminary weigh in (Monday is my weigh in day), and it looks like I might have broken even. In a way that is great. We drank beers. Many beers. I ate rich, decadent, and on one occasion fried foods. I am slightly disheartened because I wanted my first weigh in to be a good one. I am participating in a Biggest Loser type blog challenge, and I am kind of bummed to let my team down. On a positive note, I without a doubt spent the weekend in a much healthier way than I ever have on vacation. I left food on plates. We never took a cab, we walked everywhere we wanted to go. I even walked for workout before we left on Thursday, and again Friday morning before I did my presentation. And you know what? I had a great time.
Next year when we are talking about this trip, my guess is that I won't be saying...oh, I didn't get to eat enough food. I will say, remember that fucking turtle?