Sunday, January 11, 2009

Home again, home again, Jiggedy Jig

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?


DAVs said...

Yay for good trips and also coming home. It's always nice to come home...well, as long as the house is neat :)
Hooray for breaking even, too! And for meeting up with your old friend--that is awesome when you just fall back into that familiar rhythm.

creative kerfuffle said...

that's awesome about picking right up w/ your friend. i love that. and it's great that you broke even--that's way better than going backwards, but even if it's even the important thing is everything you did was healthier. and in the end, that's what you're looking for right? : )
how did your presentation go???? inquiring minds want to know : )

Hotch Potchery said...

DAVS: The house was neat, and I am about to very happily crawl into my own bed!

CK: I think I did pretty well. I had to critique research of some pretty big dogs in my research area, and I need 3 letters about my national reputation when I go up for tenure and I was afraid if I screwed it up I would mess up my chances. Thanks for asking!

Jen L. said...

Glad your presentation went well! Also glad you're home and had a good trip. That is great about your friend. I love meet-ups like that.

Not Your Aunt Bea said...

I am all about breaking even these days. You gotta live life a little too.

And don't you love those friends that you can pick up right where you left off? The best. So glad you did it.

Sounds like a really nice trip. Next year I will remember Mr. P lying down by the alligator. Too funny. Can't believe he did it!

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tara said...

Breaking even after a weekend vacation is AWESOME! That is not letting your team down at all. That is working hard even when all you can get to eat is humongous portions of food that has way more butter in it than any human should eat. That is sticking to your plan and carrying it out no matter what, and I for one am jumping up and down excited for you!

And I am very happy that the meeting with your friend went so well. I wanted to wish you luck on my last comment, but I didn't want to call attention to it if you were worrying so I sat on my hands and waited.

Yippee for successful weekends, good presentations, and old friends. This is the first blog I've read today and I really hope it sets the tone for my whole week!

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