Is it really possible that November is more than half-over? It seems like I just got back from PA but that was actually last month. Wow.
I spent all of last week running my photos through a batch-processor so I could show them to the in-laws when they visited on Saturday for DH’s 37th birthday. Now, I’m almost sick of looking at them.
Since the government was still shutdown on Monday, Oct. 14, MIL, my friend from NJ and I decided to drive to Lancaster to tour the Ephrata Cloister. We had double checked the website so were rather bummed to find the place locked up tight with a “closed for COLUMBUS DAY!” sign hanging on the visitors’ center door. Well, now what? We decided to walk around a bit anyway and at least get pictures since we wouldn’t be able to come back later in our visit.
It was one of those crisp fall days that seem cliche and impossible. Perfect for walking around in the fallen leaves and kicking apples on the ground. We even climbed onto the stage and stuck our faces in the cutouts there for pictures. (You’ll just have to imagine how awesome those looked.)
We probably spent an hour or so there before we had our fill and moved on to where to have lunch. Since we were out that way, we met up with Mom, my sister A and my niece who were at the Herr’s factory before skipping off to a pottery studio in the middle of Lancaster’s farm fields. We were so far out there that I thought the GPS had led us wrong. Nope. It just was way, way out there with nothing but corn fields to look at.
My mother-in-law and I left to visit my family in PA on Oct. 12. We got to the airport and had to wait (as usual). Then our flight was delayed for 45 minutes no one said why at the time. Once we were all on-board, we were told that there was an engine issue and the maintenance team was continuing to work on the issue. About 15 minutes later, we were kicked off the plane because it was going “to be awhile” and were told to take everything with us since another plane might be requested. It took about a half-hour before they told us they had requested another plane from the maintenance yard at SFO so we only had to wait for it to brought over and cleaned. Finally, two hours or more later, we were back on a plane and getting ready for take off.
We had a pretty uneventful flight otherwise but didn’t land until after midnight. Picking up our rental car was another 45 minutes of my life I wish I still had, but finally we were on the road and heading to MIL’s hotel. I managed to miss a turn, even with GPS, because the back roads can be so dark. I almost hit a deer too that was standing in the road. My MIL never even noticed. (When my mom told her I almost hit a deer, MIL thought it was after I had left her at the hotel and was driving to my mom’s house.) I wasn’t the only one half a sleep. I finally arrived at my mom’s and climbed the stairs dragging my 47-pound suitcase and camera gear (exact weight unknown) as her hall clock struck 3 a.m.
Mom was napping on the couch for me. She got up to help me drag my bags and I just remember her saying how glad she was I had gotten there. I looked at her and said, “I think I’m going to start crying.” And promptly did just that. (This never happens. By the time, I arrive I’m usually bouncing off the walls with glee and pent up energy.) After asking if I was pregnant, No!, just exhausted and a quick rundown (for sympathy) of my never-ending day complete with near-death experience. (Anyone who has almost hit or has hit a deer knows what that moment is like.) Mom sent me to bed (in her room) with a hug and some back pats while she took the couch.
Due to some poor planning, my family, MIL and my friend from NJ decided we’d get up around 8 Sunday (Oct. 13) to head to Hershey for the day. I don’t know when I actually fell asleep but it took forever. I was so tired I just remember thinking I would never be able to sleep. Why that happens I don’t understand?
As I said, we spent Sunday at Hershey’s Chocolate World doing all their touristy activities (cheesy movie, chocolate tasting, town tour and “factory” ride) and getting lots of free chocolate. I was just glad I didn’t have to drive.
Tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 14) the Ephrata Cloister.
I slept in a bit this morning, but, after I dropped DH off at the train, I made myself go to the gym. I did 30 minutes on the stair master (I still have a love/hate thing with that machine) and then 20 minutes on the rower before doing some leg weights and calling it good. I didn’t get home until after 10:30 so I decided to skip breakfast completely and just have an early lunch.
Now, I’m ready to start the day.
…After a quick nap or a leg massage.
I’m home again! I spent the past two weeks on the East Coast visiting my family. For the first time, I brought my mother-in-law with me and we took a trip to Williamsburg, VA, her favorite place. We had a great time. Now, I’m dealing with the aftermath of a good vacation… tiredness, grocery shopping and more laundry than I’ve seen in a long time… since I lived at home and we took turns doing the family (for all 6 of us!) laundry.
I’ve got a ton of photos to go through so it might be awhile but I’m planning on putting some up here in the near-future.
I had a great time, but getting home again is always great too.
I got up early this morning and went to the gym. Go me! So now I can cross off day 3 for going to the gym this week. Even though I did a pretty short workout there… only 27 minutes on the StairMaster but I got myself out of bed and went. When I got home, I did a yoga class app because my leg muscles felt tight. I didn’t stretch enough before I left the gym.
I’m thinking that weekly goals might be the way to go. I’ll see what happens after vacation. I am planning on working out while I’m home, but at night before bed so that will be an adjustment and my mother in law will be with me so I’m not going to be as rigid with my daily workout routine as I usually am while I’m home visiting.
I ran errands pretty much all morning and then came home and started packing. I hate packing for vacation. I’m never sure I packed everything I needed and I always forget something and take stuff I never use. Tomorrow will be a long day. My mother in law will be arriving here at by 10 so DH can drive us to the airport with time enough for lunch before we go through security. I’m just hoping that we aren’t delayed or anything.
Back later this month.
Since I’m heading back home on Saturday for a two-week visit, I decided to challenge myself with going to the gym three mornings this week. I went on Monday and did the stairmaster and rowing machine for 45 minutes (total). Today, I got myself out of bed at 6 (this was much easier when I needed to give Dixie her meds…) and did 50 minutes on an elliptical machine. At home, I followed that up with a yoga session via my iPad because my muscles felt tight and, if I’m completely honest, it was too late to take a shower before I had to take DH to the train. I’m really starting to dig yoga. I always feel so much better after… sometimes physically, sometimes mentally, and a few times both. I’ve yet to regret any yoga workout whereas I’ve had several weight or cardio workouts that I was regretting for days after.
Anyway, off to do pre-vacation errands.