but slowly creeping my way
back to "normal" today. I keep
reminding myself that this
is the last time I'll have to deal with *vacation aftermath* for a
long, looooong time. Like next Christmas, maybe. Or after my
home two big lungsful of crud from our trip to TicTac. I knew I would.
I actually stocked up on Contac and Kleenex and Cepacol Sore
Throat Spray, at work and at home, before we even
got onto the
airplane. I knew that five days' worth of hotel air conditioning,
secondhand smoke, recycled airplane cabin "air" and Pacific Northwest
allergens would play havoc with my delicate little upper respiratories.
third day back, I was
barking like a Point Año Nuevo elephant seal.
amazing thing, though, is
that it's not as bad as I expected it to be. Yes, I feel crummy. Yes, I
was flat on my back in bed all weekend, zoned on cold medicine. (I love
the way those Alka Seltzer Plus tablets fizz in my mouth!! I wonder
what would happen if you dropped them into water?!?) And yes, today I'm
seeing those little twinkly gray stars around the periphery of my
vision every time I stand up too fast.
was prepared for it to be
much, much worse.
whole trip was like that. The
parts that were supposed to be terrible? Weren't. And the parts that
were supposed to be wonderful? Were even better than I'd hoped.
stuff. Sometimes when I visit TicTac, especially during the
holidays, I feel pulled in a bazillion different directions at once.
I have a big family, scattered all over the general TicTac area ...
plus I have three Tots ... plus I have an ex-husband with a handful of
doctor's bills and report cards he wants to "discuss" ... and I know
that all of these nice people require more than a fleeting molecule's
worth of my time and attention, once they get me into their collective
have been a couple of
recent TicTac visits that saw me in tears half the time, because at
any given moment somebody, somewhere, was upset
with me for
not being in four places at once.
visit went a lot more
smoothly. We arrived in TicTac with two clear objectives: attending
Jaymi's high school graduation, and enjoying a little pre-birthday
celebration with The World's Cutest Nephew. We got to do both ... and
& the world's cutest nephew
[or the world's cutest mom & my nephew
depending on how you look at it]
took Son #Only to a movie.
We had lunch with my mom. We went on a shoe-shopping expedition to the
mall with all three Tots. We hung out at my sister's house, watching
The WCN toddling around on sturdy one-year-old legs. We took Daughter
#1 out to dinner -- twice. (She was a captive -- and mostly-receptive
-- audience for our patented "Do as we say/Not as we did at
age" speech.) I stood on the back porch and shot one-handed
with my son. We went out for a post-graduation dinner with my sister,
my brother-in-law, my mother, my former step-father, The World's Cutest
Nephew (everybody, ironically, except for The Graduate herself).
was the very best kind of
family time: unforced, unhurried and unruffled.
actually had time (and
opportunity) to do a little more *touristy* stuff
this time, too ... mostly thanks to my brother-in-law, the intrepid
"Dr. Tim," who basically kidnapped us after dinner on Monday evening
took us on a driving tour of downtown Seattle, lasting long into the
night. I saw parts of my hometown I'd never seen before: the University
of Washington campus, for instance, and Gasworks Park. And I saw other
parts that I haven't seen in years: the Broadway District, and the
areas around Alki Point, and the Admiral Way viewpoint in West Seattle.
David and I had a chance
to do some exploring on our own, Monday morning before Daughter #1's
graduation. We drove to the Pike Place Market, where we investigated
some of the shops along the waterfront and had lunch in a funky little
of food. We never even
set foot inside a Taco Time. Dave's Café? Yes. The Jet City
Diner? Yes. Salty's at Alki? Yes. Azteca? Yes and yes.
the rest of the
was fun. Mt. Rainier was visible almost every
weather was great: shirtsleeves-warm most of the time, and then a
couple of brief morning sprinkles just to make me feel at home.
Southcenter Mall has been remodelled yet again. I made out like a
bandit at Value Village: three huge bagsful of clothes for sixty bucks.
We caught most of the "Resurrection Jukebox" on KNDD on Sunday morning
... and we enjoyed a welcome reprieve
Area newspuppets. [Hello, Kathi
and Dan Lewis!
Nice to see you again! PLEASE move to the Bay Area!]
website photo of
for the Dave-and-Terri
stuff ... what can I tell you?
could go on holiday in
Cambodia and we'd still have a good time.
forgot to bring my St.
John's Wort with me. At first I panicked -- how was I going to make it
through the graduation ceremony without it?!? -- but by the second day
I could tell I wasn't even going to need it. I had David with me. He
makes me feel safe and centered, even in the trickiest
social/emotional situations. When he and my ex-husband exchanged a firm
handshake and thirty seconds' worth of mostly-sincere pleasantries, I
exhaled for the first time in a week.
don't leave home without him.
you, it wasn't a perfect
trip. Southwest Airlines sucks: David accurately describes it as "a
cattle car with wings." We had trouble getting the laptop to work in
the hotel room. Daughter #1 had occasional problem moments with The
Boyfriend. (Let's just say that the course of true/young/sorta-love
never runs smoothly.) I probably could have lived without that Hostess
"Muffin Loaf" on Tuesday morning.
hotel shampoo was a HUGE
disappointment: the bottle said Jhirmack, but the "lather" said Suave.
things taken into account,
this was one of the more successful TicTac jaunts in recent memory. And
this latest bout of *vacation aftermath* -- while no walk in Volunteer
Park -- is coming along more or less according to schedule. I finished
up with "weepy and homesick" by the second day back ... knocked
"remorseful and apologetic" off the list before the weekend was over
now as soon as I can get
rid of "sneezy, dopey and grumpy," I'll be good as new.
oh my god!
i am sooooo
far behind in my journal-reading ... i just this minute read
congratulations to you and pär!
worry about morning/afternoon/night sickness. we all get it. AND we all
live to tell the tale.
meantime ... have a nice frosty mug of ragu spaghetti sauce with
cracker crumbs sprinkled on top. it'll fix you right up.]