Friday, April 17, 2015
Transitions, Tension, Travel, and Other Fun "T" Words — UPDATED with an update!
Still a ridiculous amount of STUFF going on at Chez Chardonnay!!
Mimosa is a high school junior, and "spring break" means one thing: heading to Florida with Dolores Hart and Yvette Mimieux!
OK, no. That is not what it means. Possibly to anyone but me, because I am 100.
No, it means "college visit time." And the system is very organized; colleges have all sorts of things like tours and info sessions for incoming students, and it is possible to get a decent hotel rate when one has AAA or AARP or somesuch — but still. It all takes some organizing.
And also some self-control, as I burst into tears while booking the visit with the first college Admissions lady I spoke to. (She was nice about it though.)
Of course I want my daughter to grow up and go to college and be a self-sufficient!! Of course I want my daughter to stay by my side and be my best buddy/baby forever and ever! I am a living Push Me-Pull You.
So that's happening. Monday through Wednesday, we'll drive to Saratoga Springs, New York, and work our way back through Western Mass. A road trip with my daughter, we'll have fun.
And then I'm planning Excursion #2 to D.C. with my family this August. Dad had always wanted to do this but never got around to it; Mom is now flooded with "life is short" fever, so — we're doing it!
Which means: I'm doing it.
But I finally got the framework in place: Mom's plane tickets are purchased; after weighing the merits of Amtrak vs. driving ourselves, I've rented a minivan; our hotel suite is secured; and we have tickets for the Holocaust Museum, my and Mom's most-desired destination. And of course we'll go to as many Smithsonians and other attractions as we can. D.C. is such a cool town, and I'm hoping late August will feel more Septemberish, weather-wise, than summerish — time will tell.
So much going on! It's the hottest time of year for my church committee, all I do is make phone calls and e-mail people. Li'l Martini's in a show, my newly emerged yard needs serious care, I need Husband to get his stationary bike to work, my knees are killing me. Busy!!!!!!
(Right now I'm calling a different State Farm person, and her line has been busy for half an hour. Does that seem right?!)
I've been at my computer all morning, and my iPod is now recharged; I am going to walk a mile on my treadmill, lift some weights, do my knee PT, and work up a sweat, then take a hot shower and lie on my new couch with ice packs and my enticing stack of library books, because I have earned it.
But I have to walk the mile first, this is the deal I made with myself.
(State Farm chick's number is still busy. What the heck?)
Treadmill, treadmill, treadmill. Ugh. (I'd go outside but [a] it's raining and [b] I'm a major weenie.)
— Lady C, whose resolve is as flabby as her aging midsection
It took 15 more minutes of "useful work" (i.e., trying to distract myself by feverishly checking e-mail and calling State Farm) but I made it to the treadmill, walked a brisk mile in 24 minutes (way slower than my glory days, but sister, I'll take it), lifted weights, and worked my sad little Jell-O core. I'm now going to do wall push-ups and stretch (part of my PT) and then the shower! the ice! the books!
My knees feel fine, though. I may not need ice at all. Though maybe it will prevent pain later?
The way I feel right now, the things that will hurt later are (a) my triceps and (b) my abs, ow ow ow.
Well, we'll see. Anyway — just wanted to report! I know how you doubt me.
Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. I know how I doubt me.
(And points to you if you know what movie I'm quoting!)