Seattle/Ferry/ONP – Thanksgiving 2011

Husband’s family lives in the Pacific Northwest and it’s been ten years since either of us have been out there. We went for Thanksgiving and had a wonderful time. You would think that the weather would be miserable in November, but it was lovely considering our timing. While the video doesn’t capture our entire trip, it hits some of the geographic highlights.

Also, I put together a Pinterest board for some of the other highlights of the trip. We’re not going to wait another ten years before we go back.

Family Fun Day 2011

Oscoda Family Vacation 2011 September 25, 20117Creative Commons License photo credit: stevendepolo

Once a year, my extended family on my mother’s side tries to get together for a Family Fun Day. We started this in 2010 as all the kids in my generation have kids of their own (except me) and they were having enough problems balancing Thanksgiving and Christmas with their respective immediate family members much less trying to see the extended family.

For 2011, we met this past weekend for Family Fun Day as well as to celebrate my grandmother’s 82nd birthday. Upon reflection, I was reminded of several things that I regularly forget.

  1. 6 AM Saturday morning flights always seem like a good idea
  2. They’re really not if you have to be social all day long
  3. The absence of even one person (and their whole immediate nuclear family) can made a huge difference in group dynamics
  4. Low country boil always needs more Old Bay than you think it does
  5. Bourbon makes everything better
  6. 36 hours in Atlanta makes for a roller coaster of a trip
  7. Sleep is (sometimes) overrated
I’m already looking forward to the 2012 edition. We need to move it back to summer so we can go to the pool…I hope I don’t forget that one…

Emptying My Brain of Thoughts

I’m going to follow Sarah’s lead here and try for a quick post to empty some of the stuff out of my head.

  1. Man, I miss living in Athens, Georgia. We went to Athens for a wedding over the weekend and had a blast. I tweeted a long time ago that part of my heart will always live in that town and this trip confirmed it. I relaxed the minute I got there and didn’t clench my jaw at all the entire weekend. Wonderful food. Great (new & old) friends. A family member who drove into town to have lunch with me even commented on how great I looked and how much being in Athens agreed with me.
  2. The downside to traveling is that I’m now coming down with my third cold since February 3. Third cold. In seven weeks. The Cherry Blossom Ten Race will be virtually impossible to run at this point. I’m going to pick up my packet this time though, as I paid extra for a technical shirt. Needless to say, I’m pretty angry and frustrated about this health development. I’m still trying to decide what’s going to change and will keep you, dear reader, updated.
  3. The new job is going well. I’m still sorting out my new responsibilities. Not much else to say about this one.
  4. School is a big time suck right now. Major deliverable due a week from tomorrow. I need to buckle down this weekend and get it done.
  5. Dear Weather Gods: You are fired. What is this crap? How can we have nice spring days one week and freezing temps the next?!?
  6. I’m trying to figure out how to move back to Athens. Unless we become certified CrossFit and kettlebell instructors and open our own gym, there’s no jobs. Boo.
  7. I’m going to bed. I’m tired. I’m (getting) sick (again). I want to snuggle with the dog.