With a collective sigh of relief and despite snow showers and Michael's tears, Sara and I finally pulled out of the parking lot at 10:00 a.m, Tuesday morning. For a while I wasn't sure we were going to make it. As always when I am due to leave Ocean City, I had to work late to get office work completed. Because of the snow storms and not getting into the office for a couple of weeks, I ended up working in the office from 9:00 a.m. through to 12:15 a.m. So I was exhausted when I finally arrived home Monday night..oops, Tuesday morning. I sat down to kind of unwind and ended up falling asleep until 4:05 a.m. Since I still had 2 loads of laundry to do, pack, get the house straightened up (you would have thought I had done some of this while home on snow days...but what fun would that have been.) So, anyway, I started cleaning up and doing laundry and packing and by 9:00 a.m. I was ready to go. I could have been done prior to that time but schools had a 2 hour delay and I knew I had 2 extra hours (we usually leave around 7:00 a.m.) Anyway, the girls showed up to help me load the car (you wouldn't believe what I take...computer, printer, big bag of food supplies, carton of sodas, overnight bag, regular suitcase, and the most important tote, my stitching. We got loaded up, got Sara's stuff in and we were on our way...whoppee!!!! We were not on the road 10 minutes when I asked the important question, "Sara did you eat breakfast?" Which of course she hadn't so we decided to stop at Panera's in Salisbury to get something. Asiago bagel with cream cheese and we were back on the road. 2 hours later Sara asked if I was hungry (2 hours...what are you kidding?) and I realized we were close to Annapolis...and the Cheesecake Factory. Well, of course I'm willing to eat at Cheesecake Factory hungry or not (somewhat explains my weight problem) so we stopped. This was becoming an epicurian trip as opposed to a needlework destination trip, either one of which is a good thing for me. We didn't stop again until we had traveled for 6 more hours, and then we stopped for the night and Cracker Barrel (yes my day ended up at another favorite stop for me, you will never find a $272 lobster at Cracker Barrel.) We got up and out early Wednesday morning, started our day with Cracker Barrel breakfast and we were off again and this time we ran into snow again. But it wasn't sticking to the ground so we were able to make good time. Wednesday was not about food however, at least for Sara and she drove straight through until we hit the hotel in Franklin around 4:30 p.m. (she apparently forgot that I enjoy lunch). So once we got checked in I headed for the bar...forget food for a moment, I needed a drink. Which was a red flag for Sara as I essentially gave up drinking when Sara was 16 years old (I was not a pretty drinker). After 4 bloody mary's, and then drinking Sara's straight Vodka, we decided I needed food. We had a wonderful dinner and I headed for my room and went right to sleep. Yes, my day was over, or so I thought, but I managed to wake up around 8:00 and started stitching. I brought 4 kits that I thought would take about one day to stitch, plus my Quaker Christmas, and while I did stitch a little in the car, the constant bumping and swaying started making me car sick so I had to stop. I'm thrilled to say that once I slept off the booze I was able to finish one of the kits. It was the Pine Mountain's "I'm So Egg-cited". Today I'm starting Little House Needleworks, "Fa La La," the second ornament of the series for me. I already stitched their "Pear Tree", and like that one I intend to stitch this over one. They are so cute over one! And now it's 4:05 a.m. and I'm up again talking to you. So stitchers, I'll end here so I can stitch a little before Sara gets up and comes over to my room (to keep us from killing each other I get us both our own rooms). So have a great day...and I'll keep you posted whether you like it or not.
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