Archives for August 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012 – Laundry, Shopping and Packing

Determined we needed to pick up a few things to take with us, in addition to doing all of the laundry. The one drawback here at Jock’s is that there is no water at the outbuilding, we need to fetch it with the horse trailer whenever we get low, so a laundromat is, alas, the only reasonable way to get it done. The older woman at Mr. Clean wasn’t exactly friendly, we seemed to disturb her space, so we were glad to get out of there. Did some last minute shopping before getting home and doing as much packing as possible. Looking forward to a good night sleep, I feel like I still haven’t fully recovered from all our recent activity, and we’ll need all the energy we can get for the next 10 days!

Sunday, August 19, 2012 – Pack and Clean

Spent the day “drycleaning” all of our suits and business clothes, as we will need a lot of them for the upcoming Convention in Tampa. Nine working days means 10 different outfits for me, while Hubby will be swapping between multiple suits and blazers (men have it so easy!) Starting doing some packing, then relaxed as much as we could, try to rest up before our busy week.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 – Rest/Work Day

Did manage to sleep late, thankfully, then spent most of the day catching up on two months of paperwork that I’ve let slide, glad that job’s done! Relaxed during the evening, discovered some open movie channels on Dish so we recorded some new movies for later. We may have recorded just a few too many western programs during our last few absences… : -). Made a few decisions about how we are going to pursue our Fall tour of New England as well.

Friday, August 17, 2012 – Pick up Hearing Aid

The day we’ve been waiting for has arrived! Hubby was jumping up and down like a kid in anticipation of getting his hearing aid. I worked on the computer until it was time to go, then we headed up to Costco in Dedham, MA, where Rick finished his fitting and showed him all the features of his new ears, including warnings that all the new sounds are likely going to make him dizzy (which they did). He was so thrilled, though, as I am. For the first time in a long time, I don’t have to yell at him just to have a conversation, and during the evening, the volume on the TV was so low that I was having trouble hearing it! Love it! He knew his ears were getting bad, he just didn’t realize how bad. What a relief! Off to bed, looking forward to sleeping late and putting some more deposits in our sleep bank.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 – Shopping

Although we wanted to rest all day today, we ran down our groceries before we left so we had to run out and do some shopping. We also stopped the tailor’s where we had dropped off Hubby’s suit last week for a fitting, looks great! Relaxed all evening, trying to get as much rest as possible before our big event starting next week.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 – Flight back to Boston

Early morning, decent traffic for LA, long flight back to Boston, quick pickup by PreFlight parking shuttle, clear drive home, CRASH in bed!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 – Work Day

Day Two of our Training Camp.

Monday, August 13, 2012 – Work Day

Day One of our Training Camp.

Sunday, August 12, 2012 – Rest Day

Our new backyard

Woke up early, at least relative to local time, not fully rested but with too much on my mind to go back to sleep. Once Hubby woke up, we showered and dressed and went to the Corner Bakery for a better than expected breakfast. A quick trip into Ralphs and CVS for a few supplies, then headed back to the hotel for a lazy afternoon. Spent a few minutes setting up our work room for tomorrow, then relaxed for the rest of the day, napping and watching TV, getting rested up for our busy next two days.

Catalina Island in the background

Saturday, August 11, 2012 – Fly to Los Angeles

Slept fairly late today, at least for a travel day, as we didn’t have to leave until about noon. Had a full breakfast, then packed everything (something that gets easier with practice, and we’ve certainly had a lot of THAT lately 🙂 for our flight from Boston to LAX. Gave the horses (well, Apollo, anyway) some apples before we left, spoke to Angela about last minute details, then headed out for Logan. Traffic was probably good considering it’s Boston, only had a few slowdowns. Stopped once for coffee at a Dunkin Donuts, then found our way to a very organized off-site parking lot that had shuttles to the airport every five minutes. We parked right away, and there was already a shuttle waiting to take us over, very efficient. Arrived in plenty of time, had a nice leisurely lunch at a brewhouse in the airport before heading down to the gate shortly before boarding. First time I think I’ve ever taken a coast to coast flight non-stop! Hubby says he has once before, but that was before we met, so it was ages ago. We started out with seats in different rows, but a nice Aussie fellow was kind enough to switch seats with me so I ended up next to Hubby for the trip. And it was even in an exit row, so we had lots of leg room! Used the flight to get caught up on my blog (which has slid to more than a month behind! How does that happen???), until my battery almost ran out, then read the rest of the way. Arrived ahead of schedule, grabbed the Thrifty shuttle to the rental car office, and even though I had booked a mid-size car (usually I only get a compact, but it was only a dollar a day more so I thought I would splurge), but when we got out to the parking lot with instructions to choose any car in the M section, we discovered one Dodge and three Ford Crown Victorias! Definitely bigger than a mid-size, but that’s one of the perks of showing up so late! Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, we settled on a gray Crown Victoria, packed up and drove the 40 minutes to the Wyndham Hotel in Irvine. A very nice ride! Exhausted by the time we got there, we skipped going to the store, and just had a nosh and a drink in the bar before collapsing into bed! VERY long day!!