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Tuesday
Jul212009

Slow Start

We were off to Scotland with Mike and Margie for a much deserved vacation.  The first hint of trouble was a phone call.   "We're not on the plane yet, but they assure us there's plenty of time."  The second call caused a little nag.  "We're still not on the plane, but there's plenty of time."  The third call was making me nervous.  "We're on the plane, but we're not taking off."  David and I left for the airport.  The last call was "We're taking off, but it's gonna be tight". 

David and I got to the airport.  We whisked through check-in and security.  We got to the gate.  We checked the arrivals board.  The flight from Richmond landed after the flight to Scotland took off.  We paced, we read, we watched the weather channel.  We checked the arrival board again.  They were gaining time, now they were landing before the Scotland flight took off.  It was almost time to board and they had 20 minutes to get from Terminal A to Terminal C at Newark Airport.  Remotely possible if there wasn't another soul in the airport.  Maybe they could hit the teleporter and be at the correct gate instantly.   Oh yeah, that only works in Star Trek.  Perhaps they would fly faster and gain a few more minutes.  Maybe it would be enough.

Boarding started, and David and I got on the plane.  We tried to dawdle.  We asked the flight attendant if she could check on them for us.  She couldn't.  We wondered if they would, perhaps, hold the plane.  They wouldn't.  Boarding continued.  We fidgeted.  The door closed and we took off.  Finally, the Fasten Seatbelt sign went off.  David got up and walked through the plane.  He didn't see them anywhere and then he spied it.   The two empty seats where Mike and Margie were supposed to be sitting.  He stood over them in silence for a couple of minutes.  It was sad. 

We talked to them when we landed.  They had run, as fast as they could, but it just wasn't enough.  They even saw the plane backing away from the gate.  At least they were on the next flight out and they would catch up with us shortly.  Oh well, the luggage never would have made it.

 

 

Sunday
Jul192009

Hair Encrusted?

I know, it's a little strange.  You would understand if you were there.  Mike and Margie understand.  We were tired and hungry.  We'd been on the road for 8 days in a car in a foreign country although Scotland isn't that foreign.  It was our last night there.  We sat down for dinner at the hotel restaurant.  Our waitress had a charming Scottish burr.  David has a stunning gift for languages.  She told us the specials.  He asked her to repeat the last one.  She did.  He turned to look at me with the strangest look on his face.  I translated--Herb Encrusted Lamb.  He looked extremely relieved "I couldn't imagine why anyone would want to encrust a lamb with hair".  It still makes me laugh a little when I think about the look on his face. 

Stay tuned for more adventures from our Scotland trip and who knows what else.

Friday
Jul172009

Worried

I'm a little worried.  80 pounds of blueberries seems like a lot.  It is a lot, but let's do some math.  I get 4 breakfast smoothies from each bag.  That's only 320 smoothies.  It doesn't quite cover a year.  And David drinks them on weekends.  He's decided that they taste better than his Atkins Shakes  (shocking, I know).  So if you subtract his 104 smoothies, that leaves 216 smoothies.  I need breakfast 365 days, unless it's a leap year, which will leave me without breakfast for 149 days.  I know, I know,  I could have something else for breakfast like oatmeal with blueberries (wait, I'd be out of berries).  I could make another flavor of smoothie.  I might  be somewhere else for breakfast.  I could put David back on Atkins although that seems cruel.  And what if I wanted to make cobbler or muffins or something?  What if David worked from home and wanted more than his allotted 2 per week?  That 149 number is making me nervous.  I could still get more berries.  It's not too late.  I'd need at least 37.25 bags (149 days /4).   Ummmm that's another 40 pounds of blueberries.  Can that be right???   Perhaps I've made an error in my calculations.  Fortunately, I live with an accountant.  He can sort it out.

Thursday
Jul162009

80 Pounds of Blueberries

I am done.  I have washed, dried, baggied, and frozen 80 pounds of blueberries.  That's a lot.  That's 80 bags of berries.   Not sure how that worked out, I certainly didn't plan it.  There are 3 cups of berries in each bag which is 240 cups of berries.  I wonder if that's enough to get me through the year.

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