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Old 05-12-2011, 09:38 AM   #106
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The new guy sounds good so far! Hope things continue to go well! Seems Meri's stamp of approval would be a good sign!

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Yay!! New guy sound great!! I'm sending luck and for you two!!
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Plans sound great! with the standby flights.

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Well, the situation with the flights just became a moot point. It is with a heavy heart that I am canceling the Boston segment of this trip. A dear friend of mine lost her child a few days ago, and the funeral is this coming weekend. I felt that her needs came before my vacation, and I absolutely needed to be there for her while she lays her son to rest. So, while I will keep the rest of the trip (NY and VA), I am postponing Boston for now.

I'm starting to think that every time I do a PTR, my trip gets canceled in some way or another, lol. This is the third trip this has happened to in a year! I think I'll stick to just plain old TR's from now on!! Maybe I'm jinxing myself??

We MAY fly up to Chicago on Monday and spend two nights there before flying to NY. I'm just not sure yet. You'll have to stay tuned to see what ends up happening! I will definitely report here when we get going.

I'm greatly disappointed, but I feel like I've made the right choice. Laurie, I'll be sorry to miss you this go-round, but we will definitely get together when we come up to Boston (possibly this summer if I can make it happen).

I've spoken to Amtrak and changed my reservation from Boston-NY to NY-DC. I'm still working on packing. I bought two cute dresses and some new jeans, and two new pairs of sneakers (Skechers, my FAVORITE)! Now let's hope the weather cooperates!! It's FREEZING here in TN (ok, well, to me - it's in the 50's, which is just so cold for this time of year).

Gosh, I'm just so disappointed at missing out on Boston. I could have gone up Monday but then I'd only have one full day in Boston, and I really want to be able to spend more time there than that. I just feel like I would really miss out on a lot if I just spent one day there. I'd rather postpone a few months and then get to enjoy three or even four nights there. If I can convince mom to come with me, maybe we can do four nights, and really get to enjoy it there. *fingers crossed*

Anyway, so that's the latest here. I'm looking into some stuff to see what would make sense for us. I'll keep you all updated. *sigh*
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So sorry, Melanie. Of course you must be with your friend.

The weather here in Boston has been chilly and rainy as well. We're lucky if we get out of the 40's for highs these days. I look forward to seeing you when you can make the trip with lighter hearts and more time.
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So, the new plan is that we will leave Tuesday morning for Chicago. We'll then overnight in Chicago, thanks to a great rate I found on Hotwire! I don't know what time we'll end up arriving in Chicago... it all depends on the flights. We'll definitely get out, but it might be later in the day. I guess we'll see.

I don't have any particular plans for the day, even if we get there early. Perhaps we'll go downtown and see what there is to see, and go eat at the Rainforest Cafe, and check out the lake. If we don't arrive til later, we'll just relax in the lovely room (it's a 4.5 star hotel - woo hoo). I DEFINITELY plan on getting room service at some point. That's such a luxury to me! And after Meri goes to bed, I'm taking a nice long hot bath and relaxing with a glass of wine. I so deserve it.

Wednesday morning we'll fly to New York to pick up our trip as scheduled.

I've been so busy that I haven't had time to breathe, much less think about packing. My day job has me swamped (though it's finally relaxing, phew) and I've had various dinner engagements every evening this week, followed by roughly four hours per night of helping my friend with the funeral arrangements. I'm helping with the slide show / music stuff. It's positively agonizing, and it's completely drained me, but I am blessed that I can be there for them and help take something off of their plate at this time.

So, I guess I'll pack some time on Sunday evening... or something. Since that's the only free time I can see thus far in my schedule to do so. *sigh* I'm really going to need this vacation. I hope it's even a little bit relaxing...
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So, the new plan is that we will leave Tuesday morning for Chicago. We'll then overnight in Chicago, thanks to a great rate I found on Hotwire! I don't know what time we'll end up arriving in Chicago... it all depends on the flights. We'll definitely get out, but it might be later in the day. I guess we'll see.

I don't have any particular plans for the day, even if we get there early. Perhaps we'll go downtown and see what there is to see, and go eat at the Rainforest Cafe, and check out the lake. If we don't arrive til later, we'll just relax in the lovely room (it's a 4.5 star hotel - woo hoo). I DEFINITELY plan on getting room service at some point. That's such a luxury to me! And after Meri goes to bed, I'm taking a nice long hot bath and relaxing with a glass of wine. I so deserve it.

Wednesday morning we'll fly to New York to pick up our trip as scheduled.

I've been so busy that I haven't had time to breathe, much less think about packing. My day job has me swamped (though it's finally relaxing, phew) and I've had various dinner engagements every evening this week, followed by roughly four hours per night of helping my friend with the funeral arrangements. I'm helping with the slide show / music stuff. It's positively agonizing, and it's completely drained me, but I am blessed that I can be there for them and help take something off of their plate at this time.

So, I guess I'll pack some time on Sunday evening... or something. Since that's the only free time I can see thus far in my schedule to do so. *sigh* I'm really going to need this vacation. I hope it's even a little bit relaxing...
I hope you do get to relax a bit on this trip. You definitely will be ready for a bit of pampering. If you have the energy, Meri might enjoy the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute in Chicago. Thorne Miniature Rooms | The Art Institute of Chicago

What an amazing thing you are doing for your friend. The pain of going through those memories must be so difficult and exhausting. I hope your friend is able in the future to reach a point of acceptance with losing her son.
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I hope you do get to relax a bit on this trip. You definitely will be ready for a bit of pampering. If you have the energy, Meri might enjoy the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute in Chicago. Thorne Miniature Rooms | The Art Institute of Chicago

What an amazing thing you are doing for your friend. The pain of going through those memories must be so difficult and exhausting. I hope your friend is able in the future to reach a point of acceptance with losing her son.
Thanks Laurie, on all counts! I'll check that out and see if we can make that work. They look fascinating! I love stuff like that, and I bet Meri would be interested. We are not doing the American Girl store. She hasn't asked, and I'm not opening that door willingly, lol.

BTW, I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE your sig pic. Makes me excited to visit up there sooner rather than later!!
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