Thursday, June 29, 2006

They Finally Meet

...And the trip gets better... We finally made it to Lynchburg.

It was great to relax and catch up with great friends and finally show Heath off. We were also excited to meet Alyson’s and Shawn’s little boy Landon, he is precious!

Heath and Shawn hit it off just like Ali and I expected. So night 3 of vacation we stayed up hanging out until past 2 again... but this time on purpose.

Car update: Thacker’s referred us to their mechanic who lubed up the car and got it ready to roll. We were relieved to have it running smooth! Thanks Connie for getting us in right away! We will drive through the night tonight in hopes to avoid holiday traffic and maximize our time with everyone.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Can it get any worse?

Well, so far on our vacation (24 hours) we have done a lot of waiting around (flights delayed, canceled, waiting in a 300 people line to be rerouted and receive a hotel voucher, waiting for our shuttle and a room, waiting on standby, waiting for a taxi and now …

Where to begin…

Currently we are sitting on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. We have a flat tire, no jack, we really don’t know where we are, there are no signs, it is after midnight, for an hour and a half we have been unable to flag anyone down, we finally had to call 911 and tell them where we think we are. So again waiting.

…Ahh, I just got attacked by a beetle…they seem to like my computer light …

Desperate and afraid we were wrong about our whereabouts, I finally waved (frantically) down a 1970’s muffler-less, one tail light out and the other hanging, ratty old pick up truck. As he was backing up to meet us, Heath handed me his cell phone and said, “If anything happens to run as fast as you can deep into the forest and call 911.” As I began to panic more lights arrived on the scene and thankfully it was the cop finally, he could not/ would not help us except to call a tow truck. So this is where we are at in the story... waiting another half hour for our rescue. It should not cost anything to have him help us with the tire, but we will have to pay $95 service call…he has just now arrived.

Well that was kind of him, he led us to a hotel across from a Wal-Mart so that we can replace the tires in the morning; which we have discovered, have dry rot. We have picked up this car for a co-worker and will be driving it back to CA. At this point I am very nervous, its check engine lights are on, it does not have air conditioning or cruise control, it is full of stuff and filthier inside than out. Everything from the trunk we moved to the back seat with all our luggage when we were digging for the spare tire and jack. All we can do is laugh, can it get any crazier? I am just so thankful Heath is with me! So this will be day 2 of staying up past 2am trying to get to our destination.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Vacation to Vacation

No, we are not always on vacation, we have just been away from blogspot for a couple months. You will (hopefully) no longer have to check Ben and Chara's blog to see if we are still okay.

So, we are no longer on spring Holiday...

We both enjoyed our trip,
went back to work (me at 5 different schools),
as well as, the realities of everyday life and marriage.
It has, in fact, been much better face to face, not easy, but much better!

We are excited to once again be on vacation.
Tomorrow, we leave for VA and MI for 3 weeks.

We look forward to seeing many of you again.