Thursday, April 24, 2014

April 23rd - Finally back to normal

Well, at least as normal as I ever get!

I worked at the Family History Center today and, unfortunately, we did not have any patrons.  I did get to work on my own stuff, though.  It seems like I am not getting as much time on my personal stuff since I am always preparing for something else - a lesson, a presentation, working with another person, etc.  The down side is that I find some things and then need to finish it up when I get home.  I am getting quite a pile of files that need some "finishing up" done on them.  I need to set aside some time one of these days.......

On my way home, I stopped to get my drivers license renewed.  I had not realized that it had expired until I used it to go through airport security.  All they require is a picture ID, so it wasn't a problem, but it is a problem to be driving illegally!  I have dreaded doing the renewal since they now require a handful of paper work - birth certificate, proof of social security, proof of residence, etc.  I had my stack of stuff, hoping it would be adequate.  And it was - thank goodness.  I was amazed that I was only there for 35 minutes.  I had expected a couple of hours wait, but they were quite efficient today.  Now I am good for a few more years.  Hopefully, the next renewal will be by mail.

I got lunch when I got home and watched a little Law & Order while I ate.  I had just gotten onto the computer when Bill got home early.  I was so tired by then, and I had been about to go nap, so that is what I did.  I think he did a nap at the same time in his big chair.  I didn't sleep long, but it was enough to get me through the rest of the day.

He had activity night and bishopric meeting this evening, so I just had some popcorn and watched another episode of Law & Order before working on my family history a little.  Then it was off to read.

It has been a busy day, but at least I am getting back to normal.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April 22nd - Fatigue!

Yesterday, I hit the wall, but kept on going.  Today, I didn't.  I woke up still feeling tired and I ached everywhere - head, arms, shoulders, back, knees, legs........  I didn't get very far into my morning before I decided that I just needed to rest some more.  So, I lay down for a bit and actually fell asleep for a short while.  I did feel better when I got up, but it was just a slow day.

Lisa and Brooks ran by to pick up his mining toy that goes with his new train.  He had left it when he was here yesterday.  He didn't have a melt down when he discovered it wasn't at home, because Lisa promised they would come by and get it right away.  They were on their way to get Ashby from school, so they didn't get to stay long.

I did a few other things in the afternoon, but nothing of any great interest - a little of this and a little of that.  I have quite a long list of things to do, so I will have to work a little harder tomorrow.  I even laid back down for a few minutes late afternoon, although I didn't sleep this time.  Hopefully, things will get back to normal now.

Bill got home early - wouldn't you know when we don't have to be anywhere, he makes it on time.  I fixed loaded baked potatoes for dinner, which were good.  I ended my day as usual, reading in bed.  It has not been that great a day, but at least the achy feeling has mostly passed and I got some extra rest today.  I am beginning to realize that age is catching up with me - it takes less to upset my system and it takes longer to recover!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April 21st - Babysitting Brooks

Well, after a week of fun vacation and a great Easter Sunday, I just about hit the wall today.  I woke up exhausted and I stayed that way most of the day!

However, David dropped Brooks off this morning since Lisa was subbing at Ashby's school today.  There is nothing like an adorable 3 year old to fill a dull day with lots of fun.  He was so good and entertaining that the time flew by until Lisa picked him up around 2:00. 

In between all the activity, I managed to get five loads of laundry done.  That is the other bad thing about a vacation - all the dirty clothes that come home!  I am glad that is all caught up in one day, so maybe tomorrow I can actually begin to get back on a normal schedule.

Once Brooks was gone, I made a run to the library to return some books that were due today.  I returned 5 items and picked up two.  When I got home, I gave in and took a short nap.  I knew I wasn't going to make the rest of the day if I didn't.

This evening, we had Empty Nesters over at the assisted living facility where the Rowberrys are.  We were late, because Bill's job took longer than anticipated and we had agreed to pick up two other people.  We were still glad we went to get to see the Rowberrys and to socialize with our other friends.  It was a very nice evening.


Monday, April 21, 2014

April 20th - Happy Easter!

What a wonderful Easter Sunday this has been. 

Sacrament Meeting was a music and narrative presentation, all done very well.  My class went well.  We were online the whole time working in Family Tree.  I had to play piano for Relief Society and then called in to sub for a few minutes in Primary and then rush back for the closing in RS - Whew!

At home, I quickly changed and then got started on dinner.  Lisa brought over the ham, which needed just the glaze to finish it up.  We had mashed potatoes, corn, jello, olives, rolls, and deviled eggs.  Ashby and David made the eggs from the eggs they had colored yesterday.  She thought it was pretty cool to take the pastry mixer to chop up the egg yolks and then mix in the mayo.

It was such a nice day that the kids were able to play out in the backyard and they had a ball.  I am glad it is getting nice again, as they do enjoy running in the yard, playing with the bat and balls, climbing, etc.

By the time they left, we were getting tired, so I was off to read after just a little straightening.

It has been a wonderful Easter.  I thought of Jason often during the day, which happens whenever I really focus on the Atonement.  What wonderful blessings I have in my life!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

April 19th - Home Again - Long Travel Day

Well, it is all over.  Today was just packing up and heading home.  Not much fun and very tiring.

Bill & Shirley had to leave at about 10:00, so we had set 7:00 as when we needed to get luggage out to the van to start getting it loaded.  We ran a little late, but not much, as we had hoped to leave about 7:30.  We got at the airport about 8:30, unloaded them and their bags at the curb and said goodbye.

Then we drove around to the other terminal and dropped us off.  Our plane left about 12:00, so we had a little wait.  The others were leaving at 2:00 and 4:00, so they were going to get something to eat and then had to meet the people who were picking up the van at 1:00.

We got through security, etc., with no problem, and then sat and read a while.  We got a hamburger for an early lunch and then boarded on time.  We were able to sit together this time, but it was really kind of lucky.  As I was walking down the aisle, I noticed two empty seats, but one had things piled on it.  When I asked if the two seats were taken, the man in the window seat had to pick up his stuff.  It was pretty clear that he was hoping no one would sit next to him.  Bill tried talking on the flight, but he was not all that friendly.  Too bad, it was a full plane and every seat was taken in the end, so he wouldn't have gotten his empty seat anyway.

The flight was uneventful and we actually arrived a little bit ahead of schedule at 7:10.  Then we had the usual rigamarole of getting luggage, getting to the shuttle, getting to the car, and driving home.  We just picked up some quickie food for dinner on the way home.

We have had a wonderful week - did lots of fun things - and especially enjoyed being with the group again.   But tonight, we are exhausted!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

April 18 - Brunch and Beach - Day 7 San Diego

Today was the last day of our week with friends and it was a little more relaxed than the rest of the week.  We are all getting a little older (what?!) and are moving a little slower.  Even so, it was a great day.

We started with brunch at the 101 Cafe, a cafe on Hwy 101 that has been there for decades (like since the 30's) and serves breakfast all day.  It was very good.  Then we drove on down 101 for a ways to enjoy the beach views.  We stopped at one place and enjoyed watching the water, some walked on the beach, for quite a while.  We saw a baby elephant sea lion stranded on the beach, but it finally made it back into the ocean and joined up with its mother.

From there, we drove back to the condos, rested a little, then went out to see the movie, "Heaven Is Real."  It was not bad; at least it had real family values.  After the movie, we had dinner at an Italian place in downtown Oceanside. 

Back in the condo again, we settled up the money, ate some Klondike bars, and finished off our last  night with plenty of laughing.  Our next get-together will probably be in Breckenridge, Colorado, but who knows - plans change!


Friday, April 18, 2014

April 17 - Harbor Tour - Day 6 San Diego

We got up and going a little quicker this morning, so we could make it into SD to the harbor to get on the 11:15 boat tour.  It was a two hour tour, one hour the south loop and the second hour the north loop.  It was cloudy and cool, but felt good on the water.  We even opened the window covers so we could enjoy the breeze.  Of course, much of the tour included information about all the military ships in port.  Very interesting.  Beautiful, too.  It is too late for whales, but we saw quite a few sea lions.

We ate lunch - a hot dog - on board, so when the tour finished, we just headed back to the condos.  We all relaxed a little.  Bill and Bill took the van to go over and see Camp Pendleton, which is right by where we are staying.  Four of the group played canasta, while the other two read and relaxed. 

We had originally purchased food for Hawaiian haystacks, and since the week is running out, we fixed that for our dinner today.  They were really easy and tasty, too.  After getting everything cleaned up (doesn't take long with so many helpers), we drove to downtown Oceanside to go to a farmers market or street fair.  I was not excited about it and didn't like it, but it was only a block off the beach, so Bill and I walked down there.  There was the pier, all lit up, and an amphitheater.  We slipped into the seats and just enjoyed the view of the ocean, the beach, and the young kids playing soccer in the amphitheater.  Add in some interesting people watching and I really enjoyed it.  So much better than walking around that fair!

On our way home, we stopped at Baskin Robbins for an ice cream fix, sat and talked for quite a while, and then finally headed back to the condos again.  We enjoyed chatting some more for a couple of hours, before the whole group called a quit to the day - exhausted, as usual!

So another great day in San Diego.  There is only one more day left, before we head back home.  The week is going way too quickly!