Thankful is not even a strong enough word for Lizzi, starting this amazing community of POSITIVE, encouraging, wonderful people. Even if this post remains the ONLY post I continue to ever post as a blogger, it makes the whole mostly uphill battle blogging soap opera totally worth it. Click here to join!
Thankful for a washing machine and dryer IN MY HOME, which I haven't always had, to handle the laundry mountains before and especially after vacation. This SUCKS and takes up half the day when you have to haul multiple bags of laundry to a laundromat. It was damn near impossible in the apartment with the community TINY washer and dryer, shared by the whole building. Years later I still don't mind laundry because of that life. (Or loading/unloading my dishwasher.)
Thankful for babysitters watching my kids while I go on vacation without them! My Father- and Diane-in-law will take the first shift, then my awesome sister, Moe. Huzzah! Sleeping in? Why yes, thank you I will. Yes, I'll also miss them and feel mom guilt but No, not enough to stay home. We don't get many babysitters and need some time together.
I shall miss the teenager THE LEAST. As in, not at all. Just having a few days of not waking him up, arguing with him to do everything, tying to get him to give me his work McSchedule, and/or seeing his gross messes is the most thankful feeling in the world.
I also will not miss and be super thankful for NOT HAVING TO COOK FOR 5 WHOLE DAYS! Or trick, hide, strong-arm or otherwise force my shorties into eating vegetables and healthy foods. They'll be overfed and spoiled rotten, while I forage for free food, like a train-hopping hobo. It's a fun game.
One good source: Any hotel that offers continental breakfast, they usually leave fruit out all day. If there's a conference? They usually have water and sometimes snacks out. They never even look at my lanyard with an old charity id scan in it. It even scanned years later at that same charity event! It doesn't exist in Chicago anymore, so I don't worry about tattletales. The free swag is donated anyway.
Thankful for Irish Cream. I know we all are, but specifically on vacation, it's the first thing we look for after checking into a hotel when we travel. It doesn't need to be refrigerated, it makes hotel coffee drinkable, and helps us sleep like babies at night.
|It IS good refrigerated, but not necessary.|
Eternally thankful for my years of living in sin, which I highly recommend to people of all ages. Yes, I will recommend this to my daughters. Should you chose to marry someone, first live with them, that's the only way to really know a person. And to make sure they know YOU.
Speaking of clothes, thank blog for that miracle material most of my dressier clothes are made of, they will not wrinkle, not if I sleep in them. Nevermind why I know that. I just roll up my clothes, jam them in a bag and when I get there, presto! Ready to go.
If you read Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millone series, you know that magical little black dress she keeps balled up in the back of her car for dress-up/undercover emergencies? THAT. I probably don't want to know what space-age polymer causes that, I'm just thankful because unlike my good friend Brian, who brings his own IRON on vacation, (true story,) I can't go for that brand of nasty jazz. Not in my America.
Fun Facts from the books and/or about the area:
The pilgrims set out for the new world in this. Well this is actually the Mayflower II, a replica of the original ship where 102 passengers and a crew of 30 set out in 1620. (2 passengers died in route.) It says when you visit they have people on board in costume. Yes, I plan on making full use of that. Hopefully they will be good sports, and not have scurvy.
I also can't wait to meet the wonderful Zoe Byrd of rewritten blog! Don't tell my husband that is what I am MOST excited about. Meh, he probably already knows.