Did you think I dropped off the face of the planet? You know me, I've been traveling. I just got back into Vegas tonight after almost a week in Albany, with a little side trip to Maine last weekend.
Leading up to the trip I was going positively bonkers trying to tie
everything up at work--or at least leave things in decent order--so my boss
wouldn't have to walk into a mess when he came to town to cover me. I
was stressed as hell, but I got things to the
point where I could leave in good conscience. I got into Albany at about
1a.m. Wednesday morning after one of my best flights ever--the plane
was pretty empty and I had the whole row to myself. I love it when that
Everybody in Albany is doing well. Believe it or not, my son Christopher and daughter-in-law Ketti just celebrated their 1-year anniversary. Man, time flies. And you know I could just eat this little one
up. This was the only halfway decent photo I could get of her.
I was glad I was able to spend a good amount of time with my friend
Carmela. Her husband, Chuck, died in January; he was one of my dearest
pals since we were kids. Every time I go back to Albany, I'd make sure
I stopped in to see Chuck and Carmela, and I'd try to free myself for
Sunday nights so we could watch the Fox cartoons together. It was weird
being at their house with no Chuck. We're all going to be heartbroken
for a long, long time. I don't think we'll ever get over that loss, but thank
God we have each other and our memories of Chuckie. He was a
wonderful man and a great friend.
On Saturday morning Lori, her son, Cameron, and my grandson, Connor, and I
headed off to Maine to surprise our Quirky Lesbian Aunt Joyce for her
75th birthday weekend. (Remember, I had two aunts named Joyce;
Beautiful Aunt Joyce died of breast cancer in 2009.)
We surprised the shit out of her! (Not literally. I don't think.) Joycie is awesome. Aunts are awesome!
"Aunts are like mothers, but without all the yelling." Sounds like something that should be embroidered on a pillow.
We stayed at The Anchorage Resort in Ogunquit, which I can't actually
recommend. It was way overpriced ($191 for one night, including tax) for
a room the size of a postage stamp. Yes, it was on the water, but there
was no beach access. Yes, they had three lovely outdoor hot tubs, but
they closed them at 10:00 on the dot. On. the. dot. Yes, we could see
the ocean from our room, but it was quite a ways away; our immediate view was of a parking lot. Our room was super clean, but still I
give the place a thumbs down.
Lori wanted to get up to see the sunrise, so she set the alarm for 4:45
a.m., which was sad because I remember when we'd be rolling in at that
hour. "You know it's been a fun night when you get home and the
newspaper's already at your door," we used to say. Sigh... What's
happened to us?
It really was a beautiful sunrise, though.
The next day we headed down to see our cousin Kelly who lives on Plum
Island in northern Massachusetts, right outside of Newburyport.
THAT place is incredible! The island is almost exclusively residential,
and the beach is fantastic--not at all commercial.
As you can see, we had beautiful weather.
Can you believe how HUGE Connor is these days? Whatever happened to my little grandson? He's 6 feet tall now and won't be 15 until the day after Christmas. At this pace, he'll catch up to Christopher, who's 6'4", in no time. Yikes!
Here's Connor with my nephew Cameron, who's 19. Those are a couple of good looking boys, no?
And they're good boys, too. When we took Joycie out for her birthday dinner, the boys went to buy something in the gift shop and the lady who worked there made a special point to come out and tell us that they're "fine young men." They really are.
After some time on the beach, we were treated to dinner in Newburyport--thank you,
Kelly! OMG, the food in New England... every meal is
better than the last one. Incredible. I'd weigh a thousand pounds if I
lived there. And then I'd have to dig up my stupid granny bathing suit with the skirt again. But until then, it's the black one-piece.
(My thighs are not that big in real life.)
So it was a great trip back East, but I could have used a couple more
days. Tomorrow it's back to work for me. Good thing I love my job or I'd
be bumming. I still have a lot more to tell you, so stay tuned. Now
that things should be settling down, I should be able to get back on my
regular posting schedule. Fingers crossed!