20 Apr 2014 – DC-MD-DE-PA-NJ-NY-CT-MA
Fri: 3hrs drive from DC to PHL/PN. Late start to arrive around 1500hrs to shop at Target. Linn&Jeff & family/5kids is caught up with Gabe&Jen & family/6kids. Good to see Gabe again and the last time we crossed paths must have been in Linn&Jeff’s wedding.
May, Bjørn, Olai and I spent the night at Hilton. Thank you to the Bouches for offering us a place to stay in their lovely house, but we thought that they have enough on their hands with 11kids. Food at the Hilton was good and there was smoked salmon for the breakfast buffet.
Sat: Linn & family at Independence Hall and Liberty Bell with long lines, according to Jeff! May did some shopping at Saks (across the road from Hilton) when it opened at 10.000hrs and we continued our drive by 1030hrs without sight-seeing in PHL/PN. Would take app 5+rs drive from PHL/PN to BOS/MA
We drove on by-passing NYC /NY and BDL/CT, stopping by Cabela’s (outfitter’ Store) to do some shopping. Olai enjoyed climbing on the tractors. That smile is worth all the driving and stopping :-)
Arriving into BOS/MA before this lovely sunset. Linn & family did not get in until after dark pass 2000hrs. They had experienced heavy traffic thru’ NY. Cindy arrived by air after 2100hrs.
It is rather strange to drive thru’ many of these states that the AT Thru’ hike crossed. App 18hrs drive and we drove thru’ SC-NC-VA-DC-MD-DE-PA-NY-NJ-CT-MA. Just trying to remember how long all those states took me to hike thru’???
And then he gives me a smile that just seems so genuinely sweet with just the right touch of shyness that unexpected warmth rushes through me ― Suzanne Collins
10 Apr 2014 – Get Your Art Buzz On
Tue: not easy to drive by the site of the burnt-down house, now completely demolished. The swing is still standing there at the far end of the yard near where Gator was buried. She was the family’s pet dog for 12+yrs. Relieved and happy to see the new house and that the family thrives and are well-settled in this new neighbourhood. Shrimp salad lunch specially for Sophie while the 3 older kids are in school.
The Wisteria blooms are amazing and also the other spring blooms.
With the ‘Strictly Running’ Ladies group where one could bring their own wines and food to a painting class. Did not take part in the painting but watched and had a bite and a glass with them. What an interesting art class at ‘Wine Design’. These ‘Strictly Running’ ladies have proved that they are more than just strictly runners! Here enjoying their wine and snacks while painting :-)
Wed: good to catch up with Amy and Rachel. The last time I met up with the Jensens was 2yrs ago Aug 2012 in Brussels/Belgium. They have just relocated back to the USA. Katy and Rachel are friends from when they were 3 & 1 (2004 pix credit to AmyJ) and now 14 & 12 (2014). Rachel has grown into a fine pretty young lady, tall and looks much like her father Mike.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen – Leonardo da Vinci
9 Apr 2014 – After 20hrs in the Air
SIN-NRT: SIN airport has been again rated #1 in the world. Here in T1
6hrs in the air, 3+hrs lay over at NRT. Good flight with an aisle seat, 2 empty seats beside and ahead of schedule. NRT, an airport with the cherry-blossoms in the far background. If time permits, could never resist buying the cookies, candies etc . The presentations and packaging are just beautiful. Imagine if I ever visit Japan, would have so ship a lot of boxes, so far have only been passing thru’ in the airport.
NRT-ATL: 12+hrs in the air and spent most of time napping and watching movies. Don’t even ask what movies! Got trapped in a window seat, not by choice and it was a full flight. Flew over areas where snow is still on the ground. Arriving into a wet ATL with another 3+hrs layover. A glass of wine with a salad at a piano bar hit the spot, Gate E since they did not have any available slots at the SPA for a massage, Gate A & C.
ATL-CAE 1hr in an aisle seat and an empty seat beside, slept all the way. Always nice to get to a smaller and quieter airport where people have time to be courteous. Great to have all these Delta flights running on schedule even thought I feel like a zombie.
CAE, an airport with the familiar white rocking chairs and the welcome sign which have been welcoming me over the past 10yrs! Grateful to arrive in one piece no matter how tired. Every trip, no matter how many hours, airports, security check-points, etc are new experiences to be made the best of.
Appreciations to Linn for being at the airport and was greeted by Jeff and James who was the only child awake upon arriving to their new house. Have been looking so much forward to this trip. Life is good.
Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone? ― Erma Bombeck
7 Apr 2014 – No, Not an Alien
Fri: heart and blood tests healthy and cleared to fly. Shopping for some goodies to pack. SIN hand-made rock candies from Sticky are good gifts and they taste quite good. In addition they have a pack called ‘I ♥ Singapore’ which are perfect gifts. The irony is that they are not the least bit sticky, unless in your mouth!
Individual packed BBQ pork jerky, also excellent gift too. A Sweet and Savoury Taste from SIN :-) What I dislike doing, shopping packing and flying – but like and look forward to the flip side, ie arriving after 25++hrs in 4 airports and in the air!
Sat: hello! look who was waiting to greet me on the 7th floor as I stepped out of the elevator – poor little fellow would have been crushed if I did not look before I step!
Picked it up with the newspapers and left it on the ledge. Hopefully it will be safer there and it has wings to take off from the 7th floor…
Sun: appreciations to Albert&May and Kiera for a scrumptious lunch at Chui Huay Teochew Cuisine****the suckling piglet, one of the best tasted and the fish was excellent both in taste and presentation. Oyster omelette was OK. Thanks Lee&Adeline and Sun-Sun for the drive back, a short nap after such a lunch before completing with the packing and to the airport.
Someone please beam me to SC/USA so that I can get there in 5mins! SIN-NRT-ALT-CAE, 25++hrs with two changes of airports and planes. Safe journeys to me and thank you to all for crossing this inter-section of life journey’s path. Blessed and have so far have been living as best and as I know how and will continue doing so. Looking forward to being with the children and grandchildren.
Going to hospital is rather like going to an alien planet – Quentin Blake