December 23rd, 2008

roadtrip

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So, yesterday, yesthatjill and flummox got up and got off to work. We trailed out shortly thereafter. 695 actually wasn't bad, and we meandered west for awhile and then meandered south on country highways for awhile, and eventually popped out here, at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, which is part of the National Air and Space Museum. It's essentially a very large airplane hangar crammed full of examples of things that fly, including the space shuttle Enterprise. It's wicked cool, and totally worth a trip if you're ever anywhere near it. We wandered around the museum and took a ton of pictures and saw an Imax film, and went up the observation tower and watched planes come into Dulles, and eventually had to get on the road.

We were going to do some interstating and then rejoin with 29, instead of taking 29 all the way down, but we got on 66, and there was traffic lined up all the way to the horizon, and there was a convenient exit onto 29-South right there, so we went ahead and jumped on it. It was slow but moving to begin with (unlike 66), and then was totally moving, and except for some stupid but fairly brief traffic in Charlottesville and some lights, we kept moving. We left the center at 3:30 and pulled into home at 9:30, including a couple of gas/bathroom/snack stops, so I think 29 was the way to go (and, unlike the interstate, 29 through VA is just beautiful.)

It was a lovely weekend; yesthatjill and flummox are most excellent hosts. :)

This morning, Val and I have been out and done the Christmas grocery run. I need to make a list of everything I need to get done over the next couple of days (too much) and get started. Whee.
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So, this morning, Jeff's mom and I went out and did the Christmas grocery run (finally tally: I'm doing corn, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, cheese ball & crackers, vegetable tray & dip, and cheese enchiladas. She's doing deviled eggs and something involving jello, cottage cheese, and crushed pineapple). We came home and I managed to make the to-do list, and then we headed over to my parents' house. She hung out with my mom, while I ended up heading back into Greensboro with Hope for a quick doctor's appointment and the last of the Christmas shopping [for gifts that need to be deployed Thursday, that is]. We headed back to my parents' and then V. and I headed back home, and then Jeff and I headed out to check on the cats that we're cat-sitting for a friend this week. I made chicken and salad for dinner, we gamed (I'm still losing at Command and Conquer, but doing better), and now it's McCrashy time.

(At some point, I will have a day when I do not see the inside of a vehicle. This week is not that week. And that's okay. :) )

There aren't definite plans for tomorrow, but I'm hoping that it involves family sightings (one of my cousins from VA and her finance were supposed to get in tonight, and the aunt and uncle moving home from Colorado got in tonight), cleaning the kitchen, and cooking.