I had a great trip to the Washington, DC area to visit my mother – a long “girls’ weekend” filled with shopping, cocktails and dining out. I was surprised to learn at Weight Watchers that the price I paid for indulging for 5 days was a gain of only .4 lbs. Notice the decimal. Point four pounds. WOO HOO! Actually I’m sure I gained considerably more, but I really hunkered down and got serious about my diet – oops, I mean lifestyle change – as soon as I stepped off the plan on Tuesday afternoon.
Because I lived the DC-area for most of the 1990’s, we don’t do the tourist-y stuff (although I highly recommend it if you’ve never been there). We mainly meet up with friends at our old hangouts, or at the new hangouts that replaced the old ones. And shopping. A LOT of shopping.
I generally try to avoid checking baggage so I’ve learned to pack lightly and bring a single carry-on bag. When that plane lands in D.C., I want my vacation to start that very minute, rather than hanging out at baggage claim. For that reason, it’s become a tradition that on my second to last day there, my mother and I go to the post office or the package shipping place and send boxes containing my purchases (and occasionally my dirty laundry) plus all the stuff my mom bought the kids and just hadn’t gotten around to shipping. Never mind that the “bargains” aren’t really bargains if we pay $50+ to ship them. I was impressed though. We shipped 3 boxes from the post office on Monday, I returned home on Tuesday, and the boxes arrived on Wednesday. Some of my goodies do come home in the carry-on.
Since returning home, I’ve settled back into my usual non-routine. I’ve been reading Son #1’s new Harry Potter book. He’s much further through it than I am, but I’m quickly catching up. We hope to see the latest Harry Potter movie soon before school starts on August 10th! I can’t believe it’s almost that time already.
Well, I’m off to check out your blogs. More later.