Ok, so you guys know that we have said goodbye to our precious granddaughters, son and daughter-in-law. Whammy! We only get to see them twice a year, on average - seeing as they are on the opposite coast. The goodbyes never get any easier, either - particularly when granddaughter, Miss T, looks deep into my eyes and says: "Mimi, I don't ever want you to ever go away!" - complete with pools of tears in her sweet eyes. (thus causing pools of tears in MY eyes) *sigh*
And - here we sit, in the waiting area at Portland, OR airport. Our plane should have taken off 15 minutes ago. Whammy! Yeah, on the pre-flight check, the crew discovered a vibration they didn't like - soooooo we wait for another airplane to arrive from NY, and they do the old switcheroo.... *sigh*
I realize I SHOULD be thankful that they are so safety conscious (and truly I am), however, it is currently 10:40pm West Coast Time - that means 1:40am East Coast time. *yawn*
Yeah, so as I look around the crowded waiting area, listening to overhead announcements - warnings of " never leave your bags unattended!" (do people really DO that?) "so and so please report to gate number-whatever" and "will Miss So-and-So please return to the car rental, you have the car keys" (I kid you not!) - I look around and think:
'What - are we crazy?' - we COULD be sleeping soundly in our motor home, complete with our own toilet (there are priorities, you know). Of course, we all know we are slightly crazy - but that fact aside, we could be retired, fulltiming it, and still be WITH our sweet granddaughters. But noooooo - we are heading back to the crazy world of 9-5 (huh, yeah, right), limited vacation time (translate = limited time to see the grandkids), high stress and NOW I have to share my space with a crowd of disgruntled travelers. To borrow a phrase: "sheesh!"
So, to end a good note - this has kind of solidified our full timing date - Paul is (almost) ready to put in his retirement letter - and we will not have to rush cross country to have visits with the kids. This double whammy could have some serious positive results! Stay tuned - we will announce our retirement date in the not too distant future. Woo hoo!!