How ever did y’all survive without me for 5 whole days? I know you were starting to shake in the corner of the room from withdrawals, but here’s the exciting news… I’M BACK! I promise to never leave you for that long again.
So Wednesday afternoon, we loaded up the kid, the dog, our clothes and some yummy food to head to Fort Valley. We stopped at the parents’ house to drop off the food and get Jason’s fishing gear. We got to pick up some pecans to snack on, too. Not at a store, just right there in the front yard. There’s nothing better than fresh from the tree pecans.
We made our way out into the Land of No Cell Phone Service where we would spend the next few nights. What a beautiful view from the back porch…
Our friends came out for pizza and beer that night. We hadn’t seen them in several months… well, since we moved probably. Newt and Amy are great! Newt is a pecan farmer and this is his busy time of the year. He pretty much makes Amy, who teaches at the Blind Academy in Macon and is also a photographer, a single parent for about 4 months at the end of the year. Their kiddos are precious. Meg is 7 and Russ is 4. I love em like I love my own!
Anyway, we ate, drank, played, were minding our own business when a MOUSE runs across the floor! I should say that the parents haven’t been out at Potterville in about 2 months so it’s been sitting empty. But a MOUSE. Newt grabbed the fishing net and in one swoop, caught it and threw it outside. There were many screams and lots of laughter from the kids (and girls).
Minding our own business again and dang if there wasn’t another. They were cute, too. I don’t care much for rodents, but they sure have adorable little faces… but are so menacing and frightening! We couldn’t catch that one and just figured, eh, it’ll be ok. The Hileys left. We got dressed for bed and DAMN IF 3 MORE LITTLE ASSHOLES didn’t run out from under the stove. Jason and I looked at each other and said, “Let’s get out of here.”
We packed our stuff up, dropped off the dog at my parents’ house and headed to the Days Inn. Yes. We stayed at a hotel in Fort Valley, one mile from my parents’ house. One mile from my 3000 square foot house that is sitting empty. Sad? Very. But it was all good… and mice free!
Thursday morning we headed to my parents’ house to get ready for lunch and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Yes. I cried again. I always do. This year was special because a girl that was on my dance team when I was a Captain performed in the parade with the Indian dance troupe she has started, Arya Dance Academy. I am so excited and proud for Rupal… it’s a memory that can barely be topped!
Lunch was great. We were stuffed. Then it was time to prep for our yard sale. Friday and Saturday were yard sale days. We helped on Friday and the parents took over on Saturday. Henry had a lemonade stand and made $17. We racked up on Friday and I can’t wait to use the money in Vegas. I’m gonna turn it into THOUSANDS!
Jason and I headed home on Friday. Got home in time to watch the end of the Auburn/Alabama game aka the Iron Bowl which now should be known as the HeartAttack Bowl. Wow. What a game. Auburn won by 1 point. Typical game for this rivalry. It wouldn’t matter if both were in the top 5 or one was #1 and the other #374, it’s gonna be a great, close game.
Saturday involved getting up at the crack of dawn, packing up and heading to another rivalry game, the Georgia/Georgia Tech game. We got to Athens around 9am. For a game that didn’t start until 7:45. Yes. We’re hardcore. And stupid. We tailgated with some old friends and enjoyed the fellowship. Two of Jason’s buddies from Augusta came over and hung out with us, too.
The game was wonderful. I got to meet @libbycake and her awesome Grandpapa! The Dawgs ended up winning so my household is very happy at the moment.
Auburn moved up in the polls to #1 in the BCS. Still #2 in the others. We play this Saturday for the SEC Championship against South Carolina. There’s nothing good about having to play a Steve Spurrier team twice in one year, but I feel optimistic about it. Then it’s just biding time until we get to take on Oregon for the National Championship.
It was a weekend and holiday that included fear, peace, thankfulness and fellowship. Here’s to the beginning of the Christmas season!