As an upside to today (perhaps the Universe's way of compensating me for the extended work day?) I did have the pleasure of sharing the online company of somebody very special to me for about three hours. I always walk away from the screen grinning like an idiot when all is said and done, an effect that has not gone unnoticed by roho or enveri. It's been a long time since we've had a chance to talk like this, and I hope that I'll see more of her.
Today I booked my flight out to Sea-Tac for the second week of October, and booked a hotel room for my stay. I'm going to go out and visit with my friend Amy over the weekend of October 10th. Depending on how things work out I might get a chance to stop in and say hello to aynjel since she now resides somewhere in that area. Right now I'm not sure how all this is going to go, but I figure it's worth a try at the least so I should just keep my options open and not try to form too rigid a schedule. The good news is that the tickets for the flight were pretty reasonable -- about $228 round-trip on American. The hotel room is about $55 a night before taxes and is located near some major tourist attractions. I'd like to see Mt. Saint Helens, I have vague memories from my childhood of when the eruption took place and completely shocked the nation. I wonder if any more memories will be shaken loose when I visit? One thing is certain at this point: I'll have to be sure to bring my cameras with. Only one thing remains at this point (I need to rent a car) and I'll have a complete travel itinerary. It'll be good to put some miles between me and Chicago, even if it is only for three days. Madison was a good start, but there's nothing like putting half a continent between you and the things you need a vacation from, is there?
Something good to remember: Fresh apple cider so cold and crisp that it feels like it's cutting your mouth (this memory is sponsored by my conversation earlier today).
Mama's home philosophy makes everyone a freak but me