Julie is a fantastic cook, and we have both probably gained another five lbs. since arriving. But there’s no need to even THINK about that right now. We have another stop to make before we will be home and ready to start eating sensibly and exercising again. By Sunday evening, we will be in New Orleans at Cathie and Charlie’s. I’ve never been to their home, and I can’t wait to see them!
New Year’s Eve was very peaceful here. Julie and Matt went out to a party after we ate dinner. They didn’t leave until almost 10 p.m., and Jordan and Matthew were in bed asleep shortly after they left. New Year’s day was full of football and traditional Southern food – ham, greens, potato salad, and black-eyed peas. Those foods are supposed to bring us nothing but good luck and success for 2010. Prayers will help also.
I cannot BELIEVE how many football games the networks can cram into a 4-day period. I mean SERIOUSLY! I can remember my Daddy saying (many years ago), “Pretty soon, they will have a GRAVY bowl!” Not yet Daddy, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they added that one next year!
I forgot to tell you the funny thing that happened the first night we were here. I had gone upstairs to get my nightly medicine. I put all of them in one hand, and I put Bear’s one thyroid pill in the other hand. When I came to the kitchen, I started talking to the kids and not paying attention to what I was doing. When I took my meds, I took Bear’s pill as well. Well, Ted ’bout had a FIT! He made me call the 24-hour hotline nurse associated with our insurance company. After she stopped laughing, she said Bear’s med wouldn’t come up on her computer (because it was a DOG PILL). She suggested I call Poison Control – which I did. After HE quit laughing, and looked up the med, he told me there was no problem. Since I take thyroid medicine also, what I had basically done was take a double dose of the same medicine (I guess VET thyroid meds and HUMAN thyroid meds are not that different). Geez, how embarrassing!
With all the eating we’ve been doing and all the football we’ve been watching, Julie decided we all needed a little exercise this morning. Remember – Julie and Matt are the ones who ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington. D.C. this year. They LOVE to exercise! There is a walking/running/biking trail in Bentonville Julie wanted us to try out. While I was having my second cup of coffee, everyone else in the house was pulling on layer after layer of clothing. “I’m not going!” I said merrily. “It’s 18 degrees outside!” Oh, man, was THAT the wrong thing to say!
“You are planning to go to Mackinac Island in February (where the wind chill was minus 15 this morning), and you can’t go for a walk in 18 degrees?” Ted asked, with a look of total incredibility. So, because I didn’t want to hear THAT all day, I finished my coffee, put on long johns, my new ski pants (I bought those on sale at Eddie Bauer a couple of days ago, and they are lined with fleece), three layers of sweaters, Julie’s ski coat, Julie’s wool cap, wool socks, and gloves. I looked like a combination of an Eskimo woman and the Pillsbury Dough Boy.
But, I went, and I actually was quite warm!
About 30 minutes ago, a winter weather advisory was issued for Bentonville, so now our leaving tomorrow morning is somewhat in question. Snow is forecast to begin falling around 2 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. on Sunday. With the ground already frozen, ice on the roads may be a problem, and Ted is NOT a person who likes to drive in snow and ice. But if we don’t get out of here early Sunday morning, I’m sure we will be leaving sometime on Sunday. Please keep us in your prayers as we travel to New Orleans. Next stop – Louisiana!