I did have a moment to relax a bit after the fantastic time I had in Chicago. And it was amazing. I love you guys even though I didn't get to spend much time with all of you. It was sort of like licking the icing off 50 cupcakes. Ewww. That sounds a bit gross, but it was still a sweet time. I've been reading some of the worries that some of you had, but believe me, I was stunned by everyone. And tears fell. I felt like you were all my little girls or sisters. My eFamily!! This entire social networking idea was not very clear until I realized that complete strangers can actually form an amazing bond. Part of it might have been the Long Island Iced Tea that really isn't tea. But they are really, really good and I think I have found my new drink. It might have been the additional beers that had me singing karaoke as backup with Steph belting out "I will Survive". And we all did.
Shortly after boarding my plane for SF, I opened up Good Housekeeping magazine and one of the first articles began with the following quote:
"Beauty is what health and happiness looks like on the outside."
All I could think about is how beautiful everyone looked in Chicago. The pictures show the glow we all had. It was a moment of sheer happiness that we had actually got off our butts and gathered together. I do look at some of my pictures and want to pick out the flaws and fat and funny lumps. But in reality, no one saw that. Because we were all seeing the beauty of the health and happiness we have from losing weight and knowing that we are not alone in this journey.
Now to the title of my post. I'm going to Stowe, Vermont for the weekend. Just want to keep using my passport with my weird picture. It doesn't look anything like me but they keep letting me in and out of the country. I have saved a few Greenbacks and the Visa is still steaming but the leaves will be glorious and the weather great. I am leaving DH home alone and staying at an Inn with my sister. When DH looked a little sad that I was leaving, I had to reinforce that we had just spent 24-7 together and we are still married. I'll be back on Sunday, 10-10-10, for our 29th anniversary. We spent our first anniversary in Burlington, Vermont but ended up sleeping in the car as all the hotels were booked.
For those who don't know, it is Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. Turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy and stuffing... And lots of pumpkin pie and apple crisp but I don't have to cook. My BIL and SIL host Thanksgiving and we host Christmas.
I will post some of my pictures from Chicago but haven't downloaded them onto my computer yet. I had hoped to get every single person but alas I missed a few. I want to make a new page and post as many as I can. I leave you with one photo from my wedding 29 years ago. This was taken just north of Ottawa in Quebec. The leaves were amazing and the weather wonderful. And Tim (my DH) had hair.
Wishing you a lovely long weekend, wherever you are.
Just found a recipe for Long Island Iced Tea. I had two! No wonder I was singing Karaoke:
3/4 oz. vodka
3/4 oz. tequila
3/4 oz. white rum
3/4 oz. gin
3/4 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp sugar syrup
Lemon slice for garnish