"One of the greatest things in human life is the ability to make plans. Even if they never come true - the joy of anticipation is irrevocably yours. That way one can live many more than just one life."

Maria Trapp-The Story of the Trapp Family Singers - Ch. 12 p. 4

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

- St. Augustine

Saturday, May 7, 2011

First Stop - SFO

Can I just say, there's nothing like airline travel to make you feel chubby!

After a couple of hours smashed like sardines into what I'm pretty sure was the only full row on a half empty flight, we have arrived at San Fransisco Intl. Airport. We wait here for about 2 1/2 hours and then it's on to New York. Just long enough to have some San Fransisco sourdough and clam chowder for lunch! I wonder if they sell sourdough starter in the airport gift shop? Hmmmmm....

We managed to have one bit of a snafu this morning - Doug's little point-and-shoot camera gave us the black screen of death when he turned it on to take boarding pics this morning. Clearly we won't be hurting for pictures with my Canon along, but he likes to be able to take a few pictures from his point of view and having his own makes it far more likely that I actually make an appearance in some of our vacation photos. We might try and dash into a camera store when we're out and about on Monday in NYC. If not, oh well - at least we'll look less like American tourists if we are both taking pictures at the same time!

Other than that it's been smooth sailing so far! The Secret History of the IRA put me right to sleep on our first flight. :( I just may not have the mindset for this one at the moment and have to break my personal taboo against leaving books unfinished to move onto one of the lighter novels I brought along. We'll see. We brought our favorite sappy Ireland movie to watch on my laptop on the long flight to NYC. P.S. I Love You here we come!

We both feel like it's going to take a few days to turn off the worry-about-work-and-running-the-home-front parts of our brains. I'm still worrying about what to do about that check I forgot to give Adam for his choir DVD and Doug is still checking his work email on his Blackberry. I think it's a good thing we have a couple of days in NYC to get in vacation mode. Hopefully by the time we hit Ireland we'll quit obsessing about what we're not taking care of at home and be fully engaged. Despite the fact that all our children are adults or nearly so, it's still weird to walk off and leave everyone for 3 weeks. Have fun without us, guys, but don't get too used to it! :)

Love you family!