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Dec. 22nd, 2015 | 09:00 pm

But I couldn't tell you what day it is.

I lucked into a convenient flight itinerary on the way to New Mexico. My departure yesterday was at 2:00 pm, so I was able to sleep in and leisurely finish packing. DCA wasn't terribly crowded and Flight 1 was uneventful.

ATL was, as always, super crowded but I had enough time to walk three terminals and ensure I'd top 10,000 steps for the day. Then Flight 2 featured husband-and-wife rowmates with an infant. I was concerned about the noise for a minute but they were ridiculously attentive and their daughter cried for a total of maybe thirty seconds in four hours. Plus we arrived in ABQ 20 minutes early. An all-round holiday travel win.

I got my rental car, drove directly to Sonic and ordered an obscene amount of food. Travel day was Cheat Day, I decided while sitting in the drive-thru. By that point it was already 8:30 pm, so I nixed a planned trip to Target and just got on the road. I-25 was empty as usual, so I made excellent time and was at my parents' house before 11.

Today I managed to wrap most of the gifts I toted from DC, avoided the piles of Christmas baking that are all over the place, and went to Walgreens to stock up on (cheap!) liquor for Christmas and the moderately stressful preparations for it. And of all things, the highlight of the day was accompanying Mom and brother Earl to deliver gifts to various people. Everyone is surprisingly amenable to unannounced visits, and usually provides cookies in return.

We had an early dinner at home and now I'm tending to the fireplace while writing this post. It's cozy but also a giant pain in the ass! Hopefully I will get better at it in the coming days, as we have snow in the forecast.

More updates tomorrow, probably!

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Susan Dennis

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from: susandennis
date: Dec. 23rd, 2015 05:15 am (UTC)
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I got my rental car, drove directly to Sonic and ordered an obscene amount of food.

Now there is a classic case of priorities correctly aligned and assigned.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Dec. 23rd, 2015 11:20 pm (UTC)
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I certainly thought so! With no Sonic anywhere near home, I eat there twice a year at most.

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Susan Dennis

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from: susandennis
date: Dec. 23rd, 2015 11:22 pm (UTC)
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There was a Sonic very near my Mom's retirement village in Charleston, SC. I went across the country twice a year - she thought it was to visit with her. I let her think that.

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M!ke

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from: rockingthemike
date: Dec. 23rd, 2015 04:16 pm (UTC)
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you most definitely got lucky with the flights; i never seem to be that way.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Dec. 23rd, 2015 11:21 pm (UTC)
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I don't expect it to last on the return journey as it will be snowing on Saturday.

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Tan Gnat

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from: pundigrion
date: Dec. 25th, 2015 02:08 am (UTC)
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MMmmmm Sonic. You know one of the few US foods I miss? Tater tots.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Dec. 27th, 2015 04:01 am (UTC)
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Tater tots are great! We usually have a bag of frozen tots in the kitchen.

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