Saturday, August 16, 2008

Where I'm At Right Now, 8/16/08-abouts

Woke up as usual 3:30am Thursday morning, worked all day, came home, helped pack and arrange, left home about 8pm, flew all night, landed near Hartford, CT, drove around 4-5 hours to Middlebury, VT, checked in, showered, attended my daughter's graduation ceremony, walked around the 32478503984-acre campus, returned to the B&B, went to bed, slept a little longer than usual (6.5 hours instead of <6).

And I feel great!

So it's been a whirlwind, but all-good. We read all about threatening thunderstorms, and feared a flight would be delay. As you can see, delay would have been disastrous: missing the ceremony. I wasn't able to get Thursday off; my work was generous to let me have Friday (short-staffed). So it was a tight schedule, ad we're grateful to God that we made it at all.

So now my oldest and only daughter has a Master's in French from Middlebury. Great job, Rachael. We're very proud of her and her dogged, hard work. Now we're off to tour the area for a few days. I think we go to Fort Ticonderoga today. Hope they give us a pencil or something.

And Dunkin' Donuts! They actually have them out here. Had my first coffee in too long from a DD, and dude, it was good.

What a beautiful area it is: green, rolling hills; huge rivers, streams. Would love to see Fall colors. We did a too-quick walk-through of the Yankee candle store. Perhaps I'll post some pix later.

And I just caught up on my Bible reading. Man, you miss one day with that For the Love of God schedule, and you've got some serious catching-up to do.

17 comments:

DJP said...

I made it sound as if I didn't get any sleep. I probably netted 30-45 minutes on the planes: a minute here, two there....

Don't know how Jack Bauer does it.

Kim said...

Oh, you guys are so close (geographically, that is) and yet so far.

Sounds like you are in for a great trip.

When you are back, I need to pick your brain.

bugblaster said...

Félicitations pour votre fille! Vous devez être extatique.

Salut!

CR said...

DJP: And Dunkin' Donuts! They actually have them out here. Had my first coffee in too long from a DD, and dude, it was good.

What...everrrrr!

CR said...

The next time you go to DD (at least for the reason you should go there - for the donuts) try the Chocolate Creme. It's to die for (I'm speaking figuratively).

Stefan said...

Your daughter has a master's in French! Good on her. There's an anti-"fundy" stereotype being shattered there.

Well, you're lounging about in beautiful Vermont...meanwhile, I have to go on a business trip to LA...and I ain't talkin' Beverly Hills. It's going to be a learning experience.

DJP said...

Oh yes, Stefan. I grew up in Glendale, which is near LA. I was just remarking to Valerie yesterday about how just about every place we've traveled is prettier than where we live -- "except Los Angeles." But at least it's surrounded by hills, ad not too far from the ocean. But you don't go there for the beauty.

bugblaster said...

Pourquoi n'avez-vous pas répondre à mes commentaires? Je suis un peu perplexe.

Rabbit said...

Congratulations to your daughter, what a wonderful accomplishment! Godspeed on your travels, Dan and family.

candyinsierras said...

I HATE Los Angeles! I just came back from Hollywood to visit my daughter. The highlight was the Getty Museum and visiting Grace Community Church. The Getty is the most impressive museum I have ever visited. And...we both know what I think of Sacramento.

My husband and I mull over the idea of moving back to New Hampshire. I would really miss the Sierra mountain range, but we have a few reasons why we would move back there. Perhaps you would consider pastoring in the east? There is much need for good biblical teaching. Please keep us all updated on your trip. With pictures!

Gilbert said...

Dan,

First, congratulations to you and your daughter!

Second, you get up at 3:30 AM? Ick. Was I the only one born without a "morning person" gene? Getting up before 8:30 is SIN! ;-)

Third...

" I think we go to Fort Ticonderoga today. Hope they give us a pencil or something."

Caught it, laughed out loud. Enjoy the break!

DJP said...

Thanks everybody.

Candy, I've taken about 858921 pictures, but wrongly decided to save space by not bringing my adapter, so I can't upload any until I'm back.

Ticonderoga was beautiful and fun. Yesterday, we walked the Freedom train and (it seemed) every square inch of Boston. Had an amazing dinner at Legal Seafood, slept well, and now Valerie has another packed day laid out for us: Plimouth Plantation, the Mayflower, looking at some rich person's house, and walking along cliffs.

If you never hear from me again, you can guess how that last one worked out.

Oh, and Neil -- yeah. Thanks.

(c;

Kim said...

Sounds like Valerie is the woman to have around when you want to plan a vacation!

Hope you guys are having a great time!

DJP said...

I just found the adapter! So maybe I can upload pix later. But as I said, my dear wife packs the days, so... we'll see.

candyinsierras said...

Didn't you all just LOVE the Freedom Trail? There is so much to see. What did you think of the Holocaust Memorial?

Mr Wizzard said...

You definitely need to post some photos! Though, I suppose it wouldn't hurt to let you enjoy your vacation rather than sift through your photos and choosing/editing ones to share while you're still off.
I was going through some of my photos tonight looking for some good ones to use on a website, and decided I need a larger library of awe-inspiring photos, though I managed to find what I wanted.

Stefan said...

I'm down in LA now...actually, Orange County. It's not so bad.