It’s already Tuesday evening. I’ve packed our bags (which probably weight too much. Yes, Mom, I know you offfered to mail stuff for us. :-), picked out clothes for tomorrow, booked a taxi, set the alarm clock, my clock radio, AND the wake up service at the hotel all to make sure we meet the taxi at 4:15 in the morning. Yes, the flight is at 6:15. I figure I don’t have to be there 2 hours early, but an hour and change helps.
The time has FLOWN. It’s amazing because I still feel like I haven’t seen many of the people I wanted to. I’ve barely seen Kristin, and she’s across the hall! I saw my brother and sister only once. I never did see my Aunts Becky and Patty or my grandmother. SIGH.
I realized today that I would have liked to have taken Keb to the Botanical Center. Now that he’s older, I think he’d love the state capital. We didn’t go. We also didn’t see the zoo, the science center, or the state historical museum. I think we need to come in the summer and treat Des Moines like a tourist destination, making time to see all these things.
I did take my cousin, Michelle’s, advice and got 2 pairs of glasses from America’s Best. I’m taking a gamble because they have to ship them (it’s going to take 7-10 days). They could be all wrong. Then again, both pairs are costing less than $200, so I’m willing to take the chance. I did find many frames I liked. I actually HAD to narrow it down. Both frames cost $99. How’s that for a bargain? Thanks Michelle!
I went to the new main branch library which replaced the one I used to work at. My former boss, Debbie, retired 12/12. Bad timing on my part I guess. There were only 2 people I knew working there. I hate the new building. I LOVED the architecture of the old building. It was wood and marble, glass, and stone. It was, to me, beautiful and elegant. The new building, while suiting the needs of the city better, looks rather like Ikea — and not in a good way. It’s too industrial and cheap looking. It’s a cool concept, from the top it looks like an airplane, it seems to have been built in a “green” manner, and it fits with other buildings in the city. The children’s department, which used to be in what seemed to be a closet, is much larger and better for kids. It has many, many good aspects to it. I still hate it. It’s me.
It’s 7:36. We’re tired and ready to go home. Still, we also wish we could stay. Odd, huh?
My big thanks go to:
- Mom for everything — fudge, food, love, laundry, boarding the girls (even though you miss them terribly), driving me around, and hemming my pants.
- Cassie — again, schlepping me around, going shopping with me, introducing me to the new shoes, which I went ahead and bought even though they aren’t the pretty blue, and just being a good friend.
- Kristin — for the hotel room , the cookies, the late night visits even though we’re both tired, understanding, and sharing
- Tiphany — for the nebulizer and albuteral. Keb needed both a few times. It was comforting to have them.
It was nice to see everyone I could. Next time I will plan better. Then again, next time you better be ready to tour Des Moines with us because we are going to CHECK IT OUT!