As you probably know, this past weekend, I was at Great Homeschool Conventions in Cincinnati helping out at the Geography Matters booth. I had a great time and it was such a blessing to meet so many of you. I can’t begin to tell you what it meant to have so many of you stop by to introduce yourselves or to tell you how much my blog has meant to you. Really. Y’all made my weekend.
As much fun as I had, I was so glad to get back home. I’m not sure why this trip was so different. Maybe it was the lack of a mini-fridge in my room, meaning no sweet tea or cold water to make my morning Spark before getting dressed enough to find a vending machine. Whatever it was, I was really, really glad to be home. I lost track of how many times I made that statement yesterday, but it was enough that the kids were rolling their eyes at me.
Between working non-stop at the GeoMatters booth (a very good thing!), trying Cincinnati chili (a very bad thing…yuck!), and getting treated to dinner at Scotti’s (more on that in a sec), I didn’t have time to put together anything meaty to help you in your homeschooling journey or anything funny to give you a chuckle for today’s post. Instead, it’s just a little fluff piece about why I’m glad I’m home.
1. I missed my family. While I am an introverted homebody, I do enjoy traveling to new places. I don’t usually get homesick, but this time, I really missed my family. I was so glad to get home to everyone – including the dog who, if dogs could cry tears, would cry tears of happiness every time I come home from a trip. Seriously. I am his person and he can’t stand me being away.
2. It was so good to take a shower in my own shower. Now, I’ve got the say, the shower in our hotel was surprisingly nice. It was roomy and had great water pressure and plenty of hot water. Still, it wasn’t home.
3. Sweet tea. Y’all. No kidding. I was going into withdrawal. I had a caffeine headache so bad Sunday morning that it woke me up. Even my Spark wasn’t enough to ease the headache or clear my head and help me focus. After more than four years, I broke my McDonald’s fast just because I knew they’d have sweet tea. I started to just get the tea and have breakfast somewhere else, but I was ready to get on the road – the whole missing my family thing.
4. I could make my Spark in the comfort of my own home. Yeah, I realize I’m starting to sound addicted. I am. It’s sad, but, oh so true. It took two Sparks and one and a half McDonald’s sweet teas to get me home safely Sunday.
(My oh-so-healthy breakfast Friday and Saturday mornings)
5. I could sleep in my own bed. Enough said, right?
6. I could go back to wearing my favorite clothes. I’m trying to convince my friends at GeoMatters that I could be a much more effective representative in my jeans and sneakers. I don’t think they’re buying it.
8. I can get back in my workout routine. I may have been slacking lately, but doing something is better than doing nothing. I’m glad to be back at it.
9. I can get back online! Oh, I missed my online time. The internet access in Cincinnati was lousy.
10. I got my new glasses. I tried to time my eye exam so I could get my new glasses before I left. I left Thursday morning. They came in Thursday afternoon. Figures.
All that being said, I had a great time hanging out with the GeoMatters folks. Without a doubt, they are some of the world’s sweetest people. I love them and I love working for them. They treated our team to dinner at Scotti’s, this amazing little hole-in-the-wall Italian place that’s just celebrated its 100th anniversary.
The storefront picture above is it. That’s the entire width of the restaurant. The picture of the tables? The tables on the right are against one wall and the tables on the left are the other wall. It was such a nifty little place!
And, I got to drive my car. It will be a year next month since I got it and the honeymoon isn’t over yet!
Hey, did I mention that I’m glad to be home?