Wednesday, April 11, 2007

13 Things I Learned On My Trip

Thirteen Things about RG

1. Friends are an amazing gift. Friends who give you anti anxiety meds when they learn you are terrified of flying are worth their weight in gold!

2. Turbulence is groovy. {Only when #1 is applied}

3. Baby planelets are too small for a normal size human being...let alone my 6'4" Cookie. {thats my hubby's new nickname}

4. Before a trip of any kind, no matter how somber or impromptu, retouch your dye job. Spending several days with multiple family members commenting on a few stray grey hairs does not equal fun.

5.If the rental car company offers you a GPS, take it! {This one I knew already-but men are stubborn creatures who would rather wander around lost than admit they need help}

6. For a gathering that may consist of several hours on your feet, wear comfortable shoes. Pretty, yes-but comfortable. When will I learn?

7. All you need to get by in any situation is one pair of black pants and friends/siblings with good taste. Thank you Sis!

8. I learned I still really dislike burials on a gut level and reaffirmed my desire to be cremated. On that note I also learned I can get through one for family.

9. I learned that my sainted, perfectly amazing grandmother had a fun, feisty and sometimes silly side with her friends and sister...and it only made me love her more.

10. I learned that it is never too late to reunite with relatives.

11. I learned that if you step out in the morning with your husband in your pjs to look at the snow, make sure that you havent accidentally locked yourself out without an extra key. {long, embarrassing, COLD story}

12. I believe that the friend with the survival kit referred to in #1 deserves just one more mention ;)

13. There's no place like home.

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Blogger Gina Ardito said...

I wanna know more about the locked out in the snow thing. Think it could show up in a story one day? Thanks for the giggle.

8:04 AM  
Blogger R.G. ALEXANDER said...

It was a bit more embarrassing than any heroine could take. Trapped outside for over an hour while someone drove to find and return a key so we could get back inside. Thank goodness for phones-and my Cookie was very heroic-he stuck my icy feet in his shirt when my tootsies lost all feeling. :)

8:15 AM  
Blogger Elle Fredrix said...

I'm with you on the dye job! It's either that or "hey, did you gain some weight since we saw you last?" Why does anyone, including family, feel it's okay to point these things out??

8:36 AM  
Blogger Rhonda Stapleton said...

ROFL about the hair coloring thing...yeah, they looooove pointing out how many little grey hairs you're getting. LOL

8:56 AM  
Blogger Crystal Jordan said...

Poor Mr. Cookie Monster on the plane! I feel bad for least you had drugs!

9:08 AM  
Blogger R.G. ALEXANDER said...

Elle and rhonda-yep. Although I think they felt worse than I did. Apparently my going grey just made them feel older. :)

Crystal-I know my poor baby. He had a great sense of humor though. Even when his cheek was pressed against the ceiling as we walked down the aisle. Even when every pocket of air made his knees bump his chin. I think he was just as elated as I was that I was drugged. LOL

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Jenifer Bianco said...

Aww, RG. Sounds like your days lately have been filled with such humor and sadness. At least there's been both? :)
And how did he put your feet in his shirt? I got the impression that you were standing while locked out? LOL

10:25 AM  
Blogger R.G. ALEXANDER said...

I am thankful for the laughter. About the feet. Well after running around, soaking my fuzzy socks in the snow and wet grass as I searched in vain for a spare key-we went back to the open screened porch-I call it the icebox-and sat on the teensy wicker sofa huddled together for protection until help arrived.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Ember Case said...

Great list! And you've gotta tell the snow story now >G<.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Loribelle Hunt said...

Great list RG! I just went through that grey comments thing. Makes you want to slap we can't see them ourselves!?

11:01 AM  
Blogger Emma Sinclair said...

Ah family...can't live with 'em...yeah, sometimes that's just the end.


11:03 AM  
Blogger Bianca D'Arc said...

Sounds like one heck of a trip! Sorry it was for a sad occasion, but it sounds like you learned a lot from the experience.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Oh I suck at flying. I've done so much of it now I've learned that as long as I have a good book, I can survive. That and don't check luggage if you can help it.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have a good, funny spirit. I'm glad you got through okay.

11:07 AM  
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11:19 AM  
Blogger R.G. ALEXANDER said...

Bianca-yeah I really did. Much as I hesitated-I'm glad I went.
Christine-yeah luggage issues and security check points have made the airport such a joy lol
Ciar, Lori-Thanks
Emma-yep lol

11:20 AM  
Blogger Tilly Greene said...

What a great list! Love pissing off the GPS lady by making a wrong turn, and if you were grey by your mid-20's, family don't bother commenting - they do if it's not there :-)

How wonderful it must have been to find out this new side of your's never to late to learn something new about family either.

And congrats on Cookie - he's a keeper!

11:23 AM  
Blogger JENNA said...

Baby planelets?

11:42 AM  
Blogger R.G. ALEXANDER said...

Tilly-He is. He handled everything like a pro, so happy he came with me.

Jenna-yeah you know, one step away from a propeller, aisles only as big as one of my thighs, a little plane the size of a sardine can. Baby planelet. LOL

11:47 AM  
Blogger Michelle Pillow said...

LOL on the hair. It has to be better than the time I "accidentally" colored my blonde hair pink. Temporary my @&*(*&!


11:51 AM  
Blogger Michelle Pillow said...

Oh, I should have added..colored pink hair at cousin's graduation party with all the conservative relatives, lol.

11:52 AM  
Blogger R.G. ALEXANDER said...

Michelle-well thats just cool-lol

12:04 PM  
Blogger N.J.Walters said...

Sorry your trip was for such a sad reason.

Love the snow story!

12:13 PM  
Blogger R.G. ALEXANDER said...

N.J.-Thanks, me too. I might have to go home again soon during happier...and warmer times.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

Oh no they did not comment on your gray hairs! Didja comment back on the black hair growing just under her chin?

And your poor dude, planes and anyone over 5'7 are a terrible combo.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Robin L. Rotham said...

I hate flying with a purple passion, RG. And I would also vastly prefer cremation, while Mr. Robin prefers burial. So I'm hoping either I go first or we go together so my urn can be buried with him.

I'm glad you gleaned some new insights into your grandmother. It's startling to realize how much we don't know about loved ones sometimes, isn't it?

1:04 PM  
Blogger Shelley Munro said...

Eek, the hair coloring thing - it makes you want to deck the speaker or at least count their gray hairs.

3:04 PM  
Blogger R.G. ALEXANDER said...

robin-so glad you can relate. But I have to tell you-if I ever need to fly again-I now know I can. Thats a big relief.

Lauren-LOL-yeah, he definitely deserves some kudos

Shelley-this seems to be the consensus. Yeah-I could have gone all day without hearing about the signs of my aging

4:18 PM  
Blogger Kissa Starling said...

I want to hear more about the cold snow story! hee hee

6:52 PM  
Blogger Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

I agree about the black pants. I'd never go anywhere without a pair.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Keziah Hill said...

The last funeral I went to I enjoyed immensely. It was great hearing a whole lot of stories about someone who was greatly loved. Sounds like you had a good emotionally rich time rg.

3:33 AM  
Blogger Babe King said...

well you know, you could have been naked. Ice and nekkid do not mix, esp while waiting long hours for help.

and 6'4"! Whoa. Didn't his mama know to put a brick on his head?

9:00 AM  
Blogger Shari said...

I HATE those tiny planes! Sorry you had to fly in one.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Karen Erickson said...

Aw glad to hear your trip went ok. And yeah on the dye job - family loves nothing more than commenting on gray hairs - or anything else that's particularly embarrassing. :)

1:14 PM  
Blogger Tempest Knight said...

Oh yeah... I sooo agree with #13! Hehehe!

1:49 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I know, I know - I'm behind in making the rounds. Better late than never, right...? Glad you got through the funeral and being locked out in the cold okay. And thank you for reminding me that sometimes it's not so bad when you don't see relatives for a really long time... ;)

10:17 PM  

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