It’s hard to not become pensive when you’re stuck immobile in the same place for hours and hours on end. As the mileposts flew across my windshield, I started to wonder about the people who flashed by. A minivan from Iowa full of people and bursting with beach balls, lawn chairs, surfboards, and other wind and sea; a tiny little neon with 4 doors, all different colors, and driven by a huge man with handlebar mustaches who looked as if half of him shouldn’t be able to fit in that car, let alone all of him; a diminutive woman driving an angry-looking man in a convertible, the top of which was most likely down because their AC was broken – even so, they had to mop the sweat off of their faces every few minutes (they eventually gave in a threw water-soaked towels on top of their heads and left them there). I saw all of this as I was held captive in bumper-to-bumper traffic by the swarms of happy-go-lucky beach-goers – such as my friends from Iowa.
Nobody likes traffic (I should amend that: few people like traffic; I have actually met a couple of people who really enjoy sitting in traffic. I worry for their mental health). But it’s remarkable how less painful traffic can be when you pay attention to the people around you. You can get a much more complete look at them than you normally would in the typical 2-3 seconds you would have were you both traveling at normal highway speeds. Life is full of obstacles; we get the most out of life when we learn to find enjoyment in the obstacles…in my case, that was practicing my life-long wish to be a spy ;).
At long last however, I reached the end of the yellow brick road…or the gray asphalt road, but that doesn’t have nearly as pleasant a ring to it. But there was no Wizard of Oz waiting there for me, just a lot of great family. I went to visit my Aunt and Uncle in Alpharetta for the evening. Their son, Daniel, was getting back that day from a 5-week stint in Greece. So they had a big party, with the Dery’s, the Rinehart’s, and other distant relatives that I had never met in attendance. I got to spend a lot of time with my cousins, which was great. Daniel showed us pictures of his travels, which gave me travel envy. But I kept reminding myself that my turn is coming soon! Aunt Rose made a comment once during the course of the evening that I’m leaving for Spain in 4 weeks, which rather startled me. I had been thinking that I still had an entire month before I left. Saying I leave in 4 weeks made it seem much more real….and much sooner!!!
On Sunday morning I went to church; it was the last in a series. I really enjoyed the series, so I was grateful to be able to finish it out. I was disappointed in the church, however. I went to a sister church of Buckhead (the one I had been going to) because it was much closer to Aunt Irene and Uncle Carlos’ house. The sermon was the same, the church layout similar, and the worship style identical. But the feel of the church was different. I’m not quite sure how to describe it. It was much less friendly and un-welcoming. I’m glad I got to finish the sermon series, but I’m making a mental note that if I’m ever in the Atlanta area again I’m going to Buckhead, not Northpoint, even if the drive is a little longer :).
Aunt Irene asked me to come back and visit with them after church – which I was happy to oblige :). I love their family, they’re really cool. I wish we had been able to see each other more as I was growing up. Anyway, they took me to a bar and grill….I can’t remember the name of it at the moment. We all, except Meghan, got the blue cheese and bacon burger. It was soooo yummy. After lunch we were sitting around talking, and decided we wanted to go see a movie. So they pulled out their iPhones and found out that the next showing of Salt was in 30 minutes. We went back to the house first to get sweaters for everyone and made it to the theater with time to spare. The movie was very good; I would recommend it to anyone who was considering watching it.
I went dancing at Nemoe’s in the evening. I know they meant well, but I felt rather unloved….I had sooo many people ask me what I was doing here, since I had told everyone that my internship ended last week :). I broke in the shoes that Pa and Jan got me. I was very happy with their performance. They did rub me a little bit after a few hours, but I think that’s just because they’re still stiff. Even if it’s always like that, it’s only a few spots; moleskin will cover it no prob. And they provided lots of cushions for the balls of my feet – I could actually still walk with ease by the end of the night. I don’t know why I feel a need to tell you about how my shoes performed, I’m sure it doesn’t interest you. Don’t worry, I’m moving on now :).
Katrina came over after the dance. She was going to come over tomorrow, but then realized she couldn’t anymore, so we had to change plans. We rented Leap Year (which, by the way, if you like chick flicks, is EXCELLENT), and shared a pint of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and watched it on my computer, since my roommate had checked out and taken the TV. Ahhh, the life of a college student :). Afterwards, we stayed up talking to the wee hours of the morning. I’m pretty tired this morning, but it was worth it – we needed to catch up.
That’s all I have time for today – I have to go pack up my stuff and clean my apartment so I can check out tomorrow :(. I’ll have another update soon! 🙂