I think this is going to be my title for my monthly posts. First let me review what I previewed last month. I went to Oakland with AuntieMom to ‘settle’ my late cousin’s estate. I was concerned about the trip before we left and my concerns were valid. Let me just say we didn’t accomplish much. Our ‘escorts’ weren’t very helpful and there’s still some unfinished business. It’s so hard handle business from this side of the country. And our contact in Oakland isn’t very dependable. My Aunt and Uncle are frustrated but I think they have washed their hands of the entire situation. That was at the end of July so what did I do in August? EVERYTHING!!!
The first weekend in August I went back to NC to spend a few days with Mrs. G. I blogged about her before but she’s part of the village that raised me and has been diagnosed with Alzheimers. To give some background, her family is in the process of moving from Cleveland to Charlotte. Her son-in-law has been in Charlotte for over a year and her daughter was waiting for the youngest to graduate HS to move down. Now the youngest is in college in Charlotte and all that’s left is to move down. Unfortunately she has to move 2 households and Mrs. G isn’t being very accommodating so it’s taking longer than planned. Well they were in Charlotte all summer and I needed to go visit. S-I-L had a business trip that week and wanted his wife to go so they asked me to come up and stay with Mrs. G. Of course I said yes. I was there Sunday to Wednesday and while I always enjoy my time with Mrs. G, it was hard because of her disease. It’s hard watching two women you love and admire (my Aunt and Mrs. G) suffer from this disease. My time with them has showed me that I’m more patient than I thought. Mrs. G is worse than AuntieMom but imagine listening to 60 seconds of a story on constant repeat. Mrs G LOVES my hubby so a conversation would go like this:
Mrs. G: MM is a good man, you’re blessed to have him.
Me: Yes he is.
Mrs. G: Does he treat you right? Because he treats me like a queen. Make that a princess because queens are old and I ain’t old *laughter*
Me: Yes ma’am, he treats me very well.
Mrs. G: I know that’s right because you don’t take no mess. I feel sorry for him, you probably fuss at him just like K (her daughter) does A (her S-I-L)
Me: *defending myself*
About 30 seconds later….
Mrs G: MM is a good man, you’re blessed to have him….
And the conversation would repeat. We had variations of that conversation multiple times a day over the 3 day period. I was a little angry at MM before I left for NC so initially, being reminded that he was a good man was just what I needed. But by the end of day 2, I think my anger was ignited because of the part about her feeling sorry for him, LOL. Overall it was a good time in NC. Mrs. G spent the day at a senior center that Tuesday so I got a chance to see my sister and niece and hang out with friends. I hadn’t seen one friend in almost 6 years so that was a very nice time.
So I get back home that Wednesday. Friday night was a football game and Saturday morning I left for a girls’ weekend in NYC. I’m not sure if you’re keeping count but that’s 3 weekends in a row I was out of town without MM. Normally I wouldn’t schedule weekends away like this but the NYC trip was scheduled long before my family trips and after those two labors of love, I needed a girls’ weekend away. And what a wonderful weekend it was!!! We landed early Saturday afternoon, walked around Times Square, had dinner and headed to this interactive play "Sleep No More" – I won’t give a full review of that play, I’ll just say that ish was CRAZY!!! I consider myself a lover of the arts but this was OUT THERE! After it was over, one friend apologized that we spent so much money to experience Sleep No More. But we chocked it up to experiencing new things.
Let me say that this trip was to celebrate 2 birthdays. Normally I research what we’re going to do and I provide input on restaurants and hotels, etc. But because I’m a birthday gal, I committed to go with the flow. For example, 2 in the crew love what I call "frou frou" restaurants. Restaurants with a bunch of food I can’t pronounce, sushi, etc. I’ll be the first to admit that I have a very basic palate and usually, if one of these ladies picks a restaurant, I have to check the menu before I agree to go. By the by, these frou frou restaurants are also usually very expensive and I’m not for paying a lot for a nothing. Anywho on this trip I was going with the flow. So I just paid my money for the plays and hotel and went with the flow. The hotel was very nice and the restaurant picks were good. But that interactive play Saturday night? Well it was an experience. I didn’t get perturbed about the play until the next afternoon when we went to see Lady Day. Why was I perturbed? When we were buying tickets for Lady Day, we considered getting table seats instead of regular seats. The table seats were about $100 more. Again, I’m going with the flow. The consensus was the regular seats.
First let me say that Lady Day was GREAT!!! Audra McDonald was phenomenal as Billie Holiday. PHENOMENAL!!! Lady Day is set in a club where Billie is performing. The table seats are like tables at a club and Audra walked around and touched folks. I most definitely would have paid $100 more to be part of the play. I would have most definitely paid $100 more to be interactive with Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday instead of the interactive ‘experience’ we had Saturday night. All in all I we had a great NYC trip. But next time, I’m doing my research LOL.
The following weekend, MM and I headed to Vegas for a week. If you’re keeping count, I have traveled every weekend this month. Again, this vacation was scheduled before my 2 family trips. Initially August was going to be a quick girls’ trip and then a real vacay with MM. We stayed off the strip in Vegas and rented a car so we got a chance to experience Vegas like never before. We really didn’t do much on the strip. We drove to the Hoover Dam (beautiful) and tried some local restaurants. Our resort was nice and I went to water aerobics twice while there. I have decided that becoming a certified water aerobics instructor is on my bucket list. The day we arrived in Vegas, the high was 106. Two days later we were down to a high of 93. That day, it was warmer in ATL than Vegas. We were blessed with good weather while there. It was a great trip.
I messed around and joined a biking challenge during the month of August. I was able to take Blue (my bike) to NC to get in some miles but being out of town most of the month has taken me down to the wire. I need to get in a little over 10 miles tomorrow to reach my goal. Before we head to UncleDad’s for the Labor Day holiday. Yup, that’s part of my preview – I’m heading out of town AGAIN this weekend. Honestly, I considered not going but then I heard how UncleDad was looking forward to our visit and I felt compelled to go. I’m not sure if I mentioned that MM hung out in NC while AuntieMom and I were in Oakland. He and UncleDad really enjoyed one another during that time. They did man stuff (working on cars, etc) and ate what they wanted. They got along before, but now they’re BFFs and I can’t keep them apart this weekend. Part of me really wants to just chill but that’s not happening in the near future.
Next weekend is the start of the NFL regular season. We open against the sAints so this is hate week. The following weekend, MM and I head back to Charlotte. I need to sit down somewhere – but there’s too much life to be lived right now. I’ll update y’all next month.