I need to talk about more serious things, but I can't right now. I know when I start, it's going to be difficult and so I'm giving myself a little time and space here and getting the mundane things out of my head.
I'm back home after a business trip to Memphis by way of a flight to Alabama where I left Alex with my sister. He did great. The work went very well. Someone told me that I look "just like Tea Leoni, except younger." Nice.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis -- quite possibly the nicest HI I've ever seen. Our CEO calls it his "apartment" because the 2-room suites are so comfortable and roomy. It was strange, though, because they allow pets and there were probably a dozen dogs there. Definitely not my experience with regard to business travel. But I'll get to that in my next entry.
Shopping in my hometown in Alabama is terrible. I have decided I'd like a new black handbag. There was not a decent one to be had in the entire mall. Pitiful. Not even at Parisian, whose handbag department sucks out loud, IMNSHO. All Dooney & Bourke and Brighton with a wallful of Sak. Everything else was unremarkable. (Those three are only remarkable in the sense that I hate the first two and simply don't care for the third, but damn, they have a lot of Sak bags.) One thing the "little country store" (that's what they call that Parisian store -- I used to work there ages ago) has going for it is that it carries a few more contemporary lines, such as Studio M and Free People. I got a really pretty chocolate brown bias cut, jersey knit dress. The front has a deep V-neck that is twisted and a little ruched at the base. To go under it I got a turquoise tank with gorgeous embellishment (like this, only not that color, and definitely not $68!!!) So really just the embroidery part peeks out above the V-neck. So cute.
Anyhow, back to the handbag search. One night while my boss and the CEO went to eat Chinese (and I was in no mood for it), I went to Oak Court Mall in Memphis. Goldsmith's has been replaced by Macy's, and it's a real snoozer. Nicer than our Macy's where I live (although that's not hard), but disappointing for such a large city.
Any weekend that involves Chick-Fil-A is a good one, though. :) Extra bonus points for a great meal at my favorite Mexican restaurant in my hometown.
That reminds me -- my hometown has seems to be the check-cashing establishment capital of the world. They are everywhere. I noticed one in particular -- "Sweet Loan Alabama."
Flights down and back were uneventful. Alex is such a seasoned traveler and so well behaved. He watched part of The Aristocats on my laptop on the flight to Atlanta, was very excited to see fireworks in the distance as we approached the city, and he slept on the short flight to Huntsville. This morning we had to leave the house at the undogly hour of 5:15am to get to the airport on time for our 7:15am flight. Alex slept on the flight to Cincinnati and the connection to NY.
Only glitch: we arrived and were greeted by only two-thirds of our luggage. Of course, the missing bag was Alex's car seat. Luckily, Delta had a loaner for us to use, but man, am I ever a car seat snob. I think I am justified in my snobbiness because Alex spends so much time in the car and given the risks, I only want the best I can get and am willing and in this case able to pay for it. The loaner seat felt so flimsy and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get it to install tightly. Alex was very disdainful of it as well. ;) Thankfully, it was located and arrived on a later flight and was just delivered moments ago.
After unpacking and starting the laundry and having a spot of lunch with Alex, we took a nap. That's right -- "we." I am not a napper. How I feel now is the reason why -- still tired, headachy and a dehydrated-feeling. This is almost always my response to a nap. I should have known better.
Now that I have our carseat back, I should install it and go to the grocery store. How wrong is it that the only real reason I want a new car is for LATCH?? I can't even begin to say how easy LATCH makes installing a car seat. Wow.