Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Home, home again

I'm back. Those few days in Michigan were too few. I look forward to this trip every year. I took a moment this year and did the math. I've been to Shannon's mom's place in Michigan every year for the the 4th of July for the past seven years. While we forget how much we change over time, when you take a second to think about it, we really do. I'm fairly certain that that first summer I was invited was because I had called off my wedding in January of 2003, and no one, Shannon included, quite knew what to do with me. Take her to Michigan - I'm guessing that's what Shannon thought. It worked. It was exactly what I needed that year, and every year after. I headed up to the snowman room to find that this year SM (Shannon's mom, get it?) has hung very dark burgundy shades because she remembered that last year I was up early every day because it gets so bright in there in the mornings. Who remembers that stuff? Who bothers with anything I say? This year, day one, I slept until 11am. Why? Because there were delightful burgundy shades to block out the sun. The new boat is awesome, there are many convenient cup holders and these reclined things that make each bench a lounge chair. The company, as always, amazing. Shannon and TheMarty are so easy to be on vacation with. I want to read/sleep/sit/stand/ignore/snack whatever....they leave me to it. TheMarty won at Uno on night two. I told him to sleep with one eye open. I think he did. When I walked by their door at 4am headed to the bathroom, I had to let out an evil giggle *hehehe*, just because. I only wish we could have been there another day or two. Or five. Things accomplished on this year's trip: The Sunrise Sampler is really the best value at Cracker Barrel, or so Shannon tells us. Every time we go to Cracker Barrel. Toy Story 3 was even better the second time around. But blue slurpees immediately following Cracker Barrel breakfast is a baaaad idea. TheMarty and I have nearly nearly gotten Shannon to agree to go to Boston in October. Not sure if we're invited there yet, but we think we're going. And there's talk of us renting a RV to get there. Woo hoo!! The fronts of my legs are tan-ish. and a little burnt-ish. So is my scalp, and my ears. I came back on night three and clobbered them all at Uno. I did not have to sleep with one eye open. These are a peaceful people. I was also very honest with TheMarty about one of his friends. (see wedding recap post). I wanted him to know how I really felt, lest I be forced to hang out with this chick again. Not only did he take it really really well, he let me just vent and vent and vent until I was finished. I think they both got it. Ok, and yes, we talked about y'all, but only a little. Like "Hey, TheMarty, MenD's coming to town next month." and stuff like that. And a few other things. I can't tell you EVERYTHING. But I will tell you that's it's very likely Shannon, TheMarty and I are getting tricycle tattoos. Squee!!

11 comments:

Lauren said...

Of course you're invited in October :P My parents were asking me just yesterday if you kids were thinking of coming out!

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

And there's talk of us renting a RV to get there.

Just remember that you'll be limited to certain roads. You wouldn't have a problem on interstates, but you may have a problem with local roads, and you won't be able to drive on parkways.

I had some friends who drove cross-country in a RV, and they eventually became slaves to it.

onepretentiousbastard.com said...

Also:

My tricycle will have a skull and flame...and red streamers.

Von said...

NO. No TheMarty, you do NOT get streamers!
MY tricycle is the one with streamers.
I will cut you.
Lauren - this makes me all super happy and giggly!!!
B4 - uh oh, didn't think of that. Thanks for the advice!!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I bet that RV won't make 79 mph heading up a mountain side (such as found in West Virginia).

Of course, if you're in an RV you could be watching Harry Potter and not even contemplate the speeding vs. ticket battle going on.
~

Jennifer said...

Von!! We've got heavy duty blinds in the bedrooms so you can sleep as late as you like!!

Von said...

But I won't be sleeping late there! People to chat with, beer to drink, Grizzled to make beer come out his nose......

Kathleen said...

I love friends like that. welcome back!

Von said...

Thanks K-Unit!

Lazyjade said...

I really do hope the three of you come on out. We love having you here. It's just sad that the cats make you all die.

Von said...

Hence the RV. We can just park in your driveway, and viola,no cats!