Amended to include some really important stuff I forgot. Most likely will be amended tomorrow with more stuff I forgot. Please to excuse- I cannot brain today, I have the dumb.
I went to the National Aquarium in Baltimore and saw some very cool fish, parrots, lots of really colorful frogs and a dolphin show.
I had a wonderful time catching up with Jen.
I left my purse at Chipotle (yes, it is ironic that I traveled from California to Maryland to eat at Chipotle).
I ran through the rain and found it again.
I had a fun laughing with Jen, Emily, Gwen, and Audrey.
I played Wii tennis, badly.
I rescued a fish.
I helped Gwyn out of a tree.
I bore witness to the wonders of Chik-fil-A.
I missed seeing Dale by mere hours. :(
I missed seeing his son by less than a day.
I promised myself I would have controlled my impulse to blurt out to the latter, "I used to change your diapers!!!!"
I rode the bus, in the dead of night, into the bad part of York, PA.
I survived, much to the amazement of all concerned.
I stayed up until the wee hours talking to Ann.
I made pancakes with 2-year-old Addy.
I resisted the urge to roll her up in a pancake and nom on her extreme cuteness.
I wowed all of the Wahlberg children with my space age ability to talk to Michael online via iChat.
I was mocked by 6-year-old Gabriel for having a boyfriend. "EEWwwwwwww!!!!" followed by a shocked, horrified and highly accusatory, "You're in luuuuuhve!!!!!"
I got shy hugs from Kailey and exuberant hugs from Blake.
I likewise refrained from informing them that I also changed their diapers, many moons ago.
I reflected on the fact that I seem to have babysat most of the population of RI at one time or another.
I sat by Aiden's tree.
I saw families struggling with the brokenness of the world.
I struggled with frustration at my inability to make everything right again.
I saw a light shining in the darkness, and the darkness failing to overcome it.
I was reminded that it's not my job to fix things, only to be obedient to the One who can.
I went to a playground with my sister and our two of our best friends from childhood (also sisters) and their collective 10 children.
I went to a harvest festival in Lancaster, PA and took a hayride (or 2).
I ate really good barbecued chicken.
I made fun of my dad's grumpiness.
I tried to convince my 9-month-old niece that I am not a scary monster.
I was awoken by a bundle of little-boy cuteness jumping on my head.
I threw water balloons at a rock with Libby and Luke.
I was chased by a water-balloon-bearing almost-four-year-old.
I visited my brother Dan and cried over the reality of RI apartment rental prices as compared to those in the bay area.
I gave my brother Sean a noogie.
I argued with my sister Katie about which of us mom likes better (it's totally me).
I laughed with old friends about old times and looked at pictures of more old friends on Facebook.
I witnessed The B.I.L. drawn out of his poker-playing lair by an old friend who wouldn't take no for an answer.
I played SupaSmash Bwuvers with Luke on the wii.
I had coffee with my sister and a fellow blogger who sells her gorgeous photographs in an Etsy shop.
I bought a gorgeous photograph from her.
I reminisced about all things Rhode Islandish and rhapsodized about what a great resource the internet is for meeting cool people in seemingly-random ways.
I shared Luke's germs and started to cough.
I canceled the last leg of my trip to avoid infecting the McFelsenguires.
I came home and on the way sat next to a very nice young man who was flying from his army base in Texas to attend his grandmother's funeral in Sunnyvale and gave me peppermints for my cough.
I realized that I had left my cell phone at my parents' house.
I realized my mom was right when she told me to double check for my phone and she hasn't even said, "I told you so."