Greetings from Fairfax, Virginia, USA!
Day Three of Cammy’s Fall Adventures–The Traveling with Parents Segment–and so far, so good. No stress, no drama. I’ve been managing by using The Big Deal Scale. You may remember it from a long ago anger management post:
The idea is that as “issues” come up, I use the scale to rank them as to their true importance. Items ranking low aren’t worth worrying about. If an issue or problem should score high, then it should be dealt with, after a healing breath or two. So far on this trip, all 1s and 2s. From my side anyway. My parents may be drinking heavily or something to deal with me-induced stress.
Some things are A Very Big Deal, but in a really, really good way. Like meeting this blogger last night:
That’s me on the left, of course, but the woman on the right probably looks very familiar to you as well. It’s Tish of Incremental Improvements! Sitting right there in the same booth with me! Squee! Tish and I met for dinner (luscious salads, a small slice of bread for me, no bread for Tish) and lots and lots of yummy conversation. She is every bit as charming and delightful in person as she is on her blog! We had so much fun! (Not to rub your noses in it or anything.) I can’t wait to visit with her again. Thanks, Tish!
Another highlight from yesterday, seeing this dress at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History:
In case you can’t tell, given my meager photographic skills, that’s the dress from Carol Burnett’s classic skit, Went With the Wind, and I still laugh until I hurt when I watch it. Seeing the dress was great, but was amazing was to watch the absolute joy and delight spread across the faces of other people when they rounded the corner and spotted it. Young folks, old folks, people from other countries–almost everyone recognized this costume! Loved it!
A teen-aged girl was oohing and ahhing over them, and one of the guys in the group remarked, “They’re shoes, they’re red, big deal.” That earned him a pouty face, which no doubt translated to a big deal later in the evening.
We’re off to Annapolis later this morning. It’s rainy and cold, so my big deal scale may be necessary. If it doesn’t work, I’ll click my heels together three times for good measure.
Needless to say, I’m 100s of posts behind in my reader. I *will* catch up!